Directory of State recommended trainers
Subject to change
ALABAMA – Keith Johnson
Keith is the 2001 Alabama Wrestling HS State Champion and holds a Professional MMA fight record of 5-2. He currently co-operates a gym inAuburn,Alabamawith Randall Phillips and Andy Roberts where they teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Kickboxing and Submission Grappling. They also teach a variety of Fitness courses including Kickboxing and Kettle Bell.
ALASKA – TBD
Director of TNT MMA http://www.tntbjj.com
Scott began his passion for the Martial Arts at age 4 after watching a Bruce Lee movie. After studying Kung Fu for a couple years Scott was introduced to Aikido. Thrilled by the joint manipulations and throws Scott studied Aikido for several years while simultaneously studying a similar style of Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Always seeking to be a more well rounded Martial Artist, he was determined to improve his striking skills which he felt had been neglected by limiting his training to Aikido and Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Wanting to train in more combat oriented arts he began to train at a Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do gym and a Ninjutsu Academy on his other nights.
Scott has trained extensively with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends such as Rigan Machado, Royce Gracie and Rickson Gracie and MMA fighters Fabiano Iha, Chris Brennan, Jeremy Williams and Eric Paulson. Scott eventually went on to earn his black belt from World Renowned Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and instructor Rigan Machado. Over the years he has competed in several No Hold Barred and Sanctioned events in which he holds an amateur record of 8-0 and Professional record of 11-2.
Scott continues to have the same philosophy as Rigan of constantly modernizing and updating his Jiu-Jitsu by incorporating wrestling, Judo and Sambo into his arsenal. Today Scott holds a 3rd degree black belt and is the only Internationally Certified black belt instructor in Arizona with Certification under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation(IBJJF) and the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Organization(WBBJO).
As a black belt Scott still continues to think of himself as a student of the art and does not let his status restrict him from continually evolving and refining his technique. As an instructor his goals are to have a fun, safe, healthy environment for his students while learning the most realistic and effective self defense in the world. Nationally Certified Training Center in Arizona supporting the goals and qualified instruction meeting the highest standards set forth by the United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UMMAF).
ARKANSAS – William McLaughlin
William McLaughlin is long time student and professor of mixed martial arts in Arkansas. He has practiced martial arts since 1999. In his time he has achieved accolades in multiple arts. He has a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. William also holds a 3rd degree black belt in kickboxing under the late Joe Lewis. He also is a professional MMA fighter with a record of 5-3-0. He currently owns and instructs at two martial arts gyms in Cabot and SearcyArkansas. Both of his gyms have seen a large list of accomplishments across the country. William has judged, cornered, and refereed hundreds of various events. It is easy to see that martial arts of all kinds are a large part of William’s life that he often volunteers his time to because of his love for the sport.
CALIFORNIA – TBD
COLORADO – TBD
CONNECTICUT – TBD
DELAWARE – TBD
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – TBD
FLORIDA – Beto Nunes
Beto is an active instructor inGainesville,Floridaas well as the current NAGA Black Belt Tennessee State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. He is also an active Referee and competitor in NAGA and International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Tournaments
HAWAII – Egan Inoue
In 1996, Inoue won the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the blue belt division. He was the first American to win the title. He then returned to Brazilin 1997 and won the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in the absolute purple belt division. He now holds a 2nd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu. Inoue went on to fight professionally in MMA. He retired in 2003 but came out of retirement on May 5, 2008 beating Hans Marrero by TKO at a X-1 – Legends, an MMAshow held at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Inoue’s MMA record is 13 wins with 8 losses. He has opened up three MMA training schools in the state of Hawaii. Egan’s MMA career led him to fights in Pride, Shooto, Superbrawl and Luminex Cup. He enjoyed a successful career with five world championship titles.
IDAHO – Jeremy Horn
MMA Champion, Jeremy Horn manages Elite Performance Gym out ofSalt Lake City,Utahoffering martial arts training and general fitness. He also hosts Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night, an MMA showcase held approximately once per month inSandy,Utahthat gives local MMA fans the opportunity to support their hometown fighters competing in a professional venue.
ILLINIOS – Bob Schirmer
A 9th degree Black Belt, Bob has fought on five continents representing the United States of America in jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, San Shou, and Tae Kwon Do. Competing in Mixed Martial Arts when there were no weight classes and no time limits, Bob fought for twenty straight minutes, against the unbeaten Gracie family, 10 Time World Champion and 6 Time Greco Champion Carlson Gracie Jr. Bob Schirmer has been instrumental in the development of Jiu-Jitsu and MMA in theUnited States. He has been strong supporter of safety Rules and Regulations.
INDIANA – Chris Lytle
UFC Champion, Chris Lytle, has been involved in the sport since the early days. With over 15 professional boxing matches and nearly 60 pro MMA fights, he’s traveled with the Japanese organization Pancrase in addition to his representation with the UFC.
