Mike Fowler

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Mike Fowler
Born (1982-12-30) December 30, 1982 (age 31)
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Middleweight
Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out of North Shore Jiu Jitsu Club
Team Atos Jiu-Jitsu (2012-present)[1]
Team Lloyd Irvin (2001-2012)[1]
Rank      black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Mike Fowler
Medal record
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Grappling
Asian Open Championship[2]
Silver 2010 Middleweight (black)[3]
Bronze 2010 Absolute (black)[3]
Gold 2009 Middleweight (black)
Silver 2009 Absolute (black)
Silver 2008 Middleweight (black)[4]
Gold 2008 Absolute (black)[4]
Gold 2007 Middleweight (black)
American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships[2]
Gold 2009 Middleweight (black)[5]
Gold 2006 Middleweight (black)[6]
Gold 2005 Middleweight (black)[7]
Gold 2003 Lightweight (purple)[8]
Gold 2003 Absolute (purple)[8]
New York Open[2]
Silver 2010 Middleweight (black)[9]
Silver 2009 Lightweight (black)[10]
Rio Open International[2]
Bronze 2009 Middleweight (black)[11]
Pan American Championships[2]
Bronze 2012 Featherweight (black)[12]
Silver 2006 Middleweight (black)[13]
Gold 2003 Lightweight (blue)[14]
CBJJO Copa De Mundo[2]
Bronze 2005 Middleweight (brown)
USA vs. Brazil Championship[2]
Gold 2004 Lightweight (purple)

Mike Fowler is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. In addition to a number of major competitive achievements, Fowler is notable for the speed at which he attained the rank and is, according to some sources, the 3rd fastest American on record to do so. He is head instructor at North Shore Jiu Jitsu Club in Haleiwa, Hawaii[15][16]

Grappling career[edit]

Although coming to the art with a background in high school wrestling, Fowler did not begin formal grappling training until after high school in 2001, moving to Maryland to enter into Lloyd Irvin’s advanced grappling program.[15] Fowler’s meteoric grappling career began shortly thereafter, winning numerous private tournaments such as Grapplers Quest and achieving a Pan-American championship as a blue belt.[17] Many championships were to follow, with career highlights of 5 American National Championships and an Asian Open Championship in the black belt absolute division.[2][4]

He also teaches numerous grappling seminars across the US.[18]


In 2007, Fowler was invited to the ADCC, a prestigious Submission Grappling event where despite ultimately placing 4th overall, he defeated the legendary Renzo Gracie and Saulo Ribeiro, only losing to the equally elite Marcelo Garcia by guillotine and Andre Galvao by points.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Mike Fowler (Atos)". BJJ Heroes. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Suzette C. INSTRUCTOR Stats & Training. 
  3. ^ a b "Asian Open Championship Results 2010". IFBJJ. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Asian Open Championship Results 2008". IFBJJ. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships Results 2009". USBJJF. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ "American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships Results 2006". USBJJF. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships Results 2005". USBJJF. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "American National Jiu-Jitsu Championships Results 2003". USBJJF. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ "New York Open Results 2010". IBJJF. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "New York Open Results 2009". IBJJF. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rio International Open Results 2009". IFBJJ. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2012". IBJJF. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pan American Results 2006". IFBJJ. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Pan American Results 2003". IFBJJ. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Mike Fowler". Lloyd Irvin. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ Jon Perez (July 11, 2007). "'Local MMA fighters must get formal training'". Saipan Tribune. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Maryland Mixed Martial Arts". Lloyd Irvin Promo. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Thanks to Mike Fowler for a Great Seminar!". Baltimore MMA News. February 20, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  19. ^ Caleb (May 5, 2007). "Quick Results from ADCC 2007 Day One". The Fightworks Podcast. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 

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