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INSTRUCTORS

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Professor
STEVEN WILLIAMS
  • BJJ BLACK BELT UNDER RENZO GRACIE &

      JOHN DANAHER

  • MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

      CHAMPION

  • BJJ CHAMPION

 

Known for being the youngest person EVER to receive his black belt under Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Legend's Renzo Gracie and John Danaher, Steven is a true encyclopedia of martial arts. He has been involved in martial arts since his youth, starting out with Shotokan Karate. He's also had the privilege of working under legendary Muay Thai fighter, Coban. Steven spent his teenage and early 20's training out of the legendary Gleason's Boxing Gym. His ability to teach and his knowledge of the sport has afforded him many opportunities. Professor Steven Williams served as Georges St. Pierre's (GSP) main training/sparring partner for more than five years. Being flown out to Canada throughout GSP’s fight camps to  assist in priming him for battle. With his in depth knowledge, and attention to detail, Steven is bound to help you make major strides in your BJJ and MMA journey.

Coach

PETER SIMONE

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  • MASTER’S DEGREE IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

  • CSCS (CERTIFIED STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALIST) 

  • JIU JITSU BROWN BELT 

Peter began training Jiu Jitsu under Professor Sean Alvarez, a Renzo Gracie Black Belt, from which he received the rank of Brown Belt. From the beginning, Peter concentrated on the application of Jiu Jitsu for Self-Defense and Mixed Martial Arts.  Following Professor Sean moving abroad to establish the Mazatlán Combat Club/Team Renzo Gracie; Peter traveled to Las Vegas, NV with the company of his friend Steven Williams, a Renzo Gracie/ John Danaher blackbelt, to try out for Wanderlei Silva’s professional fight team. Following a successful tryout, Peter became a member of the Wand Fight Team and began teaching, training, and competing for the team. After several years in Las Vegas, Peter moved back to his roots in New York to continue his training and study of the martial arts as well as his study of physical preparation for sports and athletics. Having now settled back in Mount Vernon, Peter opened Arena Training Center to share his teachings from his experiences to service Mount Vernon and the surrounding communities. Feeling very grateful for all his teachers, Peter is dedicated to continuing his personal studies through the Jiu Jitsu lineage he was fortunate enough to be a part of as well as in the sports sciences.    

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Coach 
ELVIS GASHI
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  • PROFESSIONAL KICKBOXING RECORD: 23-1 (GLORY KICKBOXING RANKED #3)

  • AMATEUR KICKBOXING RECORD: 110-3

  • 5-TIME KOSOVO NATIONAL KICKBOXING CHAMPION  

 

At the young age of 27 years old, Elvis has compiled an impressive professional kickboxing record of 23 wins and 1 loss, 14 of those wins ending by knock out. His amateur record is even more impressive consisting of 110 wins and 3 losses.  A native of Kosovo, Elvis was 2-time WKA Amateur Champion, IKF USA National Champion and 5-time Kosovo National Champion.  Elvis began kickboxing at the early age of 14.  Since then he dedicated his life to pursuing kickboxing as a profession.  With plans of leaving his own personal legacy on the kickboxing world, Elvis moved to London, England to expand his opportunities.  After his stay abroad, Elvis moved to Orlando, Florida and began training at American Combat Club who welcomed him with open arms.  Following a few years in Florida, Elvis moved to New York which he considers his second home and has settled in the Bronx.  Elvis currently fights for GLORY kickboxing, the world’s premier kickboxing promotion and is currently ranked number 3 in the world.  In his GLORY debut, Elvis earned a 2nd round KO over then 5th ranked fighter Josh Jauncey.   Elvis continues to aspire to challenge the world’s best kickboxer's while representing his family, country and team.

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