|Ed Parker, Jr.
|Dr. Adam Persky
|Dr. Jeff Davidson, MD
|Ron Van Clief
|John “PapaJohn” Gorman
|Dr. Sherry Wulkan
|Ben Zeidler, MMAFC/FiveKnuckles
|Mike Chiappetta, FanHouse
|Ben Cohen, ESPN
|Danny Acosta, Sherdog
|Stephen Quadros, Fight Professor
|Adam Swift, MMA Payout
|Ben Goldstein, Cage Potato
|Ben Fowlkes, SI, Cage Potato
|Derek Bolender, Top Gun MMA
|Ariel Helwani, Versus.com/FanHouse
|Oleg Issers, Fight Matrix
|Ryan Harkness, FightLinker
|Jack Bratcher, Pro MMA Now
|Ron Kruck, HDNet Inside MMA
|Steve Cofield, Cagewriter
|Jeff Cain, MMA Weekly
|Ron Yacovetti, The
|E. Spencer Kyte, MMA Ratings
|Mark Figula, Freelance
|Nicholas Bailey, MMA Ratings
|Tami Carswell, W Fighter
Rutten (MMA Pioneer/Legend/Champion)
"Bas" Rutten is a retired Dutch-American
mixed martial artist (MMA) and kickboxer.
He was the UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three
time King of Pancrase, and finished his
career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak (21
wins, 1 draw). He is currently the co-host
of Inside MMA on HDNet.
As a fighter, one of his favorite tactics
was the liver shot (both punch and kick),
and he popularized its use in MMA. Bas is
known for his charisma and has capitalized
on his celebrity status since retiring from
fighting in 1999. He has worked as a color
commentator in several MMA organizations,
including Pride, and has appeared in numerous
television shows, movies, and video games.
Bas also coaches MMA and has authored several
Miletich (MMA Pioneer/Legend/Champion)
known as “The Croatian Sensation”
Pat Miletich at the age of 26 began to train
for MMA. He had already trained in a variety
of martial arts including karate, kickboxing,
and boxing. He was very much inspired by
the boxing aspirations of his uncle, Johnny
“Miler” Miletich who was present
at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles as part
of the boxing squad. He would begin training
in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and compete in his
first MMA event “Battle of the Masters”
in Chicago in 1995.
Miletich holds a third degree black belt
in Shuri-ryu karate. He has also trained
with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Sergio
Monteiro and was awarded his BJJ black belt
by Oswaldo Alves.
He made his official UFC debut at UFC 16
and won the very first UFC Lightweight Tournament.
During "UFC Brazil" Pat become
the first UFC Lightweight champion, defeating
Mikey Burnett. In 2001, the UFC changed
weight class limits, making Pat Miletich
the Welterweight division champion.
After a two year break Pat returned to
the Octagon in "AMMA 2 - Adrenaline"
where he battled against Thomas Denny in
December 2008, and he was victourous by
KO early in the second round.
Pat is the founder of Miletich Fighting
Systems, which trains some of the most talented
and popular fighters in MMA, such as former
UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, former
UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, former
UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, as
well as former ICON Sport and Elite XC middleweight
champion Robbie Lawler.
Severn (MMA Pioneer/Legend/Champion)
Severn has captured the attention of fight
and wrestling fans all over the world since
his 1994 debut in the Ultimate Fighting
Championships [UFC]. Dan is known as "The
Beast", a name given to him by Jim
Brown during one of his many fights in the
UFC. The native of Coldwater Michigan has
accepted all challengers in any no holds
barred, or professional wrestling events.
On May 17, 1996, Dan was crowned the UFC
Superfight Champion in his home state of
Michigan. He demolished "The World's
Most Dangerous Man", Ken Shamrock to
regain the title. Dan is the only Triple
Crown UFC champion in the sport today. Severn
has won two eight man tournaments and The
Ultimate Ultimate 1996, which pitted champions
and runner-ups against each another to determine
the true champion of the sport.
Severn began his career in the fight game
as a Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestler.
Dan quickly became a top high school and
collegiate wrestler capturing many titles,
honors, and several national and world titles.
As a high school wrestler Severn was a two-time
national champion and set eight national
records in his career. Dan was inducted
into Arizona State University's wrestling
hall of fame at the end of his prestigious
After completing his degree program and
graduation, Dan continued on a quest to
be the best amateur wrestler in the world.
