The #1 Mixed Martial Arts academy in the area!
"Serving King William County
and the surrounding area for 10 years"
"CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH & ADULTS!"
Home of "Team Odyssey"
Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Submission Grappling Competition Team. (Youth & Adult)
* Odyssey Mixed Martial Arts
* Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu
* Submission Grappling/Wrestling
* Modern Army Combatives
* Muay Thai Kick Boxing
* Street Self-Defense
Our World RATED Instructor John Simons III
is the recipient of the "Coach Of The Year" award and is recognized world wide as the leader in
Youth MMA & BJJ. Simons also holds Black Belts in Mixed Martial Arts & Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu.
Odyssey Martial Arts Academy, located in King William County, has produced hundreds of champions and won thousands of medals over the last 10 years. Their competition team “Team Odyssey” have set the bench mark for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts for youth on a national and international level. Team Odyssey continued its legacy on April 21, 2012 at the US Grappling North Carolina State Championships held in Raleigh, NC. The team took 50 children, teen, and adult competitors to the tournament to compete with some of the top teams on the East Coast.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submissions Grappling it most commonly seen as part of Mixed Martial Arts in leagues like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships). The objective of sport BJJ and Submission Grappling is to score a Takedown, gain a dominant body position once on the ground, and then finish the opponent with a Submission Hold such as an Arm Bar or Choke causing the opponent to submit or “Tap Out”. The sport has exploded in popularity since the early 90’s and is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
Team Odyssey had tough competition all day, competing in over 100 matches. At the end of the day, the team managed to earn 61 Medals due to their top notch skills and performance. The majority of the teams Silver Medals were to their own teammates Gold Medal. Team Odyssey won the title of US Grappling NC State Champions in the juvenile divisions. The crowd erupted every time a Team Odyssey competitor had their hand raised in victory. The majority of the matches that Team Odyssey competitors won were by Tap Out which is the highest honor you can achieve in the sport.
Team Odyssey is led by head instructor John Simons III who holds Black Belts in Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts. The competitors that represented Team Odyssey VA are as follows: Markia Anderson, John Basch, Jessie Brannan, Victor Debartolomeis, Sterling Dise, Jason Dunlow, Leighton Fesman, Camden Giroux, Dylan Grady, AJ Hall, Austin Hall, Kayla Hill, Daniel Howell, Noah Lane, Chase Leuchtmann, Collin Mack, Jay McClure, Adam Nizami, Alex Nizami, Safia Nizami, Eddie O’hearn, Dylan Parrish, Austin Peck, Shaun Price, Travis Price, Greg Pugh, Reghan Pugh, Kaleyah Volk, Adam Wampler, Bob Whited, Bradley Williams, Eric Witt, and Savannah York.
Odyssey Martial Arts Academy would like to thank all of its friends, family, and supporters. For more info on how you can become part of Team Odyssey or train in Jiu-Jitsu & Mixed Martial Arts, contact 804-769-2400 - OdysseyMMA.com - OdysseyMMA Facebook.
When it comes to modern rock and heavy metal music, no one has a bigger name than the band Five Finger Death Punch. The theme and image of the band is Martial Arts and the US Military. Lead guitarist and band founder, Zoltan Bathory has a strong passion for Martial Arts and has been training since the age of 7. While on the “2012 Share The Welt Tour” Bathory decided to train with who he calls “The best Jiu-Jitsu instructor in the area”; Odyssey Martial Arts Academy head instructor John Simons III. Bathory is a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and holds a Blue Belt (Team Mica/Royler Gracie) in the art along with a Black Belt in Judo. Zoltan’s respect for BJJ and the rank of Black Belt led him to train with Simons. Bathory traveled from The National in Richmond, VA to King William County to train at Odyssey Martial Arts Academy (May 2nd). While at Odyssey, he trained in a special, private session and described the training as “Awesome Technique!”. Bathory also brought his head of 5FDP Security “Case” and his own production crew to film the training session, which can be seen above.
After the training session, Zoltan Bathory did a special autograph session for the youth and adult students of Odyssey Martial Arts Academy, signing everything from CDs to posters and even Jiu-Jitsu uniforms. That evening Five Finger Death Punch played at The National and brought John Simons III & John Simons Jr along as the special guest of the evening. Simons was given all access 5FDP “Support” passes only given to the actual band crew. Simons was able to hang out with the band back stage all evening and was honored by watching the concert on the stage with the band. After the show, Simons was asked to continue training 5FDP guitarist and security for the rest of the tour. Simons repeated this process in VA Beach (May 4th) and Rockingham, NC (May 5th) where he was with likes of rock legends Five Finger Death Punch, KoRn, Staind, Slash, POD, Chevelle, and more. Over 35,000 fans attended the concert on May 5th and cheered for Five Finger Death Punch in action.