During January & February
worked on four Ultimate Fighter Shows for Spike TV Tuff Productions.
January 20 - judged WEC on the Vs Channel.
February 3 - guest of the Athletic Commission
for UFC 67 JAckson vs Eastman.
February 24 - judges Pride 33 Second Coming
- Lester judged the main event Wanderlei Silva vs Dan Henderson.
March 10 - judged King of the Cage at Laughlin,
April 5 - judged Spike TV Fight Night at
The Palms, Las Vegas. Joe Stevenson vs Melvin Guillard.
April 14 - judges Tuff N Nuff Brawl in
the Barn at South Point, Las Vegas.
May 12 - judge for WEC at Hard Rock, Las
Lester writes for Gladiator
June 3 - judged WEC Live at Hard Rock,
June 8 - judged King of
the Cage, Soboba, Thomas Kenny vs Thomas Denny.
June 23 - judged TUF Season
6 for Pike TV - to air Sept 19th.
August 5 - Judged WEC at
Hard Rock, Las Vegas.
Sept - Hooray! Lester is
hired to Ca State Athletic Commission!
Sept 15th - judged KOC
at Avi Casino at Laughlin, NV.
Sept 19th - judged UFC
fight Night at The Palms, Las Vegas.
Sept 22nd - judged UFC
76 at the Honda Center, Anaheim.
Oct - School moves to bigger
and better premises - 1532 South Santa Fe Ave. unit # 301, San
Jacinto, CA 92583
February 4th - Guest of UFC in NV Athletic
March 4 - UFC world middleweight champ
judge. Canada vs USA
May 14 - Judged King of the Cage -- Don
Fry vs Warpath Phoenix
June 9 - Judged King of the Cage at Soboba.
June 24 - Judged Spike Fight Night Finale.
July - School celebrates 11 years.
August 4 - Judged King of the Cage at Soboba.
August 26 - Judged UFC 62 -- Liddell vs
Babalu Sobral at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
September - Guest of California State Athletic
Commission at UFC 63 Arrow Head Pond, Ca. Included a weekend of
official judge and referee training.
October 14 - Judged UFC 64 -- Franklin
vs Anderson Silva at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
October 21 - Guest of Nevada State Athletics
Commission for Pride Fighting's first show on American Soil.
November 11 - Judged UFC Fight Night Final
on Spike TV at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas.
December 1 - Judged King of the Cage.
December 30 - Judged UFC 66 Liddell vs
January - School launches
March 20th - Sifu judged King of the Cage
May - judged King of the Cage at Buffalo
Bills Casino in Primm, Nevada.
June - Fought in the Dog Brothers Gathering
- "The Pack".
July - School is celebrating it's 10th
August 15 - Lester turns 45.
August - Set to judge King of the Cage
August 5th and the UFC that month too.
October 14th - Judged King of the Cage.
December 2nd - Judged King of the Cage.
Continues to judge the King of the Cage
- on average four to five times a year.
July - gets married for the first time
to Janine Dodge, his beautiful girlfriend of eight years.
December 23 - Courtney Viola Griffin is
born - 7 1/2 lbs.
Receives NEVADA STATE LICENSE from the
athletic Commission to judge.
Judges in Reno August 16th. King of the
Cage, then goes on to judge two more at Saboba that year.
Lester Griffin celebrates his eighth year
February - Griffin judges King of the
Cages “Wet and Wild.”
April - Griffin receives 3rd degree Black
Belt in Amercian Ju Jitsu under Dave Tice and Steve Crawford.
June - Griffin judges King of the Cage
August - Griffin judges King of the Cage
September - Griffin judges King of the
November - Griffin back up fighter for
extreme pankration 11-11-01.
Currently Lester Griffin is working on
his High Performance Kickboxing video tape series, Stickfighting
tapes, lost Wing Chun dummy form and other topics.
Lester Griffin celebrated his 6th year
Anniversary of his school.
February - Lester judges
King of the Cage #2
February - Received 1st degree Black Belt
in American Ju Jitsu, Grapplling Division under Dave Tice. Same
day received same rank for stand up division.
April - Lester’s student Jim Abrille
heel hooks a guy name Tim Conrad from Combat Grappling in 37 seconds,
it’s the quickest heel hook in King of the Cage history. Jim
hurt his knee training with Fabiano Iha getting ready to fight Lion’s
Den fighter Dean Lister.
June - Lester judges King of the Cage #4.
September - Lester judges King of the Cage
October 10th - Tyler Lester Griffin is
born - 9 1/2 lbs.
