COACH JAMES RUSSO
Muay Thai & Kali
Coach JJ began training Muay Thai with Arjan Simon in 1999 and then at Five Points Academy in New York City begining in 2002. He owned and operated Black & Blue Mixed Martial Arts in Kingston for 8 years. He has coached many accomplished amateur and professional Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts fighters. He studies Pekiti-Tirsia Kali under Arjan Simon. He is a dedicated and hands-on instructor devoted to helping his students improve at all skill levels.
COACH MICHELLE DUFF
Coach Michelle has been training Muay Thai for eight years under the instruction of Coach JJ. She currently holds an amateur record of one win and one loss. She also trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and won second place at Naga's Battle of the Beach 2009 bantam weight division. She is an orange belt in Tenshinkan karate and won the kumite novice division, Michelle is also well versed in boxing and is a certified yoga instructor.
ARJAN SIMON BURGESS
Arjan Simon has trained in Southeast Asian martial arts since 1987. An expatriate Brit, he twice represented England in international competition in the Philippines. After relocating to the United States, Simon captured the World Kickboxing Association US Super lightweight Amateur belt.
He owns and operates Five Points Academy in NYC, and is a certified instructor under Guro Bob Breen and the British Kali Escnma Association, Tuhon Bill McGrath and Pikiti Tersia International, a Senior Instructor under former WKA World Champion Edge Brown , a Kru of the International Muay Thai Association under the world famous Grandmaster Toddy. Simon was promoted to the rank of Guro by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr. of the Pekiti Tirsia Global Organization. He continues to advance under Tuhon Tim Waid of PTK-SMF™. Simon also holds the rank of Arjan (Master) under the direction of Grandmaster Chansadeth “Cheetah” Chantanao.
COACH CHRIS MAUCERI
Coach Chris has been training and fighting Muay Thai with Coach JJ since 2009. He is a former 2X amateur Muay Thai champion (USMTA and Take On Productions). He is currently signed with GLORY Promotions. He has a record of 18 wins 6 losses (pro record 9 wins 2 loss). A former champion gymnast, Chris has been teaching students and coaching fighters since 2013. See more about Chris on Combat Reel.
COACH SEAN FAGAN
Coach Sean is a New Paltz native who started training Muay Thai in 2008 at Black and Blue Mixed Martial Arts in Kingston with Coach JJ. Sean's current amateuer record is 18-5 and he holds the TKO and WKA US national title at 145lbs. Sean recently returned from a long stint in Thailand where he lived and trained. Sean is also the owner of the very popluar website Muay Thai Guy dedicated to helping all muay thai fans improve their training.
An experienced grappler, Steve Edwards, is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He studies under Luigi Mondelli a Professor 3rd degree American Top Team Black Belt at Kore BJJ Martial Arts.
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