Meet our Staff


JUDO - 4th Degree Black Belt

BJJ - 2nd Degree Black Belt

WRESTLING - Cortland State 

RUGBY - Univ. North London, England

  • Mark Staniszewski (aka: Mark Stan) is widely regarded as one of the most experienced grapplers in America. He is a Hall of Fame martial artist with a competition record that spans over 30 years. He is the founder of Team Believe MMA.



BJJ - Purple Belt

  • Paul Zambuto has been studying and competing in Muay Thai for two decades. He has spent extensive time in Thailand mastering the discipline. He is the founder of the popular MMA Blast apparel company and co-owner of Team Believe MMA - Franklin Square

Assistant Instructors

Joe Tamburello

JUDO - 3rd Degree Black Belt

BJJ - Purple Belt

Jennifer & Ed

  • Jennifer is a judo black belt who has been training judo since age of 9. She was awarded her black belt after entering an all men's black belt division at a regional tournament and winning the division. Jenn's fiance Ed is a brown belt in judo who has been studying the art for several years. Together, they are are a wealth of knowledge and an asset to kid's judo program. 

Vinny Desantis

  • Vinny is an experienced martial artist who holds a black belt in judo. Additionally, he holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a brown belt in Goshin Jujutsu and he is formally trained in Filipino martial arts. He is a distinguished 22 year veteran of law enforcement who retired from the NYPD with the rank of Captain.