ULTIMATE MMA IN CT: A TRUE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY

At Ultimate MMA & Jiu-jitsu Training Center instructors are  fully trained and possess multiple style backgrounds to help us complete a TRUE Mixed Martial Arts Academy. We provide a safe, clean, enjoyable environment where students can the learn the techniques necessary to advance not only physically, but mentally. We view all of our members as part of the Ultimate MMA team and encourage members to support each other both in class and outside the academy.

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PROF. ANDREW CALANDRELLI

Andrew, our main instructor, is known throughout the United States. He has earned three national grappling titles and numerous first place finishes in both NAGA and GRAPPLERS QUEST. Andrew is considered one of the top grapplers and MMA Fighters on the East Coast. He currently holds the USKBA North East Championship at 175lbs.

  • IBJJF Certified 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • USA Boxing Certified Coach 
  • Pro MMA Fighter
  • Current Bellator Fighting Championships Fighter
  • 2014 IBJJF No Gi World Championships Black Belt Masters Bronz Medalist 
  • IBJJF Certified Referee
  • USKBA North East MMA Champion
  • 3 Time Grapplers Quest US National Champion
  • 8 Time NAGA Grappling Champion
  • Trained MUAY THAI under Kru Mark DellaGrotte in MA, Master Toddy in LV & Ultimate Gym in NYC 
  • Former  Amateur Boxer 
  • 4th Degree Black Belt in TMA

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COACH BLAIR TUGMAN

Blair is our wrestling instructor and a 4X NJ Freestyle State Champion and a former DI wrestler at Lock Haven University, Abu Dhabi Combat Club veteran, and current Pro MMA Fighter, Blair’s background is packed with what it takes to be a well-rounded fighter.

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • Pro MMA Fighter
  • Current Bellator Fighting Championships Fighter
  • BoDog Fight Veteran
  • 2007 Abu Dhabi Worlds Veteran
  • D1 Wrestler for Lock Haven University
  • AAU Freestyle Grand National Champion
  • 2X Top 10 Finish at Freestyle Junior Nationals
  • 5X Team NJ Freestyle Member
  • 4X NJ Freestyle State Champion
  • 3X NJ Scholastic State Place Finisher
  • 4X NJ HS Region Champion/Place Finisher
  • 4X NJ HS District Champion

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MARISA MESSER-BELENCHIA

Marisa is our Women’s Only Boot Camp instructor and one of our assistant kid’s class instructors. With her competitive background in fitness competition and personal training she has quickly adapted her skills to rank among the top women in the grappling scene. She is not just one of the best female competitors in BJJ in Ct she is one of the best females in the world. 

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
  • Head Kids instructor ages 4 to 7
  • Women’s Only Boot Camp Head Trainer
  • 2012 NAGA New York Grappling Championships Gold Medalist Gi and No Gi
  • 2013 3x NAGA Gold Medalist No Gi
  • 2013 2x Grapplers Quest Adv. Div Gold Medalist No Gi
  • 2014 Tap Cancer Out Blue Belt open weight Gi Champion 
  • 2014 IBJJF NY Summer Open Blue Belt Gi Champion
  • 2015 IBJJF NY Spring Open Blue Belt No Gi Champion 
  • 2015 NAGA Connecticut Expert division Champion
  • 2015 Western New England 119lb Female Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2015 NEW ENGLAND 119lb Female Golden Gloves Champion  
  • 2016 IBJJF NY Spring Open Purple Belt No Gi Champion
  • 2016 IBJJF NY Summer Open Purple Belt No Gi Champion
  • 2016 Gleason’s New York City Boxing Tournament Champion
  • Current Open Class Amateur Boxer
  • Current Undefeated Amateur  MMA Fighter
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Competitor: Fitness Atlantic Top 5 – 2011 and Competed 2012