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Our Instructors

Japanese Jujitsu Lead Instructors

for Adult and Youth Programs

DAMIEN WRIGHT, KYOSHI

Classes Taught:
Adult and Teen Japanese Jujitsu (Lead Instructor)
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School (Lead Instructor)
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School (Lead Instructor)
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Lead Instructor)
Iaido/Batto-do (Private/Small Group Lessons)
Classes Assisted:
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Gi and No-gi)
Boxing
Youth Boxing
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Shichidan (7th Degree Black Belt)
Title of Kyoshi (Master Instructor, Certified Level 2)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Blue Belt in Judo
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Green Belt in Shukokai Karate-do
Founder and Head Instructor of Wright Fight Concepts
Available for Private Lessons

JOSEPH LAMICELA, SENSEI

Classes Taught:
Adult and Teen Japanese Jujitsu
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Blue Belt in Judo
Blue Belt in Kempo
Available for Private Lessons

   Joseph (Sensei Joe) came to martial arts training at a later age than most students, but nurtured an interest in Asian fighting arts and philosophy even in his childhood.  Having read and researched martial arts for many years in preparation of choosing a discipline, Joseph had the good fortune of meeting Sensei Damien Wright during his studies at Brookdale Community College.
     
    After overhearing a conversation on martial arts, into which he “rudely” inserted himself, Joseph began training under Sensei Damien in his side yard (becoming thereby, unofficially, Sensei Damien's very first student), learning a mixture of Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, and Aikido during rigorous informal training sessions.  In 2000, Joseph began training with Sensei at Woodbridge Judokai in traditional Japanese Jujitsu, (achieving the rank of blue belt), and Judo, (achieving the rank of green belt), under the supervision and training of several highly experienced teachers.  

   Thereafter, in 2004, Joseph moved to North Brunswick where he continued his training in Japanese Jujitsu, and added training in Kempo Karate at Kaizen Dojo in North Brunswick, NJ, achieving another blue belt in that traditional art.  He also taught youth classes at this dojo, learning much about structuring martial arts training for children.

    Joseph has a bachelor-of-arts degree in English and Literature from Rutgers University, and is pursuing a degree in secondary education for high school English.  He taught 8th and 9th grade English for one year at a private school, and tutored students of all ages in basic mathematics, language arts, and SAT Prep for several years, professionally.  

    Joseph is a huge believer in both the practical and philosophical benefits of martial arts.  He enjoys seeing the martial training of the dojo improve the entire life experience of his students and fellows.  Joseph continues his training under both Damien Wright Kyoshi and Wayne Ford Soke with the intent of growing as a martial artist, warrior, teacher, and human being.  Sensei Joe earned his Shodan (1st degree black belt) in 2012 in the art of Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu.  In addition to this, he is also training in Wing Chun Kung Fu and Krav Maga as a supplement to his training.

DANIEL STINSON, SENSEI

Classes Taught:
Transitional Youth Jujitsu (Lead Instructor)
Adult and Teen Japanese Jujitsu
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Classes Assisted:
Adult and Teen Japanese Jujitsu
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)
Available for Private Lessons
    Sensei Daniel has been a diligent and dedicated student of Sensei Damien since 2010.  Deceptively quick and agile, and extremely knowledgeable, Daniel has become a fixture at the dojo, helping many students achieve excellence.
    In addition to his Japanese Jujitsu training, Sensei Daniel also regularly trains in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (both at the dojo and accompanying Sensei Damien to attend classes at Garden State BJJ), Jeet Kune Do/FMA, Boxing, and Japanese Swordsmanship.  
    At Daniel's request, Sensei Damien initiated the Transitional Youth Jujitsu program.  With an increasing amount of students aging up and growing to a point where extra attention was required to facilitate their further training and eventual transition into the Adults and Teen class,  Sensei Damien and Sensei Daniel saw the need to implement this program and it has done very well since, with several of its students already having made the transition successfully to the Adult/Teen class.
   Daniel's passion for Jujitsu, Japanese Swordsmanship, and Mixed Martial Arts is only matched by his compassion and dedication to those who share the mat with him.
  Daniel earned his Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu on March 25th, 2017. 
  It is of note that Sensei Daniel is both the first "pure" Nagasu Ryu black belt under Sensei Damien Wright (being introduced by Sensei Damien to the martial arts with no prior experience and having since received under him consistent training and advancement) and the first Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu shodan promotion awarded after the passing of Wayne "Papasan" Ford, Soke in the presence of his successor Grandmaster Michael G. Burrowes.

