Instructors
for Adult BJJ
Shihan Matthew Fremon

Title: Owner / Instructor
Current Rank:
Karate: 6th degree black belt
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: 1st degree black belt
Teaches: Adults (Karate and BJJ)

Shihan Matthew began his training with the late Shuseki-Shihan William Oliver as a teenager. During his tenure he competed and won numerous tournaments in both point-fighting (sport karate) as well as knockdown karate. These competitions allowed him to travel to places such as Jamaica and Italy. After Shuseki-Shihan's passing, he was asked to continue the UWS Kenshikai branch, which he continues to this day.

Fun Facts:
  • Received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Shihan Gene Dunn and Prof. Brian Glick. (Renzo Gracie jiu-jitsu black belts)
  • Before being a full time instructor, was a website programmer (built this one).
  • Once shot a commercial for MSG defending Stephon Marbury (badly)
Senpai Adri Burton

Title: Instructor
Current Rank: Karate: Nidan (2nd degree black belt)
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Brown Belt
Teaches: Karate and BJJ

Adri began his karate training as a child under the late Shuseki-Shihan William Oliver. He continued his training as an adult under Shihan Matthew Fremon soon after the opening of the Columbus avenue dojo. He has expanded his martial arts studies to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over the last decade and received his Brown belt from Brian Glick (Renzo Gracie Black Belt).
Devin Heater

Title: Instructor
Current Rank:
BJJ: Purple Belt
Teaches: Adult BJJ

Devin is originally from outside Boston MA. He has lived in Harlem since 2007. Devin worked as an actor for many years and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Hunter College. He is also a vegan and an avid Chronicles of Narnia fan!
Upper West Side Kenshikai / BJJ