Numerous competitions from 1982 to 1994
took him to Japan, Hungary, Cuba, France,
and Turkey. On each trip, Severn captured
another title. Dan also secured 13 National
AAU wrestling championships during those
years. The Beast also tried his hand at
coaching wrestling at ASU and Michigan State
University as he continued to compete and
excel after his collegiate career.
In 1994, this distinguished athlete stepped
into "The Octagon" for the first
time. The octagon is a 6’ high steel
cage that is the focal point of the Ultimate
Fighting Championships. The UFC is a no
holds barred competition where athletes
display their skills in a full contact event.
This sport is the only event that pits athletes
of different disciplines against one another.
In the beginning there were few rules; no
biting and no eye gouging. Through the years
more rules have been added to the event
to help the promoters work with the athletic
commissions around the country. A bout is
ended by a KO, TKO, athlete tap out, referee
stoppage, or the towel being thrown. Severn
easily established his place among the best
fighters in the world with his awesome competitive
fire to be the best.
The Beast's world class wrestling skill,
commitment, and desire provided the foundation
for his success. Severn knew he needed to
continue to improve his arsenal, so he added
black belts in the sports of Sombo, Judo,
and Jui Jitsu to his athletic package.
In addition to being technically skilled
and feared by his opponents, Dan is undeniably
popular with the public. His athletic abilities
and charisma with the fans have created
a bond with supporters of this controversial
sport. Severn always enters the arena to
thousands of fans chanting "Beast"!
Severn, through his notoriety in the UFC
stepped in a different ring in 1998. The
World Wrestling Federation wanted to capitalize
on Severn's skills. Dan wrestled weekly
for the WWF weekly as he continued a grueling
appearance, seminar, and no holds barred
fighting schedule. He is known around the
world as the most active competitor in sports
today. Competing for over 30 professional
wrestling organizations, 12 fight promotions,
and speaking engagements. Dan also held
the National Wrestling Alliance heavyweight
title in the professional wrestling ranks
for longer than any other previous NWA champion.
He has over 95 state, national, and international
wrestling titles under his belt, and in
1999, reached a milestone by competing in
his 4000th match.
The future of this Renaissance man is
unlimited. Dan has been profiled in the
press around the world in such publications
as USA Today, People, Karate and Kung Fu
Illustrated, Black Belt Magazine, MAD, Full
Contact Fighter, and many of the pro wrestling
publications. The Internet is full of the
Beast's accomplishments, as well as his
official web site. Severn also runs a wrestling
product company and holds annual wrestling
clinics for kids of all ages. He has appeared
on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Gordon Elliot Show,
Nash Bridges, and many commercials.
Dan has been instrumental in introducing
fighters into the UFC, including a two-time
tournament champion, Don Frye. He has also
introduced the first female no holds barred
fighter in the U.S. to the world. She is
now the number one ranked fighter on the
Severn has developed a 10,000 square foot
training facility on his property. This
facility will be able to house and train
individuals for martial arts, amateur wrestling,
professional wrestling or the fight game.
This facility is a haven for athletes to
train and gain the knowledge that the Beast
has to offer.
In 1999, Dan created a Mixed Martial Arts
promotion called The Danger Zone and currently
showcases tremendous fight cards around
the country. This promotion is geared around
the amateur fighter to help develop a backbone
to the sport. Professional bouts and amateur
tournaments are all part of the Danger Zone.
With all the success and attention, Severn
remains humble and down to earth. Dan has
strong ties to the community in Coldwater,
and in being a good role model for children.
His motto is "Not only do you need
to build a strong body, but you must also
build a strong mind to enhance it".
The only Triple Crown Ultimate Fighting
Champion. Winner of UFC V 8-man tournament
- the Ultimate Ultimate that pits tournament
Champions and runner-ups in the best of
the best 8 man tournament, UFC IX where
Dan beat Ken Shamrock in front of a sold
out crowd in his home state of MI.
Alan Goldberg (Wing Chun Kung Fu
Alan Goldberg has 37+ years experience in
the martial arts, has been inducted in 36
Halls of Fame, has studied (besides his primary
art of Wing Chun Kung Fu) Five Animal Kung
Fu and Shotokan karate. He now devotes his
time to the teaching of Wing Chun. He is the
creator of Law Enforcement Survival Systems
(L.E.S.S.), which was taught to the New York
City Emergency Service Unit of the police
department. He is also the New York State
Commissioner of ORA.
