Eric Colón

Training in the martial arts since 1988 at the age of 15 years old

3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Fernando "Cabeça" Sarmento Jr

Master Instructor under former Bruce Lee student Richard Bustillo of the I.M.B. Academy and Chris Ascari. Instructorship includes; Kru Muay Thai, JeetKune Do, Doce Pares Escrima

Student Of World Champion fighter & trainer Kru Phil Nurse since 1996

Black Belt Doce Pares Escrima under Cacoy Cañete

Professional MMA & Muay Thai judge for NJ, Mohegan Sun and many more both in the US and internationally. Eric is recognized as one of many top MMA judges and more can be seen on

  • Judged all over the USA as well as Brazil, England, Ireland, N. Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Israel and Mexico.
  • Judged multiple MMA & Muay Thai shows including UFC, Bellator, Lionfight, Elite XC on CBS, Ring of Combat and many more.

North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Instructor of the Year 2001

Retired Professional MMA Fighter (last fight 2002)

Earned his brown belt for BJJ in the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in 2010 before he earned his Black belt in 2013. This was under Professor Sarmento Jr at Gracie Barra 5th Degree Black Belt Professor Nilton Ferreira's academy

Has traveled to Brazil extensively to expand BJJ knowledge and experience

Certified IBJJF Referee, NYC 2013, 2018

Trainer of many MMA, Muay Thai and BJJ fighters, both amateur and professional

Opened TDMMA in 1995 as one of the original MMA academies in New Jersey