Professor Stanleigh Riser is a 5th Degree Black Belt in American Taekwondo and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jistu. He grew up in Maplewood and Oakdale Minnesota. Along with his love and appreciation of the martial arts he also enjoys music, drawing, painting, digital video and graphic design. He earned his AAS in Multimedia Technologies December 2013, graduating with honors from Rasmussen College. He has many designs including the UJJ logo.
Stan began training in martial arts at the age of 16 in 2001. He studied American Taekwondo/Sport Karate under the instruction of Master Steve Pruden. Stan began teaching as an Assistant Instructor in October of 2005. After earning his First Degree Black Belt, he became a Head Instructor teaching ages from preschool to adult. In the Summer of 2007, Stan started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) under Professor Klint Klaas. Stan’s attention to detail led him to be a substitute coach for Professor Klaas’ classes early on. Eventually, he began teaching both Karate and BJJ as a Head Instructor at the same time.
With his knowledge gained at Rasmussen, teaching and martial arts experience, he founded United Jiu Jitsu in 2017. He teaches grappling, striking, and fitness. Stan continues to train BJJ under Professor Jeremy Anderson. Recently earning his BJJ Black Belt in August of 2020 and 1st Degree Black Belt in October of 2023. Along with his martial arts training, Stan has 6 years of Wrestling experience accumulated between Skyview Middle School and Tartan Sr. High School. 3 years of which were on the High School Varsity team. He has studied Boxing with Jeron Stiffler to supplement his Kickboxing and to continue becoming a well-rounded martial artist.
Stan has worked hard to better the community by volunteering at schools to teach anti-bullying and self-defense related material. He has also promoted the benefits of martial art at birthday parties, neighborhood/public events, boy scout and girl scout meetings. His women’s self-defense seminars have been appreciated by the local community as well as the demonstrations he coordinates. Stan has taught self-defense and martial arts techniques to Fire Departments and Armed Forces. He continues to work hard to raise funds and donate to people in need including US Military Veterans and raising over $5000 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.