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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Mike Heydlauf

Mike Heydlauf

Mike has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 15 years. He earned his brown belt under Royce Gracie and in 2018, 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 […]

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Josh Leonard

Josh Leonard

Josh Leonard started as a wrestler and took his wrestling experience into BJJ tournaments and eventually into the cage, winning the Welterweight Title for the Elite Championship Cage Fighting (ECCF) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion. It was during this time that Josh trained under Professor Rubao Carioca, where he earned his BJJ Black Belt, and […]

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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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