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Instructors

Rick McCoy

Head Instructor: Oversees all classes, all levels

Main instructor for the MMA classes and the fight team training

Second Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

First Degree Black Belt in Judo

Fifth Degree Black Belt in Sombo

Third Degree Black Belt in American Open Style Karate

Full Kru in Muay Thai

 

The first professional MMA fighter in Virginia

Recognized as the top MMA trainer in Virginia

Nationally sought after as an MMA fighting coach

Over 30 Years of experience in the martial arts

15 Years of training fighters and students in the following arts:

  • Submission Grappling

  • MMA

  • Sombo

  • Judo

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

  • Muay Thai

  • Fighter Conditioning

  • Wrestling

 Kevin Knudsen

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Grappling Instructor

First Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Black Belt in Sambo
 
18 years experience in the following arts:
  • Submission Wrestling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Judo
  • Sombo
 
Training experience from top gyms across the nation
15 Years coaching students in the following arts:
  • Grappling
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai

Lloyd Baldwin

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Professional MMA Fighter
 
11 Years of experience in the following arts
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
 
7 Years coaching students in the following arts:
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA

Jake Young

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor and Creator of Kid's Program

First Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

11 Years of experience in the following arts:
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
 
7 Years coaching students in the following arts:
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Kids MMA
 

 

 

Vamana Brown

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor, Kids' Jiu Jitsu Instructor, and Muay Thai Instructor

Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Professional MMA Fighter

First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo

12 Years of experience in the following arts
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Boxing
  • Taekwondo
  • Wrestling
 
6 Years coaching students in the following arts:
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Kids MMA

Ben Allen

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

5 Years of experience training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

3 Years coaching students in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brian Nielson

Grappling Instructor

Kids Program Director and Kids Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Muay Thai Instructor

Assistant Coach Fight Team

Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Professional MMA Fighter

Bobby Smith

Grappling Instructor

Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

10 Years of experience training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling

3 Years coaching students in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling

Christian Brinkerhoff

Boxing Coach

Professional Boxing

  • Record (7 - 2 - 1)
  • 4 KO


Professional Kickboxing

  • Record (29 - 1 - 1)
  • 17 KO
  • ISKA Welterweight US Title
  • ISKA Welterweight Intercontinental Title
  • FFK Welterweight World Title
     

25 Years of experience in Boxing and Kickboxing

10 Years of coaching fighters

Dave Silaphath

Muay Thai Instructor

20 years experience in the following arts:
  • Muay Thai
10 Years coaching students in the following arts:
  • Muay Thai
  • Kickboxing
  • MMA
Adam Cosner 

Muay Thai Instructor

11 years experience in the following arts:
  • Submission Wrestling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Judo
  • Sombo 
  • Shootfighting 
6 Years training students in the following arts:
  • Grappling
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai

Anthony Quintana

Muay Thai Instructor and Kids' Muay Thai Instructor

First Degree Black Belt in American Open Style Karate
 
Experience in the following arts:
  • Karate (6 years)
  • Kickboxing (4 years)
  • Muay Thai (5 years)
  • Wrestling (8 years)
6 Years coaching students in the following arts:
  • Kickboxing
  • Children's Martial Arts
  • Children's Fitness
  • Women's Self Defense

Joanna Catabui 

Muay Thai Instructor

5 Years training in Muay Thai
4 Years coaching students in Muay Thai
 

Kettlebell Instructor

HKC Certified Instructor
SFG I Cerfified Instructor
 
Mark Strickland
 
Wrestling Instructor
 
Wrestling Credentials

 

  • Undefeated Junior College National Champion, 1994
  • Placed 3rd at Olympic Regional Trials New Orleans, LA, 2000
  • CAA Conference Most Outstanding Wrestler, 1998
  • Outstanding Wrestler at Southeast Regional Freestyle Open, 2001
  • Top Finisher in Vegas US Nationals, 2001
  • Member of the Gator Club International coached by John Smith
  • Qualified and competed for USA vs Russia World Dual, 2001
  • 2x Virginia High School State Champion
  • Virginia High School All American
  • 3x Virginia Freestyle State Champion
  • Ranked 4th in the Country by AWN, 1993
  • Norfolk Sports Club Virginia Athlete of the Year, 1993
  • Junior College All American, 1995
  • Starter and Letterman on the wrestling team at Oklahoma State, 1996
  • ODU Athlete of the Year, 1998
  • NCA Top 12 Placer, 1998
 
