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Tinsley Family Martial Arts

Martial Arts Instruction in Elizabeth City & Hertford, NC

Instructor Bio: Donnie Tinsley

Donnie Tinsley is a native to the Albemarle area.  He was born in Elizabeth City, NC and has taught and trained locally since 1994. He is a Christian Martial Artist with three children of his own, two of which who actively train in the Martial Arts. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology and teaches scientific approach to Martial Arts.   He has studied Taekwondo for 2/3's of his life and along that journey developed a passion for teaching and studying all Martial Arts.  He is a certified referee with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and also sits on the national board of the American Combat Alliance Mixed Martial Arts Sanctioning Body.  In addition to his college and martial arts education, Coach Tinsley is also a Certified Personal Trainer with the ISSA (International Sports Science Assocation). Below is a list of instructors he has trained with and gained experience as well as his ranking in the various arts.  Feel free to contact any of these people directly to verify Master Tinsley's credentials.  In addition to group classes at Tinsley Family Martial Arts, Coach Tinsley also offers Personal Training and Private Lessons to suit any specialized needs.  He is the only CPT in the area who is dually Certified to teach Muay Thai and Brazlian Jiu-jitsu. To schedule private lessons click here.


Main Instructors:

Grand Master Missy Cann - 7th Dan Belt Kukkiwon Taekwondo

Master Luiz Palharez - 7th Dan Red/Black Belt Gracie Jiu-jitsu

Muay Thai University - Ajurn Buck Grant


Current Ranks:

Taekwondo-4th Dan Black Belt Master awarded 2011

Luiz Palhares Gracie Jiu-jitsu -3rd Degree Brown Belt - awarded November 2015

Kru Muay  - Buck Grant Muay Thai University


Current Affiliations:

ISSA International Sports Science Association

NC AAU Taekwondo

Kukkiwon

Team Luiz Palharez Gracie Jiu-jtsu

Muay Thai University


Events:
Founded and promoted 11 MMA Events with the Amateur Fight League AFLMMA
Coached as a corner man in 4 Tough Man Events

Coached 3 AFL MMA Champions 

Coached 1 King of the Ring Champion

Coached 1 Modern Gladiators Champion

Fought in Battle of the Beach MMA
Fought IKF Full Contact Kickboxing

Fought Muay Thai Modern Gladiators FC

Placed 2nd CDKA Taekwondo Nationals 2009

Placed 2nd Monster Cup Jiu-Jitsu Expert Gi Championship 2014

Placed 2nd NAGA VA Beach Expert Gi Division 2013

IBJJF 2015 Atlanta Winner Open - 3rd Brown Belt Division

and more...


Attended seminars:

Pat Miletich

Bas Rutten

Benny Urquidez

Chuck Liddell

Jens Pulver

Spencer Fisher

Prof. Morrision Butler

Prof. Jim Abrille

and more...