Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor at Voyage Martial Arts Bill Konkel began his Martial Arts training in 2005. He currently holds a Black Belt in BJJ under Master Carlos Machado. Bill has competed frequently on both the local and national levels in BJJ tournaments such as: Michigan Open, Hoosier Open, Toledo Open, NAGA, Arnold Classic and IBJJF tournaments. Bill has trained extensively with some of the best athletes in the state in other Martial Arts such as Judo, Wrestling, Mauy Thai and MMA.
Jason began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 1994 with little more than a home-made grappling dummy, a couple of semi-willing friends, and a set of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Basics on VHS tape. In 1995, he began formal training at the RCJ Machado affiliated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Center in Canton, MI, and stayed there for several years before injury and circumstance forced a long hiatus from the art. Jason returned to BJJ in 2009 with renewed passion under RCJ Machado Black Belt Jamel McCurry. Under Jamel’s expert instruction, and a six day a week training schedule, he rose quickly through the ranks and became an instructor, first teaching kids classes in 2011, adult basic and no-gi classes in 2013, and finally adult advanced classes in 2015. Achieving a life-long dream, he received his Black Belt from Master Carlos Machado and Professor Jamel McCurry in January of 2015. “Jiu-Jitsu is my passion. I believe in it completely as an effective system of self-defense, as a fun and engaging sport, and as an excellent form of exercise for men, women, and children alike.”
Head Muay Thai Instructor at Voyage Joe Chatman has 25 years of experience under 1 instructor Arjahn Kak Koonala out of Marquette, Mi. He has the honor of being one of his original students and the Senior Kru (Instructor) of all his instructors. Not to mention he has trained several National Finalists, and National Champion Amateur Mauy Thai competitors.
Patrick Salazar has been competing in the Michigan wrestling community since he was 12. By the age of 18 he had won over 150 matches and placed 7th in the Michigan State Finals. After High School Patrick has been coaching the Grosse Pointe South High School wrestling team for over 6 years. Training multiple state qualifiers and placers and leading his team to multiple district championships.
Dave Salazar has been on and off the wrestling mats since 2003 competing and coaching. He was a part of the most winningest team to ever go through Grosse Pointe North’s Wrestling program and racked up over 100 wins in just two seasons. Since he has been coaching at GPS High School the team has excelled to several championships, training multiple state qualifiers, and growing the once fledgling program back to excellence.