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Mark
Last Name: Staniszewski
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City: Rockville Centre
State: NY
Country: USA
School: Alpha Omega MMA
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1. Submitted by Richard Scholl on Saturday March 7, 2009 8:19 AM
2008 Pan American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion (Heavyweight & Absolute) 2008 USA Judo National Champion (Masters Heavyweight & Open) 2008 NAGA World Champion (Expert) 2008 NAGC Champion (Expert)


2. Submitted by Juan Morales on Sunday July 4, 2010 5:47 PM
Team Combat Judo and BJJ is an outstanding and awesome environment to train in. You get coaching, and instruction from world class athletes, really friendly people on top notch mats and mat space. The academy is suited towards both the casual hobbyist and competitors wishing to compete in the combat sports of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and MMA! Mark Staniszewski is a 3rd Degree black belt in Judo and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Grandmaster BJJ black belt Joe Moreira. His ability to teach and make sure that the students understands the knowledge surpasses most schools I have trained under. His instruction along with the other quality instructors of Combat BJJ have taken my ground game to the next level.


3. Submitted by Wil Fernandez on Sunday July 4, 2010 8:18 PM
Team Combat BJJ is a home for it's students, as soon as you walk through the door the first day you are treated like family. There is no better place to train martial arts than here. There are no egos and everyone from White belt to the higher ranks are very helpful in developing the best you, you can be. The instructors explain every move and tell you why they are important and explain the repercussions of performing a technique the wrong way.


4. Submitted by christopher verdon on Monday July 5, 2010 10:15 AM
Mark Stan is the man!! I came to Combat BJJ as a Purple Belt who has trained with many other teachers. I can honestly say Mark is one of the best at breaking techniques down and showing what works. The place is filled with nice people and everybody has a good attitude. It all stems from the leadership that Mak provides!!


5. Submitted by Barry O'Brien on Tuesday July 6, 2010 11:15 PM
Mark Stan is an extremely talented practitioner and teacher of Martial Art. Both BJJ and Judo. No doubt. As a teacher he has the ability to get techniques to make sense from a conceptual standpoint and then to break them down to the most intricate of detail within the movements. And he has the patience of a saint. I've been training martial arts steadily for 30+ years, so I know a few things about what goes into making a great teacher. Mark Stan has all the qualities you would want, and, if you're serious, would require in a teacher of BJJ and Judo.


6. Submitted by Wendell M on Friday July 9, 2010 6:52 AM
There are few BJJ teachers who can teach as well as have an impressive competitive record in BOTH Judo and BJJ. Not only can he effectively show you how to get the opponent to the ground but also show you what to do once you get him there. He's a well rounded, experienced, funny and personable instructor who gives the same attention to the white belt off the street as the 3rd Black coming in from the Mundials. Team Combat is where it is at!


7. Submitted by cesar figarola on Friday July 9, 2010 3:21 PM
I have been practicing judo for over 20 yrs, and i must honestly say i was not a fan off bjj, until the day i went to combat judo and bjj! WOW is what i have to say about mark stan! what an excellent teacher!!! he has shown me how good bjj is and how he breaks down each and every technique is incredible. my judo game has gotten so much better on the ground because off bjj and mark teaching me. thank you mark for showing me the new way and beautiful art of BJJ...


8. Submitted by Maria DiDio on Friday July 9, 2010 4:04 PM
Sensei Mark Staniszewski is a remarkable instructor. Not only is he an avid competitor, proving his skills time and time again; he personally cares about each student and their goals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and in Judo. I never fear being taken to the ground ever again by my opponents in competition or even scrimmaging at the club. Sensei Mark has given me and every student he works with, the tools to be a champion. Sensei Mark has encouraged us to trust our techniques in any circumstance. I personally benefit being a Women's Self Defense instructor, where unfortunately, women can end up in a situation on the ground. Thanks to Sensei Mark, I am able to teach my students to protect themselves in various ways during a ground confrontation. Also, being an avid competitor myself in Judo, I feel more confident on the mat against an opponent. Thank you Sensei Mark for all your help and guidance. It doesn't go unnoticed! Thank you for giving me and any woman that I work with in Self Defense the knowledge we need to protect ourselves. Thanks for giving me Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


9. Submitted by vincent morea on Friday July 9, 2010 10:41 PM
MARK STANS TEACHING SKILLS ARE LIKE NO OTHER. HE GETS SO INVOLVED IN TEACHING HIS STUDENTS. HE KEEPS A CLASS ON THERE TOES . HE PUTS SUCH DETAIL INTO EVERY MOVE & POSITION HE TEACHES,THAT YOU CANT HELP BUT GIVE YOUR FULL ATTENTION. HE'S JUST AN AWESOME TEACHER AND THE SCHOOL ROCKS. THANKS MARK


