Mixed Martial Arts Instructor | Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt
Corey is a Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Professor Alan Merullo as well as a Muay Thai brown belt under Kru Greg Smith and a certified assistant instructor ("shorts test") under Sakasem "The Punisher" Kanthawong. He has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 7+ years and Muay Thai for 6+ years and teaching under Kru Greg and Professor Alan for 3+ years. He graduated with honors from George Mason University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in communication and an administration of justice minor. After earning his degree, he moved to San Diego, California for two years to surf and enjoy the weather before returning to his native Chesapeake/Portsmouth, Virginia.
Corey has known Professor Alan for over 17 years and was first introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu through him. He always had an interest in the martial arts, particularly mixed martial arts, and Professor Alan eventually got him to come to Bushido MMA and try it out for himself. He was hooked immediately and after training BJJ for around a year and earning his blue belt, Corey began his Muay Thai journey under Kru Greg in order to become a more complete and well rounded martial artist. He has also trained in mixed martial arts, boxing and wrestling and believes that a true martial artist should always keep an open mind and be willing to learn. Having previously been a personal trainer and a lifelong advocate of an active and healthy lifestyle, Corey's passion has always been to teach and help others, both kids and adults, to gain the knowledge that was given to him. He has seen firsthand and can attest to the positive attributes that the martial arts provides. A few of these attributes include self confidence, respect, discipline, perseverance and humility, along with the health benefits and healthy lifestyle it inherently promotes.
Corey is a contractor and works for the U.S. Coast Guard in the IT field as a systems administrator. He lives in Portsmouth with his long-time girlfriend, who is also a long-time athlete and a physical education teacher for the city of Chesapeake, along with their three dogs. Corey is proud and honored to be a part of the ever-growing Bushido MMA family!