Our Best - Trainers
Nick Newell

Nick Newell is a Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter, with a record of 13 wins & 1 defeat. Nick is Connecticuts only ever Mixed Martial Arts World Champion & one of the most successful martial arts competitors to ever come out of CT.

Nick accomplished all these things despite being born with only one hand. Nick is no stranger to overcoming adversity & gives back by traveling the country to speak to children with similar challenges. Nick is currently signed with one of the largest fight leagues in the world: World Series Of Fighting. All of his fights air live on NBC or NBC Sports Network.

Roger Denton

Roger Denton has 25+ years of martial arts experience. He teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, and coaches/manages professional and amateur MMA fighters.

Roger began his martial arts career with Tang Soo Do, a Korean form of Karate. He later began studying Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do, which was developed by Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto. He received Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do/Filipino Martial Arts Certification from Paul Vunak (Progressive Fighting Systems) in 1994. He relocated to Arizona to further his martial arts practice, and received additional Jeet Kune Do Certification from Sharam Moosavi (Jeet Kune Do International).

Roger began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1991 and was promoted to Black Belt in 2007. He was Fabio Araujo’s first BJJ Black Belt in the United States.

In addition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do, Roger also studies and teaches Western boxing, Muay Thai, Panantukan (Filipino boxing), Filipino Weapons and Stickfighting, and Savate (French kickboxing).

Roger holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Ryan Roddy

Ryan Roddy was the 2017-2018 SCC coach of the year and lead Amity Regional High School to a 2018 duel meet championship. He is currently Head Coach of St. Thomas More Prep School and is Head Wrestling Coach at Fighting Arts Academy CT.

As a wrestler, Ryan Roddy was a CT State Open Champion for Amity Regional High School, Prep High School All-American for Northfield Mount Hermon and part of the 2009 Rutgers wrestling team (#3 recruit class in the country).

Certified USA wrestling coach

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