Instructors

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.

Founder

Jon Crow

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.

 

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Master

Michael Rifkin

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.

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Instructor

Thom Dimecco

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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.

RC-Affinity Martial Arts is a proud member of the Carlos Machado Jiu Jitsu Association.

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