Lead Instructors in Other Programs

COACH JEFF CRESSMAN

Classes Taught:
Muay Thai (Lead Instructor/Program Director)
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Lead Instructor/Program Director)
MMA Fight Team Practice (Lead Trainer/Fight Coordinator)
Ranks and Certifications:
Black Shirt (Level 5 Daddis Fight Camps Certified) in Muay Thai
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (under Master Brad Daddis)
Certified Instructor in Tactical Urban Defense System (TUDS)
Founder of Cressman MMA

Available for Private Lessons
 

  Coach Jeff Cressman currently holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Black Belt, Master Brad Daddis of the renowned Daddis Fight Camps. He also is a "Black Belt/Shirt" in Muay Thai Kickboxing under the Daddis Fight Camps, Muay Thai Ranking system as well as being a certified instructor in Tactical Urban Defense System otherwise know as "TUDS." (Mix of Krav Maga, Muay Thai and BJJ used for real life self-defense).
  Coach Jeff began training boxing at the age of 6 under his father, Fran Cressman, a retired boxer based out of the Kensington section of Philadelphia.  By the age of 10 years old he began wrestling and training traditional Martial Arts such as Akido and TKD.
   In 2005 Coach Jeff began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing under BJJ Black Belt, Master Brad Daddis. After only a few months of training, Coach Jeff started to compete in multiple BJJ tournaments placing very well. Within 1 year he made his amateur MMA debut.
   After a extensive amateur career Coach Jeff moved on to the professional MMA circuit in 2008.  He has fought for some of the top organizations in the Philadelphia and NJ area such as The legendary UFC stepping stone, Ring of Combat and Locked in the Cage, among others.  Before retiring from Professional Mixed Martial Arts in 2013, Coach Jeff was ranked as one of the top 3 bantamweights for the recognized Philadelphia MMA promotion, Locked in the Cage.
   Now, after 30 years of Martial Arts experience, of which over a decade was training and competing in MMA with some of the top competitors around the world as well as teaching seminars around the globe, he has settled in New Egypt, NJ and wants to pass on a lifetime of knowledge and passion by teaching not only the physical part of fighting but the mindset it takes to survive while doing it.
   He is very passionate and motivated not only to help those who want to compete, but to help those who want to change their lives for the better through Martial Arts.

COACH JOHN MILLER

Classes Taught:
Youth Boxing Classes (Lead Instructor/Program Director)
Adult and Teen Boxing Classes (Lead Instructor/Program Director)
Founder of Mindful Boxing

Available for Private Lessons


   John's early education in Martial Arts started in, Long Island, NY, learning Tae Kwon Do under Master Michael Brown.  After a few years of Tae Kwon Do, he began training in Wing Chun Kung Fu.  Within that period of time, John was lucky enough to be introduced to the "Sweet Science" of  boxing. 
   He trained in a few gyms before moving to Baltimore after high-school. There he resumed training in boxing at the Loch Raven Optimist Boxing Club.  John sparred and trained with amateurs and pros alike, learning how intelligent and mentally strong boxers can be.

   While in Baltimore, John also joined a small Traditional martial arts school, teaching Tang Soo Do, Aikido and Wing Chun (Yip Man style).  And for a short time, he trained in Wing Chun Kung Fu (Cheung style) under Si-Hing Brian Acres and Sifu Daniel Brown.  In the mid 90's, John met Sifu Julian Sawyer.  For the next 8 years, he continued developing his skills in Traditional Wing Chun and reached a level 7 sash. In 2005 he moved to, Fairless Hills, Pa, and started training for 1-1/2 years under Master Keith Mazza of Cherry Hill NJ.
   After a nine year hiatus, John is now again training in Traditional Wing Chun under Master Mazza.
   To this day, Coach John continues to practice and advance his boxing skills, as well as practice other arts.  Additionally, he has trained successful boxing competitors, utelizing a proven work regimen that is second to none in the sport.  Coach John believes it's a never ending journey with the fighting arts.
   "You're never really DONE with it when you have a LOVE for it".

