Lewis Center/N. Columbus Map7719 Graphics Way, Ste. E2
Lewis Center, Ohio
(614) 365-1774


Lexington/Mansfield Map314 E. Main St.
Lexington, OH
(419) 884-3888
Team Chitwood Instructors

Team Chitwood Instructors

  • Prof. Shawn Chitwood


    5th Degree Black Belt – Combat Jujitsu
    3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor – Gracie Jiu jitsu
    2nd Degree Black Belt – Judo
    1st Degree Black Belt – Karate
    1st Degree Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do
    Brown Belt – Aikido
    1998 World Champion with Team USA
    1997-1998 United States Sport Jujitsu Team
    Two-time National Tae Kwon Do Champion
    State, Reg. & Nat’l. Sport Jujitsu Champion
    One of the first American Gracie BJJ Black Belts

  • Maj. Neil Chitwood


    4th Degree Black Belt – Combat Jujitsu
    1st Degree Black Belt Instructor – Gracie Jiu jitsu
    1st Degree Black Belt – Judo
    1996 & 1998 Sport Jujitsu World Champion
    2004 SRJJA Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Champion
    2005 Army Europe Combatives Grappling Champion
    (209 pound class at 155 pounds!)
    2008, 2009, 2010 Army Combatives Tournament – Silver Medalist

  • Prof. Craig Chitwood


    3rd Degree Black Belt – Combat Jujitsu
    2nd Degree Black Belt Instructor – Gracie Jiu jitsu
    2002 & 2003 Gracie World Submission Wrestling Champion
    2004 SRJJA Champion
    2007 Bravado Open Champion
    2007 NAGA Arnold Classic Champion
    Master Instructor – Defensive Tactics – State of Ohio

  • Mark Hartsough

    INSTRUCTOR – Lewis Center

    3rd Degree Purple Belt – Gracie Jiu-jitsu
    Black Belt – Combat Jujitsu
    Brown Belt – Judo

    Mark is a well established and well respected presence at Team Chitwood. An extremely out-going and likable guy, he is a wonderful ambassador for our school and a tremendous help to new students.

  • Rod “Bubby” Kopina

    INSTRUCTOR – Lexington

    1st Degree Brown Belt – Gracie Jiu-jitsu
    Teen Class Instructor
    Morning Class Instructor

    Bubby has been with Team Chitwood for over 12 years. He has an avid love for all things Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Rod retired from the US Postal Service and is a former US Marine. Bubby is a very popular and respected student among our strong student base.

  • Shawn Fritz

    INSTRUCTOR – Lewis Center

    Level 2 – Combat Jujitsu
    Brown Belt – Gracie Jiu-jitsu
    2012 State Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion

    Shawn Fritz has been training with Team Chitwood since 2005. Shawn is a great competitor and continues to perfect his techniques in competitions around the region. Well liked and professional, Shawn teaches several Beginner Brazilian Jiu jitsu classes as an instructor for Team Chitwood.

  • Wayne Liggett


    1st Degree Black Belt – Combat Jujitsu
    4th Degree Brown Belt – Gracie Jiu jitsu
    2012 State Brazilian Jiujitsu Champion

    Wayne Liggett has been training with Team Chitwood since 2006. Wayne is a fierce competitor and has many Brazilian Jiu jitsu tournament wins both nationally and internationally. His journey in Jiu jitsu has taken himto Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and he has trained with some of the top instructors and competitors in our sport. He earned his Combat Jujitsu Black Belt in 2012.