Alan is Grandmaster Jason Lau's number
one disciple, having been right alongside
him from his days in the Flatbush Avenue neighborhood.
He has been seen and heard in magazines, newspapers,
television, cable, and radio throughout the
United States. He also has several instructional
video credits, and is also the publisher of
Action Martial Arts Magazine.
Action Martial Arts Magazine is a
quarterly publication for Martial Artists,
which contains a variety of articles and interviews
from various masters and celebrities in the
martial arts and MMA world. Articles range
in content from nutrition in the martial arts
to advisement by masters on how to improve
your skills. It is the official magazine carrying
the ratings for F.A.M.E, New England Karate
Commission and the Work Karate Union. After
ten years, it has grown to become the largest
FREE FULL COVERAGE magazine on the market
Alan has put together and carried out the
largest Martial Arts Hall of Honors Awards
Ceremony and weekend ever seen in the history
of the martial arts. It was first held January
20th, 2001 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort
in Atlantic City, NJ, and was the largest
catered event in Atlantic City history, PERIOD.
There were 1,400 Martial Arts personalities
and Hollywood celebrities in attendance. Alan’s
historic 10th Anniversary Hall of Honors Banquet,
Seminars, and Trade Show will, as always,
take place at the Tropicana Casino and Resort,
January 8 and 9, 2010.
Silverio Guerra (Founder of the
Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame/MMA Pioneer)
Silverio Guerra, Ph.D., M.A. is a career professional
in the martial arts with over five decades
experience in a variety of disciplines. He
is internationally recognized for his superior
achievements and has been honored by the Confederaco
Brasileira De Kickboxing, World Kickboxing
League (WKL), United States Karate Association
do Brasil, U.S.K.A. Full Contact Kickboxing
Association, Wa No Michi-Ryu Association,
European Society of Soke-European Presidium
of Certified Head Founders of Soke, International
Brotherhood of Martial Artists, Knights of
Professor Guerra has been inducted into 21
national and international Halls of Fame.
Professor Guerra holds memberships in the
International Union of Martial Arts-Soke and
the Society of Black Belts - Life Membership.
Professor Guerra actively teaches a number
of martial arts disciplines including Police
Defensive Tactics, Kakuto Shin~Ryu Karate,
Kai No Kenson Ju-Jitsu, and Pressure Points.
He is also a certified massage therapist and
an expert on human physiology. He has served
in a number of positions including President
of the Open Hand Martial Arts Association,
Instructor for Grand Valley University, Instructor
for members of the Edouch/Elsa City Police
Department and Instructor for Community Mental
Health, Holland, Michigan. In addition to
all of this, he has worked in the entertainment
film industry as a trainer and technical advisor
to actors portrayed in martial arts films.
He is widely respected and internationally
acclaimed in the martial arts community and
is one of the most highly decorated martial
arts experts in the United States.
Lewis (Deceased/Former Kick boxing/Karate
World Champion and Legend)
Lewis is an American kickboxer and point
Karate fighter whose success in the ring
in the 1960s and 1970s is legendary. He
has twice been voted the greatest fighter
in karate history, and has attained the
titles of "United States Heavyweight
Kickboxing Champion," "World Heavyweight
Karate Champion," and "United
States National Black Belt Kata Champion."
Joe was born in Knightdale, North Carolina.
He joined the United States Marine Corps
in 1962 and was stationed at Cherry Point.
He studied Shorin-ryu Karate with Eizo Shimabukuro,
John Korab, Chinsaku Kinjo and Seiyu Oyata
in Okinawa while serving in the United States
Marine Corps, earning his black belt in
a mere seven months. Joe was one of the
first Marines stationed in Vietnam, there
meeting Rocky Marciano. Upon returning to
the USA, he began a winning tournament career.
From 1967 to 1968, he studied privately
with the influential martial artist and
Jeet Kune Do founder Bruce Lee. Joe Lewis passed away on August 31, 2012
Parker, Jr. (American Kenpo)
Parker Jr. (Edmund Kealoha Parker, Jr.)
is a martial arts master and artist. He
is a world renowned instructor of American
Kenpo (the system his father Ed Parker,
Sr. created), and is also well known for
his artwork, including many portraits of
notable martial arts practitioners. His
illustrations have been commissioned for
film projects, DVDs, book and magazine covers,
corporate identities, and custom certificates.
