We're On Your Team​

Our facility features a team of coaches whose experience is matched only by their dedication to our members. They take the time to get to know you personally, gaining a deep understanding of your goals and any unique challenges you might face. With the guidance from one of our professional coaches, a new level of YOU is within your reach.

Jo-el Fitz

 

Coach Jo-el bio coming soon

Mohammad Ibrahim

Coach Mohammad started martial arts when he was at the ripe age of 12. He first got his black belt in Karate under Master Koo in Cartersville.  He then progressed onto MMA and BJJ once he was 15. At 16 he was entering grappling tournaments and consistently winning gold in the teens division. His time has now only been completely focused on BJJ, usually training 2-3 times a day and 6 days a week.  6 years into BJJ now Mohammad is a purple belt who has competed against and submitted multiple Brown belts in his career. Although he loves to compete,  passing on his knowledge and experience to others is an absolute joy for him. His biggest goal in his BJJ career is to become a highly decorated world class black belt and also make a positive impact in his student’s lives.

Accomplishments:

  • 3x  IBJJF Atlanta open silver medalist 
  • FIGHT TO WIN PRO 20   ’16 – Professional Submission Only Jiu Jitsu – Win – Submission of the night winner
  • Lutador 2014 silver medalist 
  • Newbreed 2014 silver medalist
  • Kakuto submission only 2014 silver medalist 
  • Copa Grappling 2016 silver medalist 
  • 2× Ibjjf Chicago open bronze medalist 
  • 2x time Newbreed bronze medalist 
  • Copa Grappling absolute gi division 2014 bronze
  • American Grappling federation 2015 bronze medalist 
  • Kakuto submission only 2015 bronze medalist
  • 4x Newbreed gold medalist
  • 2x American Grappling Challenge gold medalist
  • 6x Copa Grappling gold medalist
  • 4x Lutador grappling gold medalist 
  • 2x American Grappling federation gold medalist 
  • 2x kakuto submission only gold medalist

Favorite Quote:

​​”A great man is defined by his character, not his accomplishments”

Roy Harrison

Coach Roy started his martial arts journey at a young age under instruction of Wushu master Tory Campbell. In 2010 he became a pupil of Senior Muay Thai instructor Joe Powers of Total Boxing, where he began teaching the art of 8 limbs to adults and children. In 2015, Roy earned his Red/Brown Kru certification through the National United States Muay Thai Association. Roy has also competed in the NFC 138lbs division alongside former NFC featherweight Champion.

 

Favorite Quote:

 Favorite quote:“Learning defense improves the attack. If the lion knows how the prey can escape, it’ll capture it in a much more precise way”  -Rillion Gracie

 

Devin Topping

Coach Devin stumbled across a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym seven years ago while looking for a fun environment to work out and lose weight. Fast
forward to present day, she has lost over 65lbs, is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, competes regularly, and trains 5-6 times a week at Roberto Traven BJJ headquarters, under Profesor Roberto Traven. Apart from training, which is her most favorite hobby, she enjoys conversing and reading in Spanish and Geocaching.

Coach Devin’s biggest goal in Jiu Jitsu is to accomplish the rank of black belt and be able to pass on her knowledge to all practitioners of the sport, but especially women. Under Profesor Traven’s tutelage, she has competed since white belt, with some of her accomplishments being:

     3x IBJJF Atlanta Open Gold Medalist, Adult Division

     5x IBJJF Atlanta Open Silver Medalist, Adult Division

     3x Atlanta Open Bronze Medalist, Adult Division

     2x New Breed Gold Medalist, Adult Division

     1x Copa Gold Medalist, Adult Division

     IBJJF Pan Ams 2017 Gold Medalist, Adult Division

Favorite Quote:
A real loser is someone who’s so afraid of not winning he doesn’t even try.

Mia Yakel

Coach Mia started practicing yoga when she was 15 as a holistic approach to improving mental and physical health. Yoga provided a safe outlet to build confidence and develop tools to manage anxiety, depression, and learn how to incorporate mindfulness on and off the mat. 13 years later, she decided to became a yoga instructor to share the joy as well as the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others. She believes yoga should be accessible for everyone and structures her classes around these principles! Incorporating breath work, guided meditation, and other healing modalities into her practice, her goal is to guide students to a healthy lifestyle and to an enriched relationship with self.  
Coach Mia is also a BJJ blue belt under Roberto Traven.

Favorite Quote:
Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be”– Alan Watts

Qualifications:

Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT 200)
Yin Yoga Certification YACEP
Restorative Yoga Certification YACEP
Yoga for Self Regulation and Trauma Certification with Hala Khouri
Ayurvedic Coaching Certification YACEP
Certified Reiki Master

Paul Yoon

Master Yoon (He prefers coach Paul) started his martial arts journey at age 5 earning a 4th degree black belt in the World TaeKwonDo Federation, 3rd degree black belt in American TaeKwonDo Association, a 1st degree black belt in the American TaeKwonDo Federation, in addition to two (2) 1st degree black belts in two (2) different styles of American Karate. He started competing in Taekwondo at an early age and has earned numerous local, state, regional, national, and international competitions which culminated in being a two time silver medalist in the Junior Olympics for Taekwondo.

Coach Paul was in a horrific motorcycle accident in 2012 that left him in a month long coma.  The doctors attributed his survival to the shape he was in thanks to martial arts.  He no longer competes but has been teaching Taekwondo since 1998 and has dedicated himself to creating a better world, one community at a time – one black belt at a time.

Favorite Quote:

“Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” -Man in Black, The Princess Bride

“Do or do not. There is not try.” -Master Yoda, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

“Your progress is up to you. If you want to stay in a wheelchair, ok.  If you want to stay on a cane, ok. If you want to stay on crutches, ok. Just like in life, you dictate your own progress.” -Dr. McGann, MD & Dr.  Benedict, MD, When coach Paul asked if he would be able to walk again.