Coach Michael ODonnell (BJJ, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling)
Who am I?
I believe we are all on our own journey to find out the answer to that simple question?
I am a work in progress, my goal is to keep evolving into better version of my former-self, compressing new experiences of today with yesterday’s trues, to embrace the present and and plan for the possibilities of the future!
What am I?
Artist, Martial Artist and Head Coach and the Architect of Four Seasons Martial Arts experience!
-3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt ( Master Carlson Gracie Jr.)
-5th Level Black Sash Chinese Kung-fu (Master John Dufresne)
-Head Coach Four Seasons MMA Team
-President of Carlson Gracie Kentucky
-Kentucky’s First Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt
-ECC Pro MMA Title 2002
-Member of Team Gracie Vs.Team Hammerhouse 2006
-King of the cage veteran
-Official UFC trainer
-Kentucky Fighting Championship Hall of Fame 2010
-Gruesome MMA Lifetime Achievement award 2010
-Navy Seals Team Ten Combative’s Instructor 2010
-Bellator 30 Submission of the Night
Coach Mike Seals (BJJ, Submission Wrestling)
Mike has been studying martial arts for over 10 years. He started off studying Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Hapkido at the martial arts club at Miami University, achieving the rank of black belt in Tae Kwon Do there. He moved to Kentucky in 2007 and began studying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Judo, boxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling. He received the rank of black belt in BJJ in October of 2013 under Mike O’Donnell and Carlson Gracie Jr. He also has been training, coaching, and competing in mixed martial arts since September of 2010. As an amateur, he compiled an 8-0 record and is currently 3-2 as a professional as of November 30 2013.
Coach Darrin Van Horn (Boxing)
Darrin Van Horn is a 2 x world champion professional boxer. He won the IBF Junior Middleweight title in 1989 and later moved up in weight to win the Super Middleweight title in 1991. He retired in 1994 with a professional record of 53-3 (29 KOs). Since his retirement from fighting he has branched out into grappling and holds a purple belt in BJJ.
Coach Matt Silimperi (Submission wrestling)
Matt’s background in wrestling began with wrestling from ages 8 through 18 in Nazareth, PA. Recently he has helped coach the Bluegrass Stallions, a youth wrestling program in Lexington. He has trained at Four Seasons since 2005 and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He enjoys training and instructing different aspects/applications of what he has learned so when it comes back to him he has to evolve his game.
Coach Derek Ruiz (MMA and BJJ)
Derek has been involved with the martial arts since 1985, starting with boxing and Muay Thai as a young child. He began practicing MMA in 2001 and has competed at the amateur level with a winning record. He is a specialist in the striking arts, but has also studied wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Coach Tony Dismukes (BJJ)
Tony has been training in various forms of martial arts for over 35 years. He holds a black belt in BJJ as well as a black belt in Bujinkan taijutsu and an instructor’s license in Muay Thai. His focus is on jiu-jitsu as a practical means for self-defense and as a life-long tool for self-improvement. His thoughts on training can be found at bjjcontemplations.com. He can be contacted for private lessons at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Coach Paul Riley (BJJ)
Paul is a lifelong fan of the martial arts and has been training at Four Seasons since 2006. He holds a black belt in BJJ and is a specialist in the use of the guard. His website is http://www.rileyjitsu.com/.
Coach Anton Spektorov (Muay Thai)
Anton’s love for martial arts came from his dad and uncle; both of whom trained and competed in a variety of styles (Taekwondo, Karate, Boxing, Judo, Wrestling).
His first formal training was in Taekwondo at the age of 16, followed by Shaolin. As a freshman in college he started training in Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do. During that time Anton also did some Catch/Shoot Wrestling, BJJ and Kali/Silat Filipino martial arts, as well as Capoeira and some Wing Chun.
He holds 2 graduate degrees in Physics and Education, as well as an undergraduate in Mathematics, and uses that knowledge to learn and teach at a deeper level.
As a teacher, Anton is focused on the fundamentals of striking which, while more difficult to grasp, allow students to advance more quickly and with higher quality.
Coach Chris Sizemore (Submission wrestling)
Chris is an experienced competitor and coach in both MMA and wrestling. He also holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has travelled across North America to train at many prestigious gyms and learn different styles of fighting. His humility and willingness to learn lets him share his knowledge and help his students progress as he has.
Coach Ray “Charuto” Jordan Capoeira
Ray Jordan began his study of martial arts in 1994 at Kentucky State University under the tutelage of John “Shihan” Mason Jr. in the art of Che Lu. In 1996, Ray moved to Chicago and began training Capoeira under the instruction of Mestra Marisa Cordeiro with the group Gingarte Capoeira. In 1999 Ray returned to Kentucky State University with his knowledge of Capoeira and created Chi’Hoon All Powers Martial Arts Capoeira group on the campus while continuing his training with Gingarte. In 2003 Ray joined Cordão De Ouro and earned both his Capoeira nickname, “Charuto” and first belt in Capoeira through Cordão De Ouro. Since, Charuto has specifically trained and taught Cordão De Ouro while climbing the ranks to Monitor. Charuto has taught at several universities including KSU, Midway University and the University of Kentucky. Currently, Charuto teaches the art of Capoeira at Four Seasons Martial Arts in Lexington, Kentucky.
Coach Jessie Brown BJJ
Jessie first started studying martial arts in 2006, first in Aikido and then in American Kenpo. In 2008, she began her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey at Valhalla ETC in Santa Barbara, CA under Michael MacDonald where she received her purple belt in 2012. That same year, she moved to New Mexico and began training under Thomas Pless and Jesse Jacquez at Gracie Barra Santa Fe. She has continued her BJJ training at 4 Seasons in 2015 where she received her brown belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. and Michael O’Donnell in March of 2017. Jessie specializes in ground fighting with an emphasis in sport jiu-jitsu.
Coach Lucas Rainey BJJ
Lucas is a purple belt in BJJ and a successful competitor who has won multiple gold and silver medals in grappling tournaments.
Coach Reza Jalali Kyokushin Karate
Reza has 16 years of Karate experience; he holds 6th Dan black belt in Kyokushin Karate and the 2nd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. In 2014 he attended “100 Man Kumite” and completed 67 rounds in Iran. In 2005, Reza became champion of Iran in Youth National Championship of Shotokan Karate. He became champion of Middle East in Full Contact Kumite Kyokushin Karate in 2010, he later on received 2nd place in full contact Kumite Kyokushin Karate in Russia. Reza received his promotion to 6 degree black belt from the President of Kyokushin Karate Organization: Sensei Shokei Matsui. His website is http://rezajalalikarate.com/.
Many of the instructors at 4 Seasons are available for private lessons. You can contact them through the gym or on Facebook or as noted in their individual bios.