est. 2018

Tim Dawson

Owner | Head Instructor
Black Belt | Head Instructor
Black Belt | Kids Program Director
Black Belt | Instructor
Black Belt | Instructor
Brown Belt | Instructor
Brown Belt | Instructor
Purple Belt | Wrestling Instructor
Purple Belt | Kids Instructor

Tim Dawson

Coach Tim Dawson is an enthusiastic competitor who teaches structured, high-intensity classes to students interested in improving their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). His high-energy coaching arms students with a powerful and fluid style that melds both offensive and defensive techniques for sport BJJ. As a varsity wrestler and gymnast in high school and now BJJ competitor, Coach Tim has a long history of preparing for and successfully competing in intense individual sports and activities that require a combination of strength, speed, flexibility, and mental toughness. Coach Tim is an IBJJF certified Black Belt in BJJ under the late Dave “The Rock” Jacobs, an east-coast BJJ legend, and has competed frequently and successfully since 2011. In addition to BJJ, Coach Tim is a strong believer in wrestling as a powerful tool to attain positional dominance in sport BJJ and his wrestling instruction is designed to ensure students are able to use wrestling to dominate the initiative, immediately put opponents on their heels, and put themselves in a strong position to win the match.

Abbreviated Credentials

● IBJJF Certified Black Belt under David “The Rock” Jacobs
● 2x World Master Champion
● 4x NY Open Champion
● DC Open Champion
● F2W Pro Winner
● WKA Amateur MMA National Champion (2014)
● Multiple-time U.S. Grappling, NAGA, and Grappling Industries Gold Medalist in both Gi and Nogi

Matt Miller

Matt started training in Toledo, OH under at the legendary Saulo and Xande Ribeiro’s original academy in the United States. He was awarded up through purple belt by Ribeiro black belt Chris Blanke. In 2013, he moved to the Washington, DC metro area and earned his brown and black belts from the late David “The Rock” Jacobs.

Black Belt Competition Highlights:
2018 IBJJF Cincinnatti Open/M1/82kg – 1st place
2018 IBJJF Nashville Open/M1/82kg – 1st place
2019 UAEJJF Continental Pro/M1/77kg – 3rd place
2019 PRIME Esportes São Paulo Open/Absolute – 3rd place
2021 IBJJF Charleston Open No-Gi/M1/85kg – 1st place
2021 CBJJ Brazilian Nationals (Brasileiros)/M1/82kg – Quarterfinals
2021 FJJRIO Rei do Rio/M1/82kg – 2nd place

In addition to the above, Matt has competed and won in many local tournaments.

Matt is a passionate instructor who’s first priority is student development and safety. He can regularly be sought out for help after class and during open mats. Matt also regularly coaches High Noon athletes at competitions.

Maia Matalon

With a background in high school wrestling, Coach Maia started training BJJ in California in 2009. In 2013 Maia moved to train under Ryan and Jen Hall at Fifty/50 Martial Arts, earning her black belt in 2017. An avid competitor at the colored belts, Coach Maia ran into a series of injuries that benched her from the competition mats and became an opportunity to grow as a BJJ coach. Coach Maia enjoys teaching all levels of BJJ, but you’ll find her most often teaching the High Noon Kids; her passion has always been encouraging the smallest grapplers to learn confidence and resilience through BJJ.

Competition Highlights:

Brown Belt
IBJJF World Absolute 3rd Place (5/30/15)
IBJJF World Heavyweight Champion (5/30/15)

Purple Belt:
IBJJF No-Gi World Heavyweight Champion (10/4/14)
IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Absolute Champion (9/27/14)
IBJJF Pan American Championship Absolute Champion (3/14/14)
IBJJF Pan American Championship Heavyweight Champion (3/14/14)

Blue Belt
IBJJF World Championship Heavyweight Champion 2010
IBJJF World Championship Absolute Champion 2010

Coach Leah

Coach Leah has been training BJJ in the DC area since 2010, earning her purple and brown belts from David “The Rock” Jacobs. In October 2020, Leah received her black belt from High Noon’s head coaches, Tim Dawson and Matt Miller. During that time frame, she has competed at all of the colored belt levels, medaling at multiple tournaments, including IBJJF Masters Worlds, IBJJF DC Open, IBJJF New York Open, and many local U.S. Grappling tournaments. Leah especially enjoys teaching and coaching newer grapplers, helping them to learn how to train and aiding them in starting their own competitive journeys.

