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Cody Hier


Head Instructor

A Davison, MI native, Cody Hier wrestled for Davison High School under Roy Hall where he helped the team win four State Championships.  Cody took his competitive wrestling career to Eastern Michigan University where he competed at 149 lbs.  After his collegiate career he started training Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in Pittsburgh, PA under Daniel Gracie black belt Warren Stout.  There he fought in several amateur MMA fights while also earning his blue belt in BJJ.

Cody continued his MMA career in Philadelphia, PA under Daniel Gracie where he had a professional MMA Debut at 135 lbs while also earning a brown belt In BJJ.


Cody now brings the authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu training regimen and lifestyle to Grand Rapids, MI.

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Miguel Diaz

Jiu-Jitsu Coach

A seasoned competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Miguel Diaz Jr. made the transition to a full-time career in Mixed Martial Arts in 2017. With the addition of wrestling to his skill set, his amateur MMA career took off. 


In the Spring of 2019, Miguel made his professional debut winning via submission with a rear naked choke.  Since that time Miguel has built a professional record of 2-1 fighting under the banner of Cage Fury Fighting Championships.  In addition Miguel has earned a brown belt in BJJ under Daniel Gracie.


His passionate coaching style is a reflection of his competitive spirit. He has helped many others find success through wrestling and competitive Jiu-Jitsu.  He remains active in training and ready for the next step in his career.  

Phillip Joseph

Wrestling Coach

A Lapeer, MI native Phillip competed for the East Eagles where he was a three time state qualifier finishing his last two seasons with the Eagles as an undefeated Michigan State Champion in 2009 going 64-0 after finishing 3rd place as a junior in 2008 with a 58-1 record.  A top recruit out of Michigan, he took his talents to Eastern Michigan University where he competed as a starter all 4 years.  A 4 time MAC all-conference and 3X National qualifier for the NCAA Division 1 tournament where he finished his career in the top 25 in the country at 184 lbs.  


After his collegiate career, he trained MMA for a short period of time and after returning from Texas, he took the head coaching position at Allegan High School.  Phillip now brings his experience and expertise to Daniel Gracie Grand Rapids.

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