Testimonials

What students are saying.

Pete has been my coach for several years. He is an awesome instructor!

As I have studied the martial arts he has always had a way to explain the technique, philosophy, and connections that makes it easy to grasp. For a beginner, he is able to breakdown techniques that are easy to understand. For an advanced student, he shows you nuances that put it all together.

He is a coach that you want in your corner. Pete is approachable, honest, dedicated to your training. He pushed me to expand my training not just in one discipline but to three!

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.

If you are fortunate to train under Coach Pete you will not only get a great workout but learn how to handle yourself on the mat and on the real world.

Tim Sparklin

Student

When I was considering whether to begin studying Gracie jiu jitsu at the age of 40, I was excited, but I had some concerns. The last time I had played any contact sports was in college – after working for years in a sedentary job, would I be able to keep up with the pace and physicality of the class?

That was over a year ago. Today I am incredibly grateful to be studying Gracie 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.

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 Rea

Student

I have been training Muay Thai for almost 8 years, and have been to a number of schools.

Premier MMA has what I’m looking for:

  1. Kru Jerome is an experienced fighter with many competitions under his belt, so the combinations he teaches are combinations that work.
  2. Kru Jerome 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.
  3. Premier MMA has a convenient location, which means I can train several times a week.

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.

Veronica Deza, MD

Student

I first joined Jerome’s school 4 years ago when it started opening up. After lifting weights at the gym for several years, I wanted a different routine. I started off by taking all of the classes available as often as I could. What really sets apart Jerome’s school is the teaching style of the classes. First we learn how to use the technique on people before you practice shadow boxing the art form. You learn the technique, but you also learn when to use it. Another focus on the school is conditioning. Be prepared to get in shape. Don’t worry we all had to start somewhere, but if you come consistently then you will get in the best shape of your life and maintain that fitness. 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 White

Student

If you are beginner to jiu-jitsu, like me, Pete is the perfect teacher to make learning jiu-jitsu fun. The knowledge I gain from the sessions with Pete makes group jiu-jitsu classes more fun. Young, fit, athletic people can just tough it out through the white belt days of feeling exhausted and confused on the mat until they start to “get it”. I am not young, fit or particularly athletic but with Pete’s help I am in the learning zone. I am thinking about the concepts and the movements. I feel less awkward and more fit as I am learning. Pete 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 White

Student

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