Our head instructors are Michael, Chris and André.
Michael Harrison began practicing judo in 2002 with the Phan University of Martial Arts
in Burke, VA. Before moving to Williamsburg to attend William and Mary, he trained regularly
at Sport Judo in Northern Virginia (a club he still frequents). He has aspirations to become an
Olympian one day. Click here for highlights of his competition career.
Brian Lipp started training no-gi Brazillian JuJutsu (BJJ) with Carmine Zocchi at New
York Sanda, in NYC. After one year of training under Carmine, he recieved his blue belt
in BJJ. At this time, Brian moved back to Va, and started training under Gustavo
Machado. Brian decided to wear a white belt again, train with the GI exclusively and
work on mastering the basics. Under Gustavo Machado, Brian was taught the basics of
Judo and BJJ. Brian has competed in many in-house and large BJJ tournaments. After
training under Gustavo for over a year, Brian was again awarded with a blue belt.
Chris Mariles began practicing judo in 2000 with the West Palm Beach Judo Academy
national levels, and has now turned his attention towards raising a competitive judo
team at William and Mary. He aspires to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games.