Ryan Clay

Due to frequent moves for work, Ryan has had the opportunity to train with a diverse group of teachers. Ryan started training in 2003 at his university’s grappling club. Ryan eventually earned his blue belt in 2010 from Leandro Nyza of Nova União in Hawaii. Initially focused on MMA, Ryan competed often, going 6-1 in amateur MMA, 1-0 in kickboxing, as well as competing in multiple other mixed rules bouts. 

Deciding he didn’t have any more brain cells to spare, Ryan shifted focus to competition BJJ, competing in both worlds and pan-ams, earning his purple belt in 2012 from Ryan Hall at Fifty/50, and his brown belt in 2014 from Ataíde Junior with Constrictor Team in Brasilia, Brazil.After continuing to train while living in Pakistan and Mexico, Ryan began training at High Noon BJJ after moving back to the DC area in 2020. Ryan is proud to have become a High Noon black belt in 2021. Ryan teaches the morning BJJ class three times a week for a hardy group that loves training more than sleep.

Graham smith

Coach Graham started training in January 2014, spending four years training under the late David “The Rock” Jacobs, a BJJ legend on the east coast. After The Rock passed in 2018, Graham continued under his lineage with Coaches Tim and Matt – both David Jacobs black belts – at High Noon BJJ.

He earned his brown belt in April 2021 and focuses on improving in all facets of grappling while assisting with the development of the High Noon team. Coach Graham has also competed in many local and IBJJF tournaments, most notably the IBJJF DC and Atlanta Opens.

Tyler Murphy

Our resident leg locker, Coach Tyler began training in December of 2013 after dropping into a class at Kaizen MMA. He received his purple belt from Coach Kyle Dalton in 2017, who shortly after retired from coaching due to injury concerns. As he searched for a new gym to call home, Coach Tim reached out about the opening of High Noon and he has been here ever since. In 2020, he received his brown belt from Coaches Tim and Matt in recognition of his toughness, skill, dedication, and hard work, and currently teaches a submission grappling class focused on leg locks on Monday nights. Coach Tyler also frequently works one on one with leg lock expert Eddie Cummings to expand and improve his leg lock arsenal.

An avid competitor, Coach Tyler can frequently be seen competing in local events and super fights, and has racked up multiple medals over his years of competition. He is constantly working to refine his game and evolve the use of leg locks in the sport, and can be found at the gym training with his peers almost daily.

Nate Marsh

Coach Nate is a former college wrestler, purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and currently coaches wrestling at Fairfax High School. Nate is a dedicated BJJ student and an excellent wrestling instructor for the High Noon community. You can find Coach Nate on the mats assisting Coach Tim with wrestling instruction during our Tuesday/Thursday no gi classes, at Saturday open mat, and teaching his fantastic wrestling class on Sunday mornings.

Mo Benkandil

Coach Mo started training in 2015 receiving his blue belt from a Matt Serra BJJ academy and receiving his purple belt from a Tom Deblass BJJ academy. In between various deployments and missions with the United States Navy, Coach Mo has always made training a priority while competing at local and IBJJF tournaments at every level. Coach Mo’s expertise in teaching comes from his experience as a Hebrew School teacher for four years, teaching students of all ages/skill levels. His role as a High Noon instructor is rooted in his inspiration to grow as a teacher and a practitioner alike.

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Competition policy

With lots of competitions finally back on schedules across the country, the High Noon coaching staff has developed a new policy regarding training requirements for competition.

“You can only fight the way you practice.” – Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings

Our coaching staff has decades of competition experience and one of the most important lessons we’ve learned is that you MUST prepare properly to achieve consistent success in competition. Even with proper preparation, success is STILL not guaranteed! Failing to prepare, however, does a huge disservice to the team you represent, the coaches and teammates that spend time and energy training with you, and, most importantly, yourself.

Absolute minimum of two training sessions per week. For newer practitioners especially – Coach Leah has been an integral resource in game planning over the course of High Noon’s existence. She is an experienced competitor herself and a resource you should seriously consider consulting if newer to competition.

Absolute minimum of three training sessions per week. Student will also discuss a training plan with Coaches Tim and Matt for approval.

The coaching staff puts forth a lot of effort to ensure that competitively inclined students have an opportunity to succeed. The above requirements assist in giving the student a baseline training load to be successful in competition. Please note, that the above requirements are minimums. Additional training sessions are always encouraged for students who are preparing for competitions.

Last, just so it is clear, we do not expect you to compete under the High Noon flag at any competition unless you have met these standards. You are, of course, ultimately free to do what you please (i.e. compete independently, etc.), but it is important for us to set a baseline standard of readiness for those that want to represent the gym in competition.

Please feel free to contact coaches Tim and Matt with any questions.