MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Alex Barnett
Rank: Phase One, Orange

Alex has been training and studying in martial arts for over 16 years with Guro Laurence Sandum in Essex. Today, she continues her training through private tuition in Essex as well as through seminars in the UK, Europe and USA. As of October 2014, Alex is now an affiliate with the Francis Fong Instructor Association under Sifu Francis Fong.

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Chris Mize
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Chris Mize, founder of Heroes Martial Arts Academy, is the most experienced reality based martial arts instructors in Alabama. Having trained Law Enforcement and Military Special Operations while in the past functioning as a fighter, promoter, referee, coach and even fight medic/cut-man, he has seen and done it all.

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Chris Benfield
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Chris Benfield currently holds rank as a black belt under Master Pedro Sauer who is a direct student of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the founder of Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Daniel Lawing
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Daniel is the founder of Into Arts, Inc., and has been teaching martial arts since 1994. He has attained black belt level or higher in the martial arts of Taekwondo, Hapkido and is a blue belt in Gracie Jiu-jitsu under Master Pedro Sauer. Daniel has been a student under Sifu Alan Baker for many years and enjoys learning and training in the martial arts at Atlanta Martial Arts Center.

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David Mitchell
Rank: Phase One, Orange
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Dennis Rousseau
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Dennis Rousseau began training in martial arts in 1981. In 1985 he attained the rank of First Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in the Allen Steen lineage, and is recognized in the American Karate Black Belt Association (A.K.B.B.A). He has been training in various martial arts styles since and holds a purple belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Pedro Sauer Jiu Jitsu Association), and Orange Grade-Defence Labs (Defence Lab Association). Over the years he has developed/instructed numerous women’s self-defense classes and currently trains CTAC and ARES with AMAC Tactical under Sifu Alan Baker.

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Iris Mathews
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Iris is the Program Director and Office Manager of the Atlanta Martial Arts Center since 2006. She manages all daily operations at the school, including Social Media marketing/branding, Lead Generation, vendor relations and many other office/school functions. She also is an instructor in our Kids Gracie Jiu Jitsu program, our Youth Gracie Jiu jitsu program, Fitness Kickboxing program and she heads the women's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program.

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Joe Cargado
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Combat Fitness Martial Arts is an eclectic-based martial arts and self defense academy specializing in eight distinct martial arts styles that's available to women, children (5-13 yrs old), teens, and men. We service Doylestown, PA and the Central Bucks County area.

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Kevin Lee
Rank: Phase One, Orange

Kevin is an instructor in Wing Chun under Sifu Francis, and teaches adult Wing Chun and CSW classes as well as the JKD Juniors and Lil’ Dragons classes at FFMAA.

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LaVonne Martin
Rank: Phase Two, Purple

Sifu / Guro LaVonne Martin has been in martial arts for 34 years training with some of the top instructors around the world. She is one a handful of women to attain FULL INSTRUCTORSHIP in Jun Fan /Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts under Dan Inosanto, the late Bruce Lee protégé.

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