Mark Yehia, Head Instructor, Judo & Tu Jitsu

Mark Yehia Head Instructor, Elite Plus MMAMahmoud (Mark) Yehia is the founder and owner of Elite Plus MMA. Hailing originally from Egypt, Mark comes from an athletic family where his father was an internationally renowned handball and swimming instructor. Like his dad, Mark played handball, but also played other sports including basketball. It wasn’t until Mark entered college in 1986, however, that he would discover his passion and talent for Judo under under Sensei Hussaen El-sheiwy and Sensei Mohamed Sobea. In his first tournament, the Under 20 Juniors, Mark won his first gold regional medal and also earned a silver national medal. Later, Mark would earn a spot on the Egyptian National Judo Team where he would study under Sensei Ohero Yamamoto, an 8th degree black belt and Sensei Helmy Hussen. When Mark finished college he moved to Alexandria, Egypt and began to study under Sensei Samir Aziz and Sensei Waleed Abd El-haleem . After moving to the states in 1997 Mark continued his Judo training under Sensei Ryohei Kanokogi, a 7th degree black belt, and his wife Rusty Kanokogi eventually training under under Sensei Matsamora (8th degree black belt). In 2001, Mark expanded his fitness knowledge by obtaining his personal trainer title while working at Equinox and later at Crunch Fitness then Excelsior Club. In 2010, Mark developed a new fighting style (Tu-Jitsu) meaning the throwing way, which combines styles from Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling . Tu-Jitsu was featured in a tournament held at the annual MMA World Expo in 2010 alongside Renzo Gracie’s Annual BJJ tournament and Take On’s Muay Thai fights at the Jacob Javits Center. Mark now teaches Tu-Jitsu at Elite Plus MMA and hopes to inspire the MMA world to adopt this invaluable style for Mixed Martial Artists. Mark Holds his 4th degree black belt and was recently promoted to 6th degree black belt under Sensei Samir Aziz. Mark enjoys his family, diving and motorcycle riding.

Ramadan “Holy Man” Yasser, Boxing Instructor

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Learn the intricate skills of boxing from a 3-time Olympian and international boxing professional, Ramadan Yasser. With 368 international amateur bouts, Ramadan has competed at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004, and 2008, representing his native country Egypt. He currently holds 3 gold medals in the men’s middleweight division from the All-Africa Games in 1999, 2003, and 2007.
Ramadan joined Elite Plus MMA as an instructor in 2009 and has represented Elite Plus MMA in several professional boxing competitions- maintaining his professional undefeated boxing record of 8-0.


Colin Morgan, Boxing Instructor

colin morganColin Morgan is a world-renowned boxing trainer with more than thirty-six years of experience. Colin began his career as a boxer and fought professionally for eight years. Colin is an instrumental part of the New York boxing scene, with previous engagements with Gleason’s Boxing Gym, Crunch Fitness and Trinity Boxing Club in New York City. From 2004 to 2010, Colin trained professional fighters for Don King Productions and has trained world champions, including: WBC cruiserweight champion Wayne Braithwaite, WBC welterweight champion Andrew Lewis, WBO junior lightweight champion Gary St. Clair, Current WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones,  WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas.     Other top ten fighters Colin has trained include: Larry Donald, who defeated Evander Holyfield in 2005, Andrew Murray, who challenged Ike Quartey in 1995 for the WBA belt, Elvir Muriqi, who lost a close decision to Antonio Tarver in 2007 for IBO belt and in 2009, Colin trained Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor for the season finale of  “The Contender” boxing reality TV show.  From 2004 to 2010, Colin also trained current WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin to 21-0-16 KO and from 2010 to 2012, Colin trained Mike Perez, Luis Garcia and Alexei Callodo out of Watergrasshill Boxing Club, Co. Cork, Ireland. Colin has also trained numerous male and female amateur boxers, who have won Pan American gold Medals, US National Championship, and New York Golden Gloves Championship.

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