GURO TJ MILLER

Classes Taught:
Jeet Kune Do/FMA (Lead Instructor/Program Director)
Ranks and Certifications:
Lakan Guro 2 (Level 2 Instructor) in Filipino Boxing (Dirty Boxing) Certified under Warrior Arts Alliance
JKD/Filipino Martial Arts Certified Instructor
American Freestyle Martial Arts Certified Instructor
Combined Forces Street Survival Program Certified Instructor
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Founder of Action Reality Martial Arts
Available for Private Lessons
 
  T.J. Miller has been teaching martial arts for well over 20 years and is a certified instructor of Jeet Kune Do Concepts and Filipino Martial Arts and American Freestyle Karate. 
  Mr. Miller has trained with martial arts legends such as Dan Inosanto and Paul Vunak and has been the owner of a very successful martial arts school in New Jersey until moving on to pursue other dreams.  He has been teaching students in multiple arts and at various locations through his organization Action Reality Martial Arts
  Mr. Miller was also the martial arts director at the Little Gym locations in West Windsor, New Jersey and Newtown, Pennsylvania. 

Japanese Jujitsu Assistant Instructors

for Adult and Youth Programs

TARA WRIGHT, SEMPAI

Classes Assisted:
Adult and Teen Japanese Jujitsu
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Ikkyu (Brown Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Brown Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Certified Speaker for R.A.I.N. 
Certified Lead Instructor/Program Director for Wright Fight Concepts Women's Self Protection Courses
   Tara is a martial artist with over 12 years of active experience.  She has trained in various martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do (holding a Brown Belt in this art), Wing Chun Kung Fu, Krav Maga, Aikido, and Kickboxing.  Tara also continuously practices Medieval armored combat, a full contact sport using simulated medieval weapons and full suits of armor.
   Through rigorous training and intensive research, and working closely with Wayne Ford Soke and Damien Wright Kyoshi, Tara personally designed the complete curriculum for our Women's Self Protection Courses, a course designed for the non martial artist.  She conducts each class with a passion that is rarely seen in martial arts education.
 
    Tara currently and continually trains in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu and actively assists her dojo as an instructor in this art.    A nurse by profession, she also brings her medical and anatomical knowledge into the lessons.
    Tara is registered as a speaker for R.A.I.N.N. (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) and will be conducting bi-annual seminars, free of charge, regarding sexual assault awareness.
    Having overcome a number of training injuries as well as regaining her core strength after her third c-section (both feats of remarkable dedication and uncommon tenacity), Tara is now eagerly preparing for her shodan (first degree black belt) test sometime in 2018.
    Tara also teaches our rapidly growing Zumba Fitness Program (see our Zumba program section for further details).

MIKE KASSAR

Classes Assisted:
Adult and Teen Japanese Jujitsu
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Nikyu (Purple Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
White Belt 4 Stripes in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

