Coach Potenza began training in the martial arts in 1981. In his 40+ years as a martial artist, he has trained in many styles including Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, BJJ, Close Quarter Combat, Military Combatives, American Vadha
Kempo Karate, Kung Fu, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Iaido, Iaijutsu, Kali, Escrima, & Aikido achieving Black
Belt rank (or equivalent) in the majority of them.
Coach Potenza began training in the martial arts in 1981.In his 40+ years as a martial artist he has trained in many styles including: Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, BJJ, Close Quarter Combat, Military Combatives, American Vadha Kempo Karate, Kung Fu, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Iaido, Iaijutsu, Kali, Escrima, & Aikido achieving Black Belt rank (or equivalent) in the majority of them. Some of his most notable ranks are:
Head Coach: Founder of Old School Grappling Catch Wrestling Association
Co- Founder Snake Pit USA Catch Wrestling Association
Catch as Catch Can Wrestling (Scientific Wrestling) Assistant Coach: ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL IN THE WORLD! Under legendary Catch Wrestling Coach Billy Robinson.
CSW Representative Instructor: Combat Submission Wrestling since 2000 under Sensei Erik Paulson.
1st Degree Black Belt Kodokan Judo: Under Sensei John Saylor
Shodan Iaido (Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu): Under Sensei Carl Long & Shimabukuro Hanshi
1st Degree Black Belt Aikido: Under Hanshi Amato
Degree Black Belt Karate: Under Hanshi Amato
1st Degree Black Belt Shingitai Jujutsu: Under Sensei John Saylor
3rd Degree Black Belt Kendo: Under Hanshi George Alexander, and the International Budokan Kendo Federation.
2nd Degree Black Belt American Vadha Kempo Karate, & Certified Instructor: Under Master John Salvaggio, (the systems founder).
Fifth Degree Black Belt and recognized founder of Integrated Fighting Systems: Under the Combat Martial Arts Practitioners Association.
Member of USA Wrestling, “New Jersey State Wrestling Association”
Certified USA Wrestling Coach: Copper and Bronze levels certified
Certified U.S. Army MACP (Modern Army Combative Program) Level 2 Tactical Instructor: Under the U.S. Army’s 98th Div Combative Cadre, Fort Dix, NJ
Wrote the UFS Air Force TTP – Response to an active shooter in an office environment.
**COACH POTENZA IS AN EIGHT TIME MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE**
World Karate Union Hall of Fame 2000- Instructor of the year: American Vadha Kempo Karate.
Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall Of Fame 2001- Excellence in teaching Martial Arts.
I.A.M.A. Hall of fame 2001- Instructor of The Year: Kendo – Iaijutsu
USA Hall of Fame – 2004 – instructor of the Year: Grappling
USA Hall of Fame – 2005 – Founder of the year – Integrated Fighting Systems.
Budo International Hall of Fame -2005- Instructor of the Year: Mixed Martial Arts
Action Hall of Honors 2009 – Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts
Newbreed Fighters Hall of Fame 2011
**SOME OF HIS MOST NOTABLE TITLES**
- 2 TIME Vadha Kempo Karate Mixed Martial Arts elimination Tournament Champion:
1st Place -Heavy Weight Brown Belt division
1st Place – Heavy Weight Black Belt division.
Super Heavyweight Submission Grappling World Champion: “2002 USKBA Action Sport World Championship.”
Submission Fighting Heavyweight Champion: “2003 Gathering of Warriors.”
Knife Fighting Champion: “2004 “Gathering of Warriors”.
Knife Fighting Champion :“2005 “Gathering of Warriors the Summit”
1st Place Champion in 3 divisions: “The Gathering of Warriors 2005 International Tournament” in Manila, Philippines:
Gold Medal – Long Sword
Gold Medal – Sword & Dagger
Gold Medal – Knife Fighting.
1st Place Champion in 3 divisions “2006 Masters of the Blade:”
Gold medal – Long Sword
Gold Medal – Stick & Knife
Gold Medal – Knife Fighting
2006 S.I. JUDO INVITATIONAL
1st Place – Division Champion
He was also the Head Coach for 98th Division Combative team – 2012 All Army Combative Tournament at Ft. Hood Texas & 2012 Division Tournament at Ft Dix NJ.