Coaching Credentials
  • USA Wrestling Coach of the Year, 2004
  • Coached 46 state champions
  • Brute National Most Outstanding Coach Award Winner, 2004
  • #2 Most Improved Program in the USA according to WIN magazine, 2005
  • UCWA Southern Region Coach of the Year, 2005
  • 3 Louisiana High School State Championship Titles
  • 2x Nationally ranked high school team by AMN
  • Louisiana High School Coach of the Year, 2004
 
Donny Ooton
Wrestling Instructor
 
Wrestling Wrestling Credentials
  • 3x VA State Champion, 2001-2003
  • 3x High School All-American, 2001-2003
  • 2x NCAA Division 3 All-American, 2006-2007
  • 2009 World Team Trials Participant, Senior Level 66 kgs.
Coaching Credentials
  • 3x NCAA Division 1 All-Americans, 2008-2010
  • 2x University National Finalist, 2008-2010
  • Coached athlete to qualify 2009 World Team Trials, Senior Level 66 kgs.
  • 2x Individual State Championships (NY, PA) 2008-2010
  • 5x Individual State Placement (NY, PA) 2008-2010

 

Chad Morrison 

Judo Instructor

Black Belt Shodan in Judo

14 Years experience the following arts:

  • Judo
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Hapkido
  • Aikido
  • Tae Kwon Do
4 Years training students in Judo

Jacob Lemacks

Yoga Instructor

Thavikiet Thiangtham

Assistant Coach Fight Team

John Ward

Assistant Coach Fight Team

15 Years Training
 
10 Years Coaching 
 

Roberto Ford

Muay Thai Instructor

Kids Muay Thai Instructor

Chelsea McCoy

Women's Grappling Instructor

Bag Class Instructor

 

 

Fight Team

 

RICK McCOY

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 170lbs
  • MMA Record: 14-3-0 

 

Fight Credentials

  • 5th degree Black Belt Sombo
  • First Degree Black Belt Judo
  • First Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Barra)
  • Black Belt American Open Style Karate
  • 10 years Wrestling
  • 3x East Coast Sombo Champion
  • 2x National Sombo Champion
  • Pan American Sombo Champion
  • Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion
  • Professional MMA record 14-3
  • U.S. Vale Tudo Middleweight Champion
  • Excalibur Extreme Fighting Welterweight Champion
  • BAMA Super-Fight Champion
  • Competed in Danger Zone, IFA, Rage in the Cage-Hawaii, ISFA Shoot Fighting, Ring of Combat, Combat Extremo.

 taylor sensabaugh

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 205/185lbs
  • MMA Record: 10-0-2

 

Fight Credentials

  • Black Belt Sombo

 lloyd baldwin

MMA Fighter 

 

 

 

 

 

    •  Fight Weight: 145lbs
    • Amateur MMA Record:  5-0
    • Pro MMA Record: 0-1     

Fight Credentials

  • Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 2x WKA Featherweight Champion

daniel dove

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 185lbs / 205lbs
  • MMA Record: 4-3-1

 

 jeremy whitmore

MMA Fighter

  • Fight Weight: 145lbs
  • MMA Record: 2-0

Wrestling Credentials

  • 3x Valley District Champion (1998, 1999, 2000)
  • Region II Champion (2000)
  • VHSL AA State Runner Up (2000)
  • Virginia USA National Team Member (1996)
  • Cadet/Junior Greco-Roman State Champion
  • Cadet Freestyle State Champion 

daniel clark

MMA Fighter

  • Fight Weight: Heavyweight
  • MMA Record: 0-0

Wrestling Credentials

  • 2x District 24 Champion 
  • Region 6 Champion
  • NJ State Runner Up (2002)
  • 35-2 Senior season; 33 wins via pin
  • UVA Wrestling Team

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Credentials

  • 2nd Place Grapplers Quest Beast of the East No-Gi Intermediate Super Heavy (2007)
  • 1st Place Gracie World Championship White Belt Super Heavy (2007)
  • 1st Place Gracie World Championship Open White Belt (2007)
  • Runner Up Gracie World Championship Open Mixed Belt (2007)
  • 1st Place NAGA World Championship No-Gi Heavyweight Intermediate (2007)
  • 1st Place NAGA World Championship Gi White Belt Heavyweight (2007)
  • 1st Place East Coast Grappling Championship No-Gi Advanced Heavyweight (2007) 
  • 1st Place East Coast Grappling Championship Blue Belt Heavyweight (2007)

mike king

MMA Fighter

  