10. Submitted by Matthew Jarvis on Sunday July 11, 2010 8:34 PM
When I started out I was pretty much a blank slate with my technique, but training with Sensei Mark keeps me hungry to keep getting better and better. The positive environment for the training is intense but also productive. Training can get tough, but it's rewarding to know that my technique is improving under his tutelage


11. Submitted by Adam Schortz on Sunday July 11, 2010 11:37 PM
I am a Pro MMA Fighter, and of all the people who have coached me over the years Mark Staniszewski is by far the best MMA/Grappling coach i have ever worked with. His unique style that combines Brazilian Jiujitsu, Judo, and Wrestling can help to improve any person whether they are fighting professionally, competing, or just looking to learn. Mark's experience as a long time competitor combined with his knowledge of the grappling arts can help any person to improve as a grappler. Marks positive teaching style and personality makes training at Team Combat a enjoyable experience for anybody who comes to train.


12. Submitted by mike staniszewski on Monday July 12, 2010 2:33 PM
A true Master!!!


13. Submitted by Mike Giambertone on Monday July 12, 2010 10:10 PM
Mark Staniszewski and his Team Combat staff are second to none. Whether you are a seasoned professional, someone with some bjj or judo background, or a weekend warrior looking to get some exercise, he is the instructor for you. His teaching style is hands on and he doesn't rest until everyone in class understands the "what", "why" and "how" of each intricate move. He can break things down into such minute detail and show different variations based on your body type. He and and his staff are THE instructors to seek out on Long Island for Judo and BJJ.


14. Submitted by Steve White on Tuesday July 20, 2010 10:36 AM
Sensei Mark takes the time to answer any questions and help you work towards your goal whether its competing as a pro MMA fighter, Judo/BJJ competitions, or just getting in shape and having a fun hobby. He is a great competitor, an awesome teacher and a very good friend to have.


15. Submitted by Kevin Cassidy on Friday August 6, 2010 1:58 PM
Rarely will you find an instructor who can teach the theory/techniques and then show you the best way to adjust that knowledge for your own needs - be it technique or competition. Mark's technical knowledge combined with his stellar record as an international competitor makes him a rare breed. He shares practical, hard-earned knowledge that most folks don't show in the glossy books. You wont find a more well-rounded instructor in New York. Most important to me, he creates a compelling, unpretentious atmosphere that everybody can relate to.


16. Submitted by Hugh Goldson on Friday August 6, 2010 2:10 PM
Sensei Marks' BJJ classes has always been great to attend. He is very detailed in his approach to teaching you the correct ways and technique. The fact that he can demostrate one move ,then show you 3-4 variations of it, always leaves me asking for more. Mark is an amazing teacher as well as a great person.


17. Submitted by Stephanie Nutzul on Monday August 9, 2010 1:01 AM
After traveling through out Long Island for the perfect BJJ instructor my search ended at Team Combat with instructor Mark Stan . Not only does Team Combat have exceptional training and expertise but also met my special needs. Entering into the sport with prior injuries, Mark Stan showed me alternate and customized moves that worked with my limitations so I could continue on with my training. At Team Combat they turned my weaknesses into strengths. My training was so confident with Mark Stan, I even entered a grappling competition and medaled. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe I could compete due to my condition. Itís a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life. Team Combat has become more then a place to train, but they have become my family. Mark Stan, Team Combat Staff, and its members provide a support system that is an unique experience that no other gym can match. Mark Stanís world class training of both technical and practical knowledge makes his classes valuable for beginners to experts. The most complex moves and techniques , Mark breaks down to a simplified level that just makes advanced calculus into algebra. His dedication to martial arts shines through his teaching (and in his competitions) . Leaving no stone unturned with his students, he stands by his lessons making sure everyone understands the reasoning and techniques. You always have a blast on the mat with him; not only are you receiving exceptional training from Mark Stan, but with lots of laughs. Superior training with a smile on your face, why would you go anywhere else!?!g


18. Submitted by joseph tamburello on Friday August 13, 2010 1:21 PM
best instructor. best fighter. has knowledge in every art out there


19. Submitted by michael mongno on Sunday August 15, 2010 2:58 PM
Mark stan is the best instructor by far. his instuction is to the point and he will make sure you understand b4 he moves on. he is involved personally w students and doesnt run his dojo like a factory like some of the others!


