AEMMA Jiu Jitsu Hall of Fame

The American Eagle MMA Hall of Fame is dedicated to the MMA students who have competed and won First Place while competing under the American Eagle Banner. The Hall of Fame includes members from the First competitions we did as a team starting with the September 2008 Good Fight on the Battleship. Ever since June 2012, we joined Team Alliance Jiu Jitsu and represent not only American Eagle, but Team Alliance as well. Team Alliance is the Number 1 Rated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team in the world. Our Gi BJJ training comes from their system and our school is directly under Mitch Coats and the organization’s head, Romero “Jacare” Calvalcanti. Our No-Gi is based on the Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Colegiate wrestling knowledge of Master Phil Ross and Catch Wrestling from Frank Shamrock’s Submission Fighting System.

Zack Fox: 2012 Inductee

Zack Fox began his Martial Arts training here at American Eagle MMA in June of 2012. However, Zack arrived at the AEMMA Academy with quite a solid list of athletic accomplishments. Zack was a High School All American Lacrosse player for Don Bosco Prep and an NCAA Division 1 Recruit for St. John’s University. Zack was also a Jr. National Power Lifting Champion and now at a weight of 195lbs, has a bench press of 520, a squat of 680 and pulls another 680 in the dead lift.

Despite having no wrestling experience or any other prior combat experience, Zack began competing in Jiu Jitsu after only 5 weeks of training at the AEMMA Academy. He placed second in the White Belt Gi Division after training only 9 weeks and after only 3 months of training he secured his first Championship at the NAGA North American Championships on November 17th, 2012. We are anticipating a lot of achievements from this young competitor. Zack is also HKC Kettlebell Certified and is a personal strength & fitness trainer at the AEMMA Academy.

On April 20th, 2013, Zack Fox added a NAGA World Championship to his list of accomplishments. He won the Cruiserweight, Beginner Title in the No-Gi Competition.

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Master Phil Ross

Master Phil Ross poses with his Belt after winning the 2010 No-Gi Expert Division at the Battle of the Beach in Wildwood, NJ.

American Eagle MMA’s Chief Instructor, Master Phil Ross won two First Place Awards in one day while competing in the NAGA Battle at the Beach competition in 2010. He was crowned champion in the Executive No-Gi competition and after only training with a Gi for 3 months, bested 48 competitors in the Gi competition. Master Ross was almost 48 at the time and competed in the 18 to 29 age bracket. He went undefeated and unscored upon throughout the competition and secured two submission victories.

After having won well over 300 fights in various disciplines, Master Ross no longer competes and focuses his energy on training his up and coming fighters, students and conducting seminars.

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