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Jon Blank

Jon Blank

Jon “Thor” Blank is a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu black belt under 10th Planet Bethlehem owners Zach Maslany and JM Holland. Blank started wrestling at 10 years old, going on to earn the honors of being a District 11 Champion, 2 time PIAA State Qualifier, 2 time Colonial league Champion, and multiple time MAWA Champion. After graduating high school, Blank was left looking for his next challenge and was introduced to 10th Planet Bethlehem by his good friends, Andrew and Kevin Jones, who were already training under Zach and JM. 10th Planet was perfect for him since it is all no gi based and he never really had an interest in training in the gi, partly due to his wrestling background. Although he only really began training jiu jitsu in 2014, Jon has gone on to make quite the name for himself on the jiu jitsu competition scene, particularly in the submission only format. Some of his most notable achievements were winning Ultimate Mat Warriors as a purple belt and, as a brown belt, winning the first 16-man combat jiu jitsu tournament at EBI 17 to earn the middleweight title with all 4 wins by submission. He also was a late replacement in the Combat Jiu Jitsu Fight Night absolute tournament, submitting UFC veteran Kevin Casey by heel hook to make it to the finals. He has also appeared on stages such as the RISE Invitational, Fight 2 Win, Kasai Pro, Finishers Sub Only, and more. He has been in the top 25 pound for pound list for all of the 10th Planet schools for 3 years straight now, most recently taking the #3 spot. He is also a 2019 ADCC invite. Through all of his training, teaching, and competing, Jon also holds a full time job and is one of the nicest and most humble guys you could possibly meet, regardless of how intimidating he can appear. He typically teaches both the fundamentals and advanced classes on Thursday nights at 10th Planet Bethlehem, affectionately referred to by the squad as “Thorsdays.”

Notable Accomplishments include

  • 10th planet black belt under Jon-Michael Holland and Zach Maslany
  • #3 on the Pound for Pound 10th Planet Competitor List in 2019
  • EBI 17 Combat Jiu Jitsu Middleweight Champion
  • 2019 ADCC Invite
  • Combat Jiu Jitsu Fight Night Finalist
  • Ultimate Mat Warriors 2 Welterweight Champion
  • Kasai Pro 205 lb Veteran and Superfight winner
  • 3 time Good fight submission only champion as a blue belt (purple/brown/black division)
  • UGC Superfight Winner
  • 2 time Gym wars super fight winner
  • Finishers Submission Only Veteran
  • 10 years folk style wrestling experience
  • District 11 Champion 
  • 2 time PIAA State Qualifier
  • 2 time Colonial League Champion
  • Multiple time MAWA Champion

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