IPPON JUDO & JUJITSU
Dominic is a seventh-degree black belt who has been involved in judo for over 50 years. In that time, he has achieved success both as a competitor and as a coach. As a competitor, Dominic won three state titles, competed on the national and international level, and was named most outstanding senior competitor in the nation in 1987. He has also coached 22 state champions, is a master certified rank examiner, and has served as the United States Judo Association development director for the state of Georgia.
Derek has practiced martial arts since the age of three. He holds a second-degree black belt in jujitsu, and a third-degree black belt in judo. In judo, Derek has accumulated numerous national medals, including two national championships. He was a member of the 2011 and 2012 United States Jr. Worlds teams, as well as the 2012 Jr. Panam team. Derek was also a successful wrestler, who won two high school state titles for Sandy Creek High School, and was a three time All-American at Mercer University.
Mark began his martial arts journey with Ippon in 2003. He holds rank in both judo and jujitsu, a first-degree black belt and a third-degree black belt, respectively. As a judoka, Mark has experience as a competitor, and is a certified in Nage No Kata. He is a patient instructor with a deep knowledge of the Danzan Ryu curriculum, and is great at conveying his knowledge to new students.
Steve began training at Ippon in 2008, and is currently a third-degree black belt. He has a background in Kempo Karate, and provides excellent instruction in the striking portions of our curriculum. Steve is also an avid student of BJJ, and loves bringing different grappling perspectives to the dojo in the form of new techniques and applications.