Sensei Scott Schultz is a Syracuse native with a long history in the Martial Arts. Scott became a local pioneer of the Japanese arts in 1986, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the 90's and has now been instructing for thirty years. In 2006 Sensei Schultz became the first person awarded a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Central New York.
Sensei Schultz has trained thousands of people throughout the years and in 1992 he was inducted into the 'World Martial Arts Hall of Fame' as Instructor of the Year.
Scott has been featured worldwide in many Martial Arts magazines and his school
'American Warrior Arts' was featured on the 'Martial Arts Today' television show.
Sensei Schultz has competed in both Canada and the US and has been in the cage where he first fought Brazilian blackbelt Leo Dalla in 1996. Scott has hit the mats against the likes of Joe D'Arce, Kenny Florian and many others.
In 2000 Scott was invited to compete in a 16 man world class event, the North Carolina International Pro Am where he fought a no-gi battle against the world champion from Brazil, Leozinho Vieira. Also included in Scotts division were Matt Serra and Shaolin of Brazil. Scott also fought Matt Serra (UFC champion) in an MMA exhibition bout in NYC under a Lou Negila production just prior to Matts UFC career.
Sensei Schultz's competition days have since been replaced with another skill set that comes second nature to Scott. Teaching. His unique way of sharing the passion, knowledge and experience he holds in the art of Jiu-Jitsu is what sets Sensei Schultz apart from the rest.
April Parks, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt and Syracuse native, is the most highly accomplished female grappler in Upstate New York. Always the athlete, April is a former East-Syracuse Minoa Graduate and Hall of Fame inductee. April attended Syracuse University where she competed as a Division 1 Track and Field athlete and was an Academic All-American. After pursuing a degree in education, April began teaching in the city of Syracuse in 2003 where she is still currently employed.
In 2011, April began practicing BJJ and hasen't looked back since. April sought out to become a world champion and solidified that dream in 2014, twice. Since then, April has won a multitude of titles in competition venues across the world. Just as she is passionate about competing, April is equally excited to share her knowledge of sports, competition, health and wellness, boxing and kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu technique.
April has trained Thai Boxing in Thialand with world famous Master Toddy. Additionally, she has both been a personal trainer and instructed cardio-kickboxing for over 10 years.
April holds the following Adult Light Weight Division titles:
IBJJF Pan Am NOGI Blue Belt Champion 2013
IBJJF World Champion Blue Belt 2014
IBJJF World Champion NOGI Blue Belt 2014
IBJJF Pan Am NOGI Purple Belt Champion 2015
IBJJF World Champion Purple Belt 2016
American National NOGI Champion 2016
35x IBJJF Medalist
Jamil Antoine is a 20 year veteran in the boxing community.
Having picked up boxing as a way to stay fit while in college, Jamil became interested in competing and boxed as an amateur for a span of 5 years.
Along the way, he earned a trip to the finals of New York City's prestigious
Golden Gloves tournament and several years later won the Upstate New York Golden Gloves after relocating to Syracuse.
After retiring from competition, Jamil has stayed active in the sport. He became an amateur official for USA Boxing in 2012 and has worked as a referee and judge in hundreds of amateur bouts.
In 2015 he became a professional referee and has reffed numerous professional bouts in Upstate New York.
Jamil has taken his love and knowledge of the great sport of boxing to the next level and now spends time training young boxers in the ring. His insurmountable passion for boxing shines through in his teaching methods.
Ronda Hannam has been training Mixed Martial Arts in the area for 18 years.
She holds a 4th degree Black Belt in Karate and has trained in various forms of Martial Arts including Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Xtreme Martial Arts,
Krav Maga, Grappling and Womens as well as Childrens Self Defense.
Ronda has been instructing Martial Arts in the community for 13 years.
She has been involved in the competition circut always placing high in the top of her division.
Ronda is also familiar in advanced weaponry including Bow Staff, Kamas, Flying Kamas, Knives, Nunchucks and Swords.
Gee-Kren Vien's road to athletics and martial arts began as a teenager. Awkward and skinny, he stumbled upon weight training to improve his strength and physique. This naturally led him into the personal training/fitness industry in his twenties, mainly working with clients on body recomposition through strength training and nutrition.
In 2007, a fellow gym goer invited him to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. The physical benefits due to the high intensity nature of live rolling (sparring) is what initially hooked him, but as he immersed himself deeper into the art, the practicality of the self-defense techniques and the emphasis on individual progress became his centralized focus as a martial artist.
During his blue belt years, he began assistant instructing and realized teaching greatly aided his own debvelopment as a grappler. Receiving his brown belt in 2016, he active teaching style continues to evolve while balancing the responsibility of still being a student
The passion of overall self improvement is what drives him, and BJJ is a vital tool in that never ending journey.
Sifu Seth Nels began his Martial Arts training in 1996. Seth explored the various styles of Martial Arts gaining experience in Muay Thai, Wing Chun Gung Fu, Jun Fan Gung Fu and Filipino Kali. This diversification helped Seth gain a great understanding of the differences of sport vs combat martial arts.
While attending college at 'The Culinary Institute of America' Seth worked as a trainer in the weight room and instructed Muay Thai at the student center. He also competed in a strongman contest held at the facility and won first place in the heavyweight division making him the CIA's strongest chef.
During this period Seth explored the art of Aikido satisfying a long curiosity about the ancient art.
First certified in 2007, Sifu Seth currently holds his instructor certification in Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do concepts under a three time Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee and one of the top world authorities in the art, Sifu Kevin Seaman. Seth continues to train with his Sifu regularly always striving to improve.
Having a long history in athletics Seth was inducted into the Lafayette Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.
Today a weight lifting enthusiast, Seth meets up with his 5 man training crew "The Dungeon Team" at his extensive private gym on a regular basis.
Seth is a professional chef for the Affinity Group, one of the premier food marketing agencies covering North America.