UCA Coaches - Expert instruction

Owner & Head Coach: Marc Giordano

  

Marc has been involved in martial arts, wrestling, and fitness his whole life. Starting with TaeKwonDo at age six, and then quickly moving into wrestling, judo, boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through his adolescence. He took advantage of every opportunity to expose himself to the martial arts. 

 

Marc has competition experience in numerous forms of combat sports, is a black belt in Taekwondo under the WTF, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, former amateur MMA fighter, and experience as wrestling coach for New Hartford Sr. High School from 2008-2011. He has wrestled at the state, regional, and national level for both folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-roman style wrestling.

Marc has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for athletic performance for over ten years now, information and knowledge that he transfers into all of his coachings at UCA. 

 

Marc has been a cornerman in numerous MMA fights at both the amateur and professional level and continues to do so today. He is the head of the UCA fight team which has active fighters competing throughout NYS and the northeast region.

 
Always striving to advance his studies in martial arts, Marc is currently a student of third-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Professor Scott Schultz (under Marcos Santos and the Machado Brothers). In September of 2019, Marc was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt by Scott. The affiliation and relationship continue to grow and develop with Scott Schultz and his dojo Wolfmasters BJJ in Manlius, NY as well as Scott's affiliates, Marcos Santos BJJ, and the Machado Brothers BJJ. 

UCA Coaches

Brian Ough - BJJ

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Brian brings vast amounts of grappling experience to UCA. Brian is a brown belt under Jared Weiner of BJJ United. Brian is also a former wrestling coach with Mt. Markham peewee wrestling. Brian has served as a  corner-man at UFC 58, King of the Cage, and other professional MMA promotions/fights. 

Brian has extensive competition history. Besides wrestling, Brian has 2 amateur MMA bouts under his belt. In BJJ, Brian has placed several times in NAGA and multiple other grappling tournaments and also in 2 IBJJF PanAm gi tournaments.


Brian is an assistant coach for the adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, as well as the MMA program, and is the head coach for the youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Self-Defense program. 


Dan Burger - Kickboxing & Kali

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Dan has nearly 30 years of experience in multiple martial arts styles. Dan competed for 14 years 

In full-contact karate, American, Thai, and Sanda rules kickboxing and boxing. Dan has extensive training in both armed and unarmed martial arts and tactical defense systems. Dan is highly efficient at the practical use of the martial arts he studies and is a master at conveying the importance to each student he instructs.


Dan has spent much time training in the US and Canada with various groups in law  

Enforcement, Military, private security, and combat athletes, where he learned and compared the art styles, instruction, and potential uses for each art and has since developed his style of instruction to teach individuals with varying goals in their own journeys.


Dan is currently a member of law enforcement and has also spent the last 5 years working with behavioral youth. He also works using his talents with private security for local and national music events and clubs. Dan brings his experience to UCA and is very grateful for the opportunity to share his methods and practices of the martial arts.


  

  • 4th degree Black Belt Northern Go-Ju
  • Dan is 5th of only 6 Black Belts earned in the art of Aiki-Jitsu under Efren Reyes.
  • Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Certified Trainer n Pekiti-Tirsia & Affiliated with Pekiti-Tirsia International since 2001

Brian Stevens - Wrestling

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Brian brings both athletic, competitive, and coaching experience to UCA’s Wrestling program. Brian’s expert knowledge with wrestling styles, rule-sets, and athletic training not only helps with our wrestling program but also is a valuable skill set for our MMA fighters. Brian is always willing to help those get extra work in. Brian is just the guy to help those willing to become an elite wrestler and athlete.


Brian is currently competing at the open level in the open division. Brian’s athletic history includes wrestling for Holland Patent HS in NY. Brian is an NYS Tournament multiple-time qualifiers and has also placed runner up. Brian has also reached the impressive All-American level at the National Level. Brian has shown longevity with 20 years of combined experience.


Brian has close to a decade of coaching experience including assistant coach with Holland Patent HS and assists with the Rome Youth Wrestling Program. Brian has coached 2 athletes to multiple state championships. Brian has been with UCA as wrestling coach for 3 years and is the best you could ask for if you are looking to take your wrestling career to the next level.

Mirza "PJ" Libic - MMA Team, & Adults BJJ

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PJ has been involved in Martial Arts since childhood starting with Shotokan Karate in which he competed and train for years and eventually achieved the rank of black belt. He has been actively training in BJJ, and MMA for ten years now. 


PJ has experience in BJJ competition and recently achieved the status of Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under UCA head coach Marc Giordano, and Wolfmasters BJJ founder 4th degree Black Belt Scott Schultz. 


PJ is the assistant coach for the UCA fight team with Marc and is a tremendous asset to all the fighters, devoting extra time, mitt work, technical guidance, and more for them all. You will see PJ at the gym daily working hard, and helping everyone that walks in the doors become a better martial artist. 

Bob Gentile - Assistant Wrestling & BJJ coach

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Bob comes to UCA with an extensive background in folkstyle, freestyle, and Greco-roman wrestling well as a dynamic and growing BJJ background. Bob was a Section 3 Runner-Up for Whitesboro High School, and also had competition success in freestyle and Greco-roman wrestling on both the state and regional scene. Bob also has NCAA division 3 wrestling experience for SUNY Oswego. 


Bob has stayed busy in the local wrestling scene as a coach at all levels from pee-wees to high school and is s staple in the UCA wrestling and BJJ program as an assistant coach. Bob is also active and involved with cornering fighters on the UCA fight team and continues to be an asset for the grappling team.