For decades our instructors have worked, studied, and trained together to create a robust curriculum that integrates cardio, strength training, yoga, and a variety of martial art styles.
Mr. Crow is a proud veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Mr. Crow used the core values that were instilled in him in the United States Army to create the foundation of Affinity Martial Arts. Mr. Crow has trained for over 20 years in varied martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do, Kyokushin Kai, karate, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Crow received his Black Belt Kickboxing from Master Mike Rifkin. Mr. Crow holds a Level 1 Boxing Certification from USA BOXING and is a New Jersey Police Training Commission Certified Instructor. Mr. Crow is a Corporal with the Ocean County Department of Corrections. Mr. Crow also holds an Associate of Science General Studies Degree with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Ocean County College. When he’s not working you can find him spending quality time with his children, family, and friends.
Master Rifkin is a 6th degree Blackbelt in Full Contact kickboxing, 4th degree Blackbelt in American Mixed Karate, and is a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Master Mike has been training in MartialArts for 38 years. He has trained and holds ranks in Philipino Martial Arts, Jeet Kune Do, Kenpo, and various other styles. Master Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our students.
Registered Yoga Teacher
As a nurse, Tara truly understands the importance of keeping the body moving. She was always very active and enjoyed working out. She tried yoga in her early 20’s but didn’t care for it at that time. Years later when she was training in Muay Thai kickboxing, she was mandated to take a weekly yoga class. Begrudgingly, she did what she was told and that’s when she realized yoga was not as bad as she had thought earlier. Soon, even her daughter started going to class. “It wasn’t long before I realized that yoga was making me stronger and more flexible. But most importantly, I was having fun, learning about myself, and spending quality time with my daughter. Yoga has truly made me a better person and a better parent.” Tara took the leap in 2014 to take part in a yoga teacher training program and earned her 200-hour certification. She has been teaching men, women, and children of all shapes and sizes ever since.
Front desk & nutritional counseling
Chelsea is an AAAI & ISMA certified Sports Nutrition Consultant. Ms. Chelsea is also a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Ms. Chelsea assists our students to gain the most out of their fitness and nutrition goals.
Carlos Machado Jiu Jitsu Association
Carlos Machado is a multi Hall of Fame Instructor of Jiu Jitsu and known in Texas and the Southwest region of the United States as the “Godfather of Jiu-Jitsu”. Before Carlos Machado relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area, nobody was teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Today most of the BJJ lineage in the Southwest area can today be traced back to Carlos Machado. A proud father of 4 teenage kids and husband, Carlos Machado is currently a Coral Belt and is the head of one of the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organizations in the world, RCJ Machado and Carlos Machado Jiu-Jitsu Associations.
One of the main goals of Master Carlos Machado is to simply make the “Average Student, Above Average”. His mission is also to teach his instructors to be the best they can be by mentoring them and instilling in them a solid foundation on many levels, which will greatly benefit not only their own students but also themselves individually on and off the mats. This foundation will ultimately enable the successful operation of the many premium Carlos Machado Jiu Jitsu Academies in the United States and around the world.
Affinity Martial Arts is a proud member of the Carlos Machado Jiu Jitsu Association.