Head Coach: BJJ Blackbelt/UFC Veteran
Mike C. teaches 99% of the classes at Cies MMA, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the mats each day. To start Mike earned his blackbelt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the world renowned Jiu Jitsu legend, 8th degree Coral Belt,Master Sergio Pehna back in 2015. Before this, he had earned his blackbelt in the Miletich Fighting System, UFC Champion & Hall of Famer, Pat Miletich.
Mike foster's a learning environment for all skill levels, but if the aspiration is competition he truly walks the walk. He is the only instructor in Colorado Springs, who is both a blackbelt in BJJ and has fought in the UFC. Not once but twice, Mike stepped foot in the UFC octagon, winning one of the bouts via heel hook (BJJ Submission). Mike's MMA record at retirement was 20-4-1, proving his knowledge and expertise in a practical application.
Come learn straight from a UFC Vet!
ASSISTANT/WOMEN'S ONLY JIU JITSU COACH: KING OF THE CAGE VET, MMA TITLE HOLDER, BJJ PURPLE BELT, MULTIPLE TIME GOLD MEDALIST (BJJ), MILITARY VETERAN
Barb has been a part of Cies MMA since it opened in 2016, but started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA in 2012. She is currently 4-2 as an MMA fighter, 135lb Champion for Fusion Fight League, and has won over 25 gold medals in various Jiu Jitsu Tournaments. Barb has experience fighting in Muay Thai, and doing Pro Jiu Jitsu matches as well.
Barb is the head coach of the Women's Only BJJ program, that was founded by her in 2018. Since it's inauguration over 30 new girls have made Cies MMA their home. The class she teaches is perfectly tailored for Women of all skill levels! Come try a class with another coach who has been battle tested in real life and competition settings.
COACH "Smitty" Wilkinson
Coach Smitty joins us from Brazilian Top Team where he has an impressive striking resume. He was a professional MMA fighter, but he also has earned the rank of Black Belt in November 2020. Professor Smitty is willing to help members with Jiu Jitsu or striking, you can find him among our team training or helping our vast list of competitors get ready for their upcoming bouts. Smitty is also a proud Veteran of the Air Force boasting experience in the Air Force Combative's program as well. We are lucky to have Smitty here helping us for the next calendar year!