HarperProfessor Harper was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) in the high school wrestling room and began formal training in BJJ, Muay Thai and Vale Tudo with Rafael Lovato, Sr in 2001. He quickly rose through the ranks as one of the most active and successful team competitors and was awarded his Black Belt by Rafael Lovato, Senior and Junior, in January 2012. Then received his First Degree from Professor Octavio Couto in September 2015. He has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission grappling and judo tournaments and is 1-0 in amateur Muay Thai fights. Prof Harper started instructing BJJ, Muay Thai and boxing classes as a blue belt and after over a decade of teaching has been recognized for his approachable demeanor, and effective and encouraging teaching style.


Competition Highlights

  • 2003 Winter Wars Blue Belt Champion
  • 2003 American National BJJ Championship Blue Belt Champion
  • 2004 Gracie Arnolds Blue Belt Champion
  • 2004 Texas BJJ Invitational Blue Belt Champion
  • 2005 Southwest Submission Grappling Challenge Advanced No-Gi Champion
  • 2006 Elite Grapplers Championship Purple Belt Weight & Absolute Champion
  • 2006 American National BJJ Championship 2nd Place Purple Belt
  • 2007 Elite Grapplers Championship Purple Belt Champion
  • 2007 Texas BJJ & Submission Wrestling Championships Advanced No-Gi Champion and Purple Belt Champion
  • 2010 Houston International Open 3rd Place Brown Belt Weight and 3rd Place Brown Belt Absolute
  • 2010 Grapplers Quest Texas 2nd Place Advanced No-Gi
  • 2011 Houston International Open 2nd Place Brown Belt Masters Weight and Brown Belt Masters Absolute Champion
  • 2011 Pan Ams 3rd Place Brown Belt Masters Absolute
  • 2011 Dallas International Open Brown Belt Masters Champion and 2nd Place Brown Belt Masters Absolute
  • 2011 American Nationals No-Gi Championship Brown Belt Champion
  • 2011 American Nationals BJJ Championship 2nd Place Brown Belt Weight and 3rd Place Brown Belt Absolute
  • 2012 Grapplers Quest Texas State Championship No-Gi Advanced Champion, 2nd Place No-Gi Advanced Absolute and Black Belt Champion
  • 2012 Dallas International Open Black Belt Masters Champion

See Professor Harper’s highlight video