“It’s like grappling a monkey or a cat. He never loses balance.”
The words of Chris Haueter (one of the first 12 non Brazilians to receive a black belt) on Jeff Glover’s style after their 2012 super fight.
Jeff Glover is one of the most innovative grapplers there is, from his deep half guard to his donkey guard we have all seen his incredibly playful style of grappling. But don’t be fooled by that playfulness on the mats, Jeff is a highly decorated competitor being a 27 time Grapplers Quest Champion, 2007 No Gi Mundial Champion, and winning multiple super fights throughout his career.
- 2007 Mundial de No-Gi Champion
- 2005 and 2006 Pan American Champion (Brown Belt)
- 2011 ADCC Bronze Medalist
- 2012 World Jiu Jitsu Expo Superfight Champion
- 15x Open Weight Champion in different organizations throughout his career
- 27 Time Grapplers Quest Champion. Holds the best record of that promotion. Only 4 loses over 8 years of competition.
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Jeff Glover Bio
A highly skillful and innovative grappler, Jeff Glover is known to be extremely playful with his grappling. Despite his playfulness, Jeff is an extremely dedicated about Jiu-Jitsu and has countless tournament and superfight wins under his belt.
As a young child Glover was constantly getting in trouble, once even mooning a teacher in third grade. Jeff admits he had way too much energy and was a wild child, he needed an outlet and a way to deal with his ADHD. He says he “needed Jiu-Jitsu. That’s all there is to it. I needed this shit”. He freely talks about how he only had three real options in life; Jail, Jiu-Jitsu, or Jiffy Lube. Luckily for Jeff, and for all of us, Jiu-Jitsu found him. When he was 16 Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller moved three houses from Jeff in order to start his own academy, Paragon. The teenage Jeff, being neighborly, knocked on Franjinha’s door to introduce himself to his new neighbor. He was invited in and introduced to the world of Jiu-Jitsu, forever changing it for the better. Jeff had never even heard of Jiu-Jitsu before this point in his life, his only “grappling” exposure was watching pro wrestling, an influence you can still see today in his playful fun style and excellent choice of no gi attire.
Very quickly Jeff immersed himself totally into Jiu-Jitsu, he stopped going to high school just so he could attend morning classes and by the time he was 18, he was a blue belt national champion and very quickly making a name for himself on the Jiu-Jitsu circuit. As a first year brown belt he won his first Pan American Championship in 2005. He would win that championship again the next year submitting all 4 of his opponents and receiving his black belt from Franjinha.
It was around this time that Jeff started to travel around searching for more training partners in order to continue to evolve his game. He often found himself at Mark Laimon’s Cobra Kai in Las Vegas. After a short amount of time training with Laimon every other month, he was offered a position teaching at the academy. After receiving his black belt and a blessing from Franjinha, Jeff moved to Vegas to teach for Laimon. But he was not finished with Franjinha who he considered a father figure, he still goes to him whenever he needs guidance.
Jeff has an amazing grappling record, going against and winning against many top top names in the sport. He has a notable win against 12 time World Champion Caio Terra in the inaugural World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, and an ADCC submission win against 6 time World Champion Robson Moura. He has also fought a who’s who of legends of the sport and has always been willing to fight anyone at any weight class.
Jeff Glover Highlights
Jeff is known for his extremely playful style, saying he can never be serious going into his matches. He is generally more concerned with putting on exciting matches than if he actually wins or not.
Of all his playful techniques, Jeff is probably best known for his Donkey Guard which has literally turned Jiu- Jitsu on its head. Jeff, being as playful as he is, often does a headstand to enter into his donkey guard, completely breaking Jiu-Jitsu but making it work because he is just that good.
His Donkey Guard has been controversial, even being banned from Gracie Tournaments in 2016 because they viewed it as “just silly”, and saying “if you were ever to do this in a real fight you would get kicked in the groin“. Is the Donkey Guard silly? Maybe. But Jeff is skilled enough that he can have fun, give his back to his opponent and still be able to fight effectively.
Jeff vs Daniel Hortegas ADCC 2015
Besides the Donkey Guard, Jeff is also known as an originator of The Deep Half Guard system.
Beat Bigger Opponents with Deep Half Guard
Deep Half Kneebar
There are numerous matches of Jeff’s on YouTube, showing his playful style to the fullest. Here are a few of his best showing exactly how good Jeff really is.
Jeff Glover vs Caio Terra Jiu-JItsu Expo 2012
This is Jeff and 12 time World Champion Caio Terra’s match from the first Jiu-Jitsu Expo in 2012. Jeff won the match 10 to 6.
Jeff Glover vs Robson Moura
This is Jeff’s guillotine submission win over 6 time World Champion Robson Moura at the 2011 ADCC Championships
Jeff Glover vs Sergio Farnes
This is 145lb Jeff Glover against 6’4’ 400lb Gracie Las Vegas Black Belt Sergio Farnes at a 2009 Grapplers Quest Expo. After an extremely dominate performance, including taking Sergio’s back numerous times, Jeff won on points.