IOWA – Eli Shetler
Eli has been a martial arts enthusiast for over 20 years with experience studying American Boxing, Judo, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Sambo, Krav Maga, and Jiu Jitsu and the Modern Army Combatives Program. He met Pat Miletich in 1995 and began my study of Miletich fighting Systems. Under his guidance he began to compete in Mixed Martial Arts matches. He successfully participated in and won the 1998 Midwest Amateur Championship and the 1998 Amateur National Championship. He continued to compete in amateur and professional MMA matches until he was called upon to serve my country when the war inIraqbegun. Although he has experienced gaps in his studies due to my military service and deployments, he always comes back to MFS. Since my last deployment I have been actively engaged in judging MMA matches and training MMA athletes. I was presented the opportunity to purchase the fitness facility that MFS calls home as well as manage MFS and all its athletes.
KANSAS – Rob Hulett
Robert Hulett is the owner of Midwest Fight League hosting events inKansas andMissouri. He discovered Mixed Martial Arts in 1997 and began competing as part of Greg Jackson’s team before going pro. The Midwest Fight League has presided over 200+MMA events and has included a number of very talented fighters who have since moved onto professional arenas. As a coach, he owns Hulett House Gym, where he develops amateur champions and sixMissouri state champions who have gone on to compete in Bellatore, Titan, K1 and Strikeforce.
KENTUCKY – TBD
LOUSIANA – Rich Clementi
Rich is not only a decorated U.S. Naval veteran serving as a Military Police Officer, but a professional martial arts athlete as well. A 12 time UFC Veteran, Rich has participated in over 70 MMA bouts in over 12 years. As the longest running promoter in the State ofLousiana, Rich has developed a very strong relationship with the state sports commission. His credits in the state include working with the boxing commission to develop rules and regulations for MMA. He also operates “Clementi’sGladiatorsAcademy” inSlidell,LA.
MAINE – Dale Hartt
Dale started Martial Arts training at the age of eight. He became Tae Kwon Do National Champion at age twelve and began Judo and Aikido. He joined the U.S. Navy and studied Jiu-Jitsu with Lionel Perez. He also studied Muay Thai with Tom Burke. After training with Marcus Davis, he fought in the UFC 2007 and again in 2009. He currently studies Kinesiology at theUniversityofNorth Florida.
MARYLAND – TBD
MASSACHUSETTS – Kirik Jenness (pending resolution of possible conflict of interest.)
MICHIGAN – TBD
MINNESOTA – Greg Nelson
Mr. Nelson is well known as one of the best Mixed Martial Arts coach in the sport. He has developed numerous world champions in both MMA and Muay Thai with athletes holding victories in all of the major ﬁght organizations worldwide; including the UFC, WEC, Pride Bushido, Elite XC, Strikeforce, Sengoku, BodogFIGHT, Shooto, King of the Cage, Super Brawl, Hook-n-Shoot, Prince’s Cup Thailand, Sanshou Championships in Bejing China, All-Osaka Shoot Boxing Championships in Osaka, Japan and many more.
MISSISSIPPI – James Sharp
James’s childhood home is inLouisiana, as an adult, he resides in Missippi. He has trained with UFC fighter Alan “The Talent” Belcher for over eight years fighting for Strikeforce. He is the head MMA instructor at Alan Belcher MMA club inDiberville,MSand also trains and manages the gyms MMA fight team at the club. He is a Black Belt in Muay Thai, a four stripe Purple Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and he enjoys wrestling. He is currently the Fight Force International Welterweight Champion and holds a professional record of 15-6-0.
Jermaine Andre’ St Peters MO
Jermaine Andre’ has trained in numerous martial arts since his early childhood. His training includes Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Russian Sambo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kung Fu, Karate’, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Wrestling, Knife Fighting, Nunchucks, Katana and Spear. His training extends directly from Kru Muay Pat Prapaisilapa (pioneer of Muay Thai to America & St. Louis from Thailand), Ron Smith, Slava (pioneer of Russian Sambo to America from Russia), Bill Underwood (originator of Defensive Tactics for law enforcement) and Mike Griffin (police trainer for SILEC –Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Center). He has competed all over the world in the professional competitions of Kick Boxing, Ultimate Fighting, Submission Fighting, Chinese San Shou Kick Boxing and Japanese Shoot Fighting. During his career he has taken the honor of competing in the UFC, holding 2 World Titles and 5 United States titles. He is a world known and respected pioneer of Mixed Martial Arts fighting and training in Japan, Canada, Hawaii, and Las Vegas as well as numerous states across the U.S.