Ed was born in Glendale, California, the
son of Ed Parker Sr. and his wife, Leilani
Parker. He portrayed his father in the 1993
Bruce Lee biography, Dragon: The Bruce Lee
Story. He is married and the father of three
daughters and one son and resides in Pasadena,
Klein (Intellectual Property/Litigation/Dispute
Resolution/Media Law/Sports Law, Partner
of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP,NY,
E. Klein is a partner of Satterlee Stephens
Burke & Burke LLP and he is the head
of the firm’s sports law practice.
Mr. Klein concentrates his practice in commercial
litigation, intellectual property law, media
law, and sports law, in particular, the
representation of clients involved in boxing
and mixed martial arts.
Mr. Klein has significant experience in
both pursuing and defending civil claims
for violations of the Computer Fraud and
Abuse Act, 18. U.S.C. § 1030, and the
Stored Wire and Electronic Communications
and Transaction Records Access Act, 18 U.S.C.
§ 2701, and has collaborated with federal
law enforcement in investigating computer
related claims on behalf of his clients.
Mr. Klein is admitted to practice in New
York, before the United States District
Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts
of New York, before the United States Courts
of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Second
Circuit, Fourth Circuit and Ninth Circuit,
and before the United States Court of Federal
Mr. Klein is a member of the Committee on Sports Law, New York City Bar, the Sports Lawyers Association, the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Klein is also licensed by the New York State Athletic Commission as a boxing manager.
Mr. Klein is founder and Chairman of the Board of the New York Mixed Martial Arts Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides funding for inner city youth and young adults so that they can experience the benefits of MMA training which include increased self discipline, self confidence, self respect, good sportsmanship, and healthy lifestyle habits.
Mr. Klein regularly addresses current legal issues that pertain to MMA and boxing, including efforts to legalize MMA in New York, at his Fight Lawyer website and is a weekly contributor to MMAPayout: The Business of MMA. In addition, Mr. Kleinís website was featured on Law.comís Legal Blog Watch and has been cited by a number of MMA and boxing media outlets, including Yahoo! Sports Blog, USA Today, Sherdog, MixedMartialArts.com, Cagepotato, MMAPayout, Bloody Elbow, Fight Opinion, and MMA Convert.
Mr. Klein received his undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of Michigan, where he was a James B. Angell Scholar, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, and a member of Sigma Iota Rho. Mr. Klein received his law degree (J.D.) from Fordham University School of Law, where he received Deanís List Honors.
Adam Persky (The World Renowned
Adam Persky, a native “New Yorker”
attended Tulane University of New Orleans
and is a 1990 graduate of the prestigious
Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry.
Along with his wife Dr Silva Battaglin,
also a 1990 Graduate of Boston University
they take care of their clients’ one
patient at a time! They have a very successful
Family, Cosmetic and Sports Dental Practice
in Las Vegas.
Such clients include:
- Dana White (UFC President) & Lorenzo
Ferrttia (UFC CEO)
- Forrest Griffin
- Frank Mir
- Joe Stevenson
- Ken Shamrock & Ken Shamrock Fitness
- Trainer Mark Laimon and his Cobra Kai
Jiu Jitsu Alex Karalexis
- The fighters on the last 5 seasons of
The Ultimate Fighter
- Many amateur Mixed Martial Fighters
Adam brings to Las Vegas a unique style
of Dentistry, a style that makes their Guests
feel like they are at home and not in a
dental practice. He makes every effort to
have a very relaxed atmosphere at their
Las Vegas Cosmetic Practice. Just seeing
his Practice demonstrates the high standard
he sets for himself, his Team Members and
for the level of service and treatments
presented to their Guests. Smileshapers
is the Official Dentist of the Best Modeling
Agency, Sin City Chamber of Commerce, CALLBACK
Entertainment Newspaper Beachers Madhouse
and is an approved vendor with the Greater
Las Vegas Realtors.
