With a combined total of close to 50 years of experience, Jerome McGlotten and Peter Atanasson are two highly decorated martial artists from the Baltimore area and bring a vast and multifaceted background of experience in training, teaching and competing in a multitude of different martial arts and combat sports.
Mr. Atanasson is a certified Gracie JiuJitsu instructor under Ryron and Rener Gracie, sons of Rorion Gracie who brought BJJ to the US and started the UFC, grandson’s of Helío Gracie who is considered by many to be the founding father of Brazilian JiuJitsu.
Pete also holds a 3rd degree black-belt in the original Aikikai lineage of Aikido and has considerable experience in several other disciplines as well, including ShinGiTai JiuJitsu, Pentjak Silat Serak and Chinese Boxing.
He has been fortunate to have met and studied with some true masters in several different systems and has also trained with and served as a sparring partner for a number of MMA and Muay Thai fighters and submission grappling specialists over the years.
He has an extensive background in athletics as a former high performance tennis coach, avid mountain biker and personal fitness trainer.
In 2016 he had the chance to assist in the Gracie Survival Tactics course teaching JiuJitsu to multiple Law Enforcement agencies – a very rewarding and insightful opportunity to spread the Martial Arts to those who truly need it and thereby potentially even save some lives. His training methods are practical and creative and he strives to bring out the best in his students. He is the director of our JiuJitsu program.
Mr. McGlotten is a certified Kru in the WTBA (World Thai Boxing Association) and holds multiple black-belts in Kung Fu and Karate as well as teacher status in Pentjak Silat Bukti Nigara.
He has competed in many Kickboxing, Karate, Western Boxing and Kung Fu tournaments all over the US as well as in Japan and Canada.
When competing in the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s Kru Jerome fought in over 100 tournaments winning state, national and world championships. He was also selected for the United States National Karate Team. After retiring from competition he taught at many different martial art schools; and conducted self-defense seminars for military, government, churches and private organizations.
He has a tremendous amount of experience in the ring as a fighter as well as a trainer. As a former Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps he is a great advocate of maintaining a high standard of physical fitness and healthy nutrition.
He has trained MMA and Muay Thai fighters as well as federal agents and military and DOD personnel and has a straight-forward, no-nonse approach to training while also being empathetic toward his student’s different backgrounds and individual needs. Jerome is the director of our Muay Thai program.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING
I am a busy Family Physician, so staying healthy is fundamentally important. I make time to train at Premier MMA because it’s fun, it’s a great way to stay in shape, and I feel ready for anything.Dr. Veronica DezaStudent
I am incredibly grateful to be studying Jiu Jitsu. The time I spend at classes are some of my favorite times of the week, and Pete is a huge part of that. In fact, I enjoyed studying Jiu Jitsu so much that I began studying Muay Thai with Pete as well. It wasn't long before Pete began to introduce some techniques from Akido and Silat into those classes.Dr. Jeff ReaStudent
If you are beginner to jiu-jitsu, like me, Pete is the perfect teacher to make learning jiu-jitsu fun. He is knowledgeable, patient, cerebral, skillful and professional. But the best thing about Pete is he is a genuinely good guy that's fun and talented teacher that's into his students' growth.John WhiteStudent
The classroom environment is really great. Everyone is willing to push you, but they are easy to get along with. Whether you are looking to fight in the ring or looking to train martial arts for fitness, self-defense, or to become an instructor, Jerome’s school has the style of classes that suit your needs.Kasey WhiteStudent
Premier MMA has what I’m looking for: Kru Jerome is an experienced fighter with many competitions under his belt, so the combinations he teaches are combinations that work. He provides individual attention, allowing me to perfect a technique when it’s not 100%, and also showing me variations of moves when they are more suited to my size. Premier Combat Academy has a convenient location, which means I can train several times a week.Dr. Veronica DezaStudent
I cannot recommend Pete highly enough. I really appreciate his friendly, relaxed, and patient teaching style. He has an impressive knowledge of multiple martial arts, but even more impressive is his ability to translate that knowledge into a form that even a beginning student can understand, and to show how the different styles that he teaches relate to each other and can be integrated together. Most importantly, Pete is one of those enthusiastic teachers whose great attitude toward his sport makes him a pleasure to learn from.Dr. Jeff ReaStudent
As an avid practitioner, Pete has the knowledge to answer your questions. His belief in cross training gives him a better understanding of each specific art. He has helped me improve my physical fitness, self defense, and philosophical understanding of the arts while making sure that I feel safe and respected at the club. You will not only get a great workout but learn how to handle yourself on the mat and on the real world.Tim SparklinStudent