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Our Instructors

Competitive Edge's five senior instructors are advanced black belts with extensive martial arts and teaching experience. The staff also includes state, national and international martial arts champions. Our lead instructor and curriculum specialist, Dr. O'Donnell, holds doctorate degrees in education and child psychology.

Marie O'Donnell, EdD PsyD

4th degree black belt (Pediatric Psychologist, Instructional and Curriculum Specialist) Forms and Sparring: 3 time International Champ, 6 time National Champ, 4 time PA State and Eastern Regionals Champ.

Jeffrey P. Parish-Morris

Holds a Black belt in Karate/Bushido and Kobudo/Shikendo. He also holds a Green belt in Judo and Krav Maga. Jeff is the main instructor for our Japanese Weapons class.

Ronnie Monroe II

Ronnie is working toward his 4th degree black belt. He started training when he was four years old. Ronnie started competing in Olympic style Tae Kwon Do at age 10. Before that time he only focused on forms. Ronnie has been training under Bobby Leach in Voorhees, New Jersey for the past few years. So far he has competed in and placed in over 100 tournaments. Some of the titles that he has won in the last four years are as follows: In the light division (>130) for juniors and under the feather/bantam division in the adult division. 4 times International Champ, International MVP player award, 3 time National Champ, runner up (2nd place) in senior National champ, 6 time PA State Champ, 2 time Maryland State Champ, 2 time New Jersey State Champ. (Expertise in sparring).

Brandon Monroe

Brandon is working on his 4th degree Black belt in taekwondo, starting his training when he was just four years old. He has over 15 years of martial arts training with several different instructors. Brandon is already a well distinguished martial artist with two National titles and several State championships under his belt. Brandon is also becoming a well rounded martial artist by gaining expertise in kickboxing, boxing, submission wrestling and the intricacies of the ground game training to utilize submission jujitsu. Currently boxing is Brandon's main focus; he is training at DSG in Kensington area when he is not teaching at competitive edge.

Bob Mattis

A IBJJF and JJGF Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bob Mattis has more than 25 years of various Martial Arts technique. He specializes in teaching the fundamentals and advanced technique of BJJ, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Self-Defense for ages 7 and beyond. His school is validated under the Jiu Jitsu Global Federation and the Pennsylvania State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation under Rogerio "Tatu" Taborda, a BJJ Black Belt. He also competes in middle-weight divisions in Gi and no Gi tournaments such as the Pennsylvania State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Gi tournaments, Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships and Masters Worlds Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Lisa Strzelecki Handa

(Assist. Instructor)
I have been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a little over 3 years now and am a blue belt. I love it!! I would train every day if I could, but we all know we need our rest days! I have always been into fitness, even from the age of 13. I loved aerobics and even designed and built my own stair climber. Over the years, I worked out regularly and try to keep my nutrition on point and my weight at a constant level. When I would go to my local gym, I would love the club box and kick boxing classes. This love for boxing lead me to a gym that helped me learn the basics of boxing, and as I began to improve, I moved into mixed martial arts training, and then of course, into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I feel that it is not only important for fitness, but for self-defense as well and it is an excellent sport for women and younger students. My love for fitness and training led me to work in the field of personal training and sports nutrition. I am excited to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with new students and hopefully help them love jiu jitsu and exercise as much as I do.

Edwin "Peanut" Rivera

(Assist. Instructor)

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