Adam, in cooperation with Nevada Athletic
Commission performed a study on 580 boxers
and MMA fighters at 36 events and was given
the privilege to attend these Boxing and
Mixed Martial Arts Fights in Las Vegas.
Smileshapers and Fightdentist have provided
the mouthguards for the UFC’s Ultimate
Fighter on Spike TV for the last 4 seasons
and has recently been licensed as the “official
custom mouthguard of the UFC and WEC. These
custom mouthguards with the official UFC
and WEC Logos will only be available on
the UFC and WEC’s websites.
Sinosic (Former UFC Fighter/Australian
in Canberra, Australia to Croatian parents,
Elvis Sinosic now resides in Sydney where
he continues his martial arts training.
Elvis currently runs Sinosic Perosh Martial
Arts (SPMA) with business and training partner
Anthony Perosh. Having trained in various
arts for the last 20 years, the "King
of Rock N Rumble" has been exposed
to a myriad of art forms including:Freestyle
Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, Jun Fan
(Kali, Silat, Thai), Kai Shin Freestyle,
Capoeira, Kickboxing, Judo, JB Will Shootfighting,
and Machado BJJ. Sinosic holds a black belt
in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Elvis has been competing on a national
level since 1995, and has competed in such
prestigious events as the Abu Dhabi World
Submission Championships, the Ultimate Fighting
Championship, and the K-1 Grand Prix as
their highlighted superfight as well as
Pancrase, RINGS, Warriors Realm, Fighter
Extreme, UCC (now called TKO), Australian
Vale Tudo Open and Caged Combat 1.
Zito (The Italian Bad Boy/Author/Radio
25 year member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle
Club, former Golden Gloves boxer, Actor,
bodyguard to the stars, Stuntman,
and Martial Arts expert. Actor on the award
winning HBO drama Oz, is the star of the
upcoming USA Network series Chuck Zito's
Street Justice. And coming soon his new
training and martial arts video Chuck Zito's
Street Survival System.
In 2003, Chuck released his autobiography,
Street Justice, co-authored with Joe Layden.
In 2006, he expanded into radio with the
show Chuck Zito's View on Howard Stern's
Sirius Satellite radio station.
Jeff Davidson, MD (World Famous/UFC
Hamilton (Legendary 3d Man In The
Ring! Elite Combat Sport Referee and Judge!)
"Doc" Hamilton has been an advocate,
educator, instructor and practitioner of
martial arts since 1973. He holds advanced
ranks in both Judo and Hawaiian Kenpo.
In addition to his martial arts involvement,
Doc stays busy as a chiropractor, specializing
in sports medicine. As a certified Strength
and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), he is
a consultant to both professional and amateur
athletes. Also, he is a contributing editor
to Ultimate Grappling Magazine.
Doc has been a licensed kickboxing referee
in California since 1986. He also is a licensed
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) ring official in
Nevada and New Jersey. He has worked as
a referee and judge for the UFC, PRIDE,
KOTC, SHOOTO, WEC, EliteXC, StrikeForce,
Based upon his knowledge of the martial
arts and his reputation in that community,
Doc was appointed on four separate occasions
to serve in an advisory capacity to the
California State Athletic Commission. Having
served eight years as an advisor, he has
been instrumental in writing and re-writing
the rules governing kickboxing and MMA in
Hackleman (Owner/Trainer at The
Pit, MMA Gym/School!)
in New York City, from the age of four John
Hackleman grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. It
was around the age of nine years that he
began studying Judo. By high school he was
a golden gloves boxer and a competitive
kickboxer. He had initially added Shotokan
Karate but by 10 years old had settled upon
studying Judo and KaJuKenBo under Walter
Godin who he would continue to train with
until Godin’s death in 2002. KaJuKenBo
was a mixture of Karate, Judo, Kempo and
Western boxing which had developed in Hawaii
in 1947 specifically as a street fighting
In 1979 John enlisted in the Army because
of the hostage situation in Iran. He ended
up spending his three years on the Army
boxing team, winning State and regional
Golden Gloves titles. He went on to a pro
boxing career under the management of Don
King Promotions. There is some speculation
that speaks of him having a professional
boxing career of 17 wins, 3 losses, with
By 1985 he moved to California where he
renamed his style Hawaiian Kempo. The Pit
(his MMA training gym) is the only Hawaiian
Kempo school that favors the Ke-m-po spelling
as opposed to Ke-n-po. John describes his
style as more hardcore than other Hawaiian
Kenpo schools may teach it, but decided
to give his school the style name KuZen;
a mix of the god of war "Ku" in
Hawaii and "Zen" for Zen Buddhism;
to attract children and families to his
Maalouf (Senior Partner at Maalouf
Ashford & Talbot, LLP, NY, NY)
J. Maalouf, Senior Partner of the Firm,
is a globally recognized expert in the areas
of International Trade & Finance Law,
Corporate Law, Securities Law and Mergers
& Acquisitions, and has been ranked
as one of the Top 10 International Trade
& Finance Lawyers in the United States
for the past 4 years in a row by the United
States Lawyer Rankings - 2009 Edition, 2008
Edition, 2007 Edition and 2006 Edition.
