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Tony Zara – 3 stripe Black Belt under Jeff Hudson/Robin Geisler.

Tony happy with catching a footlock

Tony has been training jiu-jitsu since 1999. Tony is great at breaking complex techniques down into simple parts.

Dave Tabron 2 stripe Black Belt under Relson Gracie/Robin Geisler

Dave Tabron
Dave receiving a rolling promotion

Dave has been training jiu-jitsu since 1999. He’s been an active competitor and is a great competition coach. Dave is an expert in Gracie self-defense and women’s self-defense.

Derek Oney – Blackbelt under Robin Geisler/Tony Zara

scoring back points

Derek was the Division I state runner-up at 152 pounds in 1995 as a senior at Alliance. He wrestled at Ohio University and has been an active wrestling coach since. With all that instructing experience under his belt, Derek knows how to teach jiu-jitsu or wrestling techniques in a way that anyone can understand.

Chris Bernard – Brown Belt

Chris Rolling technique with Damon

Chris is comfortable training with or without the Gi. He often has classes that specialize in techniques that can work with both.

Ryan McClure – Brown Belt

Ryan and Chris training

Ryan is another of our instructors that have a strong wrestling background. When he’s not on our mats he’s working with his sons to cross-train them in jiu-jitsu and wrestling.

Zack Ziegler – Purple Belt

Zack getting promoted in 2015

Zack is a longtime UA student and experienced instructor. He often focuses on no-gi instruction, fusing the best of advanced competition jiu-jitsu with basic techniques.

Bios coming soon

  • Jeremiah Lay – Purple belt Sunday morning instructor
  • Michael Maclean – Black belt Saturday instructor
  • Damon Barton – Brown belt former kids class instructor
  • Joe Merlo – Brown Belt former kids class instructor
  • Micheal Carta – Purple Belt Assistant instructor
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