Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Shane Woosley is a Marine Corps and U.S. Navy veteran who has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past 7 years. Coach Shane received his purple belt from Brazil-021 Professors Andre Terencio and Hannette Staack. He has fought as a MMA fighter, competing in such events as UnCivil War MMA, where he was the No. 1 contender, and King of Jacksonville, where he won and successfully defended the 170 lbs title for 2 years. Shane serves as the head coach of Combat Club’s Kids Jiu-Jitsu program where he teaches the newest generation of Jiu-Jitsu athletes both submission skills and, more importantly, life skills.
Calvin Shepard was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1968 and spent most of his childhood in Columbus, Ohio. At the age of six Shepard’s family relocated to Columbus Ohio where he began his boxing career training under the late Mr. Ed Williams. Coach Williams introduced the sport of boxing to Shepard which formed a strong passion and understanding for the sport. In Ohio Shepard participated in a couple of boxing matches at the Ohio state fair never coming up on top. At age sixteen Shepard returned to Jacksonville NC and attended Southwest High School, where he participated in football and continued boxing with Coach J.C Davis who collaborated with the late Sheridal Morgan for Shepard to compete in Wilmington NC. During his time with Coach Davis, Shepard participated in the Azalea Festival Championship and the North Carolina Championship where he took the Championship for both. Shepard graduated with the Southwest class of 1988.
At age 19 Shepard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a (1833) Assault Amphibious Vehicle Crewmember. After training and receiving the title Marine, Shepard attended the All Marine Boxing team trials and was selected as a member of the 1990 All Marine Boxing team. Shepard was coached and guided by Mr. Roosevelt Sanders who taught Shepard to “never burn bridges down, because you never know when you will ever have to cross it again”. After sometime of training Shepard received orders to tour with 2nd Marine Division to participate in Operation Desert Storm. Shepard completed one tour and was readmitted back to the team in 1992 after completing another trial. In 1992 Shepard was granted the opportunity to train amongst some of the world’s best boxers at the 1992 Olympic training center.
In 1993 Shepard was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, at which he would go on to pursue a professional boxing career for five years. After five years Shepard was forced to retire as a professional Boxer due to an ongoing elbow injury. After several years of downfalls, Shepard rediscovered his love for boxing through coaching his late son Dyrea Shepard who passed on July 25, 2016 at the age of 13. Following the death of his son, Shepard has sworn to dedicate the remainder of his life to coaching and inspiring the younger generation to find their purpose in this world and how to be resilient during a time of adversity.
Kids Muay Thai
Coach Dara is a Jacksonville native and serves as the head instructor of Combat Club’s kids Muay Thai program, as well as an instructor in the adult Muay Thai classes. She has been training martial arts since age 11, with a concentration in Muay Thai, Muay Boran, and Taekwondo. Coach Dara has honorably represented Combat Club in multiple Muay Thai and kickboxing competitions and is the reigning IKF East Coast Classic Bantamweight Champion. Under her leadership, the kids Muay Thai program has been a great success, instilling in the children a sense of humble confidence, along with the traditional Muay Thai values of kindness, respect, and self-discipline.