John F. Ralph, the Shihan (Master Instructor) of East Coast MMA, is a 10th degree Black Belt with over 34 years of Budo (martial arts) experience. This American Dojo (school) reflects the proper etiquette and hard training of a traditional dojo found on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Located in Aberdeen, New Jersey, in Monmouth County, East Coast MMA offers the student a unique and unforgettable journey through the world of Japanese American martial arts.
Sensei Thomas Corona is an instructor at East Coast MMA in Aberdeen New Jersey. Mr. Corona holds a 5th degree black belt and is a Chief Instructor. He has trained in Koju-Kai, Aikido and Kardo Jitsu Ryu Karate under the guidance of several distinguished Masters.
Sensei Botti has been training at East Coast MMA since 1998. Prior to that, Sensei Botti trained at Dojos in Cleveland, Ohio and Staten Island, NY. Sensei Botti was first an assistant instructor to Shihan John Ralph from 2000- 2002 and a senior instructor from mid 2002 to the present.
Sensei Tim Riesz has been training at East Coast MMA in Aberdeen, NJ since he was 8 years old. Taking time off during college years Sensei Riesz was eager to return as it was something that he missed while away. Now at age 30, he is a 4th degree Black Belt. At East Coast MMA Sensei Riesz has trained in various martial arts such as Kar Do Jitsu Ryu, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Haganah & Kick Boxing. Outside of the martial arts Sensei Riesz is a Physics Teacher at a nearby high school and a proud Eagle Scout. He accredits Shihan John with helping to inspire him to become both.