Archives: Trainers

Don Rodger

Don Rodger

A former United States Marine, Don Rodger is the President of Apex Martial Arts Center/Open Guard BJJ and runs the day-to-day operations.  Don also coaches the teen and adult Cardio Kickboxing classes and the Competition Kickboxing team. Don began his official martial arts journey in 2010, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Professor Geoff Balme, Wayne […]

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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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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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Leon Nelson

Leon Nelson

At a very early age, Leon began training with 10th Degree Black Belt John Izzo of John Izzo Okinawan Karate and Kenpo in Schenectady, NY. He earned a three-stripe brown belt in Kung Fu and Kenpo. In high school, he trained at Faragon’s Karate and kickboxing in Albany, NY where he studied under World Kickboxing […]

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Robbie Adams

Robbie started martial arts training in American Karate, and soon after moved to Shotokan Karate. In 1997, he trained in Muay Thai under Scott Francis. He also trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Greg Thompson, and in 1999, he earned his blue belt in BJJ. Now training under Professor Geoff Balme, Robbie earned his BJJ Purple […]

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