Chris Paines is most certainly a black belt. He has the infinite hunger for growth and complete disregard for comfort and safety. I have rolled with him, taught with him at Globetrotters camps, and booked him to teach in both the USA and Israel.
Chris is a funny Guy and proof that you don't need a Blackbelt in your Gym to get good. A couple of passionated Guys with the will to collect information wherever you find it is enough. He's more than legit.