20. Submitted by Tom Groff on Friday August 20, 2010 5:15 PM
Over the past 5 years, I've tried training in at least a half a dozen different gyms and dojos, but none of them were for me. It often seemed that the instructors were only in it for the money and lacked a genuine interest, not only in their students, but in the very style they were teaching. From the first time I met Mark, I knew I would be training with him from that point on. What impressed me was his ability to create a fun, friendly environment without ever losing sight of the reason we were all there, which was to learn and train. Mark teaches techniques which he has used himself at high levels of competition, so there is no question as to whether or not his techniques work when they need to. With Mark, there's no philosophical nonsense and no ego. He makes his students feel welcome and confident that we're receiving quality instruction, all while putting smiles on our faces. I'm very grateful to have him as a teacher.


21. Submitted by Ozzie on Wednesday January 12, 2011 10:32 PM
Mark is an awesome instructor who brings a lot of knowledge from his Judo and wrestling. He is also one of the few instructors I know that are willing to train with other BJJ and judo instructors so that he is constantly updating his game and knowledge base.


22. Submitted by bruno mckee on Wednesday March 16, 2011 11:28 PM
i just started training under mark about a week ago coming as a blue belt from another team. Mark teaches great bjj and the stuff he teaches works he also has a great group of guys to train with and his gym is the spot to be.


23. Submitted by Joe Tamburello on Saturday March 19, 2011 8:06 PM
You taught me determination. You gave me the skills to persist in life's game, and for that I always will give thanks for you and look back and boast that I had the privilege of calling you coach.


24. Submitted by Weiss Sakhizada on Tuesday September 20, 2011 6:16 PM
Professor Mark is awesome, from the day that I stepped on the mat and began learning his philosophy of Jiujitsu I was hooked. His knowledge is through the roof and has such a way breaking techniques down that you can't help but absorb the wisdom. The environment is extremely welcoming and find Combat to be my second home. Within two months of training under professor Mark I feel that my game has tightened up significantly and developed a great understanding of bjj. It is an absolute honor to be under Professor Mark's tutelage.


25. Submitted by Anthony Argyros on Thursday February 9, 2012 7:15 AM
Professor Staniszewski is an elite instructor in both Judo and BJJ. His tournament accomplishments are of the highest level and unmatched. His academy is welcoming, with many good people to train with. I highly recommend training with Mark and his staff. I am proud to know him and to be able to call him my friend.


26. Submitted by Richi Chowdhury on Tuesday April 10, 2012 12:42 PM
As a 23 year old with no prior martial arts or combat sport training, I was very reluctant to give Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a try. When I first walked into Marks school I was warmly greeted by many students and Mark himself. Almost instantly, I felt welcomed. Having Mark as an instructor has been great. Every class is something that has helped improve my game noticeably. Mark is always watching his students practice the materials and helps when asked or when he notices that some help can be given. And if I ever have a question to ask, Mark always has an answer. Not only is class informative but it's a load of fun. I would most definitely recommend any student whether new or a veteran to learn from Mark.


27. Submitted by Vinny hopkins on Tuesday April 10, 2012 1:22 PM
There is no other sensi id rather train under. Ever since ive joined team combat i have grown as a martial artist. Sensi mark is an outstanding martial artist, his knowledge and teaching techniques are top knock. Team combat is a family.


28. Submitted by Anthony Spataro on Tuesday April 10, 2012 2:26 PM
Mark Stan's bjj is second to non! I've trained with a lot of different world class bjj instructors, he knows how to break down everything he teaches and make so easy to learn. He is one of the best instructors I've ever had the honor learning from. He is a true leader and example. I see how he has elevated not only mine, but everyone else's bjj around him! He took me and my brother in and treated us like family and its a true honor to receive a purple belt under him! He's not only our teacher but a true friend, thank you sir!


29. Submitted by Kevin Chiesa on Tuesday April 10, 2012 3:32 PM
What can i say the guy's a genius?Everything hes ever taught has been more effective than the last.Never afraid to go 100% and get us ready for competitions, Especially when he mixes his Judo into play.Without a doubt there's nobody id rather train under, let alone just have a normal conversation with than mark stan.He makes you feel comfortable from day one, you cant buy a coach with that personality.


30. Submitted by mikey waters on Tuesday April 10, 2012 3:35 PM
mark stan is a very good bjj instructor, since trainng with him i learn so much skills that have helped me out in competition he has alot of patients andd help guys out jus as if they were his sons. I appericate everytime he comes to my school and help us he a true bjj instructor and friend


31. Submitted by DF on Tuesday April 10, 2012 3:44 PM
Mark Stan is an excellent BJJ instructor under Team Joe Moreira. He continuously strives to make his students better and he continues to train hard. His Judo is a great compliment to his BJJ and other styles. He has years of experience and his efforts and reflected in his students.


