INSTRUCTORS

BILL KONKEL

konkelheadrevisedHead Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor at Voyage Martial Arts Bill Konkel began his Martial Arts training over 10 years ago. He currently holds a Brown 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.

JEFF SHOCK

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Jeff Shock started his Martial Arts training 15 years ago, and has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past 10 years. He currently holds a Brown Belt under Master Carlos Machado, and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jeff has had the opportunity to travel and train in Brazil, New Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, as well as all over Michigan. Jeff has competed in BJJ, Kick Boxing and MMA.  Jeff see’s Jiu Jitsu as a way to get healthy, have fun, and express yourself while making lifelong friends.

JASON WILHELMSEN

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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.”