"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." -Man in Black, The Princess Bride
"Do or do not. There is not try." -Master Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
"Your progress is up to you. If you want to stay in a wheelchair, ok. If you want to stay on a cane, ok. If you want to stay on crutches, ok. Just like in life, you dictate your own progress." -Dr. McGann, MD & Dr. Benedict, MD, When coach Paul asked if he would be able to walk again.
Our facility features a team of coaches whose experience is matched only by their dedication to our members. They take the time to get to know you personally, gaining a deep understanding of your goals and any unique challenges you might face. With the guidance from one of our professional coaches, a new level of YOU is within your reach.
Coach Mohammad started martial arts when he was at the ripe age of 12. He first got his black belt in Karate under Master Koo in Cartersville. He then progressed onto MMA and BJJ once he was 15. At 16 he was entering grappling tournaments and consistently winning gold in the teens division. His time has now only been completely focused on BJJ, usually training 2-3 times a day and 6 days a week. 6 years into BJJ now Mohammad is a purple belt who has competed against and submitted multiple Brown belts in his career. Although he loves to compete, passing on his knowledge and experience to others is an absolute joy for him. His biggest goal in his BJJ career is to become a highly decorated world class black belt and also make a positive impact in his student's lives.
“Find comfort in discomfort” – Someone wise
“Everyone you meet has something to teach you.”
Coach Javier has been a martial artist since 2004 and competed in multiple styles since beginning his martial arts career. Coach Javier started with Tae Kwon Do earning his first-degree black belt while also training in Sport Karate and Martial Arts Tricking (14 years). Eventually, changing his focus to Martial Arts Tricking where he was able to travel to teach seminars and compete against some of the worlds best. In 2013 he shifted his focus to the striking arts learning Muay Thai/Kickboxing training for fights and helping prepare teammates for upcoming fights. In 2016 Coach Javier then began his journey into BJJ under Cesar Cabrera (Renzo Gracie Black Belt) in DC earning his Blue Belt in late 2017. He strives to continue to become a well-rounded martial artist and to continue competing and helping his teammates and students grow.
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I fear the man who has practice 1 kick 10,000 times" - Bruce Lee
Coach Ryan started training in martial arts at the age of 4 under Master Don Gober. He received is 1st Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate in 2008. While in college at the University of Southern Mississippi, He received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Acting Performance and minored in Modern Dance. Ryan has studied various movement techniques such as the Michael Lugering Technique and The Alexander Technique. His studies in university completely revolutionize his approach to martial arts. His primary focus when teaching class is to challenge his students into finding the most efficient path of movement for their own body. He wishes to continue his martial arts training and become a Movement Professor teaching at a university level in the future.
"In Jiu Jitsu, you never lose. You either win or you learn."
Coach Jefferson started martial arts in 1995 and earned his first degree black belt by the end of 1999. In 2006 he earned his 3rd degree black belt in Kung-fu. He went on to practice various arts including Capoeira, Sport Karate, and Martial Arts Tricking. He started competing at age 10 and has won several continuous fighting, forms, and Tricking competitions. He has traveled the country as a professional Tricker and taught seminars at many events over the years. His greatest goal is to spread happiness through teachings of self betterment.
"A great man is defined by his character, not his accomplishments"
“Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.” Bruce Lee
“Punches and Kicks are tools to kill the ego” - Bruce Lee
Coach Paul started his martial arts journey at age 5 earning a 3rd degree black belt in American TaeKwonDo, a 3rd degree black belt in the World TaeKwonDo Federation, a 1st degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Federation, in addition to two (2) 1st degree black belts in two (2) different styles of American Karate. He started competing in Taekwondo at an early age and has earned numerous local, state, regional, national, and international competitions which culminated in being a two time silver medalist in the Junior Olympics for Taekwondo.
Coach Paul was in a horrific motorcycle accident in 2012 that left him in a month long coma. The doctors attributed his survival to the shape he was in thanks to martial arts. He no longer competes but has been teaching Taekwondo since 1998 and has dedicated himself to creating a better world, one community at a time - one black belt at a time.
Coach Kyle became a student of martial arts in 2003 as he began college with Tae Kwon Do. After earning belts and competing, he became interested in sampling many different art forms. Having spent time practicing Judo, Karate, and Capoeira, he found his knack with Muay Thai, which he has taught for the past 3 years. He was a cornerman for a former NFC Featherweight Champion, as well as many fighters at different stages of their development. A true fan of kickboxing, he enjoys helping people of all levels improve their technique - whether for fun, or competition. His goal is to help people realize their internal strengths.
Coach Jet has always been advocate of martial arts. Growing up, he would always watch action movies with Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, and Jet Li. When he was 5 he started American Karate at Joe Corley’s American Karate School.
By age 12 he earned his Black Belt and began competing in point fighting. He earned the nickname Jet for his fast movements in his matches.
At age 15 he started wrestling at Collins Hill High School under Coach Ramos where the team won State Championships 4 years in a row and Jet finished ranked 6th in the country. At the same time, he also started training Muay Thai under Jeff Perry.
He has fought in over 16 fights and was ranked #2 in the U.S. as an Amatuer.
His goal is to bring more awareness to Muay Thai and teach people about the national sport of Thailand.
"You must learn to love the pain." - Master Luther
Professor Anna's BJJ journey began in December of 2009 at Master Roberto Traven's school in Atlanta, Georgia. After trying just one class, she fell in love with the sport. She started competing within just a few months and has been training and competing consistently ever since. Now, with years of experience and a myriad of competition successes,Anna is Master Traven's first female black belt that has a passion for learning and teaching the art. Her journey continues as she regularly trains and competes under Roberto Traven and teaches at Tsunami Mixed Martial Arts.
Coach Corey began martial arts in 2002 as he entered high school. He earned a 2nd degree black belt through the International TaeKwonDo Association and 3rd degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Association. Corey has traveled the country and internationally to perform as well as teach seminars. He is also a professional Martial Arts Tricker and has competed in several competitions, like the Red Bull Throwdown. His goal is to continuously cultivate a warrior spirit in students as well as in himself.