Chris McKarski –
Chris McKarski began training in Martial Arts in 1990 when he was at a local Tae Kwon Do school. He continued to train in Tae Kwon Do until he was 13 when he was introduced to Muay Thai. He trained in Muay Thai off and on over the course of the next five years.
Upon graduating high school, Chris joined the Marine Corps and was shipped off to boot camp in November of 2002. While in the Marine Corps, Chris qualified for a wide variety of specialized training in armed and unarmed combatives that included, The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, Military Operations in Urban Training, Cold Weather Survival, Land Navigation, and other specialized training. In late 2004, Chris was medically discharged under Honorable conditions and returned to Indiana. While in the Marine Corps, Chris had been introduced to the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by a friend who trained with Jean Jaques Machado in Torrance, California. Chris attended a few classes at the Machado Academy before returning home to continue his education and Jiu Jitsu training.
Since returning to Indiana, Chris has earned a Bachelors degree in European History and is scheduled to attend Graduate school for Medieval Theology in the near future. While attending school he also pursued his passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After bouncing around from academy to academy, Chris found a home at the Indiana Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy under the tutelage of James Clingerman.
Chris has been training at the IBJJA since 2006 and is now a Blue Belt under James. In May of 2009, Chris had his first MMA fight on the UFL “Lights Out” show. He won with a triangle choke in 1:29 of the 1st round. Chris plans on continuing to fight and compete in MMA and BJJ in the future while developing and furthering his skills in the two prospective sports.