Ron Tripp

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Ron Tripp (born April 1953) Battle Creek, Michigan, is a World Sambo and Judo champion and the current general secretary of USA Judo.[1] He is also a member of the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee.

His name is well known in the MMA world, especially among Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling enthusiasts, as he is the only person to hold an official victory in competition over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rickson Gracie. Tripp was promoted to 10th degree in Sambo in 1995 and became America's first Merited and Distinguished Master of Sport in 1996. He was promoted to 6th dan by USA Judo in November 2006.[2]

Ron Tripp
Ron Tripp.gif
Born Ronald Tripp
(1953-04-01) April 1, 1953 (age 63)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Other names "The Terminator"
Nationality United States
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Style Judo, sambo
Fighting out of Norman, Oklahoma
Team USA Stars
Trainer Pat Burris, USA]], Chonosuke Takagi,Japan
Rank      10th degree black belt in sambo,6th degree black belt in Judo
Years active 1970-1995 (martial arts)
Amateur career
Total 1034
Wins 984
By submission 900
Losses 50
Other information
Occupation Doctor, martial artist, instructor


A native of Lake Orion, Michigan, and graduate of Hillsdale College and Palmer College of Chiropractic.[3] The 6 foot, 205 pound Tripp excelled in both the sports of Judo and Sambo. Trained by Pat Burris, 2 time Judo Olympian and Olympic Judo Coach, Tripp's fight career in judo lasted from 1982 to 1995. He is also a Doctor of Chiropractic and was an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Oklahoma under Hall of Fame Coach Stan Abel from 1979-1992. Tripp trained in Japan for six years, and during that time trained under World Judo Champion Chonosuke Takagi at NichiDai University, home of MMA star and Olympic Champion Makoto Takimoto and 2 Time All Japan Judo Champion June Konno. In 2006 he founded C3Fights, a professional MMA company, and still personally trains C3Fighters at the USA Stars Training Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and coaches and corners UFC Fighters Joe "Daddy" Stevenson and Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard at UFC events.

Career highlights[edit]

  • 1970-1994: Competed in over 2,000 Judo, Sambo, and Wrestling matches.
  • 1982-1994: Reportedly compiled a tournament record of over 900 wins.
  • 1990: Submitted by Rigan Machado in 39 seconds, Pan Am finals
  • 1993: Defeated Rickson Gracie by Uchimata in 47 seconds.
  • 1994: At 41, defeated 24-year-old Andrew Bourdeau to win the FIAS World Heavyweight Championship of Sambo in Montreal, Canada.

The Rickson Gracie Fight[edit]

At the 1993 U.S. Sambo Championships in Norman, Oklahoma, Tripp faced undefeated Rickson Gracie of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family. Tripp threw Gracie to the canvas by "Uchi mata" in 47 seconds, thus giving Tripp "absolute" victory under FIAS International Sambo rules. Rickson disputed this loss, claiming he was misinformed of the rules of the event despite claiming to be a 2 time Pan American Sambo Champion.[4][5]

Awards and titles[edit]

  • 1994 World Sambo Champion
  • 7-time World Medalist Sambo
  • 1989 World Judo Team Belgrade
  • Merited Master of Sports
  • Olympic Festival Judo Champion Open Division
  • 8-time Olympic Festival Medal winner
  • Mifune Cup Team Bronze Medalist Open Division
  • 12-time Judo and Sambo National Champion and Pan American Champion
  • Winner of the first Bart Conner Award Recognizing Oklahoma's Most Outstanding Athlete 1987
  • 2010 Recipient of the Annual Pioneers of Sambo by the American Sombo Association
  • President of USA Judo 2000-2008[6]
  • Member of U.S. Olympic Committee 2000-2004
  • Co-Founder and President of C3Fights[7]
  • President of the Oklahoma Board of Chiropractic Examiners (1997–)[3]
  • District Director, Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (2003–2009)[3]
  • Chairman of the FCLB Board of Directors 2008-2009
  • Recipient of the FCLB George W. Ardvison Award 2010, Baltimore
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of International Oil and Gas Holdings[8]
  • Elected as a Director of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners in May 2011