Alder Hampel a Black Belt in 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, was born in 1978 in Portland Oregon. He has been practicing martial arts since the age of 8. He’s trained in such styles as Kung Fu, Karate, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling, Boxing and Kickboxing. Everything changed for him in 1994 when he witness possibly one of the most revolutionary moments in all of martial arts, UFC 1. As an avid pro wrestling fan, Alder watched as Royce Gracie unmercifully applied finishing hold, after finishing hold, as his opponents were forced to submit. Being as Gracie Jiu Jitsu wasn’t easily accessible to a teen ager with little money, he sought out as much information as he could, reading every magazine he could get his hands on. Until eventually, he met a like minded high school classmate named Robert Hooks jr. Robert trained at the Gracie Academy, and offered to roll with him at his house after school. After Alder was swept, had his guard passed, got mounted and finally submitted, there was no turning back, he was addicted.
Alder began his first BJJ classes in 1996 with the legendary Jean-Jacques Machado. From there he went on to received his blue belt with Renato Magno of Street Sport Jiu Jitsu. It wasn’t until Alder started training with Eddie Bravo in Nogi, that he began to excel in leaps and bounds. He discovered 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu by accident when he visited Chris Reilly’s Muay Thai gym, The Bomb Squad,, across the street from his work in West Hollywood. Although he was familiar with Eddie Bravo, it wasn’t until Alder had actually trained under him, that he saw how innovative 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu actually was.
Although Alder has competed in the past, his true passion is coaching. He stresses the idea of learning how to learn. His ability to fill in his students holes, break down techniques and making techniqes work has by gained him the respect of his students and peers alike. Alder’s teaching method stresses the importance of drilling, sparring, game planning, competing, goal setting and journalling ones progress. He fells this is the way to becoming a complete martial arts. He also believes adjusting ones game, through trial and error, is the road to building a strong game.
Alder is considered world wide as one of the best ambassadors and instructors for 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. He has been all over the globe advising upstart 10th Planet Schools and teaching seminars. He also has gained much notoriety because of his blog, www10thplanetwatch.com. Currently, he’s been slowing down on his travels to focus on building his own 10th Planet academy in Van Nuys, California.
Alder has worked with and cornered many amateur and professional MMA fighters. Which includes cornering Dan Hardy for his UFC title fight against Georges St. Pierre. , his goal is to focus on building fighters from the ground up. He believes the truest test of coaches ability is to build something out of nothing. Any gym can be blessed with an amazing athlete, but he believes it’s what you can do with your weakest link that shows a coaches character.
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