With over 60 years experienced combined
Mike is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
Pete is the highest ranking Judo Instructor/Practitioner in the area at 6th degree Black Belt
and Marissa is the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt female in the area.
-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (2008)
- Muay Thai - 13 Years
- Boxing 8 Years
- Certified Level II US Army Combatives Instructor
Starting his training in 1995 Mike Crawford is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, awarded in 2008 from Fernando Yamasaki. He has been involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and various martial arts forms for over 20 years to include Shootfighting, Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA, Army Combatives and Self-Defense. He has competed and placed in numerous world level tournaments.
Mike is a very passionate instructor that never allows a learning opportunity to be missed. He has years of experience teaching children and adults not only in Jiu-Jitsu, but other martial arts and weight lifting. He taught for many years at his previously owned academy, U.S. Army groups at Fort Lee and Fort Eustis and to elite groups of the U.S. Military at Naval Special Warfare. He’s coached his students to winning world level Jiu-Jitsu competitions, and mixed martial arts fights.
He was awarded his black belt through the Yamasaki family, but has also trained under Pedro Sauer and his association. He has had the opportunities to train with many high level Jiu-Jitsu technicians including, Abmar Barbosa, Murilo Santana, Royce Gracie, Matt Serra and many more.
Mike is a VCU computer science and criminal justice graduate that currently works as a government contractor. When not training or teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mike enjoys running, strength and conditioning and other forms of physical activity.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
USMC Certified Close Combat Instructor
John has been practicing some form of the grappling arts since junior high school wrestling. During his time in the USMC he was a certified close combat instructor and started practicing BJJ seriously in 2012.
He is a Midori Yama Budokai 1st degree black belt and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt through Rigan Machado. He won the IBJJF Pan and World Masters Championships as a blue belt in 2017 and the World Masters Championships as a purple belt in 2018 where he also finished 3rd in the Masters Absolute division.
Willie Abney Jr.
-2nd degree Judo Black Belt
-Coaching Level 2 Certified
-Safe Sports Certified
-Head Up Certified
Willie Abney, Jr. started Judo in 1997 at Hwang Martial Arts School in Hamden, CT. He competed in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2006.
He has earned a 2nd degree black belt in Judo and has 3 years of training in Kuntao. He has trained in Judo clinics with Olympians Jimmy Pedro (Bronze Medalist '08), Taraje Williams ('04 and '08), and Kayla Harrison ('12 and '16 Gold Medalist).
Willie moved to Virginia in 2010 and continued training with the College of William and Mary Judo Club for 2 years. He later started a Judo club at Zumba Martial Arts for 4 years. He then met Pete MAntel and together they started the Williamsburg Judo Club. He continues to improve his Judo training while attending Greatest Camp on Earth Judo Camp yearly from 2015-2018.
2001- 3rd place in Nutmeg State Games in CT
2002- 2nd place in CT. State Championship
2003- 1st place in Nutmeg State Games in CT
2005- 2nd Place in Masters Division Nutmeg State Games in CT
2006- 3rd place in CT State Championship
-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (2019)
-Muay Thai- 4 years
-Kali/Wing Chun- 2 years
-Certified Level I US Army Combatives Instructor
Marissa Talley is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has been training for 15 years. During 2004 and 2005 she medaled in numerous divisions and weight classes across the United States. In 2010, she competed at several local tournaments achieving gold medals and 2011 earning silver in the world level Abu Dhabi Trials competition, purple/brown/black belt division.
In addition to her own training and competition experience Marissa has produced multiple gold medal achievers coaching children and adults alike since the age of 17. She has had the opportunity to teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Self-Defense and Army combatives at various schools having the ability to create curriculums and run her own programs. She has instructed military personnel to include an AIT group at Fort Eustis, assisted Level 1 classes at Caserma Ederle, female soldiers at Ft. Stewart, and children of military personnel at Hunter Army Airfield.
She has spent her years learning under tier one Jiu-Jitsu associations, Royce Gracie, Pedro Sauer and Yamasaki. She’s also had opportunities to train with high level jiu-jitsu practitioners such as Rickson Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rodrigo Gracie, Relson Gracie, Kron Gracie, Pedro Sauer, George St. Pierre, De La Riva and many more.
Marissa is a registered nurse and certified pediatric nurse that also has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Development. Since 2010 she has volunteered with an animal rescue group, Operation Paws for Home and is an avid dog lover/rescuer. In her free time she enjoys various activities to stay in shape, running, biking, strength and conditioning, exploring and spending time with her family and dogs, Isabelle and Brewster.
-6th degree Judo Black Belt (2018)
-US Judo Coaching Committee Member
Peter Mantel started judo in 1975 at Lee's Judo Club in Pacifica, CA at the ripe old age of 6, and never stopped. He competed almost every weekend and grew to love it. His parents would not let him play football or baseball, yet allowed him to get thrown on his head repeatedly.
Pete joined the US Coast Guard in 1986 and continued his judo career at Santa Rosa Junior College under the direction of Terry Kelly. He was eventually connected with Phil Porter who ran the National Judo Institute in Colorado Springs, CO. Pete was the first active duty Coast Guard member to be stationed in Colorado specifically training for the 1992 Olympics. Although he did not make the team, he was asked by 1988 Olympic Medallist Lynn Roethke to be her training partner for the Barcelona games.
Pete was transferred to Long Beach, CA where he was stationed aboard ship and trained in Vladivostok, Russia during a patrol. He trained briefly with Hayward Nishioka at Long Beach State.
Pete ended up back in the Bay Area in the mid 90's where he trained with Terry Kelly again and began coaching other athletes with great success. He is credited with training an elite athlete who was ranked in the top 5 of the USA.
He also trained, coached and competed in San Diego, CA with Gene Mauro and fought in the Master's World Championships in Londonderry, Ireland in 2002. He took a gold medal at the Master's Goodwill Games in Mississigua, Canada as well.
Pete ended up in Virginia in the summer of 2003 where he stood up the Coast Guard Judo club in Yorktown, VA. He trained with a team of 8-10 with magnificent results. He coached and competed in many local, state, regional, national and international events for almost 10 years. He coached an elite athlete from a white belt in just 2 years and led a team of strong fighters to place in every tournament they competed in.
Pete’s personal competition highlights include:
2005 US Senior Nationals Master's division-Bronze
2008 US Senior Nationals Master's division-Silver
2008 Continental Crown Senior's division- 5th
2009 Fall Classic and National Ladder Tournament- Gold
2009 World Master's Judo Championships- Bronze
Pete routinely coached while between matches. His students also took medals at National events. He has trained with many Olympians and is a member of the Coaching Committee for the US Judo Association. He earned his 5th degree black belt in July of 2004.