Instructors

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Mike Dewitt Jr.

Rank:  First Degree Black belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Mike Dewitt Jr.

Competition/Training Highlights:
First to receive 10th Planet Black Belt in 5 years or under
3 time Submission Underground winner
3 Time NAGA Advanced Champion
Gracie Worlds Advanced Champion 2012
Gracie Nationals Black Belt Runner Up 2015
Subleague Elite Champion 2015, 2017
Ground Warrior Elite Champion 2016
Subleague Advanced Champion 2011, 2010

Hobbies: 
Trying to be a good example to my 4 kids
Exercise
Eating Oreos
Listening to music

I am a very decorated competitor who is able to bring together a strong wrestling background and combine it with the 10th Planet style of clinching to form a style that is both dynamic and powerful. I take pride in my teaching style that is laid back but gets results on the mats. I love to make class fun and see my students laughing. 

 
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Dustin Castleberry

Classes:  Lil Superheroes, Fundamentals, Advanced, Private Lessons

Rank:  Purple belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Mike Dewitt Jr. → Dustin Castleberry


Competition/Training Highlights:
Sub League Advanced 162 Champion
SGF Advanced 159 Champion
NAGA Intermediate Champion 2x
Sub League Intermediate 162 Champion

Hobbies: 
Studying jiu-jitsu, Training jiu-jitsu, Teaching jiu-jitsu, Competing in jiu-jitsu, Disc golf, Music

I hold this sport very dear to me. I don’t just want to be good at it I want to be remembered as someone who contributed to the game, not just through competition but through teaching and helping others pave the road their journey takes place on. I like to concern myself with not only the hows of a technique but the whys and whens . One of the most valuable assets in the world is a good partner and I pride myself in that area. I believe in the school I attend and the system that is taught here.

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Timothy Collins

Classes:  Fundamentals, Advanced, Private Lessons

Rank:  Purple belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Mike Dewitt Jr. → Timothy Collins


Competition/Training Highlights:
Sub-league 2008 qualifier
1st place Seven feathers 2008 2nd Place

Hobbies: 
Jiu jitsu, Outdoor activities, Wood working, Cooking large chunks of meat over open fires

Staying involved in things has always been a struggle for me. I’ll start in on something and then lose interest in a few months. The day I started Jiu Jitsu under the instruction of Paul Hopkins I was hooked. And although I took a few years off, it drew me back. I believe that I bring a unique quality as someone who was not an athlete when I first started. I can relate to those who are starting from scratch, to those who are in need of something engaging in most parts of life, and to those who are looking to better themselves. 

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Logan Hankins

Classes:  Lil Superheroes

Rank:  Blue belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Mike Dewitt Jr. → Logan Hankins


Competition/Training Highlights:
2016 White Belt Sub-league Champion
10th Planet Springfield Intermediate Sub Only Champion
Oregon Submission Showdown Intermediate Champion

Hobbies: 
Jiu Jitsu, video games, Hanging out with friends, Listening to music, Hiking

I like to think I know my body well and can bring a tricky open guard game with sneaky leg entries, fast chaining submissions and a decent knowledge of rubber guard.

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Vanessa Sexton-Martin

Classes:  Yoga, Women's Fitness, Assistant Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Rank:  Blue belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Mike Dewitt Jr. → Vanessa Sexton-Martin

Competition/Training Highlights:
Every time I get to roll is a highlight. Also, that one time I heel hooked Dustin.  

Hobbies: 
Hanging out with my husband and three children, yoga, running, lifting, reading, cooking, sewing, laughing, but mostly Jiu Jitsu.

I am an ACE certified personal trainer and have a degree in nursing from the University of Alaska. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of correct body alignment and form with others and applying it to my Jiu Jitsu. I love the mind body connection I experience with Jiu Jitsu and like to add a little humor and fun into my rolling. I truly appreciate and love all of my training partners and consider 10th Planet Springfield my home and all of the members my family.

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Ashley Dewitt

Classes:  Womens Fitness, Energy Zapper, Circuit Fitness

Rank:  White belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Mike Dewitt Jr. → Ashely Dewitt

Competition/Training Highlights:
I am a certified personal trainer and sports nutritional guide and am in the process of obtaining my yoga instructor certification, and foam roller certificate.  

I am a busy mom of 4 and entrepreneur. I have effectively changed my life by releasing 60 pounds, fixing my diastasis recti naturally ,changing my career, investing in my personal health ,and challenging the life I had accepted. I look forward to helping you and your family expand and meet your goals while finding and maintaining motivation in our modern Lifestyles with a path that works for you. We are each a individual , our journey in health should reflect that.

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Ben Perry

Classes:  Lil Superheroes

Rank:  Blue belt

Lineage:  Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie, Sr. → Carlos Gracie, Jr. → Jean Jacques Machado → Eddie Bravo → Chris Herzog → Benjamin Perry


Competition/Training Highlights:
Grappling Industries Advanced 1st Place
Ground Warrior Advanced 1st Place
Oregon Submission Showdown
Intermediate/145lbs. 1st Place
Global Grappling League 3
Intermediate/135lbs. 2nd Place
NYS Grappling Championship
Begginer/135lbs. 2nd Place
Global Grappling League 2
Begginer/140lbs. 1st Place
Rochester Rumble
White Belt/135lbs. 1st Place

Hobbies: 
Training Jiu-Jitsu, Competing in Jiu-Jitsu, riding my bike, going for a chill walk, gi Jiu-Jitsu, working out with friends, listening to music.

I strive to only train techniques that work on a plethora of body types. Meaning, if a technique works on a smaller, lightweight person, like me, but doesn't work on someone 20lbs or 50lbs heavier, then it's not a technique worth learning except as a novelty. Training only what is most practical and most effective is what was instilled in me as a white belt. I express this idea as aggressively as I can by never saying no to training/rolling with a bigger, stronger person; even seeking them out if I have to. Competing allows me the opportunity to test my knowledge and ability, and the adrenaline rush is quite addictive.

Shelah Van Meer

Classes:  Assistant Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Troy Van Meer

Classes:  Assistant Jiu Jitsu Instructor

 

Promoted Students

 
  Brown Belts:   Brent Smith Chris Bettis

Brown Belts:

Brent Smith
Chris Bettis

  Purple Belts:   Adam Shelton Dustin Castleberry Timothy Collins

Purple Belts:

Adam Shelton
Dustin Castleberry
Timothy Collins

  Blue Belts:   Celeste Salazar Chris Engelmann Travis Shaddy Sarah Keim Logan Hankins Troy Van Meer Shelah Van Meer Vanessa Sexton-Martin Ryan Taxara Jakob Neumann Alec Sachs Luke Gregg Derek French Raymmah Garcia Nick Cavazos Andrew Astells Eric LeRoy Taylor Bendt Rick Harris Charlie Warkel

Blue Belts:

Celeste Salazar
Chris Engelmann
Travis Shaddy
Sarah Keim
Logan Hankins
Troy Van Meer
Shelah Van Meer
Vanessa Sexton-Martin
Ryan Taxara
Jakob Neumann
Alec Sachs
Luke Gregg
Derek French
Raymmah Garcia
Nick Cavazos
Andrew Astells
Eric LeRoy
Taylor Bendt
Rick Harris
Charlie Warkel