The only Soul Fighters black belt in the Triangle area with 15 years of training. I have experience in the biggest tournaments as well as Fight 2 Win professional super fights. I work with ages 3 and up and I am also open to opportunities for self defense instruction and MMA consultation.
BJJ made a big impact on who I am. The thing I enjoy most about it is the relationship building and family environment. Even though it is an individual sport, one person’s success is the success of the group.
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I offer a Fundamentals class with a set curriculum that cycles through beginner concepts and self defense techniques. Through this class you will learn both the foundations of BJJ for sport and how it applies in a self defense situation.
In a private lesson, I focus on many of the same things, but with a specific focus for the student involved.
I have been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over half my life. Not only have I trained with some of the greatest minds in BJJ, but also UFC fighters, national champion wrestlers, champion kickboxers and traditional martial artists. I’ve taught martial arts for a decade, and worked for five years in the public school system. I believe this gives me unique insights into instructional philosophy, and a vast knowledge base to teach from.
I offer a few different options and pricing plans.
An hour private lesson is $100
A punch card of 12 group classes is also $100
The Fundamentals Package: 3 fundamental classes a week is $100/month and a uniform
The Standard Package: 3 days of group classes a week including Fundamentals, Focused Positional Training, and Randori $120/month plus a uniform
The Unlimited Package: Access to all classes per week $150/month with a uniform
Kids Standard: $100/month and a uniform
Kids Unlimited: $120/month plus a uniform
All packages come with a twelve class trial
I started teaching as a fill in, if my instructors had another commitment or were injured, I would teach, and I just kept earning more and more responsibilities. Teaching BJJ moved me to New York, and when I decided the city wasn’t for me, I brought my knowledge to North Carolina.
I have worked with a very wide array of students. I’ve taught preschool aged children and elderly adults, special needs individuals, professional athletes, and anyone else who steps on the mat. I’ll teach BJJ to anyone willing to learn.
From a teaching standpoint I always enjoy watching students perform techniques in live situations. Recently I watched a student execute a pendulum sweep against resistance from her training partner, and that was very satisfying as a coach. From my own personal BJJ journey being able to consistently learn from John Danaher was a highlight.
At this point, if you’re looking for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a majority of the classes should be taught by a BJJ black belt with a clear lineage of how they received their belt.
If you are looking for self defense, it shouldn’t be just one class. The ability to execute those techniques under duress comes from repetition. Make sure that they are realistic in what they tell you. Ex: if you fight someone with a knife, you’re almost guaranteed to get cut. You should also be looking for conflict avoidance and resolution skills.
Think about what your goals for martial arts are. You will get into better shape just by doing BJJ, and most likely your habits will change because you want to be at your optimal level for training.
If you want to compete, you need to make sure you can commit to putting the work in. The majority of world class competitors are training at least twice a day six days a week, plus strength and conditioning three times a week.
In regards to self defense, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is very good for when problems can’t be avoided, but there is no magic formula. Being able to adequately defend yourself takes work, be wary of people who say it doesn’t.