"The Barn Cat"
Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory burst onto the MMA scene at just 19 years old, competing in venues across the Northeastern U.S. Known for his aggressive and tenacious style, “The Barn Cat” went 8-0 in his first year of competition, stopping all of his opponents before ever reaching the third round. At age 20, he was signed by the UFC© and won his debut against Pete Spratt at Ultimate Fight Night 10 in June of 2007. Over the last decade he has achieved notable victories in BJJ tournaments and MMA competitions in both the UFC© and Bellator MMA organizations.
14 Professional MMA victories (4 in UFC©, 2 in Bellator MMA)
NABC Welterweight Champion (2 title defenses before vacating)
2011 Grappler's Quest Beast of the East Champion
2014 IBJJF Boston Open Medium-Heavy Champion
2017 IBJJF Boston Open Medium Heavy Champion & Absolute Champion
Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) Competitor
"Coach Cat" shares his unique perspective on the Martial Arts as both a student and a professional competitor in the lessons he teaches at our academy. He leads both the youth and adult BJJ programs as an esteemed Team Balance Black Belt, along with the Muay Thai program as an instructor under Kevin Seaman and Ajarn Chai Sirisute of the World Thai Boxing Association.
After Coach Steve got done serving his country in the United States Marine Corps He joined the ranks of the Binghamton Police Department. Steve took martial arts for years studying Tai Kwon Do, until he found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and fell in love with the "Gentle art". Coach Steve is responsible for training over 300 police recruits over the years as a Certified FBI defensive tactics instructor and a NY state Firearms instructor. Coach steve is currently a Brown belt teaching Adult day classes as well as our youth classes.
With well over 2 decades of experience (at gyms in Long Island, Las Vegas, and Greater Binghamton Area) training, coaching, and providing private training/lessons, Coach Herman embraces the valuable teachings and lessons learned through boxing that extend well beyond the ring. He believes they exist not only to strengthen and test physical capacities, but more importantly mental discipline, fortitude, and resolve. In addition to teaching boxing classes and training amateur and professional fighters for boxing and MMA fights, his experiences have also included teaching youth self-defense skills to combat bullying, teaching classes of high school students boxing and related strength & conditioning training methods, providing boxing-based "street" self-defense strategies, and developing individualized combat fitness programs to achieve personal bests. As a school psychologist by day, and boxing trainer by night, Herman has always taken an introspective and analytical approach to understanding the mind and behavior, and its often misunderstood and underappreciated interplay on one another. Within the realm of pugilism, there is invaluable significance in the apprehension that styles make fights, and Herman specializes in the critical analysis of opponents and the crafting of techniques and strategies specifically designed to neutralizing strengths, while simultaneously exploiting vulnerabilities and weaknesses. For the person seeking boxing instruction for self-defense, it is precisely this gathered analysis, skill, and technique that allow the smaller individual to "level the playing field" and overcome seemingly insurmountable advantages of size and brute strength. Through Coach Herman's cerebral approach, break down and articulated teachings, students gain a true appreciation and understanding for the principles, methods, and techniques behind the "Sweet Science."
Brad was in a motorcycle accident that left him unable to exercise or even move well for quite some time. Finding himself getting older, out of shape, and allergic to ellipticals or treadmills, he started training martial arts. While he enjoys all of the martial arts, he experienced the very first Gi Jiu-Jitsu class taught by Coach Cat and hasn’t stopped since! In 2017, now around 40-50 pounds lighter, he was awarded the rank of purple belt in 2016 and has medaled in both Gi and No-Gi grappling competitions. He now competes at the expert and purple belt levels, and has his heart set on Gold in those as well. Originally a native of Detroit Michigan, Brad is a Paralegal for a successful law firm in the area by day, and an coach by night and on weekends. You'll see Brad assisting with the youth class, teaching fundamentals classes and training to improve himself as a student, competitor, and coach.
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