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Justin Rader
Black Belt

Assistant Instructor | Wrestling | Warriors Instructor

Justin Rader, or Rader as he is most commonly referred to, is one of the top lightweight BJJ & Submission Wrestling competitors in the country. Rader has dedicated his life to the Martial Arts, wrestling since the age of 4 and training at Lovato’s since the age of 12. Rader made history in August of 2010, when he became the first Lovato Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Rader has built a reputation as a fierce competitor, as well as being an excellent coach and instructor for the Lovato Team. Rader was a Pan-American & World Champion in 2007 as a purple belt. As a brown belt, Rader placed 2nd at the Pan-Ams & 3rd at the World Championships. Without the gi, Rader has had many great performances in professional tournaments, winning the Budweiser Cup Lightweight Pro Division and Grapplers Quest Lightweight Pro division. He was also the 2009 No-Gi Brown Belt Champion and 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling quarterfinalist. Rader graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science with a distinction degree from OU and is currently working on his masters in dietetics from Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He also has CPR & AED certification and standard first aid certifications. Rader also recently received his level 1 kettle-bell instructor certification under Steve Maxwell. Rader is not only a great martial arts instructor, but also a great resource for your health and fitness questions.

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