Team Combat Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Combat Judo is a school run by Mark Staniszewski, a Judo sandan and a BJJ Black belt under Joe Moreira and Mike Acuri, a Judo nidan and a BJJ blue belt. As well as other instuctors from Judo sandans to BJJ purples and above.
The school has changed to having a separate BJJ (Gi and No Gi) and Judo classes, but neither the BJJ classes ignoring takedowns and the judo classes ignoring submissions.
The school is quasi traditional, meaning we'll bow in and out but after that it's very much a gym like atmosphere. With people joking around and making fun of each other. During the randori you have two types of people: the guy who lets the new guy work, and the guy who makes the new guy work. I personally like the class alot, one of my favorite things is that we do start standing.
Mark Staniszewski's Competition record from nationallyranked.com
Combat Judo at our 1st MMA event
The gym added a MMA class 2 days a week, Monday and Wednesday at 7pm, the class is run by either Adam Schortz who has an extensive MMA and combat sport background or Mark Staniszewski. The class includes padwork, takedowns to submission or ground and pound and sparring.
There is also a dedicated No gi Judo/wrestling class Tuesday and Thursdays 7pm to 8pm before the judo class and a Muay Thai class Fridays at 7pm run by Adam Schortz who trains and competes under Kru Aziz from Sitan Gym in Astoria.
An Unexpected Guest "The Terror"
So during Judo class last night guess who just decides to show up and teach. The UFC Welterweight Champ Matt "The Terror" Serra. One of the Sensei's at Combat Judo Academy is really good friends with The Champ and apparently they worked out a deal where he is going to oversee the BJJ training at our school.
I trained at Serra's Academy for a short time before TUF and the eventual Welterweight Championship. At the time I was just a beginner and didn't get to see him that much as a White Belt. So this was a real welcomed surprise.
From what I understand he lives really close by and he said that he would be stopping by often. I am looking forward to that.
Train Hard, Stay Safe,
Combat Judo Academy