Mike Rogers St Charles MO
Head instructor Mike Rogers has been traning under Rodrigo Vaghi since 1997, and is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mike was also an All American wrestler at SIUE graduating with a teaching degree, 2 time Golden Gloves Boxing Champion under the guidance of Jim Howe, and former #1 ranked light heavyweight contender in King of the Cage. Mike has a record of 14-3 in MMA with wins over such top-notch fighters as Travis Fulton and Greg Wikan. He is the former head wrestling coach at McCluer high school, coaching 5 state place finishers including Tyron Woodley to a undefeated senior season at 48-0, placing 1st in the state and 3rd in the country. Mike was also the assistant wrestling coach at Meramec junior college for 2 seasons. At St. Charles MMA Mike has coached fighters at all levels from amateur to the UFC. In 2009 SCMMA was the St. Louis Golden Gloves team champions.
MONTANA – TBD
NEBRASKA – Houston Alexander
Houston Alexander is an American professional mixed martial artist, who fights as a light heavyweight and heavyweight. He also works as a DJ inNorth Omaha, Nebraska. In his MMA career he holds notable victories over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Alessio Sakara and Keith Jardine, all by stoppage due to strikes.
NEVADA – Jim Prendergast
Jim holds the title of NCAA Division 1 All-American Wrestler forMissouriStateUniversityin 1993 and was inducted into the University Hall of Fame in 2007 with a record of 108-46-1. After moving toArizona, he remained active in his training and support for martial arts and wrestling as an official with training provided by Ralph Cook, Rod Wilson, John McCarthy, Ivan Rangelov and Chris Tognoni. He is very active inNevada officiating MMA events at a variety of topLas Vegas venues since 2009.
NEW HAMPSHIRE – TBD
NEW JERSEY – John Buchman
John started practicing professional wrestling moves with his best friend at recess and joined wrestling team in the 7th grade. He wrestled for 5 years before starting Japanese Jiu Jitsu at age 14. He has a Black Belt under Osen Sei Joe Pulieo and started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2002. He earned his Blue Belt under Sergio Penha, his Purple Belt under Joe D’Acre, and his Brown Belt from the Vamos Brothers. Soon to be Black Belt, he is undefeated in his professional record in MMA (2-0). For the past 10 years, John has been a referee for NAGA and trains for his Black Belt at Combat-Do under Master Bob Schirmer.
NEW MEXICO – Anselmo Martinez
Anselmo has been involved with Martial Arts since 2004. During my time he has competed in Kickboxing, Boxing, MMA, and Jui-Jitsu. As an amateur he was 13-2 in Kickboxing and 10-4 MMA before turning Pro. My professional record ended up at 2-0 Boxing and 9-5 MMA. In addition to operating and teaching at his own gym, The Eagles Nest MMA, he has experience as a matchmaker, promoter, event coordinator, and referee. In addition to his Purple Belt in Jui Jitsu earned under Tony Bonello, his more recent international accomplishments include representing Team USA Kickboxing and earning a Silver Medal in the Mens Low Kick in the Pan American Games as well as earning Champion in Mens Full Contact -81kg at the Irish Open – both in 2012.
NEW YORK – Renzo Gracie
A Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Carlos Gracie Jr. and a retired mixed martial arts fighter, Renzo is member of the Gracie family of Brazil. He is the son of Robson Gracie, grandson of Carlos Gracie, nephew of Carlos Gracie, Jr. and grandnephew of Helio Gracie. A world famous Jiu-Jitsu coach, Gracie has helped train a number of professional fighters such as: Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, Georges St. Pierre, Frank Edgar, Rolles Gracie, Chris Weidman, Kyra Gracie and Roy Nelson.
NORTH CAROLINA – Steve Hall
A competitive athlete, respected trainer and referee, Steve began competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in 1998 and holds an amateur record of 4-1 and pro record of 3-2. He also holds the current record for one of the longest MMA fights inFloridahistory – 48 minutes with no breaks. Since moving toNorth Carolinain 2007 Steve now runs one of the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) teams in theCharlottearea and has led his team to win several MMA fights, and countless World, National, State and regional medals in BJJ. He is known for being one of the most technical instructors in theCarolinas, and his gym – Fight To Win – was named “The Best School in the South East” by the North American Grappling Association (NAGA).
NORTH DAKOTA – TBD
OHIO – Dustin Ware
Dustin holds a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jorge Gurgel. He also owns and operates theOhioCombatSportsAcademyinCentral Ohio.
OKLAHOMA – Piet Wilhelm
With over 15 years of training martial arts, Piet Wilhelm is considered by many to be one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructors in theMidwest. He is the only jiu-jitsu teacher inOklahomawho has served in the military to lead troops in and out of combat using his experiences from martial arts. Piet received both his blue belt and his purple belt from Henrique Stefani who happens to be a black belt from legendary NAFA founder Renato Tavares. After Henrique relocated his family toCanada, Piet became a student of Renato Tavares from American Top Team, where he earned his brown belt and black belt (October 23, 2010). Since Piet has been inTulsa, he has lead many people to success. He is the co-founder of The Triton Fight Centers, where many mixed martial arts fighters and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu players come to train.
