Master Andy DeJesus
Andy DeJesus III has been training in the martial arts for over 25 years. He is a 5th Dan Black Belt Master in Tae Kwon Do, a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Modern Arnis.
He has been fortunate enough to train with the best instructors in the world. His father Master Angel DeJesus, is a 7th Dan Black Belt and started Andy in Tae Kwon Do at the age of six. Andy currently is continuing the work of his fathers instructor Grand Master James B.C. Yu as the owner and head instructor of Ann Arbor Martial Arts. (Formerly B.C. Yu Martial Arts Center)
His Arnis Professor is Chuck Guass, one of only seven students in the world to earn the rank of Master of Tappi Tappi under Remy Pressas.
Andy started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu back when the only black belts were in California or Brazil. His current Jiu Jitsu professor is Ryan Fiorenzi, the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in Michigan. He has also trained in classes or seminars with all of the Machado Brothers (Carlos, Roger, Rigan, Jean Jacques, and John) Royce and Relson Gracie, Rico Chiparelli, John Donahue, Paulo Guillobel, former UFC Champions Ricco Rodriguez and Pat Millitech, Chris Hauter, Tyrone Gooden, Jamel McCurry and other notable grapplers.
Coach Danny McIntire
Danny McIntire holds a 10-4 Amateur MMA record and is the former XCC Featherweight Champion. He has trained in Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling.
Danny has an extensive competition background. He has amassed 5 state grappling competition titles in both gi and no-gi divisions, including a devastating performance at the 2006 Michigan Open, where he submitted all four opponents en route to the gold.
Danny has traveled to and trained at several of the top gyms in the country including The American Top Team and Xtreme Couture. Danny actively seeks training with elite level athletes to keep his ever growing game well rounded. Currently he trains with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts Ryan Fiorenzi and Tyrone Gooden.
He currently holds a Brown Belt in Machado Jiu Jitsu.
Danny McIntire Highlight Video.
Coach Anna Bewersdorf
Anna Bewersdorf began training under Andy in March 2006 without any previous martial arts experience. Participating in athletics the majority of her life she took quickly to the sport, entering several tournaments early in her career. Anna received her blue belt in the Machado BJJ system from Ryan Fiorenzi in January 2008 and was most recently promoted to purple in March of 2009 by blackbelts Ryan Fiornezi and Tyrone Gooden. As she approached her four year anniversary since stepping on the mat here’s what she has to say about Ann Arbor MMA:
“I came to this sport after college athletics, looking for a hobby to keep me in shape that was interesting and enjoyable. It changed everything, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is much more than just a sport it truly is a lifestyle. I have built a family here, of brothers and sisters that share all the hard work and dedication that goes into each training session.”
Anna began cross training in kickboxing and incorporated MMA into her training under Danny McIntire in summer 2008. She actively participates in each training camp for our competitive amateur and professional mixed martial arts team. Anna works with many area women to promote self defense and awareness for the benefits of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for women. Most notably co-instructing a monthly women’s gathering at East West Martial Arts with Sharon Schlief.