October - Lester Griffin’s student
Jim Abrille fights in King of the Cage #1 to a draw against a guy
with a 20 – 0 record. Jim’s first cage fight!
Griffin receives yellow glove in Savate
under Nicolas Saignac (Still waiting for The Silver Glove Nick-
Savate ranking: blue, green, red, white,
yellow, silver and bronze.
December - received Level 3 Instructor
in Jeet Kune Do Unlimited under Burton Richardson.
Griffin receives 3rd degree Black Belt
in Shorinji Ryu Jujitsu, under Kenneth Lyle Penland (10th degree
Received Senior Lakan Guro Level 3 under
Marc Denny .
The cherry on top- received Lakan Guro
under Dan Inosanto, everybody knows any rank from Inosanto is an
honor. Still working to move to higher levels under Guro Dan.
to Italy with Marc Denny to assist in a seminar with over 500 people.
Received basic Purple Belt
from John Machado.
Received First Level Instructor
under Burton Richardson in JKD Concepts, Kali / Silat (Bukti Negara),
and Muay Thai.
July 1995 – Griffin opens his first
school in Hemet, CA
Went to the Philippines with Burton Richardson,
John Machado, Chad Stahalski and other great Martial Artists to
work on the movie “Heetseeker.”
Also, trained everyday with the late Grandmaster
Anotonio “TaTang” llistrisimo.
Received basic Blue Belt from John Machado.
One week back from the Philippines, stick
fought Mike Mangini in the ring. Griffin is the first Dog Brother
to step in and stick fight in the ring. Very different than the
open field. Over 1,000 spectators and Marc Denny as the announcer.
Purchase Surf Dogs stick fight preparation tape and see the whole
fight. Two weeks later, surf dog fought in the annual May gathering.
Became a Dog Brother stick fighter and
received the nickname “Surf Dog” Lester is one of twelve
original Dog Brothers.
Began training with Marshall Ho in Tai
Chi 2x per week for four years, until his un-timely death.
January - Received white glove in Savate
under Salem Assli.
Marc Denny introduced Griffin to Burton
Richardson, Griffin began his training with Burton at his Long Beach
school and has been Burton’s student ever since.
November - Received certificate
of “Instructor” in Jeet Kune Do Concepts from Paul Vunak.
May 1991 - Received red and bronze glove
in Savate under Salem Ass
Continued to study with Namfa Lot and
received Muay Thai diploma from United Kickboxing Association (
the first Muay Thai in the United States of America). Also, under
the direction of Omray Ban, Griffin trained in Cambodian Kickboxing
and MUAY KHMER
Saw Marc Denny at the Thai fights in
Anaheim, CA. Denny, who was Paul Vunak’s right hand man. At
this time, Griffin started to train and learn from Denny and has
been training with Marc Denny ever since. Also, trained with Dean
Nubling in Judo.
||Griffin wanted to learn more about Thai
Boxing, so he found Long Beach Kickboxing(one of the first Muay Thai
school’s around, whose owner was Omray Ban). Many great fighters
came out of this school. Griffin had the chance to train with some
of the best: Dean Nubling, Namfa Lot, Omray Ban and Kit Young.
||Discovered Paul Vunak and
started to train JKD Concepts with Paul until 1991. During this time
period, Griffin, studied wing chun under the direction of Jerry McKinley,
who is certified under Jim Lau (one of the last students to be certified
by Yip Man).
||Began Kung Fu under Richard Tism in Long
Beach, Cal. Tism is a descendant of Wong Shung Leung (Wing Chun).
Spent the next four years studying extensively in the arts of Wing
Chun, Hun Gar and Pak Qi.
Continued to practice Martial Arts and
pursue a professional surfing career.
Obtained a Black Belt in
Tang Soo Do.
Mike Stone had closed his school for
personal reasons. Griffin then joined the Chuck Norris chain.
Lester buys his first pair of throwing
Griffin began Karate with Mike Stone,
who, at the time was publicly known to be dating Priscilla Presley.
This same year Lester met Bruce Lee himself. Mike Stone and Chuck
Norris had organized the “Four Seasons” tournament in
Long Beach, Cal., where Bruce Lee’s student Joe Lewis was
a participant who ended up winning the tournament. Lester Griffin
met and shook Bruce Lee’s hand that night that his life changed
||Lester’s interest in Martial Arts
first sparked while watching the television shows the “Wild,
Wild, West,” and “Green Hornet,” which were the
first television shows to show Karate and Kung Fu.