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Meet the Instructors
 

Jason Kaczmarek

Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor/ Boxing Coach/ Owner  

He is a proud Husband and father of four children. He has lived in the Detroit area all his life and has been involved in athletics in one form or another since he was very young. He has participated in many sports and also coached as well. At the age of 8 he was enrolled in a local youth wrestling program along with his two brothers. This is where Jason's passion for grappling began.

In 2007 Jason was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by Professor Jamel McCurry. He was hooked ever since and became a regular at Professor McCurry's Gym. He eventually became one of Professor McCurry's instructors. Jason's training is ongoing and plans to continue building his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique and execution.


Jason is currently ranked as a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and competes in National Grappling Tournaments regularly.
Jiu Jitsu lineage is: Jason Kaczmarek >Jamel McCurry > Carlos Machado > Carlos Gracie, Jr. > Carlos Gracie, Sr. > Mitsuyo Maeda

 


Robert Curtis

Head Boxing Coach/ Jiu Jitsu Instructor/ Owner

He is a loving husband who has lived in the Detroit area all his life.  He has been training mixed martial arts for 15 years total, starting with Western Style Boxing and trained with 2 Ex Pro Boxers, Ray and Rick Gomez. Robert picked up boxing quickly and become very proficient at it. His boxing skills were then advanced by Training hard at various gym's such as Sal's Boxing Gym and Azteca Boxing Gym. He is now a very Active, Talented, Motivating and Successful Boxing Coach. He has many Successful Amateur Fighters that Compete regularly. When he's not Coaching his Boxing Classes and Fighters, he is also still actively training and continues to build his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Game.      

Robert is currently ranked as a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and competes at Grappling Tournaments Regularly.Jiu Jitsu lineage is: Robert Curtis >Jamel McCurry > Carlos Machado > Carlos Gracie, Jr. > Carlos Gracie, Sr. > Mitsuyo Maeda

 
 
 

Elizabeth Curtis (A.K.A Izi)

Head Kickboxing Coach/ Personal and Group Trainer/ Owner

She is an affectionate wife, living in the Detroit area all her life. Izi started Boxing for fitness in 2002 with her husband Robert and loved it. After a 5 year Hyades from illness and ultimately cured from Fibromyalgia, she was able to get back on the horse full force and even expanded her knowledge by adding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing to her training. She is currently a Purple in BJJ and has an all Girl's Only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Class where she can share her knowledge and passion with other Girl's and Ladies open to learning. She Competes in Tournaments in BJJ and she is also a Functional Training Certified Group and Personal Trainer. Izi not only cares about motivating you to reach your goals and beyond, she also cares about quality in your movement, mobility and correcting postural issues and muscular imbalances unlike most trainers. She will also make sure your journey is fun along the way. Because it should be. 


Izi wants everyone to feel the best they can feel by way of fitness and by encouraging those with illness to not give up and become your own health advocate to a cure for whatever ails you. If you’re not willing to help yourself, nobody will do it for you. Sometimes you have to take a chance and try the things you think might sound impossible which is how she was finally cured from Fibromyalgia.

Izi has a website with information on everything she offers during her Group and Private Sessions. Follow her blog here also. Visit www.livetotraincoach.com for more details.

Jiu Jitsu lineage is: Elizabeth Curtis >Jamel McCurry > Carlos Machado > Carlos Gracie, Jr. > Carlos Gracie, Sr. > Mitsuyo Maeda




Arthur Valverde

Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Arthur has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2006. He was interested in BJJ not only because of his love of the Martial Arts and MMA but he was tired of being out of shape and wanted to focus on a healthier lifestyle. His Martial Arts experience extends back even further. Arthur is originally from New York, where he did Tae Kwon Do for 7yrs and attained the Rank of 1st Dan Black Belt. Being an Engineer by day, he likes understanding and breaking down techniques in BJJ. As an Instructor at New Way in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, He likes being able to focus on helping others achieve excellence. Arthur enjoys how training and instructing, allows him to interact and meet people from all paths of  life. He is Currently ranked as a Brown Belt.

Jiu Jitsu lineage is: Arthur Valverde >Jamel McCurry > Carlos Machado > Carlos Gracie, Jr. > Carlos Gracie, Sr. > Mitsuyo Maeda




Brandon Halstead

Karate/Kudo Instructor

Martial Arts has given Brandon confidence and a drive to always strive for excellence. He started his training off in the art of Aikido Training under Shihan Katsumi Niikura, at the International Ryokukai. He spent 5 years training there with Niikura's top, Sensei Brian Wojnowski. When Brandon reached the rank of Shodan (black belt), He moved into the art of Choi Kwang Do, to help enhance his Aikido skills. During his training in Choi Kwang Do he began developing basic striking mechanics. 

Brandon received his associates of health fitness by the fall of 2009. Within 2 years of Choi Kwang Do training, he had attained a black belt and soon began to teach at Shelby Choi Kwang Do. With Aikido as his foundation of Martial Arts, he had developed a well rounded base of knowledge to enhance his teaching abilities.

Koei Kan Karate was the next step his my training process, under Sensei Mason, It taught him how to fight and use the combative aspects of Karate. Koie Kan is a traditional Japanese karate full of intensive sessions. Koie Kan was my first taste of brutal Martial Arts, as Sensei Mason taught it in a more traditional sense.

Through networking and his friends at the Michigan Aikido Academy, he met his Sempie, Greg Ryszko who had begun developing him in one of the toughest forms of Karate, Kyokushin. Through Kyokushin, bare knuckle fighting and kicking have enhanced his fighting style. Brandon has studied Kyokushin for two years now, and still continues to do so today.


Brandon had also spent years with Aikido, learning different throws. Koie Kan Karate and Kyokushin Karate - learning striking, and Mexican Style Boxing, learning how to move and work his hands. With over a decade of training, a good foundation has been built. He feels now these skills come full circle, with the introduction of Daido Juku Kudo into his training regiment. Daido Juku Kudo is karate based. It is a Japanese Martial Arts system that translated means "School of the Great Way". This "great way" paths the way for myself and those around me with the "New Way" of training.






Jerry Wee

Head Judo Instructor

Jerry is a fun family man who you can see loves to train with his family. He trains with his daughter and grand kids who are all very talented in the art of Judo. It is fun to see this family in action. 

He is a 6th degree black belt in Judo. He has been doing judo for over 50 years and started at the Detroit Judo Club and quickly became an elite athlete. Jerry is a certified "A" level teacher, which is the highest level of teaching certification. He is also an International level Coach, which is also the highest level of coach certification. Jerry is a Pan American Judo Confederation (PJC) referee, which is an international referree, as opposed to a national, regional, or local referee
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Emily Berger
Judo Instructor
Emily is a very active and proud mom who does it all. She is passing her skills and knowledge of the art of Judo down to not only her own kids but to kids in the kids class as well as the adults class. You will see that her passion for Judo runs deep. She is a 3rd degree black belt in Judo and started under the instruction of her Father Jerry Wee over 20 years ago. Emily was also an elite athlete who lived at the Olympic Training Center.




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