Don CooperDon Cooper has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the last 12 years. Don was awarded the black belt while training under Jeremiah Rodeman and Jeff Stine who are his current professors. Don has trained under different professors over the years which have included Marcel Louzado, Jason Manly, Leandro Viera, Luiz Pedro, Renato Magno, and Bruce Elliot.
Don is a former wrestler, gymnast and triathlete.
He has practiced different forms of self-defense and martial arts since he was a child, including wrestling for eight years and Shotikan Karate for three years. He is a former high school gymnast and was a walk-on team member for the University of New Mexico's men's team.He is also a certified NRA pistol instructor. Don served in the Navy for seven years as a nuclear power submarine officer.
Don believes that Jiu Jitsu is a great sport for all people because of the lessons you learn that apply to all areas of life inside and outside the gym. He understands that Jiu Jitsu is great for the body, mind and soul. Don also believes that jiu jitsu is especially beneficial to kids who need to be active in a positive way and can enjoy the martial art while developing strong character and a noble spirit.
Don is a Christian with firm convictions that we are to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. Don sees that the parallels of jiu jitsu to spiritual life are amazing.
Don has been married to his wife Jennifer (co-owner of Emerge and also trains in jiu jitsu) for 32 years and they have six children together.