At American Top Team in Watertown, NY we pride ourselves on having the best coaching staff in upstate New York for MMA and BJJ. We are fortunate enough to have the great coaching and mentorship of two very high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors.

We aim to give the best instruction that we can to our students and athletes so that they may reach their goals to succeed not only in the gym but also outside of it.


Co Owner/ Head Instructor

As a current MMA fighter with over 30 professional MMA fights, Marc brings a wide range of knowledge to our gym. As a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Jordan Damon and Israel Gomes, he has won 2 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu National championships and enjoyed an undefeated professional Muay Thai career. Marc’s long list of experience make his instruction unlike any other instruction you’ll receive in the area. Some of these experiences include:

  • Wrestled division 1 at the University at Buffalo
  • Freestyle and greco roman wrestling state champion
  • Greco roman wrestling all american
  • Ufc, Strike Force, Bellator veteran
  • Cfx welterweight champion
  • Ring of Combat middle weight champion
  • Faster KO in Ultimate fighter history season 12
  • Founder American Fighting Alliance
  • Founder American Grappling Alliance


Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Paul is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt focused on solid fundamental instruction, along with bringing back the best techniques from frequently attended seminars and private lessons taken with a variety of world class black belts. He started his training under Jordan Damon and Marc Stevens in 2010 and has been a dedicated student of the art for both self-defense and sport application. Paul has competed in grappling tournaments all over the Northeast, and in 2013 he was ranked #1 nationally for both gi and no-gi in the NAGA directors division. As an added benefit to students with their fundamentals, he maintains as an online resource.


Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing Instructor
Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach

Rick currently trains and instructs at American Top Team Watertown. As a student of Muay Thai, Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Rick is becoming a well rounded fighter with multiple skill sets. Currently undefeated in amateur MMA fights, Rick’s goal is to fight professionally in Mixed Martial Arts. His high energy up tempo classes, provide his students with a great cardio workout while receiving quality instruction. Aside from Muay Thai and kickboxing instruction, Rick is available for private workout sessions in various strength and conditioning formats.


Wrestling Instructor and New York Top Team Wrestling Team Leader

Ryan has been a staple in American Top Team’s wrestling program the past few seasons. He has been instrumental in the development of New York Top Team chartered USA Wrestling school. Ryan’s knowledge and passion for the sport is essential in the development of his wrestlers into competition ready athletes. Some of his accolades include:

  • 2 time Michigan Athletic Association High School Championships place finisher
  • Multiple time All-State Michigan wrestler in Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco Roman Wrestling
  • Freestlye Wrestling All-American
  • 2 time US Army Contest of Champions Winner
  • Undefeated in BJJ (intermediate) with a 12-0 record


Head Boxing Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer

As the head of the American Top Team Watertown Boxing program Joee brings an extensive boxing knowledge to his class instruction. Beginning his training in 2006, he became the 2007 Golden Gloves Winner shortly after in 2007. Joee’s fasted paced classes mold top notch technique instruction with high intensity cardio and sparring sessions. This is the boxing class everyone is talking about!