32. Submitted by Michael Doria on Tuesday April 10, 2012 3:50 PM
I have known Mark for over 15 years via Judo. Being a national level Judo player I was reluctant to transition over to BJJ. I am not going to lie, learning a new martial art and becoming a white belt all over again is a challenge. However, Sensei Mark is a great BJJ instructor. In the few weeks that I have been training BJJ he has helped me make the transition with ease. He breaks down all the moves very easily making grapplers of all levels learn the right way. We live in an area of NY where there are dozens of BJJ/MMA gyms popping up and everyone claiming they are the best teacher. I am confidently saying that Mark really is one of the best BJJ instructors in the country. If you want to learn BJJ the correct way to compete at the highest level or just stay in shape come learn from Mark.


33. Submitted by AM on Tuesday April 10, 2012 5:17 PM
I met Mark as a result of Judo, and have watched him transform into an amazing BJJ competitor and coach. I respect the fact that he always gives 100%. His passion for the sport drives him to continue to compete, even when injured. I have seen the respect his students show him both on and off the mat. They truly value his teachings. The focus and dedication that he gives to his students makes him a coach that every competitor or martial arts enthusiast should want to train with.


34. Submitted by Andrew Tasso on Tuesday April 10, 2012 8:16 PM
From day one, I felt comfortable training at combat BJJ. The school provides a unique mix of top of the line, expert level coaching and a friendly, non-threatening learning environment. Sensei Mark Stan has not only an outstanding competitive record in both BJJ and Judo, he also has an engaging and friendly personality, not to mention a great sense of humor. The combination of top notch, high level training in a fun and welcoming environment makes this school unbeatable.


35. Submitted by Cathleen D on Tuesday April 10, 2012 8:56 PM
I have trained under Professor Mark Stan for the last year and a half and could not be happier. Mark is truly an elite BJJ professor exhibiting all of the characteristics of a true champion. His method of teaching is easy to understand as he breaks down each technique so that nothing is missed by his students. He is always willing to answer questions and gives each student the attention they need in order to continue to progress. Everything at Team Combat is top notch. They are a true family there and welcome all with open arms.


36. Submitted by Matt Marcinek on Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:47 PM
I have known Mark since I began my judo career 8 years ago and I have competed against many of his students and let me tell you, when you line up against one of the Combat Judo guys, you better have your belt tied up real because you know you're in for a battle because they have been trained by Mark Stan. A complete grappler in every sense of the word, Mark knowledge of both standing and ground techniques is outstanding and he teaches his students to blend them seamlessly Off the mat, Mark is always the first person to greet you with a large smile and strong hand shake always willing to make the time to ask how things are going and if there is anything he can do to help in your training. I highly encourage anyone in the long island area that is thinking about training to visit Team combat.


37. Submitted by Charles Easton on Tuesday April 10, 2012 10:20 PM
Mark Stan is a great BJJ instructor and runs a great BJJ class that I attend regularly. He starts class with warm-ups and some can mimic BJJ techniques to burn in the movements. After he shows us BJJ techniques by breaking it down and letting us ask questions. We break into partners and try it ourselves while he comes around to help as needed. Once heís taught us a few techniques we roll. We switch partners after rounds and sometimes Mark is your opponent. He makes you work hard while giving you opportunities to see what youíve learned. His dojo is very large with lots of room and clean mats. In short, Sensei Mark a great BJJ instructor that enjoys the game and wants to tech you. Every month I train under Sensei Mark I see my technique getting better. Iím 40 years old and it amazes me the things Iíve learned from Sensei Mark.


38. Submitted by Joseph Spataro on Wednesday April 11, 2012 1:37 AM
Mark Stan is a amazing teacher and competitor! My brother and I have trained under different bjj and grappling instructors and mark is truly the best teacher we have learned from! The way he breaks down the techniques makes it really easy to learn. He knows how to elevate any ones game better than any one I have met. Mark is a true inspiration. It's a honor to be his student!


39. Submitted by Stefan Borovina on Friday April 20, 2012 3:55 PM
Sensei Mark is a fantastic instructor and he provides an environment where you can learn and have a great time. Whether you are just starting in the art or have years of experience, Sensei Mark will give you the instruction you need to grasp the fundamentals or take your game to the next level. He takes techniques and breaks them down so you not only learn how to do them, but why they work in the first place. This way, he helps you make the moves your own, so you can adapt them to your game and body type. You can tell Sensei Mark loves BJJ and loves to train, and under his instruction, you can't help but love it too.