   Mike is a true fixture at our dojo and has been an active and dedicated student of Sensei Damien in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu since 2012.  Affectionately nicknamed "Big Mike" by his fellow students, Mike has a deft agility and flow that surprises many and a keen talent in inspiring those he trains with (ESPECIALLY the younger new students) and getting the very best out of each of them.
  In addition to his regular training in Japanese Jujitsu, Mike is a regular in Coach Jeff Cressman's Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes.  Both of his kids also attend the Youth Jujitsu/MMA classes.
NELL DIEBEL
Classes Taught:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Classes Assisted:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Youth Boxing
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Yonkyu (Green Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Blue Shirt (Level 2 Team Cressman Certified) in Muay Thai
White Belt 4 Stripes in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Available for Private Lessons
   Nell, a student since 2013, is not just dedicated but fierce and determined.  There is rarely an adult class in any of our programs or arts that she is not in attendance.  Always pushing herself to the absolute limit and reaching goal after goal, Nell is a continued inspiration to these kids and to her fellow training partners. 
  Nell can often be found competing in BJJ tournaments, having earned a number of gold and silver medals in local events.  In addition, Nell won her debut Muay Thai kickboxing match in August, earning a split decision victory against a very talented and larger opponent, with her fight even being considered for the event's Fight of the Night.  She continues to fight, finding success and continued growth in the Muay Thai ring.  Her next goal is the MMA cage.
  Nell is also affectionately known in the adult Japanese Jutitsu class as "the Giant Slayer" due to her noted proficiency in taking down much larger opponents, and "Wolverine" by Grandmaster Michael Burrowes for her ferocity and endurance.  All who train with her and instruct her know of her heart, which surpasses many even on the professional level.
WALTER DIEBEL
Classes Assisted:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Youth Boxing
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Yonkyu (Green Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Blue Shirt (Level 2 Team Cressman Certified) in Muay Thai
White Belt 2 Stripes in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
   Walter has been with Sensei Damien since 2013 and is extraordinarily dedicated to his training in all of the programs offered at the dojo.  He actively trains in our Japanese Jujitsu classes, Muay Thai classes, BJJ classes, Boxing classes, and Jeet Kune Do/FMA classes.  Walter also competes quite often in BJJ tournaments around the state and has won more than a few gold and silver medals in the process so far.  He also wrestles for his high school team.
    Mild-mannered but extremely formitable, the kids greatly benefit when working with Walter and look up to him as a role model.  Additionally, as an attentive student and responsive partner in drills, each of his training partners in the adult classes looks forward to working with him for mutual improvement.
    Walter also has an abiding fascination with history and swordsmanship, a fact that has started many long conversations between him and Sensei Damien.
JON WITKOWSKI
Classes Assisted:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Yonkyu (Green Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
First Degree Black Belt in Soo Bahk Do
White Belt 1 Stripe in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
  Jon first entered the world of martial arts when he started training in Soo Bahk Do (a Korean Karate variant style) at the age of five years old.  After several years of training, in April of 2012, Jon achieved the rank of Cho Dan (First Degree Black Belt). 
  Shortly after staring High School, Jon followed the path of his brother Max and began training in Japanese Jujitsu classes under Sensei Damien Wright in Sensei's previous location and came with him as founding students for Wright Fight Concepts in 2014. 
  Jon has since proven to be an excellent student and training partner.
  In addition to training in our regular Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu class, Jon also regularly trains in Coach Jeff Cressman's Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class and indulges his abiding interest in Japanese Swordsmanship with Sensei Damien, Sensei Danny, and others, and can sometimes be seen in Coach John Miller's Boxing classes.
Enrique Bañuelos II
Classes Taught:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Classes Assisted:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Gokyu (Orange Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
   Enrique has always been a martial arts enthusiast and an avid fan of MMA.  When two of his young sons Noah and Daniel took interest in martial arts, Enrique jumped on the chance to join them in the fun and (with his oldest son John soon following) enrolled the whole family in the dojo in 2016.  Now he avidly trains in both our Japanese Jujitsu and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes, often attending 4 to 5 classes a week, and helps out as an uke (demonstration partner) for Sensei Damien's kids classes (both age groups). 
    Enrique also regularly competes in sport grappling competitions.
    Enrique and Sensei Damien have been friends for some time and both also train actively in Medieval European Combat.  But Enrique takes this one step further and actually makes armor himself.
    Avidly determined and unquestioningly dedicated, Enrique has already begun to excel and to distinguish himself among his peers and training partners in what will be a journey to excellence in the martial arts for years to come.
Dan Murray
Classes Taught:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Classes Assisted:
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Grade School
Youth Jujitsu/MMA, Upper Grade School
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Rank in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu:
Gokyu (Orange Belt)
Other Ranks and Certifications:
Red Belt (advanced rank below black belt) in Yuugou-Ryu Karate
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Available for Private Lessons
    Dan started his journey at the age of 10 training in Korean hapkido, spending 5 years at Correa's Korean Hapkido in New Egypt.  He then made a transition out of traditional martial arts to wrestling as a freshman in high school.  Dan wrestled all four years of high school.  After high school, Dan trained mixed martial arts at the Karate Dojo in Jackson.  Being trained under the American top team curriculum for two years. 
    Dan sustained a shoulder injury and had to get surgery and was forced to step off of the mat for nearly 6 years before entering Wright Fight Concepts upon his recovery.  Now he trains rigorously and consistently in our Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and Boxing classes.  Additionally, he also attends any seminar he can, often traveling far afield with Sensei Damien to any he may be teaching, and plans on being a regular on the submission grappling competition circuit. 
    Already having three nephews and a brother in law training with us, he became inspired not only to train but to help out.  As such, he eagerly does so in the Youth Jujitsu/MMA program.  Now he pushes forward every day getting better and better.
    In addition to Dan's usual teaching and assisting duties at the dojo, he will be working with Sensei Damien and local wrestling coach Richard English to put together a New Egypt Recreational Youth Wrestling Program sponsored by Wright Fight Concepts as well as a regular Adult and Teen Wrestling class.

