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Davis Fleming

Instructor

Program Director

Coach Davis has been a competitive athlete his whole life and has over 30 yrs. Martial Arts experience.

Davis began playing competitive football at age 8 and played into college before suffering a career ending injury. He began wrestling in the 3rd Grade and continued until his college injury, competing in folk and freestyle.

After his playing day were over he began studying Tae Kwon do and other fighting arts, eventually earning his 3rd degree and Instructor status. Davis also holds a 1st degree in American Kickboxing and has trained and taught Muay Thai for over 10 years.

At age 30, after a long time involvement in strength training Davis began competitive Powerlifting eventually becoming an American record holder in Bench, Squat and Total. He also trained several successful competitors.

Returning to college at age 38 he went on to receive his BA in Psychology and Kinesiology, then a Masters in Exercise Physiology. This training and experience he has used to train athletes in many different sports concentrating now on combat athletes.

Davis began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 in Houston Texas. Through the years he has had the opportunity to train with amazing instructors and in Seminars with “Draculino” Vinicius Magalhaes, Octavio “Ratchino” Couto, Chad “Robo” Robichaux, Carlos Gracie Jr., Flavio Almeda, Robson Moura, Xande Ribeiro, Mark Cukro & Pedro Sauer to name a few. Davis holds the rank of black belt under Master Pedro Sauer.

Davis has a passion to help others grow and to assist in providing a guide for the achievement of whatever your goals may be.

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Greg Castro

Youth Program Director

Instructor

Greg Castro grew up in Sacramento, California, where he started training Karate at seven years old. He joined the Marine Corps in 2007, and in 2009, Greg became a certified Black Belt instructor in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, focusing on hand-to-hand, edged weapons, and close-quarters combat techniques. While stationed in California in 2010, Greg was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; however, because of his commitment to the Armed Services, Greg continuously traveled worldwide to support humanitarian missions and combat operations until 2015.

 

In 2016, Greg reignited his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and joined the Kinematic Martial Arts Academy, where he earned his Blue Belt in August 2018. Greg also has experience in Kajukenbo, a hybrid martial art that combines Karate, Judo, Jujutsu, Kenpo, and Boxing.

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Matthew Fleming

Associate Instructor

Matt Fleming began his Martial Arts Journey at 6 years old after being inspired by the Power Rangers. He began in Tae Kwon Do, where he reached the level of third degree, competing in many international events and being ranked as a top 10 fighter.  At the age of 10, he began teaching junior students.

At 12, while looking for a new challenge, Matt began training in Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu, and MMA.  During this time, on two occasions, he had the opportunity to compete on an international level in Kickboxing at the IKF event in Florida. He also had the opportunity to learn and train with many fighters who are now amateur and Pro MMA fighters, many of whom competed in Bellator, Strikeforce and the UFC.

Matt has achieved the rank of brown belt in Jiu-jitsu under Master Pedro Sauer. He has competed and placed in many IBJJF events in both Gi and No-Gi, as well Naga, Newbreed, Rupture and Pro-Star. He continues to increase his skills through regular training and seminars. He began teaching youth BJJ at 14 and continues teaching today, while perfecting his skills and ability while helping younger students to reach and surpass their goals.

Along with having achieved rank in TKD, Matt has also earned a 1st degree rank in kickboxing. He also has the rank of 1st Degree in the Joe Lewis System. He is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. He has a 7-0 record in kickboxing since moving to the adult ranks and is 2-2 in MMA, as well as being a 2017 Golden Gloves Champion. He won his 1st title belt on 02/29/2020 and now holds the title of Men’s North Carolina Interstate IKF Cruiserweight Champion. He is now a Pro-fighter in the circuits.

During his high school years Matt was a 4 yr. starter on his wrestling team and in the off season competed in both freestyle and Greco. He even earned the opportunity to compete at the Fargo Nationals representing Texas in both events. Matt continues to enjoy his wrestling training and applies it to both his BJJ and MMA.

Matt earned his nickname “The Disciple” from his instructor in Wing Chun/Kali for his lifelong dedication to the principles and disciplines of the martial arts way.

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Alan Sakoman

Day to Day Operations

Associate Instructor

Alan Sakoman grew up in Zagreb, Croatia, and came to the United States in 1996. From an early age, Alan's passion for martial arts was inspired by his Uncle, a professional boxer and amateur Muay Thai fighter. In 2001, Alan started studying Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu at the Dayton Bujinkan Dojo in Ohio and currently holds 15th Dan. In his training, Alan started incorporating BJJ and Kosen Judo ground grappling arts in 2005 and competed in several NAGA and GJJ tournaments with great success.


After moving to Charlotte, Alan started officially training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Coach Mark Cukro in 2016. Subsequently, in June 2018, Mark awarded him his Blue Belt in the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. With over 20 years of martial arts experience, Alan continues to train with the same passion and enthusiasm for learning. Alan's goal is to inspire others through martial arts training, as his Uncle did for him all those years ago.