Instructors

Our instructors are highly trained and their combined experience represents almost a century of Martial Arts Expertise. Each brings his or her own unique talents to the team, and all share a passion for sharing the arts with others.

Sensei Rob Mesce

  • 5th Degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Kempo & Kickboxing under Shihan Christian Jensen AFMA
  • Traditional Martial Arts and Self Defense since 2001
  • Submission Grappling since 2002 (No-Gi under various instructors) 
  • Kick Boxing since 2007
  • Catch Wrestling under Dan Stittgen since 2012
  • Purple Belt Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu under Roy Craddock of Devine jiu-jitsu Chicago
  • 4 - 0 record in MMA

Rob's teaching philosophy is to combine the best aspects of MMA with the best Traditional and Self Defense techniques that have been handed down.  His focus is on the universal principals of human movement and fighting while having a broad range of techniques for his students to draw from when creating their own personal style.

Sensei Tina Schmidt

  • 1st Degree Black Belt - Scholar Warrior Martial Arts
  • Licensed Massage Therapist - 10 years
  • Thai Bodyworker - 6 years
  • Pressure Point Specialist

As an experienced massage therapist, Sensei Tina brings a unique perspective to her Martial Arts training and instruction. She brings our students a deeper knowledge of anatomy, trigger points, kinesiology and body mechanics to complement the regular Martial Arts instruction.  Find out more about the different styles of massage she offers on our Massage page!

Sensei Roy Craddock

  • Over 35 years of Jiu-Jitsu Training
  • Black Belt in classical JuJitsu since 1988
  • Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Devine Jiu-Jitsu

With over 35 years of Jiu-Jitsu, Sensei Roy brings a vast knowledge base to his students.  Sensei Roy earned his Black Belt in classical JuJitsu way back in 1988 after training for ten years and has been teaching all over northern Illinois ever since.  Roy has also achieved the rank of Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jake Wattenberg of Devine Jiu-jitsu Chicago.  Roy received his purple belt directly from Master Relson Gracie himself and earned his brown belt through Devine Jiu-jitsu.

Sensei Colin Miessler

  • 9 years training under Sensei Rob Mesce
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in the Scholar Warrior Hybrid System
  • 4 years as Assistant Kids Instructor

Sensei Colin is our Systems very first homegrown Black Belt, and has distinguished himself in his use of traditional weapons, particularly the Bokken. Having come from our Kids programs, Colin brings his own experiences coming through the program to bear when teaching kids classes!

Coach Dan Stittgen

  • Professional Mixed Martial Artist (UFC, King of the Cage veteran) 
  • Catch Wrestling expert
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
  • 20+ years wrestling

A full time professional MMA fighter, Dan brings a commanding presence to the mats. Dan teaches with an emphasis on no-gi grappling and MMA.  Under his expert tutelage students can expect to gain a dominant wrestling base leading to a crushing top game and with excellent submission skills, especially leg locks.  Dan teaches our Thursday evening and Saturday No-Gi Submission Wrestling classes.  His skill as a grappler has allowed him the opportunity to compete in the UFC and is currently the UCL pro MMA champ at 170lbs.

Sensei Vito Immordino

  • 7 years training under Sensei Rob Mesce
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in the Scholar Warrior Hybrid System
  • Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 3 years as Assistant Kids Instructor

Sensei Vito is another of our homegrown black belts who brings a level of speed and technical proficiency to his practice and his teaching that is unparalleled.