Sioux Falls

jiu Jitsu

Meet Sawyer

My Name is Sawyer Buttweiler and I’m the Head Instructor and founder of Misfits Grappling Club. I have been studying and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 14 years and I was awarded my brown belt on January 3rd, 2021 by my instructor Nate Kleinfeld, the owner of Next Level Combat AKA Tenth Planet St. Paul.

My students and I have won at all levels of competition across the Midwest and we want you to come and train with us in Sioux Falls. It’s fun, I promise.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

I would argue today Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or commonly known as BJJ is a combination of submission and wrestling techniques that have been stolen or borrowed from cultures all around the World.  I believe BJJ is the art of using your body type and technique to control and defeat your opponent. BJJ is the arguably the only Martial Art that you can train full force day in and day out. When you or your partner is beaten, simply tap and try again.

Historically the inventor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu varies by who you ask.  The Gracie family is without a doubt the most influential. However, they are split into two main camps. One side claims Carlos Gracie Sr. learned techniques from the Judoka Mitsuyo Maeda. He then used what he was taught to create 

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The other side claims Helio Gracie invented Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by watching his older brothers train. He then removed the techniques that he was to weak to do. Thus creating BJJ. 

Gi vs Nogi

I personally prefer Nogi. However I train, teach, and compete in both. The Gi is the traditional Kimono or robe that you see and use in eastern martial arts. In BJJ it can lead to chokes off of the lapel or sweep or throws off of different sleeve and jacket grips. 

For Nogi you wear board shorts, spats, or leggings without pockets and a rash guard or tight fitting T shirt. For the most part you are not allowed to use grips on your training partner’s cloths. It is more like wrestling or like Mixed Martial Arts, but without strikes. 

My Style of Grappling 

I am a Brown Belt in the Tenth Planet System.  Tenth Planet Jiu Jitsu is Eddie Bravo’s brand. It is a dynamic clinching based system of offense that translates well towards Mixed Martial Arts. I have also trained under many other BJJ black belts and I am a grappling nerd.  Simply put if it work it works. I have added techniques to our class from Judo, Sambo and Catch Wrestling.

Frequently Asked Questions

can I Cross-train in more than one Martial Art?

YES! We offer Judo, Hapkido, Jui Juitsu, and self defense classes. Members of our Dojo are encouraged to train in as many martial arts as they can!

How many classes can I go to each month?

Members are able to go to as many classes as they want to. There is no limit weekly or monthly to the amount of classes one person can attend.

What is the difference between Judo and Jui Jitsu?

Judo and Jui Jitsu have many similarities and differences. Judo focuses a lot more on throwing, where Jui Jitsu focuses more on fighting from the ground. We train in both Judo and Jui Juitsu at our dojo.

Why Do I need to sign up for USJA?

All of our Judokas are required to sign up for US Judo Association. This is our affiliation for belt ranking, and our curriculum. We also compete in this association so membership is required for competition.

Is competition required?

Competition is not required, however, as a part of USJA in order to promote and get to the next rank competing is important. We believe that learning to compete is an essential way to grow in this sport.

What is the minimum Age Requirement For Jui jitsu?

The minimum age is normally 12 if accompanied by an adult training partner. If there is a child who you would like to have participate that is 11 an assessment will be completed by one of our instructors.


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