50/50 Black Belts

Earning a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt takes years of discipline and dedication.  No Fifty/50 Belts of any rank are awarded based on the length of time an individual has been training or for any reason other than technical ability and fighting skill.  We do not believe in automatic belts.  Each new rank must be earned through consistent training and improvement, the Black Belt most of all.  Ryan has notoriously high standards for promotion and the following individuals hold the distinguished honor of being the only three people to have been awarded the Black Belt by Ryan Hall :

Seph Smith

The first black belt to be promoted by Ryan Hall,  on July 3, 2012, Seph earned his Black Belt 11 years into his BJJ journey, 4 years after beginning his training under Ryan.  He subsequently earned his 1st degree on July 3, 2015. 


Jen Hall

Jen started her BJJ training elsewhere, but had trained for 6 years under Ryan before being promoted to Black Belt on October 15, 2014. 12 years into her BJJ journey, she earned the 1st degree on her Black Belt in October 2017.


Maia Matalon

The 3rd person and 2nd female promoted to Black Belt by Ryan Hall, Maia received her rank on January 7, 2017 in her 8th year of training Jiu-Jitsu, almost 4 years after joining the Fifty/50 team. 



A long time friend, Adam made the move to 50/50 in Spring 2017, already an accomplished competitor. He earned his Black Belt in the end of 2017, and is excited to break in his belt at the highest level in our sport this year.

Phil Brown

Phil came to 50/50 as a skilled purple belt under Gustavo Dantas in 2011. A fierce competitor and excellent instructor, he became the 5th Black Belt under Ryan Hall in January 2018.


50/50 Brown Belts

The following individuals hold the honor of having received their Brown Belts from Ryan Hall and he looks forward to the day when he can move them along their Jiu-Jitsu journeys by promoting them to Black Belt:

Tim Koren - Promoted May 2012

Brian Johnson - Promoted May 2012

German Salas - Promoted November 2013

Kenny Savercool - Promoted March 2014

Harold Van Berkel - Promoted June 2014

Tom Zurita - Promoted January 2017

Will Mulhern - Promoted July 2018