Assistant Instructors in Other Programs

COACH JESSE SHAW
Classes Taught:
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (No-gi)
Classes Assisted:
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Gi)
Ranks and Certifications:
Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Available for Private Lessons
  Coach Jesse started training Jiujitsu around 2015 . With a prior history in wrestling, Jesse always appreciated grappling but never found the time to do so.  He was at his absolute heaviest when he walked into his first Academy weighing in at 270.  He has since earned his Blue Belt under Steven Barnett and lost over 70 lb!  He spends his training time traveling up and down the East Coast, visiting as many academies as he can.  He trains as much as 5 to 6 days a week and is a very active competitor, representing Team Inferno and Kurt Pellegrino. 
  Jesse firmly believe the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is one of the greatest sports in the world because of how tight knit the community has become.  He considers training Jiu-jitsu to be a life long journey and enjoys the opportunity to encourage all he can to participate.  He is excited to exercise this opportunity in the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu program at Wright Fight Concepts and looks forward to what he will be able to contribute and pay forward.
COACH JIMMY CAVALUCCI
Classes Assisted:
Muay Thai
Ranks and Certifications:
Brown Shirt (Level 4 Team Cressman Certified) in Muay Thai
Security Certifications in Pepper Spray, Hand Cuffing, and Expandable Baton
Security Certification in Hand to Hand Combat (H2HC)
Available for Private Lessons

  Coach Jimmy has been training in various martial arts including Krav Maga, Boxing, and Muay Thai since 2007.  He now holds a Purple Shirt in the Daddis Fight Camps Muay Thai Ranking system under Master Brad Daddis.  As well, Jimmy is certified and well trained in private security with certifications in Pepper Spray, Hand Cuffing, hand to hand combatives, and Expandable Baton.  In July of 2016, Coach Jimmy was promoted to Level 4 (Brown Shirt) in Muay Thai, the first to receive a promotion in the Jeff Cressman Muay Thai System and the first to be promoted to any level in this curriculum at Wright Fight Concepts.
   Jimmy has competed in multiple Muay Thai organizations and has recently begun competing again. Coach Jimmy is very passionate about not only his own success but also those he helps in the gym.  He holds great pride and loyalty to those he works with and his dedication is something all students can look up to and admire.
COACH ROGER WILSON
Classes Assisted:
Youth Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Ranks and Certifications:
Rokkyu (Yellow Belt) in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu
White Belt 2 Stripes in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

  Roger began training at Wright Fight Concepts in 2016.  He trains actively in our Japanese Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing programs and is a regular attendee of our Open Mat sessions.
  Seeking to test himself continually, Roger competes frequently in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu tournaments, having recently earned a Bronze Medal in a submission-only Good Fight event, and a Gold Medal in a large and highly competitive heavyweight division at a NJBJJF sponsored competition.  In addition to the time COach Roger puts in on the mats here at Wright Fight, he also trains BJJ regularly at Marcelo Garcia's in NYC and Garden State BJJ Academy in Red Bank, NJ. 
  His continued participation and excellence in the competitive arena is a great asset to the kids in our Youth BJJ program who are hungry for the tournament experience.  As such, Roger enjoys working individually with kids during training, helping to hone their skills and address their specific needs in the lesson.
  In addition, Roger is a Firefighter and EMT for the Plumsted Township Fire Department .
EMY ROTHENBERGER
Classes Assisted:
Jeet Kune Do/FMA
Ranks and Certifications:
Assistant Instructor for Action Reality Martial Arts
Intermediate Level Certified JKD/FMA under TJ Miller
Red Belt in American Freestyle Karate
Green Belt in Tae Kwon Do (WTF and ITF)
Green Belt in Judo

   Emy was a late comer to the martial arts scene.  Emy took Judo as a college gym class and fell in love. She is a green belt in Judo and has studied both WTF and ITF Taekwondo.  Finally she started training with TJ Miller in 2010 and has been doing so ever since.