Instructor Name:Jerry Fatjo

Chief Instructor


Other Information:

Jerry Fatjo has been training in the martial arts for the past 17 years. He began training in the martial arts in 1989 at the age of 20 years old. He began with the Korean style of Tae Kwon Do and received his first-degree black belt in this style before moving on to other arts.

In 1994 at the age of 25, he began training with Chris Ascari of the International Martial Boxing Academy (IMB). The training consisted of group classes and private lessons in all that the IMB offers. The arts are Muay Thai Kickboxing, western boxing, catchascatchcan wrestling, Jun Fan-Jeet Kune Do and Doces Pares Eskrima.  He continued to train with Chris Ascari as well as Kru Phil Nurse, a 3 time Muay Thai Kickboxing champion in New York City. In 1998 he was accepted into the IMB Instructorship Program where he received his rank of Apprentice Instructor under Chris Ascari and former student of Bruce Lee, Sifu Richard Bustillo.

He continued his training with both instructors and added Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to his training. He began this training under Renzo Gracie out of his classes offered in Middletown, NJ as well as with Chris Ascari of the IMB. In November of 2001, he received his Associate Instructor rank under the IMB Academy.  In January 2004 he was recertified as an Instructor under Sifu Richard here at FMAC.

After continuing his martial arts education with the above instructors he attained his Second Degree black belt in Doce Pares Eskrima from Grand Master "Cacoy" Canete in July of 2000.

Jerry Fatjo owns and operates the Fatjo's Martial Arts Center in Morganville, NJ. He teaches adults, teens and kids the arts of Muay Thai, submission grappling, Doce Pares, and JFJKD. His submission fighting team, Team FMAC/Fernando Cabeca continues to compete.  In November 2002, he received an award for being the "TOP NEW TEAM IN NORTH AMERICA"!  It was presented to him by the, President of the North American Grappling Association, Kipp Kollar.

In 2003 Jerry and Eric Colon, of Tong Dragon Martial Arts, a long time training partner and friend, decided to join their two teams together.  They all fight under the new team name "New Jersey IMB/Cabeca".
In January of 2004 Jerry received his new instructor certification from Sifu Richard Bustillo.  In March of 2011 Sifu Richard Bustillo awarded him with the the new rank of IMB "Master Instructor". 

Jerry continues to learn from Chris Ascari and Sifu Richard Bustillo of the IMB as well as train and fight. He currently continues his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training with Brazilian Black Belt and champion Fernando Cabeca. Jerry achieved his blue belt in BJJ from Fernando in March of 2003. In April of 2007 Jerry earned his Purple Belt.    He earned his Brown Belt under Fernando in November of 2011.  Most recently he earned his Black Belt in BJJ in October 2014.  Jerry Has Traveled to Brazil In 2004, 2005, and 2006 to grow his Jiu-Jitsu game, and will continue to do so each year. 

Jerry is also a former Mixed Martial Arts Fight Inspector for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (SACB).  He has also trained competitors to step into the Ring for Muay Thai, and the cage for MMA Competition.  The team has been VERY Successful!