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Wade Barden

Wade Barden started training in karate at 10 years old and started to assist in teaching at 13.  After much dedication, he earned his black belt by the age of 14. Achieving 3 Grand Champion titels. Once reaching the rank of 3rd degree black belt, he switched gears and pursued Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  While he achieved multiple marks and trained multiple MMA champions, Wade decided to focus solely on BJJ.

Wade earned his BJJ black belt after 5 years of training and was one of the youngest to achieve it in the state of Wisconsin on December 1st, 2011.

Now training under renowned Black Belt Shawn Hammonds, Wade has grown even more in his BJJ ability and achieved the rank of second degree Black Belt.   

In addition to his martial arts background, Wade is also a Certified Personal Trainer who has been helping individuals achieve their personal and sport specific goals for the past several years.

“I love teaching martial arts; it’s what I was made to do. I enjoy learning from everyone I train, including my students. My goal is to teach everyone who steps on the mat to the best of my ability and share all my knowledge. I want all of my students to be better than me one day.” -Wade Barden

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Matt Gaffney

With over 20yrs of wrestling experience, Head Wrestling Coach Matt Gaffney will help develop and focus on the necessary skills to become a champion. Matt is also a Jiu Jitsu Purple belt and a 10 year MMA Veteran

Coach Bio:

-HS record 165-17

-3X WIAA State Qualifier

-2X State Place Winner

-2008 WIAA Div. 1 State Champion (130lbs)

-Northern Plains Freestyle and Greco Champion