J COLEMAN: J.Coleman has been training in Martial Arts for over 20 years begining at the age of seven. He has studied Jiu-Jitusu, Judo, Kempo, Uechiryu, Wing Chun and Philipino stick fighting.He began studying jiu jitsu around the age of ten and at eighteen years he choose to focus soley on Jiu-Jitsu. He holds a black belt in Shorijimatokendo (Japanese system encompassing, grappling, self defense, and judo) under the training of John Bannon (4th Dan Jiujitsu, black belt in Judo) and Rob Rivers (5th Dan), Coleman is also second degree black belt in Judo under Master Quoc Dung (6th Dan) , and a brown belt in Kempo. He started his own school in VA with Dave Kang (brown belt) in 2002 and in 2006 he founded Capitol Combat Sports in Washington DC. In 2008 Capitol Combat named Stefano Tempelton (Sukata Jiu-Jitsu) honorary Professor, with Dave Kang and Val Penascino (formerly of Alive BJJ in Japan) as co-instructors with Coleman as head coach and instructor .
VAL PENASCINO : From the first time he saw the Karate Kid Val knew he wanted to do martial arts. After dabbling in the more traditional forms of Karate, Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do, his search for a more practical art was satisfied when he began studying grappling and kickboxing in 2000. From 2001 to 2005 Val lived and studied in Japan where he had the opportunity to train in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, mma, and grappling with a number of professional fighters who have competed in K-1, Pancrase, Pride, and Shooto. While in Japan, Val competed on the amateur Shooto mma circuit going 2-0.
Val has been with CCS since March of 2007 running the striking/mma and helping out with jiu jitsu classes.
STEFAN TEMPLETON: Bio Coming Soon: In the meantime, you can hear about Stefan's humanitarian work in the Sudan, and the book they are writing about him on NPR.
JUAN: Bio Coming Soon
DAVE KANG: Bio Coming Soon