OREGON – TBD
PENNSYLVANIA – Edward Sheridan
Ed has been involved in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since the age of 12. Currently holding a brown belt in BJJ, I have found my niche over the years to be in refereeing the sports I love. An active member of the PIAA or Pennsylvania Intramural Athletic Association, I have been refereeing wrestling at the middle and high school level since 2006 as well as lending a hand in coaching at local youth programs. With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I have held the job of referee with NAGA since 2007, in which time I have officiated hundreds of events across 30 states, and 3 nations including 5 trips to the Hawaiian championships on Oahu, two trips to the European championships in Paris, France and multiple trips to Canada. Holding several local grappling and Jiu-Jitsu titles myself, I am thrilled to be taking this next step in my career in martial arts and helping regulate competition inPennsylvania.
PUERTO RICO – Angelo Rivera
Angelo’s fighting career began in the streets ofChicago. He entered Boxing in High School earning the Chicago Golden Glove in the Masters Division in his early 30’s. He has earned three Black Belts in different styles of Karate. In an effort to add more to his arsenal to compete in cage fighting, he started grappling and became a 7x World Jiu Jitsu, 9x NAGA and Cutthroat Champion. He also holds a Brown Belt in Combat-Do Jiu Jitsu and credits his survival in life to the Trainers who believed in him. Today, Angelo is a Child & Youth Development Specialist for Inner City (Prevention/Intervention) Social Service and has been for the past 17 years. He is also active as a Security/Body Guard in his community while finishing school. He anticipates graduating in 2013 fromNorthwesternCollegewith a degree in Massage Therapy.
RHODE ISLAND – TBD
SOUTH CAROLINA – Justin Gates (Pending background investigation)
SOUTH DAKOTA – Joshua Usera (Pending background investigation)
TENNESSEE – Shawn Hammond
Shawn started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 1998. Nine years later, in 2007, Shawn Hammonds took the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world by storm, competing all over the world in competition. Shawn won every local gi and no gi tournament he entered competing at least twice a month. Only one month after receiving his BJJ black belt from Lloyd Irvin, he competed in the Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championships. Next to the World championships, this is the toughest tournament in the World. Shawn currently teaches the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Nashville MMA where he led the team to the number one non chain schools ranking in the North American Grappling association. He has vast knowledge in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and Judo.
TEXAS – Tommy Alcozer
Tommy’s martial arts experience roots from his involvement in the Shotokan style of Karate with his own children Christina, Angel and Tommy Jr. He was given the opportunity to run his own gym when his son’s instructor, facing opportunities in another town, was looking for someone to take over. This transition started the X-Treme team. Their training expanded from just karate to kickboxing, boxing and MMA. Since 1992, Tommy has been the head coach for TeamTexastraveling through theUnited States. In 2012 Tommy was named Head Coach for Team USA Kickboxing and traveled to international competition. He is well respected as a coach and mentor for athletes and holds Coach of the Year titles from TACKA, KICK and WAKO.
UTAH – Jeremy Horn
MMA Champion, Jeremy Horn, manages Elite Performance Gym out ofSalt Lake City,Utahoffering martial arts fitness and general training. He is also very active as a promoter hosting Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night, an MMA showcase held approximately once per month inSandy,Utahthat gives local MMA fans the opportunity to support their hometown fighters competing in a professional venue.
VERMONT – TBD
VIRGINA – Andrew Correa
Andrew Correa is the head instructor of Jiu-Jitsu NOW!, a program located inside of “BJJ and MMA – Training Center Gym” inChantilly,VA. Andrew is a certified 2nd Degree Black-Belt (under the CBJJ) with more than 20 years experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has trained directly under Master Wilson Mattos (9th degree red belt). In addition to focusing time on his students, Andrew is often seen refereeing local and national events for BJJ, submission grappling, & MMA.
WASHINGTON – Jeff Houghland
Jeff is the former bantamweight for the UFC. He’s been involved in MMA since 1999 but also holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has been coaching and training athletes at his own gym, Combat Sport and Fitness inWashington, since 2008. In 2011 he was named Northwest Fight Scene Coach of the Year.
WEST VIRGINIA – Butch Hiles
MMA Trainer, Butch Hiles, produced more legitimate champions than any other training facility inWest Virginiahistory as well as many championships that were the firsts of its kind in the state. Champions ranged from Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing forms.
WISCONSIN – Duke Roufus
Jeff “Duke” Roufus is an American former kickboxer who is now one of the top trainers as head coach of the Roufusport competition team based inMilwaukee,Wisconsin,USA. He is one of the most recognizable striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai outside ofThailand.
WYOMING – TBD