I started training Krav Maga in
2011. Shortly thereafter I was introduced to brazillian jiu-jitsu. I am a BJJ brown belt and Im also purple belt in a catch wrestling system, SAW, Submissions Arts Wrestling. I am a continued student of all things self defense, striking, grappling and physical fitness. My Krav and grappling have been heavy influences on each other. This non traditional mix has propelled me as an avid grappling competitor for many years. I have a number of expert level podium finishes in local and national tournaments as well as invite only tournament and super fight experience. My favorite techniques include knee on belly, kimura traps and the dark arts that are leg locks.
I like to give special attention to soft skills such as situational awareness, prepardness and the understanding of the physiological and psychological effects extreme duress has on the mind and body. Self defense starts with 'self' and Im a firm beliver in pysical fitness first as well as all things in moderation, even moderation itself.
In the near future I will be launching a team building, training and development company called NYAC: not your average citizen. It is my hope to change the way corporate team building is executed by incorporating soft skills as well as beginger friendly hard skills in a business environment to boost workplace safety, morale and introduce self defense training to people who would otherwise not have found it on their own.
I look forward to sharing the unique skill sets I have acquired over the years.
Co-Owner and Krav Maga Instructor at Mackavi Martial Arts. Having been a Krav Maga student since 2001. She has been certified to teach from Nir Maman and Krav Maga Universal since 2015.
She earned her black belt from Americas Best Defense in 2013 and purple belt in BJJ from Marcel Cruz (Renzo Gracie RI) She has been invited to conduct self defense seminars for Franklin Volunteer Fire Dept and Voluntown Recreational Facility as well as holding multiple women’s self defense classes at her facility. In addition to her martial arts life, Sandra is the owner of the specialty store SWAG in Old Saybrook CT as well as a former Vice President of JPMorgan Chase specializing in project management and disaster recovery. She is also the proud mama of two exceptional bulldog brothers Avi and Mack
I started Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Muay Thai in 2006 while stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. I wanted to become a complete fighter with stand up striking skills, take down skills and ground skills. I started competing in MMA shortly after in 2007. I have dedicated my entire adult life to Martial Arts to be skilled at working with a wide range of ages and abilities. I served in the United States Air Force for 12 years as a Technical Sergeant and combatives instructor for joint military forces as well as the USAF Phoenix Ravens. I received my black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under UFC veteran Kurt Pellegrino in 2014. In January of 2018 I retired from professional fighting with over 20 pro fights in 11 different states and 1 other country. I now dedicate myself full-time to teaching others at my academy The Next Element Academy in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Weapons Retention/Counter attack-The focus of this class will be weapons retention tactics utilizing skills from Muay Thai, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu combined
Fighting off your back - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA tactics to survive and get back to your feet.
Pennsylvania Representative of the Rigan Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. He holds a brown belt in BJJ, a black belt in Judo, 2nd degree black belt in Kyokushin karate, and instructorship certifications in USA Combatives from U.S. Navy SEAL (ret.) Patrick Tray, as well as Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts from Progressive Fighting Systems founder, the talented Paul Vunak. Jerry is also a retired U.S. Air Force Security Forces NCO with 24 years of experience teaching Ground Combat Skills, Combat Arms, and Security Operations. He is also a former Baltimore, MD Police Officer with assignments in Patrol, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, District Stabilization Unit, Robbery, Gang, and Drug Units. Because of his experience with these subject matters, Jerry was hired as a Department of Defense contractor instructing members of the USAF (including members of the AF Special Operations Command) in firearms training, self-protection, anti-carjacking, and flight-deck denial.
Currently, Jerry is an active federal police officer in Philadelphia, PA teaching Active Threat Response Tactics and Firearms instruction.
Junior Olympic judo champion
PA state Judo champion
Ibjjf Pan am champion
Ibjjf USA vs Brazil champion
Over 10 years experience as a bouncer
Fight 2 Win BJJ 3-1
Professional mma fighter 9-2
Professional Jiu jitsu competitor
Bellator MMA veteran
Owner/head instructor Hellfish MMA
Steve Bowers is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has been grappling for close to 30 years. He wrestled in high school and college. During college, he took up Judo under Fred Murty in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
After graduating college, he found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while in law school in Boston, and was immediately hooked. He received his black belt from Jared Weiner in July of 2008. He is also a certified Girls on Guard instructor.
Paul Jaxonis a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Steve Bowers. He is a former wrestler and trained in Krav Maga under Ernie Kirk. He is also a certified Girls on Guard and Play it Safe Defense instructor. Paul’s son also actively trains at Main Line United.