Our Instructors

Award Winning, Nationally Recognized Adult Program Instructors and

Tong Dragon Mixed Martial Arts instructors offer advantages that are second to none. 
They are professionally trained instructors that receive continual instruction on a weekly
basis from Master Instructor Eric Colón on how to teach. Besides their
combined years of training, 4 different levels of black belt and years of
learning how to teach professionally, they are also fantastic competitors.
This includes 2005, 2006 AND 2007 Pan American Champions, 2001 & 2004
NAGA Instructors of the Year, 2 Time Amateur MMA Champion, 2003 Hall of
Fame Master Instructor, National ranked wrestler and countless belts and
awards. Eric Colon and also his student Jon Bilyk have also been a judge for
The Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC 78, UFC 101, UFN 20, UFC 111 &
UFC 128), Strikeforce, IFL Championships and IFL events, Elite XC, Bellator
FC, Ring of Combat and many more promotions. Their comittment is to
passing on their knowledge and experience in a professional classroom atmosphere.


Eric Colon
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Fernando "Cabeca" Sarmento Jr.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Fernando Cabeca began his training in 1987 in Salvador BA. Brazil. In 1990, he moved to Rio where he trained in many Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Judo schools.
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Liam Kerrigan
Liam Kerrigan began his training at Tong Dragon MMA in 1995. Kerrigan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Professor Sarmento Jr. He is the owner and chief instructor at Stafford Mixed Martial Arts.
Liam has an amateur fighting record of 5-1-1 amateur MMA, 1-1 amateur boxing, and 2-0 amateur Muay Thai. He also has won 2 Amateur MMA 159lb Championship titles. He currently holds a pro MMA record of 3-2-1. Mr. Kerrigan has changed his role playing from being the fighter to a referee. Mr. Kerrigan is a Referee for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.
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Bill Britton
Bill Britton is a 4th degree Black Belt with Tong Dragon MMA and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Fernando Sarmento Jr. Bill has competed in both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments and Amateur Muay Thai.
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Michelle Agustin
Michelle began her martial arts training in 2004 here at Tong Dragon. Those arts include Muay Thai, Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Doce Pares Escrima and Jeet Kune Do.
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Keith Holland
Keith Holland is a Brown Belt in BJJ under Professor Sarmento jr. He was won many tournaments including Gold in the IBJJF Pan Ams as both a white belt and Blue Belt.
Jon Bilyk
Jon Bilyk is a Brown Belt in BJJ under Professor Sarmento Jr. He also is a 3rd degree Black Arm band & MMA Black Belt. Jon has competed in both amateur MMA and Muay Thai. Jon is also a Professional MMA judge for the state of NJ. He has judged many events including UFCs, Strikeforce, Ring of Combat and many more.
Joseph Valentino
Joseph has been a student of Tong Dragon MMA since he was 7 years old. He is a 3rd degree Black Belt Arm Band. Joey is also a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Fernando Sarmento Jr.
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Jayvier Mills
Jayvier Mills has been training since 2008. He is a 1 st degree black belt & arm band. He is also an blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Fernando “Cabeça” Sarmento Jr. Jayvier has competed in many Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Grappling tournaments. He won Bronze in the 2015 IBJJF Pan Ams in both his division and the Open Division. He also has wrestled for Lacey High School.
Brian Swarthout
Brian Swarthout is one of Tong Dragon’s original students. He began at age 4 and has trained non-stop since. He is a 4 th degree Black Belt & Arm band and a Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Fernando “Cabeça” Sarmento Jr. Brian has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Grappling & Stick Fighting tournaments throughout the years. He also has traveled to Thailand to train Muay Thai
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Ashleigh Toughill
Ashleigh Toughill began her training in 2008. She is a Black Belt & Black Arm Band. She is also a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Fernando ‘Cabeça” Sarmento Jr. She has competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments which includes Gold & Silver wins. She has an associate’s degree in Biology and a Bachelors Degree of Science in Biology.