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Rolando Haddad

Krav Maga and MMA

Robert Dietz

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Helio Soneca

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Abdul Jarvis

Boxing and Rock Steady

John Wortley


Meghan Herp

Krav Maga and CoreFit

Terri Blair

Fundamentals Boxing

Justine Kish

Muay Thai

Brent Weedman

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing




Rolando Haddad, founder of Core Combat Sports, is also a Krav Maga black belt, BJJ black belt, Fit to Fight member and successful MMA, grappling and kickboxing competitor. Rolando pioneered Krav Maga in the region over a decade ago, making Core the only true self-defense facility in Louisville. As a result of our rigorous standards, all of Core’s elite Krav Maga Instructors are required to go through national grading, and to have proven themselves as an extremely adept student of Krav Maga.



Name: Robert Dietz
Class(es) Teaching: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Significant Accomplishments:
Level of Expertise: Black Belt in BJJ
How Long Have You Been Training?: I started training in the sport in 1998 with a Rickson Gracie affiliate and later a Pedro Saur affiliate.
How Long Have You Been Teaching?: I started teaching in 2004 for Rolando at Core.



Name: Helio Soneca
Class(es) Teaching: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Significant Accomplishments: Numerous world championships; Soneca is currently a 5th Dan and known as one of the best fighters and Masters in the world. He is also one of the founders of Gracie Barra, currently the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the world. Has trained names like Vanderlei Silva, Alan Belcher and Michel Safi.
Level of Expertise: 5th Dan
How Long Have You Been Training?: Since I was 9 years old.
How Long Have You Been Teaching?: Over two decades.

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Abdul Jarvis is a top level boxing coach and has coached boxing and kickboxing for 22 years.

Abdul has developed 5 golden gloves champions and 2 world champions..

He started boxing and kickboxing at 9 years old, competing in 30 amateur matches and winning the golden gloves in 1978.   Abdul suffered a major setback in 1985  when e was hospitalized for one year after being run over by a truck. After rehab, he turned  professional; compiling a boxing record of 11 wins to 1 loss and a kickboxing record of 22-0, winning the WKC (world kickboxing championship)


Name: John Wortley
Class(es) Teaching: Kodokan Judo / Grappling
Significant Accomplishments: 14 time Kentucky State Judo Champion, AAU National Champion, two-time USA Judo Masters Medalist
Level of Expertise: 5th degree black belt in Kodokan Judo, 4th degree black belt in traditional Jujitsu
How Long Have You Been Training?: Started Judo and Wrestling at age 10 in Northern Indiana
How Long Have You Been Teaching?: Coaching Judo/Grappling/Wrestling since 1988



Name: Meghan Herp
Class(es) Teaching: Krav Maga
Significant Accomplishments: Have been training in Krav Maga for 10 years
Level of Expertise Accomplished: Brown Belt in Krav, TRX Certified, Bachelors in exercise science and a Masters in exercise physiology with a minor in strength and conditioning, Head Sports Performance Coach at HOOPS Acceleration Elite
How Long Have You Been Doing Martial Arts?: I have been training in martial arts for 10 years. Started training in my early twenties in Krav, but then transitioned into Muay Thai and boxing.
How Long Have You Been Teaching?: 6 years



Name: Terri Blair
Class(es) Teaching: Fundamentals Boxing and Muay Thai
Significant Accomplishments: 3-time former World Champion (Boxing), State Champion 2000 (Judo), Fought MMA fights on Showtime and ESPN
Level of Expertise: 3-Time World Champion in Boxing
How Long Have You Been Training?: 15 Years Boxing, Martial Arts since she was 8.
How Long Have You Been Teaching?: 



Name: Justine Kish
Class(es) Teaching: Muay Thai
Significant Accomplishments:
Level of Expertise:
How Long Have You Been Training?: After teaching karate and self defense for several years at a local martial arts school, I took an opportunity to fly to Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (18/19 years old). It was here that I found and fostered my love for Muay Thai.
How Long Have You Been Teaching?:



Name: Brent Weedman
Class(es) Teaching: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing
Brent’s path on the martial arts began at the age of 3 under the tutelage of his father and full contact karate instructor Bill Weedman. At the age of 8 he was introduced to judo by a friend of his father’s, and became heavily involved in the regional competition circuit winning numerous state titles. In 2003 at the age of 19 Brent won the Byakuren All Japan Open full contact karate tournament in Osaka Japan, becoming the youngest person to ever capture the title and the only non Japanese to ever place in the top 3. Because of an extensive background in both striking and grappling arts, the transition to mixed martial arts was the logical next step. After 7 fights without a loss, Brent was encouraged to apply for season 3 of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter. He made it to the final selection round, becoming one of the two alternate athletes for the show. This brush with the “big leagues” inspired Brent to take up a full time training schedule focusing heavily on kickboxing, brazilian jiujitsu, and physical conditioning. Eventually he caught the eye of larger and larger promotions, ultimately being offered a contract under Bellator Fighting Championships where he competed in a number of their famed tournaments. Retiring in 2014 with a record of 24-9-1, Brent remains one of the most seasoned prizefighters in the region. Now he focuses on his next path of becoming the best sport jiujitsu fighter he can be, and hopes to pass the art on to his two young sons.

“I don’t take my role as an instructor lightly. I genuinely believe in the transformative effect the martial arts can have on a person’s life. I’m not interested in creating killing machines, I’m interesting in forging modern day warrior-poets: Fighters with an evolved intellect and spirit.”


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