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John Disimone is currently the head coach of the judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes. With over 20 years of Martial Arts experience, John holds the rank of 6th degree black belt in both Kodokan Judo and Tomiki Aikido, as well as a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is a Senior Maxbells instructor and Co-Creator of the MKC Maxbells Training System. His extensive experience in all these fields has also enabled him to help coach our athletes active in Mixed Martial Arts. Call now to set up your free private lesson and for more info on Philadelphia’s original Mixed Martial Arts Academy.

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Natalie Konieczny currently holds a 1st Dan Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Natalie started in the martial arts, specifically TaeKwonDo, in 1999 at just seven years of age.  Though she was initially enrolled to learn basic self-defense, she immediately fell in love with the sport and committed herself 100% to be the best student she could be.

She continued her training throughout her teenage and young-adult years until she received her black belt in 2012 under Grand Master Smith, certified through the World TaeKwonDo Federation (WTF). Natalie has competed in multiple local and statewide tournaments in board breaking, katas, and sparring. She also has experience in teaching TaeKwonDo to children and adults of all ages as well as those with special needs. In 2011, Natalie started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a way to expand her knowledge of the martial arts and add new techniques to her arsenal. She is an active competitor and competes in tournaments all across the U.S.

Natalie is currently one of the head instructors of our kid’s martial art classes here at Maxercise. In addition to both teaching the kids and her personal training 6 days a week, Natalie also works part-time at Virtua Hospital as a Registered Dietitian.

Theresa Morales currently holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and a White Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Theresa began her martial arts career as a wiry, energetic five year old, completely unaware of the impact this would have on her life. She started her training at Fire Mountain Tae Kwon Do under Master Nancy Olivieri. It was at this dojang that she trained for about three years, earning her green belt. Her training abruptly stopped when her family re-located and she was forced to leave her dojang.

Though her training was on hold for nearly a decade, Theresa resumed her training during her second year of high school with her sister. Training became her priority and Theresa would endure an hour-long commute about 6 days a week to train with her old master. Training became her priority and by summer of 2015 she earned her 1st Dan Black Belt. She continued her training and earned her 2nd Dan Black Belt by the summer of 2016. Theresa began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2016 in addition to dabbling in other styles of combat sports including Hapkido, Krav Maga, Kali, and Boxing over the past four years.