John regularly counsels clients on matters
involving International Finance, IPO's,
M&A's, private placements, international
banking, foreign investment in China and
the Middle East, and on securities offerings
by multilateral financial institutions and
government sponsored enterprises. He also
specializes in the creation of U.S. and
international private investment funds,
as well as traditional hedge funds, private
equity and venture capital funds.
John also represents clients in connection
with IPO's on foreign stock exchanges, including
the London Stock Exchange's Alternate Investment
Market (AIM). To date, John's cases have
been featured on the American television
programs 60 Minutes and 20/20 as well as
being on CNN and in the Wall Street Journal.
John splits his time between the firm's
New York and Hong Kong offices.
John is admitted to practice in Massachusetts
and New York, and is also admitted to practice
before the United States Court of International
Trade and the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of New York. He
is a member of MENSA, (September 2006 International
Mensa Journal article on John Maalouf),
and of the Shaolin Temple.
John received his B.S. in Economics from
Boston University, (1990) his J.D. from
Suffolk University School of Law (1993)
and his LL.M. in International Banking and
Financial Services Law from Boston University
School of Law (1994).
Kerik was born in Newark, New Jersey, and
raised in Paterson, New Jersey. Bernie has
worked as a U.S. Army Military Policeman
(MP), a bodyguard, a jail warden and an
undercover narcotics detective, NYC Police
Commissioner (during the 9/11 terrorist
attacks), and Interim Minister of Interior
for Iraq. He is also a 5th degree black
belt master instructor in the martial arts,
who holds black belts in both Japanese Karate
and Korean Tae Kwon Do. In 2001, Bernie
published a memoir, The Lost Son: A Life
in Pursuit of Justice, a New York Times
Bernie Kerik is considered one of the
most decorated Police Commissioners in the
history of the New York City Police Department,
he earned 30 medals for excellent, meritorious
and heroic service, including the New York
City Police Department Medal of Valor for
his involvement in a gun battle in which
his partner was shot and wounded and he
returned fire, downing the suspect. Other
medals included 1 Honorable Mention, 5 Commendations,
10 Meritorious Police Duty and 13 Excellent
Police Duty medals.
Bernie received a U. S. Presidential Letter
of Commendation from President Ronald Reagan
for heroism and was appointed Honorary Commander
of the Most Excellent Order of the British
Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. He was
also appointed Knight Commander, of the
Military Constantinian Order of St. George
by the Duke of Calabria, Italy. He received
the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Mayor’s
Medal of Honor from the City of Paterson,
New Jersey and a Mayor’s Meritorious
Commendation from the City of Passaic, New
Jersey, all for heroism. He earned the Medal
of Merit from the New Jersey State Police
Benevolent Association and the Medal for
Valor from the International Narcotics Enforcement
Other honors have included: The New York
State Senate Liberty Award, the Golden Star
Leadership Award, Los Angeles, California;
Special Achievement Award, Special Narcotics
Prosecutor's Office, City of New York; Man
of the Year Award, Honor Legion, Police
Department – City of New York; Man
of the Year Award, Detective’s Endowment
Association, Police Department – City
of New York; Man of the Year Award, Brooklyn
Law School, LELSA; 2 Distinguished Service
Awards, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
DEA Administrator's Award, U.S. Department
of Justice, DEA; Distinguished Person of
the Year, NYC Correction Captains Association;
Distinguished Service Award, New York Shields;
Distinguished Service Award, New York City
Retired Detective's Association; Dedication
and Commitment Award, NYC Correction Officer’s
Association and the President’s Appreciation
Award, NYC Correction Guardians Association.
