Butch Marks

Head BJJ Instructor

Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu/Submission Grappling/Kickboxing/Muy Thai

“The path is the most important part, and to be able to do this with your friends, to build relationships, to challenge yourself physically, mentally and progress, that’s all we really can ask in anything we do. And in my life, I’ve found the best avenue for that: jiu-jitsu.”–Butch Marks

Butch is a true martial arts student, and he began his studies at the age of 4. By the age of 7, he was on the USA Karate National Team. In 1995, he was introduced to Gracie jiu-jitsu (the Brazilian form of jiu-jitsu developed by the Gracie family), and he continues to learn new methods of the jiu-jitsu discipline even after 20+ years of experience.

His titles include:

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in the Gracie lineage
  • Black Belt in Judo
  • Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • 3 time Junior National Champ
  • 2 time NAGA National Champ Jiu-Jitsu
  • 3 time Bud Cup Worlds Competitor – Feather-Weight
  • USA Open, Grappling Quest and FILA Grappling Cup Champion

Chris Sawtelle

Head Striking Coach


“Boxing helps people explore themselves in a way that they can see what they’ve got, to test themselves and get outside of their comfort zone, how they can get a hold of their emotions in a way that they’re not used to. It develops a lot of courage in a person.” –Chris Sawtelle

Chris Sawtelle is a bonafide veteran of the boxing world. For almost thirty years, Chris has either been a coach or a professional/amateur boxer. And for many young and upcoming boxers, he is a true mentor.

His credentials speak for themselves:

  • Fought under Olympic boxing coach, Anthony Chase
  • Four time Florida State Boxing Champion
  • Virginia Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2003 Toughman Contest Heavyweight Champion


Rusty Haun

Judo Instructor

Rusty Haun is a Black Belt in Judo and is our head Judo instructor. Rusty has trained in the martial arts for over 20 years, earning his black belt in 2010 from Sensei Joe Hurst. Thereafter, he pursued his black belt in Judo, receiving the prestigious belt in 2007. We are proud to have Rusty as a part of our team at American Top Team Asheville.

  • Black Belt in Judo 
  • State finalist in both North Carolina and Florida State Judo Championships
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Former undefeated Amateur MMA fighter
  • Former Professional MMA fighter