Meet Your Instructors

Professor Alex Sholomisky

Alex has an extensive background in boxing spanning over 30 plus years. He is a bronze medal winner in the Junior Olympics, a two time Golden Glove Champion, and a New Jersey Diamond Belt winner.

Alex also has several professionally sanctioned fights in boxing and kick boxing. Along with his boxing background, Alex holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and also teaches Mauy Thai, Judo, Sambo and Mixed Martial Arts.

He continues to compete regularly, has medaled several times in various Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions, and is the 2014 NAGA Champion – Advanced Division. He is a fully certified instructor in Martial Blade Concepts (MBC) from world renowned edged weapons expert, Michael Janich. He is a primary instructor for The Shark Tank and his stable includes several amateur and professional champion mixed martial arts fighters.

Alex has been a law enforcement officer for more than 20 years as both a municipality police officer and a Law Enforcement Officer with the New Jersey Department of Corrections. During his career with the NJDOC, Alex served as a member of the Special Operations Group for more than 10 years and was the lead Defensive Tactics Instructor. He received extensive training and participated in numerous operations, call outs, and high risk transports.

Alex holds instructor certifications in firearms and straight baton, and is the NJDOC’s primary instructor for Close Quarter Defense, Handcuffing, and Counter Cuffing. He and his training partner, Tim Romanik, have developed and implemented the Police Training Commission approved Defensive Tactics and Handcuffing Program which the NJDOC is currently utilizing at its Training Academy. This program has been taught to, and adopted, by several NJ Police Departments and Military Units. He is one of only two “Subject Matter Experts” for these subjects for the NJDOC.

The methods and concepts he uses are not traditional, but deal with the imperative need for tactics that are real and relevant, and are designed to deal with violent attacks in a concise manner. His tactics emphasize the simplicity and effectiveness of gross motor skills and the extreme importance of the “I will win” combat mind set. All of this is coupled with an intense focus on physical conditioning for the realities of a violent encounter.

Sensei Ray Marquez

6th Degree Judo Black Belt
3 Stripe Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
Master Class International Sambo
Multiple National Team Member Judo & Sambo
2020 Eurometropole International Judo France, Silver
2020 Bronze Sambo World Championship, Belarus
2019 US Open Judo, Gold Medal
2018 US Open Judo, Silver Medal
2017 US Open Judo, Silver Medal
2018 USA Judo National Silver Medal
2009 Gold Masters 100K National Champion
2009 Bronze Masters 100k World Championships
2009 Gold Masters 100k Liberty Bell Championship
45 Years Judo Experience
Multiple Local, Regional, National & International Judo Competitions
45 Years of Competitive Experience (too many to list)
Vineland Judo Club Sensei
United States Judo Association Life Member
USA Member
International Judo Federation Member

Christopher W. Ianacone Jr. C.S.C.S. NS

5th Degree Judo Black Belt
Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
Delsea Regional High School Franklinville , New Jersey
Senior year, Only undefeated wrestler in school’s history
Christmas Tournament, District, Regional, and State Champion
1st Regional and State Champion for School
1st Team All Academic
1st Team All County
1st Team All South Jersey
1st Team All State
AAU Jr Olympic Freestyle District Champion
AAU Jr Olympic Freestyle Regional Champion
2nd-National AAU Jr Olympic Freestyle Championships
5th-National AAU Jr Olympic Greco-Roman Championships
South Jersey-Poland Wrestling Cultural Exchange
AAU Jr Olympic Regional Weight Lifting Champion
Full Wrestling Scholarship Temple University Philadelphia PA.
Bachelor of Science Degree Health/Physical Education
4 Year Varsity Wrestling, Captain Senior Year
International Wrestling Tour Germany
Eastern Wrestling Tournament Place Winner
NYAC International Freestyle Tournament Place Winner
Sr AAU Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Champion, MVP
University of Delaware Invitational Wrestling Tournament Champion
Philadelphia Mets Wrestling Champion
Temple University Judo Team, Captain Senior Year
1st-West Point Judo Invitational Team Championships
Assistant Wrestling Coach Temple University
Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach Williamstown HS, New Jersey
Assistant Varsity Football Coach Williamstown HS, New Jersey
Head Coach Men’s Track & Field Williamstown HS, New Jersey
Varsity Wrestling Official
4x Master’s Champion-Liberty Bell Judo Classic, Philadelphia PA
American-Canadian International Judo Challenge-Master’s Champion
2nd-USA Judo National Master’s Championships
2nd-National Senior Games Judo Championships
Judo Instructor Vineland Judo Club
Judo Instructor Shark Tank Judo/Jujitsu
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Certified Nutrition Specialist
NRA Certified Firearms Safety, Pistol and Personal Protection Instructor
American Red Cross Emergency First Aid, CPR and AED Certified Instructor
Member: National Strength & Conditioning Association
Member: American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists
Member: National Rifle Association
Member: United States Judo Association
Delsea Regional High School Sports Hall of Fame
Gloucester County NJ Sports Hall of Fame
South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame
50 Years of Wrestling Experience
45 years of Judo Expierence

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