 

  • Fight Weight: 155lbs
  • MMA Record: 0-3-1

 

dave rosenmarkle

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 205lbs
  • MMA Record: 3-0

 

Fight Credentials

 

  • Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

westwood donnally

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 135lbs
  • MMA Record: 2-4
  • Muay Thai Record: 2-0
  • Boxing Record: 2-1

 

Wrestling Credentials

 

  • 2x State Championship (94, 95)
  • 3rd Place in National Greco Championship

 

tom piccininni

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 145lbs
  • MMA Record: 2-0

 

mark mehrhof

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 145lbs
  • MMA Record: 1-0

 

austin blakey

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 170lbs
  • MMA Record: 2-1

 

wister michelson

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 235lbs
  • MMA Record: 0-0

 

angie hines

Muay Thai Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 140lbs
  • Muay Thai Record: 0-0

 

steven goben

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 170lbs
  • MMA Record: 0-0

 

jon kerns

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 170lbs
  • Muay Thai Record: 1-1
  • MMA Record: 0-0

 

josh matheney

MMA Fighter

 

  • Fight Weight: 155lbs
  • MMA Record: 1-1

 

adam cosner

MMA Fighter

  

 

  • Fight Weight: 170lbs
  • MMA Record: 0-0

 

Fight Credentials

  • Black Belt Sombo
  • Blue Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

 

 

MMAI Featured on CBS- 'Virginia This Morning'

Muay Thai instructors Joanna Catabui and Adam Cosner demonstrate some basic pad work on CBS's 'Virgina This Morning.

 
 

Class Overview

General placeholder page. Intro text on the various classes/disciplines available:

  • BJJ
  • Submission Grappling
  • Muy Thai
  • Fighter Training
  • Conditioning 

Brazilan Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is the world’s premier grappling art, combining skill, strategy, and quickness into a nearly unbeatable mix of submission holds, wrestling takedowns, and reversals. At its best, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a combination of wrestling and human chess, requiring stamina and fitness but also a sharp mind. It’s unique from other martial arts in its unwavering devotion to form: physical strength is important but not paramount—technique trumps everything, and proper technique and leverage have allowed Brazilian jiu-jitsu masters to regularly defeat opponents two and three times their size. Our teaching style caters to your comfort level: experienced jiu-jitsu players have the opportunity to learn and train with others of similar experience; if you’re new, on the other hand, you can have the opportunity to train with other white belts looking to learn the basics in our special white-belt classes.  As a requirement of the discipline, Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu students wear the gi (the thick traditional training robe) as part of their classes and competition. If you’ve never trained in a gi before, it’s definitely an interesting experience; in many ways, the gi is central to learning proper technique. As an alternative, we also offer submission grappling, or ‘no gi’ classes, where we don’t require the traditional kimono.

 

Grappling (Submission Wrestling)

Grappling skills are the most important building block in competitive mixed martial arts. As most martial arts instructors will tell you, 90 percent of all fights—sanctioned or unsanctioned—find their way to the ground. Our instructors believe in teaching all aspects of grappling, and our classes reflect that: here, you’ll learn not only how to apply and escape submissions, but to gain and maintain the kind of positioning that can help you control and dominate your opponent.   While our instructors teach advanced grappling techniques, our focus is also on avoiding injuries and providing a safe atmosphere to learn. For more experienced grapplers, we also offer a class specializing in various clinch and takedown techniques.  From a conditioning standpoint, grappling is a completely unique experience.  Unlike almost every other exercise, competitors feel strong resistance against every motion, which improves muscular and cardiovascular endurance dramatically. Come out and experience this first-hand in one of our classes!

Muay Thai Kickboxing

When you join the MMA Institute’s Muay Thai classes, you’re not just getting a phenomenal workout--you’re also learning one of the most respected fighting styles on Earth. There’s no other martial art in the world quite like Muay Thai kickboxing: it takes the most effective aspects of various styles of fighting and combines them into something comprehensive.   Whether you’re looking to become a world champion or just looking to lose a few pounds, you’ll quickly see how beneficial Muay Thai can be for everything ranging from mixed martial arts to physical fitness to self-defense. We avoid the superficial and teach the essentials, and our philosophy centers around making sure that you learn the correct technique.