Mike started training grappling based martial arts in 2005. After spending some time doing Aikido and Sambo, Mike really found his passion to be in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Receiving his black belt from Rolles Gracie black belt and Head of Alliance BJJ Team, Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, in April 2014, Mike is one of the head grappling instructors at WNY MMA. Leg locks, top pressure and MMA style BJJ is what Mike is best known for. Believing Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, Mike tries to make sure anything he teaches can be accomplished by anyone he's teaching, regardless of physical limitations. He has cornered over 200 MMA fights and BJJ matches. Mike's philosophy for growth in the art is simple: Just Train!
Mike Schultz started training in December of 2007. He received his black belt less than 9 years later. In competition, Mike has over 30 wins in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling, all of which were by submission except three by points when he was a white belt. Additionally, Mike has a 7-1 Amateur MMA record, including four titles, six wins by submission, and one win by KO. Mike's style is always to finish the fight and, though he trains in the gi, more than 95% of his attacks and defenses are not reliant on it. If you train with Mike, you have the opportunity to improve your gi, no-gi, and MMA game.
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"One way or another, we're going to hit the ground, and then we'll be in my world. The ground is the ocean, I'm the shark, and most people don't even know how to swim."
Brandon started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2009 at age 20 with the help and guidance of his brother. It didn’t take long before he was devoting all his free time outside of school to training and competing. Brandon was soon a full-time manager and assistant coach at his gym, as well as a full-time competitor at the blue and purple belt levels.
While priding himself—win or lose—on fighting some of the best competitors in the world, he earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at tournaments such as the Ontario Open, Grapplers Quest, IBJJF Opens, NAGA, and Grappling Industries to name a few, reaching the final 8 out of 64 competitors at the IBJJF worlds and Pans at light feather adult purple. Brandon also trained MMA on the side and currently holds a 3-1 MMA record.
Proud to be a WNY MMA coach and Alliance competitor, Brandon is constantly trying to achieve “perfect jiu-jitsu” in which energy deflection is so fine-tuned that you use the smallest amount of energy necessary to achieve position and submission. For Brandon, technique takes precedence over all else. His goal is to teach others how to connect all positions and perfect all the details, working towards a game that is as efficient and effortless as possible. Brandon will teach you that everything has a reason and a purpose in the art of Jiu Jitsu.
Brandon earned his Black Belt on January 12th, 2018.
Ron started training in Buffalo in 1976. (He says yes, he is that old.) He traveled all across the state for work, finally getting exposed to BJJ in 1999, when he started training at Dojo 1 with Len Sonia. Ron got his Black Belt in July of 2015 from Len and Tai Kai founder Ken Kronenberg after a mere 16 years of training (like a true prodigy, he says). Ron loves being retired from his state job and training full-time with everyone at WNY MMA.