FTW ASSISTANT INSTRUCTORS

FTW HEAD JUDO and WRESTLING Instructor

MATT MESCAN
2nd degree judo BLACK BELT.
BJJ BROWN BELT under Royce Gracie.
Instructor Bio Coming Soon

FTW Instructor

JOHN ELLISON
BJJ BROWN BELT under Steve Hall

Trained for several years in Florida with Steve Hall before asking him to move to NC to start and run the FTW Team.

2005 NAGA US Nationals Gold Medalist
2005 Pan-Am’s Bronze Medalist
2004 Central FL Open Division Champion
2003 World Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Arnold Classic) Champion
2003 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Grappling Classic Champion
2002 World Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Arnold Classic) Champion

FTW Head Instructor of BJJ, INC. Denver, NC Academy

JON PLYLER
BJJ BROWN BELT under Steve Hall.

I Jon Plyler began his martial arts training at the age of 12. After 15 years of training & teaching traditional martial arts, he began to get involved in grappling and ground fighting. Mr. Plyler began to cross train in no-gi submission wrestling in 2000 and formally began training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 2004 under Professor Paulo “Mushu” Elsimaani. Later in his career Jon began training with Alliance Jiu-jitsu of Charlotte under Professor Luis “Sucuri” Togno. November 2005, he received his blue belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti (founder of Alliance Jiu-Jitsu). In June 2008, Jon received his purple belt and in August 2010 was awarded his brown belt under Luis Togno. After Prof. Togno tragically passed away in February of 2010, Mr. Plyler continued his training under Prof. Steve Hall. Mr. Plyler is a certified referee for US Grappling and NAGA (North American Grappling Association) & regularly travels throughout the country refereeing & competing in sport jiu-jitsu tournaments. Mr. Plyler is a full time sworn law enforcement officer and law enforcement trainer. He is certified by the NC Justice Academy as a specialized defensive tactics and ground defense instructor, and has taught defensive tactics and ground defense courses for law enforcement agencies throughout the region.

FTW Kid’s Jiu Jitsu Coach

BJJ BLUE BELT under Steve Hall.
Fight To Win Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Concord, NC, Kid’s Instructor 2007-Present
Certified Fight Like A Girl / Girls On Guard Self-Defense Instructor February,2010
Senior Project Mentor for Self Defense/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 2007,2008,2009
Taught Women’s Self-Defense Workshops 2007,2008,2009,2010

National Board Certified Art teacher, with over sixteen years of teaching experience.

Art Department Head, N.F. Woods Tech & Arts Center, Mooresville, NC 2003-Present
High school Art teacher for grades 9-12 and Art Department Head.
Art Teacher, Park View Elementary K-5th, Mooresville, NC 1997-2003
BS Art Education K-12
National Board Certification in Art Education Achieved 2005
Teacher of the Year, N.F. Woods Tech & Arts Center, Mooresville, NC 2005-2006
Teacher of the Year, Park View Elementary, Mooresville, NC 2001-2002
Taught Vacation Bible School Arts & Crafts, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1998-2006

FTW Kid’s Jiu Jitsu Coach

Garrett Tyler
BJJ BLUE BELT under Steve Hall.
Instructor Bio Coming Soon

FTW Kid’s Jiu Jitsu Assistant Coach

Casey “Little Buddy” Workman
BJJ BLUE BELT under Steve Hall.
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