ATLAS JIU-JITSU - Instructors
THROUGH STRUGGLE COMES GREATNESS
Head Professor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Owner of Atlas Jiu-Jitsu
Edward is a 2nd-degree black belt under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coral belt Julio "Foca" Fernandez. His BJJ journey commenced in NYC at the renowned Renzo Gracie school, where he trained under John Danaher. Additionally, he holds a Brown Belt in Judo under former Olympic hopeful Nick Kossor. An active competitor, Edward has participated in prestigious tournaments all over the world.
He boasts multiple Pan American gold medals, National Championship titles, and a World Silver Medal. Furthermore, he held the #1 world ranking in his division as a Purple belt, Brown belt, and Black Belt in his age category, as recognized by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
In the 2017-2018 period, Edward achieved a top 6 world ranking among all Black Belts and weight classes in his division. He was also named the #1 Gi Light Featherweight in the world by the IBJJF in his division. In 2022, Edward secured the top spot as the Number 1 Black Belt No Gi Featherweight globally in his division and claimed the Number 4 lightweight ranking worldwide.
As a Black Belt, Edward has competed and medaled in various locations, including Las Vegas, Washington DC, Denver, San Diego, Charleston, Nashville, Berlin, Dublin, Boston, Paris, Mexico City, Barcelona, New York, San Antonio, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Seattle, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, London, and Cincinnati. His recent victories include winning the No Gi Pan Ams as a Black Belt in New York, securing the American Nationals title in Las Vegas, and achieving a second-place finish in the No Gi World Championship.
Head Instructor at Atlas Jiu Jitsu, Waltham, MA
In 2015, Aidan embarked on his Jiu-Jitsu journey at Atlas and quickly became one of Atlas's top competitors. Competing alongside Edward Anthony (a black belt under Brazilan Jiu-Jitsu Coral belt Julio "Foca" Fernandez), Aidan traveled the country immersing himself in the intricacies of BJJ competition and coaching. His accolades include multiple gold medals at IBJJF tournaments and victories in various local competitions. Furthermore, Aidan's journey on the 2022 competition circuit culminated in the esteemed title of the 4th ranked No-Gi Adult Brown Belt in the World, as recognized by IBJJF.
Beyond the excitement of competition, Aidan finds immense joy in guiding his students to success. He strives to help students master new techniques, coach the team through competitions, and guide members to use Jiu-Jitsu to enrich their lives beyond the gym. Aidan is truly devoted to nurturing the overall growth of those under his mentorship.
Joe "Josferatu" Zakriski
Head Instructor at Altas Jiu-Jitsu, Glens Falls, NY
Joe "Josferatu" Zakriski, is a seasoned martial artist with a diverse background in various styles, yet his true passion lies in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Holding a B.S. in Physical Education and an M.S. in Health Education, Joe skillfully incorporates his extensive knowledge into his teaching, catering to students of all ages.
Joseph stands out as one of the original members of the esteemed Atlas Jiu-Jitsu Academy. As the first homegrown black belt under the mentorship of Edward Anthony, Joe has carved a distinctive path. His remarkable journey is not only marked by technical prowess but also by numerous triumphs in grappling tournaments, including Superfights and the acquisition of double gold medals at the Washington DC IBJJF Open.
Steve "Booyah" Flannigan
Tiny Titans Head Coach and Adult Jiu Jitsu Coach, Albany and Valatie, NY
With over 8 years of dedicated experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, coach Booyah stands as a seasoned practitioner and accomplished competitor, boasting victories in numerous IBJJF tournaments and local competitions.
As a highly skilled and motivated instructor, Booyah goes above and beyond. His ability to connect with young learners and instill a love for BJJ is unparalleled.
His deepest passion lies in guiding the next generation on the mats, especially his daughter. Booyah brings a unique blend of expertise and genuine enthusiasm to the kids' BJJ program, making each session a dynamic and empowering experience for young practitioners under his guidance.
Coach Booyah also assists in teaching our Adult BJJ program and presently holds the rank of Brown Belt under Edward Anthony.
Jordan "Bomb Cyclone" Scrom
Combat Conditioning Coach
Jordan is a combat sports athlete and a certified nutrition and weight management coach under 4-time world MMA Trainer of the Year and world-renowned nutrition and weight management coach, Mike Dolce. Dolce helped shape much of Jordan’s guiding nutrition principles and has worked with and overseen the nutrition and weight management of some of the world's highest level of athletes, such as Rhonda Rousey, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belford, Rampage Jackson, Duane Ludwig, and Thiago Alves, to name a few.
Jordan’s passion for nutrition came about through competition in weight-class-based sports. Being a competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as fighting in mixed martial arts, Jordan quickly sought to find the best possible nutrition strategy to give himself a competitive weight class advantage while not subscribing to any of the extreme starvation and dehydration tactics used by many in the industry. Jordan immediately sought to learn more, which led to him receiving his Dolce Diet coaching certification.
Adult Striking Coach,Tiny Titans Striking Coach and assistant Jiu Jitsu Coach
Dennis, a 30-year martial artist with 18 years of training in traditional Japanese Karate (Shito Ryu), holds first and second-degree black belts under karate legend, Fumio Demura. Through training camps and conferences with Dan “The Beast” Severn and Frank Shamrock, Dennis has had the amazing opportunity to learn from two of the best MMA competitors in the world.
As a veteran defensive tactics instructor for law enforcement, Dennis has also made it a point to always focus on quality, functionality, and reliability in training.
For the past ten years, Dennis has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is currently a purple belt under Ed Anthony. Dennis teaches the adult kickboxing class where he focuses on proper techniques. As a coach for the Tiny Titans striking class, he places a strong emphasis on discipline and practical application. Dennis is also an assistant instructor for the kids/teens jiu jitsu program and the pro MMA classes at Atlas headquarters.
Advanced Striking Coach
Tayvonne has been an active and skilled striker for the past 7 years, making a name for himself as a dedicated competitor. Currently competing as an amateur MMA Fighter under the nickname "TNT," he holds the coveted Reality Fighting ,AKBF Featherweight Titles and Cage Wars Bantamweight Title, maintaining an impressive record of 7-1.
In addition to his prowess in the cage, Tayvonne plays a vital role in preparing our students for diverse scenarios on their feet through kickboxing training. As a passionate Jiu-Jitsu competitor, "T" has notched up several victories, showcasing his versatility. Presently a Purple belt under the guidance of Edward Anthony, Tayvonne's dedication to both his accomplishments and mentoring the next generation is evident in his multifaceted contributions.