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Coach Potenza began training in the martial arts in 1981. He is an 8 time Martial arts hall of fame inductee. In his 30+ years as a martial artist he has trained in many styles including: Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, BJJ, Close Quarter Combat, Military Combatives, American Vadha Kempo Karate, Kung Fu, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Iaido, Iaijutsu, Kali, Escrima, & Aikido achieving Black Belt rank (or equivalent) in the majority of them.

For over 15 years John Potenza has been the Owner, Head Instructor & Fight Team Coach of the Modern Martial Arts Fight Clubs in NJ (Snake Pit U.S.A. East Coast Headquarters). Producing countless champions & title holders in Submission Grappling, MMA, Muay Thai, Judo & Weapon based arts. He was also the Head Coach for 98th Division Combative team 2012 All Army Combative Tournament at Ft. Hood Texas & 2012 Division Tournament at Ft Dix NJ.

Notable ranks and accolades 

-Founder and CO. Old School Grappling Association

-Co-Founder / Head Coach: Snake Pit USA Catch Wrestling Association

-Catch as Catch Can Wrestling (Scientific Wrestling) Assistant Coach: ONE OF ONLY SEVEN IN THE WORLD! Under legendary Catch Wrestling Coach Billy Robinson.

-CSW Representative Instructor: Combat Submission Wrestling with 14 years under Sensei Erik Paulson

-1st Degree Black Belt Kodokan Judo: Under Sensei John Saylor

-Shodan Iaido (Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu): Under Sensei Carl Long & Shimabukuro Hanshi

-1st Degree Black Belt Aikido: Under Hanshi Amato

-Degree Black Belt Karate: Under Hanshi Amato

-1st Degree Black Belt Shingitai Jujutsu: Under Sensei John Saylor

-3rd Degree Black Belt Kendo: Under Hanshi George Alexander, and the International Budokan Kendo Federation

-2nd Degree Black Belt American Vadha Kempo Karate, & Certified Instructor: Under Master John Salvaggio, (the systems founder)

-Fifth Degree Black Belt and recognized founder of Integrated Fighting Systems: Under the Combat Martial Arts Practitioners Association

-Member of USA Wrestling, New Jersey State Wrestling Association


-Certified USA Wrestling Coach: Copper and Bronze levels certified

-Certified U.S. Army MACP (Modern Army Combative Program) Level 2 Tactical Instructor: Under the U.S. Army™s 98th Div Combatives Ft. Dix

-Authored UFS Air Force TTP Response to an active shooter in an office environment

-World Karate Union Hall of Fame 2000- Instructor of the year: American Vadha Kempo Karate

-Action Martial Arts Magazine™ Hall Of Fame 2001- Excellence in teaching Martial Arts

-I.A.M.A. Hall of fame 2001- Instructor of The Year: Kendo Iaijutsu

-USA Hall of Fame  2004 instructor of the Year: Grappling

-USA Hall of Fame 2005  Founder of the year Integrated Fighting Systems

-Budo International Hall of Fame -2005- Instructor of the Year: Mixed Martial Arts

-Action Hall of Honors 2009 Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts

-Newbreed Fighters Hall of Fame 2011

-2 TIME Vadha Kempo Karate Mixed Martial Arts elimination Tournament Champion:

1st Place -Heavy Weight Brown Belt division

1st Place Heavy Weight Black Belt division

-Super Heavyweight Submission Grappling World Champion: 2002 USKBA Action Sport World Championship

-Submission Fighting Heavyweight Champion: 2003 Gathering of Warriors

-Knife Fighting Champion: 2004 Gathering of Warriors

-Knife Fighting Champion: 2005 Gathering of Warriors the Summit

Gold Medal Long Sword
Gold Medal Sword & Dagger

-1st Place Champion in 3 divisions: The Gathering of Warriors 2005 International Tournament in Manila, Philippines:
Gold Medal Knife Fighting

1st Place Champion in 3 divisions 2006 Masters of the Blade:

Gold medal Long Sword
Gold Medal Stick & Knife
Gold Medal Knife Fighting