40. Submitted by Mike Reynolds on Saturday January 5, 2013 4:15 PM
For the last 4 months I've been trainin under Mark, and to be honest I couldn't ask for a better gym to train at. Everyone is a family, all questions will be answered an explained however many times you ask. He has taught me not only great Brazilian ju jitsu techniques, but he also taught me how to apply my wrestling background into the mix. I couldn't be happier with my results


41. Submitted by Mike Beardo on Saturday January 5, 2013 5:10 PM
I have trained with several BJJ and Judo instructors and none match the clarity and detail in Mark's instructions. A move is broken down into several easily digestible segments and you are taught not only how to preform the technique but the theory behind it as well. A move will be shown followed by that technique's counter. This teaching style reveals the chess-like qualities of BJJ. Mark takes the time to answer students questions and I never felt that any of his responses are rushed. I know that with his guidance I can only grow as a grappler.


42. Submitted by Keith Liere on Sunday January 6, 2013 3:41 PM
I am new to training but have trained under a few different instructors, but non like Mark. His breakdown on a technique is simply amazing could be in a book bjj technique for dummies. My personal favorite thing though is he doesn't jump around with techniques. Mark will build off a technique for both opponents, so you will learn a move and then learn to counter that and learn how to counter the second one. So basically Mark is very informative with a great teaching style and wants people to improve.


43. Submitted by Richard Tulipan on Monday January 14, 2013 2:34 PM
Mark Stan is a great teacher and couldnít be a nicer guy. His understanding and break down of technique makes it very easy to comprehend, and his kind attitude makes him a great teacher to learn from. I am very much looking forward to learning from Mark and his Team Combat family.


44. Submitted by David Leon on Thursday January 17, 2013 5:54 PM
I have been involved in Martial Arts for over 20 years. Mark is by far the most knowledgeable instructor I've had. His brain is like a encyclopedia for bjj and judo. His ability to teach the knowledge he has is excellent. You never feel overwhelmed or intimidated in his class. You just wanna learn more and more.


45. Submitted by Sean Kennedy on Friday June 7, 2013 9:28 AM
I've been training martial arts for nearly 20 years. Mark's philosophy of keeping things simple is second to none. Not only are the techniques simple, but they are highly effective. The Team Combat facilities are fantastic and all of the instructors are world class. This is a direct reflection on Sensei Mark. The blend of Judo and BJJ that that they teach is highly effective, both in competition and the street. If you're on LI and looking for Judo or BJJ, Sensei Mark and Team Combat can't be beat.


46. Submitted by Juan Montoya on Wednesday August 12, 2015 5:21 PM
Mark's unique insight in the art Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo is to be sought after. It's very common for an instructor to chronologically walk you through a step by step process, but truly understanding the mechanics and weight shifts,even philosophy of a position is what sets apart a common instructor to that of Mark's style of instruction. I feel fortunate to have found such a rich pool of knowledge.


47. Submitted by jose otero on Wednesday August 12, 2015 10:27 PM
Professor Mark Stan is a high level mixed martial artist and remarkable instructor, its been an honor and a pleasure to work with him! Team Believe has been a home for me and many others, what he has put together is something that will continue to grow and prosper! Oss! Thank you!


48. Submitted by Anthony Spataro on Wednesday August 12, 2015 10:37 PM
I've been training with Mark for years now. The best choice I've made by far! Still to this day his knowledge of Jiu Jitsu and judo never ceases to amaze me! World class instruction! I am greatful to have him part of Team Believe at Evolution Combat Club. It's an honor and privilege to have him as my coach call him family!


49. Submitted by Eleanor lamia on Thursday August 13, 2015 5:31 PM
Mark has been a very knowledgable and effective bjj and judo instructor. He is always there to help even after class. He takes the time out to really break down the techniques until you understand. I've been too several schools and this one is by far the best one! Team believe is more then just an mma school everyone is a family that continues to grow and help motivate each other to be the best we can!


50. Submitted by Tom Gordon on Thursday March 3, 2016 3:47 PM
I recently had the privilege of training with Mark and his students at his location in his Medford location and was extremely happy with my experience. His wealth of knowledge and his ability to break down the techniques he teaches whether it be bjj or judo are top notch. I highly recommend learning from him. The atmosphere is extremely friendly and enjoyable. After my 1st class, I joined.

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