Trainer Category: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Wayne Spinola

Wayne Spinola

Wayne began his martial arts journey in 1992 under Martial Arts Hall of Fame instructor Sensei Chris Scura. In 1998, he received his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from Sensei Scura and went on to win 2 National Free Fight Championships. Wayne also has Black Belts in American Kempo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu under […]

Geoff Balme

Geoff Balme

Dr. Geoff Balme PhD is a second degree black belt under Roberto Maia (5th dan of Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Gracie Jr. and most recently Renzo Gracie). Over the years, he has also trained with many legends in the sport such as Professors Craig Kukuk, Rickson Gracie, Carlos Gracie Jr., Marcio Feitosa, Roberto “Gordo” Correa, and Kenny Florian before Kenny became a UFC legend! Professor Geoff has been […]

Jason Jelen

Jason Jelen

Jason, a 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, began training in BJJ under Renzo Gracie in 2000. He trained several times a day at Renzo’s Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Manhattan, NY using his time between classes as training opportunities while attending design school in Brooklyn. A year later, Jason moved to California to complete his […]

Mike Heydlauf

Mike Heydlauf

Mike has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 15 years. He was promoted to black belt under Professor Geoff Balme. He is a lifelong grappler, having started wrestling as a child in pee wee programs in Pennsylvania before becoming a standout high school recruit and then division one college wrestler at Lehigh University. After college, […]

Anthony Edwards | BJJ Instructor

Anthony Edwards

Anthony began training in Muay Thai in 2008 under 2X World Champion Jermaine Andre.  During his time with Jermaine, he also trained with wrestling coach Lewis Mendez. In 2011, Anthony started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at 10th Planet BJJ in St. Louis under head coach Eric Schuettenberg. He accepted his first Mixed Martial Arts fight in […]

Matt Ratnesar

Matthew Ratnesar is our lead Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. Matt began his BJJ training in 2014 under Professor Roberto Romero from Gracie Barra in Asuncion, Paraguay while deployed for a U.S. Army training mission. In 2016, Matt joined Apex Martial Arts to further his training under Professor Geoff Balme where he received his blue belt […]

Alex Wall

Alex Wall

Sifu Alex Wall has studied the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu since 1995. He was an assistant instructor at Bey’s Martial Arts Academy under Ron Bey from 1999-2007 in Dayton Ohio. He earned his black belt (sash) in 2002. He taught for 3 years in North Carolina before coming to Apex Martial Arts Center. […]

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