PRIDE MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY HISTORY

Pride Martial Arts Academy opened its first location in January of 2010 in Williamsville, New York with a 4,200 square foot facility. Six years later, the academy expanded to its current location in Clarence, New York, where it boasts its 9,300 square foot facility. The academy is equipped with three training floors, a professional kickboxing ring, and a 14 foot mixed martial arts training cage. The academy has become a well-established community safety center in Clarence, New York and prides itself on its family atmosphere and modern self-defense systems.

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Pride Martial Arts Academy was founded by owner/master instructor, Todd Patterson. Master Patterson has always had a true passion for martial arts and even trained alongside his late mother and black belt, Emma J. Patterson. Emma fell terminally ill from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS – Lou-Gehrig’s Disease) and passed away on June 29, 2009. Todd and his vision of Pride Martial Arts Academy has always been to be a community leader.

After losing his mother, he made it his team’s mission to support the fight against this devastating disease. Todd is a member of the ALS committee of the local Upstate New York chapter, and has supported the ALS Association for the past eight years. Every year, Pride Martial Arts Academy hosts their annual Kick-A-Thon to support the local Upstate New York Chapter’s “Walk to Defeat ALS.” Pride Martial Arts Academy has donated $65,000 in the past eight years with the help of their annual Kick-A-Thon and with the support of their students and families.

Todd Patterson
Todd PattersonMaster Instructor & School Owner
  • 5th Degree Black Belt – ITF Tae Kwon-Do
  • 1st Degree Black Belt – WTF Tae Kwon-Do
  • Certified Kickboxing Coach – FKCI
  • Purple Belt – Jury Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Kidz N’ Power – Certified Field Agent (Stranger Safety & Child Abduction Awareness)
  • Bully Buster Prevention – Certified Field Agent (Bully Prevention & Awareness)
  • Hilbert College 2017 – BS in Business Management
Jacob Rozler
Jacob RozlerProgram Director & Head Instructor
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt – ITF Tae Kwon-Do
  • Certified Kickboxing Coach – FKCI
  • Canisius College 2016 – Bachelors of Science in Computer Science
  • Canisius College 2016 – Minor in Information Systems for Business
Nancy Universal
Nancy UniversalProgram Manager & Assistant Instructor
  • Black Belt – ITF Tae Kwon-Do
  • Certified Kickboxing Coach – FKCI
  • Niagara County Community College – Associates Degree
  • Niagara University – Bachelors of Science in Accounting
Corey Tornquist
Corey TornquistYouth/Adult Assistant Instructor
  • Black Belt – ITF Tae Kwon-Do
  • Certified Kickboxing Coach – FKCI
  • State University of New York College at Buffalo – Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education
  • State University of New York College at Buffalo – Bachelors of Science in Special Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo – Masters of Science in Mathematics Education
  • Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout
Stephen Szortyka
Stephen SzortykaMarketing Director
  • Yellow Belt – ITF Tae Kwon-Do
  • Niagara County Community College – Associates Degree of Social Science in Criminal Justice
  • Developed Marketing Professional
Myles “Fury” Jury
Myles “Fury” JuryUFC BJJ Affiliate Owner/Coach
  • Black Belt – Caique BJJ System (under tutelage of Don Richard)
  • Black Belt – Jury Jiu-Jitsu
  • UFC Contender – Lightweight Division (155 lbs)
  • UFC Contender – Featherweight Division (145 lbs)

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