Head coach Jamie Ridgeway began his martial arts journey at age 12 with Tae Kwon Do, eventually earning a red beltin TKD and a black belt in karate. He also spent two years on a boxing team.
In 2012 Coach Jamie was a guest coach on the TV show The Ultimate Fighter for Team Sonnen. He successfully competed at a high level for years in both Muay Thai and karate, but today his true passion is changing lives through the martial arts. Some students dream of competing in MMA, submission grappling and kickboxing, a dream that he has helped many students achieve as Team RAM has grown into one of the largest and most successfulcompetition teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. Other students simply hope to get into the best shape of their lives, to learn how to defend themselves in an emergency, and to build lasting friendships. No matter what his students’ background and goals, he is dedicated to helpingthem reach their potential and have fun in the process.
Caleb McAllister has been training for more than 10 years and came to the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts in 2006. He began working here as an assistant coach several years later.
Caleb loves competition in all forms, and has competed successfully in a variety of different martial arts. MMA is by far his biggest athletic passion, however; so far he has accumulated a record of 5-2 as an amateur and 3-1 as a pro. He has finished his opponent in less than seven minutes in all of his pro victories.
Caleb began learning martial arts for several different reasons. Most importantly, he says, he believes God gave him the passion for it, and that motivates him to work as hard as he can to reach his potential. Plus, he says martial arts training is as close as he can get to actually having superpowers. His wife Rachel says he’s only half kidding!
An active member of his local church, Caleb calls his faith the most important part of his life. When he is not training, Caleb works as a freelance writer. He also enjoys reading and traveling with Rachel.
Coach Chris Jaggars began studying martial arts in the mid-1990s. So far, he has earned his black belts in both Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Thai kickboxing/Total Defense.
Coach Jaggars currently holds a 1-0 record in MMA via TKA in the second round, but he loves studying martial arts primarily for the personal challenge and for the ability to pass his abilities on to others.
He currently teaches both Muay Thai and gi Gracie Jiu Jitsu classes. Coach Jaggars’ incredibly precise, technical approach to teaching makes him an invaluable resource for students of any level!
JULIE RIDGEWAY FIELDS
Coach Julie began her martial arts journey in 2006 for quite a few different reasons – not the least of which was her brother Jamie’s encouragement!
The years to follow would see Coach Julie earn a black belt in Muay Thai kickboxing/Total Defense, as well as a blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. She has now been teaching Muay Thai and Total Defense for several years. She says she thoroughly enjoys passing along the knowledge and abilities she has gained as a martial artist, especially to other women and children who could greatly benefit from learning practical self-defense.
In addition to her martial arts training, Julie has also competed in roller derby, through which she met her husband Ryan. When she is not training or teaching, Coach Julie enjoys spending time with her family, kettlebell training, and reading.
Ben Shaw has been training martial arts for over a decade. He has trained with top level martial artists in areas of street self-defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He received his blue belt from Marcelo Garcia and his purple belt from Jamie Ridgeway.
Israel started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in late 1999. He trained at the Hybrid Martial Arts Academy where he earned his black belt under Pedro Sauer.
• Competed In many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament at the White, Blue, Purple, Brown and Black.
• From Naga, US Grappling to any tournament that was available at the time.
• Was one of the individuals that started the BJJ Club at Liberty University.
• Trained at Hybrid Martial Arts where I was eventually able to earn my black belt with Pedro Sauer.
• I have worked in a Payroll company, Manufacturing, Coal, Farming, and Healthcare as Tax Specialist, Staff Accountant, Controller, Financial Analyst. Like in Jiu-Jitsu I like to find the Efficiency and Effectiveness of business.
• Enjoy watching the progress of the individual as I like to teach the Efficiency and Effectiveness of BJJ and the art.
• Enjoy teaching the simplistic aspects of Jiu-Jitsu to the complex of timing and weight.
• Currently, lives in Lynchburg, VA and is a proud member of RAM.
Mark has nearly 40 years of Martial Arts experience including MMA, Combat Submission Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kali, Taekwondo, and more! Arthur is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Pedro Sauer, a 3rd degree black belt in our Total Self-Defense Program, and a full instructor in Combat Submission Wrestling.