Sean "Honey Badger" LaBute

Head Instructor

Experience comes with practice

About

Sean started training in 1989 in full-contact karate and was a successful competitor on the full-contact circuits in Canada and the USA. He was promoted to Shodan (first-degree black belt) in 1995 (Isshinryu karate). In 1998, he was among the top-ranked sport karate fighters before quickly transitioning into MMA training and competition. Sean continues to train with some of the best fighters in the world – staying current to keep his students cutting edge.

Sean has over 25 years of training and competition experience, is currently involved, and competes in numerous Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Karate, Boxing, and Muay Thai circuits. He is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 25 years of medical experience and is a medical liaison to Hybrid Training Academy.

Other Credentials
  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Isshinryu Karate (1995)
  • Coaching Certification (2009)
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt - Isshinryu Karate (2010)
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Isshinryu Karate (2014)
  • #3 divisional brown belt featherweight IBJJF bronze medalist world no-gi Jiu-Jitsu championships (2022 Anaheim, CA)
  • #7 divisional brown-belt featherweight IBJJF word masters jiu-jitsu championships (2021 Las Vegas, NV
  • #5 divisional featherweight IBJJF world masters jiu-jitsu championships (2015 Las Vegas, NV)
  • Cross-trained in muay thai, freestyle kickboxing, full contact karate, open sport karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, MMA, and boxing.
  • Michigan state champion (2011/2012)
  • Michigan open no-gi lightweight silver medallist (2012)
  • black- belt member of the American Okinawan Karate Association personal training certification
Training Background
  • 2010 - Extreme Couture – Las Vegas, NV
  • 2011 - Tapout Training Center - Las Vegas, NV, Coach - Rodrigo Botti (World Jiu-Jitsu Champion)
  • 2012 - American Top Team – Coconut Creek, FL Coaches - Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (UFC) & Derrick “The Caveman” Mehmen (Strikeforce)
  • 2012 - Cobra Kai Jiu Jitsu – Las Vegas, NV, Coaches – Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel (UFC), & Simpson Go (World Jiu-Jitsu Champion)
  • 2013 - American Top Team - Coconut Creek, FL, Coach - Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal (UFC/Strikeforce/Bellator)
  • 2013 - Wand Fight Gym - Las Vegas, NV, Coach - Alex Neves
  • 2013 - Cobra Kai Jiu-jitsu - Las Vegas, NV, Coach - Jerry Shapiro (RFA)
  • 2014 - American Top Team – Coconut Creek, FL, Coach - Mike Brown (UFC/WEC
  • 2014 - Adrenaline MMA - London, ON, Coach - Mark “The Machine” Hominick (UFC)
  • 2014 - Cleber Jiu-Jitsu - Huntington Beach, CA, Coach - Xandao Neves
  • 2014 - One Kick’s Gym - Las Vegas, NV, Coach - Nick Blomgren
  • 2015 - American Top Team - Coconut Creek, FL, Coach – Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (UFC)
  • 2015 - Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Torrance, CA, Instructor - Rener Gracie
  • 2015 - Caique Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Lomita, CA, Instructors - Thomaz & Pedro Elias
  • 2017 - American Top Team - Coconut Creek, FL, Coaches - Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (UFC) and Mike Brown (UFC/WEC)
  • 2017 - Warrior Way Muay Thai Legends - Detroit, MI, Coaches - Samart Pyakaroon, Saekson Janjira & Matee Jedeepitak
  • 2017 - Caique Jiu-Jitsu Academy - Lomita, CA, Instructor - Master Caique
  • 2024 - HTA Lakeshore, ON, Professor Pat Cooligan (Team Renzo Gracie OAMA)

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