Daniel Torres (Jujitsu Master –
DanTor Ryu Jujitsu)
Hanshi Daniel Torres also known as (Prof.
Torres) is the only Martial Artist due to
his knowledge and experience of the Professioanl
fight game in the History of the State of
Florida Boxing Commission, any State Athletic
Commission in the United States and in the
World to hold a rank of 9th Degree Red Belt
in JuJitsu and license(s) as a Professional
MMA Referee, Professional MMA Judge, Professional
Boxing Judge, Professional Kickboxing Judge,
In addition, License in Puerto Rico as a
Professional MMA Referee (Arbitro Profesional)
& Professional MMA Judge (Juez Profesional).
Hanshi Torres is currently active after
41 years of martial art training (JuJitsu)
and is the founder of his own system / interpretation.
In addition, Hanshi Torres trains people
who just want to learn self-defense. or
improve their combated art such as Professional
MMA fighter, Professional Boxer or Martial
Artist (s) who just want to add a little
favor to the art.
Hanshi Torres, throughout his career as
a martial artist, Hanshi Torres remained
a faithful student to his teacher and the
late Supreme Grandmaster Visitacion. As
a result of his die-hard commitment and
allegiance to the study of Vee Jitsu JuJitsu.
Prof. Torres was acknowledge and certify
of unquestionable moral character and having
met all the qualifications as a Student,
Instructor, Master and Grandmaster was held
in the highest regard with the Vee Jitsu
Family. In addtion, to this noteworthy accomplishment
his teacher personally and publicly bestowed
upon Prof. Torres, the title of Hanshi,
(Grandmaster) O’ Sensei, Dai Shihan
and the exclusive right and honor to create
his own interpretation of Vee Jitsu Jujitsu
System know as DanTor Ryu Jujitsu/MMA School
of Modern Vee Jitsu JuJitsu.
More information about Prof. Torres can be found at http://www.jujitsumaster.com/
“The Machine” Freeman
of the most celebrated MMA veterans of the
UK whose fighting career spanned the period
1999 – 2008. The Machine fought in
the UFC on six occasions, with his most
notable win coming over Frank Mir at UFC
38. The Machine has also won the UKs Cage
Rage championship three
times, twice as a LHW, and once as a HW.
Van Clief (The Black Dragon)
Van Clief born in Brooklyn, New York, is
an American martial arts legend and an actor
in Hollywood and Hong Kong action films.
Ron began his martial arts career competing
in both full-contact and non-contact karate
tournaments in New York, going on to win
several tournaments and championships. He
was a student of Goju-ryu masters Peter
Urban, Frank Ruiz, and Moses Powell, as
well as Wing Tsun founder Leung Ting Modern
Arnis (Remy Presas) Brazilian Jiujitsu (Joe
Moreira). In 1971, Ron created his own style
of martial arts, called "Chinese Goju,"
attempting to unify Japanese style goju-ryu
with its roots in Chinese martial arts.
He currently holds the rank of 10th degree
red belt (shidoshi or grandmaster), in this
On December 16, 1994, Ron returned to
the ring to fight in the 4th Ultimate Fighting
Championship, as the oldest competitor to
date to fight in the UFC at the age of 51.
His sole fight in the tournament was against
Brazilian jiu-jitsu exponent Royce Gracie.
Gracie won the match by submission with
a rear naked choke near the four-minute
mark. Ron served as the commissioner of
UFC such is his enthusiasm for the sport
of MMA. Ron retired from competition in
2002 after winning the All American Karate
Championship at 60 years old. He is presently
finishing new book INSTANT SELF DEFENSE
to be published 2009. Ron competed in over
900 tournaments in over 40 years on the
tournament circuit. Ron retired as a 5 time
world karate/kung fu champion and 15 time
all American champion. Ron has earned over
12 different black belts in his martial
arts carrier. Those include black belts
in karate (goju-ryu and goju-kai), jiu-jitsu,
judo, kung fu, muay thai, tae kwon do, boxing
and many more.
