Adam Benayoun began his martial arts journey in New York City as a teenager and has been coached by the world's best Jiu Jitsu players since his very first class. Adam received his blue and purple belts under 9-time black belt World Champion Lucas Lepri, his brown belt under 4X ADCC world champion Marcelo Garcia and his black belt from UFC standout and American-born Jiu Jitsu legend, Ryan Hall.
As a black belt, Adam has developed into both a detailed instructor and world class competitor at the international level. Adam's varied experience and passion for helping others make him a fantastic guide for beginner and advanced students alike. Apart from teaching and competing in Jiu Jitsu, Adam has become a valuable resource as an MMA corner having cornered bouts in the UFC, ONE FC, FURY FC and more.
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Emma is a DMV native, George Mason graduate and a production manager at Furnace Record Pressing. Emma found Jiu Jitsu in 2017 while looking for a hobby that could scratch her competitive itch while keeping her in shape and active. Under the guidance of Adam Benayoun, Emma has become an accomplished competitor in both the local and national circuit's and is an IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Champion in the adult blue belt division. When Emma isn't training, competing or working at Furnace she's running our up-and-coming kids program and teaching our women's only class - be sure to say hi to her at the front desk!
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Starting wrestling at the age of 8, Frank Martellotti has been a practitioner and competitor of the sport for over 20 years. Frank was a four-time PIAA state placer at Shady Side Academy High School in Pittsburgh, PA including a state championship in 2007, a third-place finish in 2008 and 2009 and a runner-up finish 2010. He has wrestled under collegiate and Olympic legends including Cael Sanderson, Cody Sanderson, and Casey Cunningham. Frank walked on as a true freshman at Penn state university and was ranked 16th in the nation. He was a member of 3 Penn state wrestling NCAA champion teams and qualified for nationals at 133 lbs after a 7th place big ten finish.
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