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Mike Codella

Mike Codella, a long time student, friend, and now Second Degree Black Belt under World Champion and legend Renzo Gracie, Mike teaches this cutting edge method of proven fighting/self defense, the way he practiced, and learned it from Renzo Gracie for so many years. Mike Codella retired from the NYPD in 2003. With Renzo’s encouragement, Mike began teaching in 2004 and opened his own Academy in 2005. Mike takes pride in passing on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA knowledge he has acquired, and hopes to impart that knowledge to his friends and students. Check out Mike’s best selling book at Amazon »
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Albert Medina

Coach Albert Medina is a technical and dedicated instructor who currently holds the rank of Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He is also a frequent NAGA and Grappler’s Quest medal winner who has competed in Mixed Martial Arts events.
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Mark Fileccia

Coach Mark Fileccia holds black belts in several martial art disciplines.  He has has won several boxing, and Muay Thai boxing championship belts.  He is also a Mixed Martial Artists who is a  Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jistu.  He  also holds the welterweight Championship belt for Dead Serious MMA Fight League.
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Willie Couchon

Coach Willie Couchon was an outstanding wrestler at Tottenville High School.  He  is currently a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a  multi NAGA and Grappler’s Quest Gold Medal winner. He is also a Mixed Martial Artist who has fought in several Mixed Martial Art events.
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Bo Abejuela

Coach Bo Abejuela is a Mixed Martial Artists who has trained in several fighting arts including Tae Kwon Do (2nd Dan) Judo, Karatedo, Muay Thai, and several Filipino martial arts. He has also fought in Mixed Martial Art events, and because of his fighting talent was able to secure a spot on the Warrior Island reality show.
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Dom Piscicelli

Muay Thai Coach Dom Piscicelli is a Thai fighter who has trained and fought under World Champion Phil Nurse. Dom has also taught and trained Muay Thai at Renzo’s NYC Academy as has trained mentored many fighters around the country.
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Jose Fortuna

Coach Jose Fortuna is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor who has competed in both NAGA and Grapplers Quest tournaments. Besides being an outstanding and technical instructor, he also holds a B.A. in Media Studies.
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Santino Codella

Santino Codella is an instructor in the kids BJJ program. He has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for as long as he can remember. He has won medals in Grapplers Quest and NAGA tournaments, and as a H.S. sophomore placed third in the city in CHSAA wrestling. He also has reached the NYS Catholic H.S. State Championships every year since entering high school.
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John Norman

John Norman is an ex-Marine who holds a degree in child education. He has competed in numerous grappling tournaments, and currently holds the rank of Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
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Hiram Martinez

Hiram Martinez is one of our kid and teen instructors. He is an excellent Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, who also trains and studies the art of Western Boxing. He is currently training to make his MMA debut.
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Darin Joseph

Darin is an experienced boxer, trainer, and coach. He fought on the International boxing team while serving in the armed forces, and has fought in various venues across the U.S.
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Eddie A.

Coach Eddie A. is versed in several martial arts, including Tae KwonDo in which he has a Black Belt. He is also a kickboxer, and is a Brazilian Jiu JItsu Purple Belt under Professor Codella.
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Coach Mike

Coach Mike has been a kids and adult BJJ instructor for several years and has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2008. He received his purple belt under Keith Owen and Jiu Jitsu legend Pedro Sauer in September of 2012 and has been training at Codella Academy since 2013. When Mike isn’t training and competing in BJJ tournaments, he enjoys work,traveling, and playing guitar.