Ron is also the author and creator of
a number of instructional books and video
recordings. Presently in post production
is BLACK DRAGON THE LEGEND OF RON VAN CLIEF,
a compelling documentary of his life story.
is the Commissioner of USA Jiu-Jitsu. USA
Jiu-Jitsu is a nonprofit corporation that
was established to serve as an organization
to govern the sport of Jiu-Jitsu in the
US, and to provide service to all levels
of the Jiu-Jitsu community. If you are a
Black, Brown, Purple, Blue or White belt…
USAJJ was created for you.
USAJJ exists to establish Jiu-Jitsu in
the United States as an official amateur
sport, to govern the sport, provide rules
for tournaments, set standards for promotions,
provide guidance to individuals wishing
to participate in the sport, either as operators
of schools and academies, students just
wanting to learn and those individuals and
companies providing products and services
to the Jiu-Jitsu community. The idea is
to open up the sport to everyone.
is a member of both the New York State Athletic
Commission and the New Jersey State Athletic
Control Board, and feels very fortunate
to be able to work ringside as part of a
team of highly committed, competent and
knowledgeable ringside doctors (M.D.s and
Sherry has worked most often in New Jersey,
where some of the requirements to be a ringside
physician include graduating from an accredited
allopathic or osteopathic medical school,
being a licensed physician in good standing
in the state in which one practices, being
board certified in the specialty in which
one has trained, CPR certification, familiarity
with sports medicine and combat sports injuries,
and the satisfactory completion of an apprenticeship
with a Commission appointed ringside physician
(minimum of five regulated shows).
In sports it helps to have a doctor present
who understands the game. A doctor who is
also an avid fan of the sport in question
can help in areas that a less knowledgeable
doctor cannot. Also a fan of MMA, Sherry
has worked at events such as UFC, IFL, Pro
Elite, Bodog, Ring of Combat, Cage Fury
and Extreme Challenge, among others. Sherry
also trains with and is the team physician
for the Serra-Longo team.
Machado is the eldest of the five Machado
Brothers (in descending order: Roger,
Rigan, Jean-Jacques and John). He
is nephew to one of the founders of Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu, late master “Carlos Gracie”
(1900-94). Carlos has been involved
in the martial arts since 4 years of age,
under the instruction of several of his
Gracie relatives. He had the privilege
to learn at different times from some of
the greatest legends in the family, like
late great ”Carlson Gracie”,
and also another late and legendary champion
“Rolls Gracie”. His main
instruction came from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
visionary and cousin “Carlos Gracie
Jr”., and one of his most revered
cousins “Crolin Gracie”.
Carlos was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, and shared fond memories of good
old times training with the likes of cousins
Rilion, Renzo, and living legend Rickson
His brothers Roger, Rigan, Jean-Jacques
and John, each carrying on amazing careers
as martial artists and entrepreneurs, have
also been very influential in shaping Carlos’
skills and outlook in life.
Carlos first came to the U.S. as an exchange
student in 1982, in the East Coast.
After attending Law School at the Federal
University of Rio de Janeiro, between 1982-87,
Carlos decided to follow in the footsteps
of brother Rigan Machado, and along with
younger brother John, travelled to the West
Coast of the U.S. earlier in the 90’s.
At that time, Carlos and Jean Jacques were
instructors and associates at the famous
“Gracie Barra” academy, in Brazil.
Once leaving for the U.S., the brothers
started the journey to help spread Brazilian
Jiu-jitsu throughout the world.
After opening two locations in San Fernando
Valley and Redondo Beach, Ca, in the year
of 1992, the Machado Brothers started travelling
through the U.S. and other Countries giving
seminars to keep up the demand for Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu. Once good friend and Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast “Chuck Norris”
made his home in Dallas, Texas, through
his invitation, Carlos chose to move his
operations to Dallas as well, in 1995.
Besides starting up his new school in Texas,
he also appeared several times in the then
very popular TV show “Walker, Texas
Carlos has since then started a training
program for different martial arts schools
around the Country, with the intent to provide
down to earth and high quality guidelines
for other instructors to successfully implement
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs at their locations.
Today Carlos’ list of affiliate members
nears 30 schools nationwide, and a growing
number of new member requests. He
is fulfilling a dream of providing other
students what it is like to learn in detail
the concepts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it took
him over 40 years to realize.
Carlos also believes that martial arts is
a positive tool to change the quality of
each of his students’ lives.
He lives by the motto of “We do not
just teach martial arts, but change lives”.