About Us

The foundation of Anthracite Combat Club were first established in 1993.  It all began with my first exposure to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the home attic of close friend Joe Hoke.  In first meeting Joe, an average built man, I quickly learned that you can't judge a book by its cover.  My first training session with Joe consisted of Joe taking me down to the mat and completely making me feel helpless.  This was the eye opener I needed.  Joe directed me to a top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor in Philadelphia.  For the next couple of years Joe and I continued our study of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

After receiving a solid foundation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu I started to train primarily at home here in Schuylkill County.  Our earlier training sessions consisted of small groups of close friends.  These earlier sessions provided an opportunity to sharpen the basic skills of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but also allowed us to develop our own unique approach to the game.  During this time I also continued to expand my knowledge of grappling by traveling abroad and seizing every opportunity to train with some of the top names in the sport.  Over the years our small group training sessions expanded into larger groups which provided me the opportunity to develop my skills as an instructor.

Over time we established a group of very dedicated grapplers and started to test our skills in various Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments.  Having experienced great success in competition we formed an official competition team.  Over the next several years our team continued to perform at a high-level placing consistently in the top three final positions of all are entered competitions.  As Jiu-Jitsu progressed here in the United States a trend started with the removal of the Gi.  In 1999 we began exclusively training without the Gi.  Always wanting to test our skills we still continued to compete in grappling tournaments.  With our continued success it became apparent that our training regime was providing us with the needed advantage.  In a natural progression we expanded our training to include boxing, Muay Thai kick boxing, wrestling, and Judo.

In 2004 our team made its debut in mixed martial arts competition.  In Cincinnati, Ohio Jim Bova and Jon Murphy made their first appearance in the octagon a memorable one. Jim and Jon recorded their first victories in impressive fashion by finishing their fights via knockout.  The following month I joined Jim and Jon in competition in Indianapolis,Indiana.  With this event being a last man standing in each weight division our team continued its winning ways by ending the night with 5 wins and 2 losses.  Later that year we returned to Cincinnati, Ohio to compete in the International Combat Event I.C.E.  Jon, Jim, and myself all recorded victories that night.  Our increasing wins in the octagon produced increasing numbers in the gym.  By necessity I formalized our training.  Teaching our new students a systematic progression of techniques with the combination of proper repetitions and grueling conditioning continues to provide a formula for success.

The year 2006 was a very busy and exciting year for us here at Anthracite Combat Club Inc.  Our mixed martial arts competition team added many new members to include super heavyweight Shane Ott.  Our members competed in four separate mixed martial arts events ending the year with a team record of 6 wins and 0 losses.  Also in 2006 our club became an official business entity with incorporation.  What's in store for 2007?   We have many things planned here at Anthracite Combat Club Inc.  We will be continuing to compete in mixed martial arts events with the first part of the year holding a very hectic schedule.  I'm also planning on expanding our program to include personalized instruction for street self-defense, a children's program addressing bullying, and classes for women who may be interested in developing skills to defend themselves.
Personally I have plans to continue my studies in Brazilian jujitsu.  I will be spending allot of time training under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Keith Neff.  Keith is not only a fellow police officer but a very honorable and trustworthy individual.  The exact type of person I look for in developing a training relationship. As for the rest Anthracite Combat Club members will continue to train not only under my instruction but the newly added instruction of Mauy Thai practitioner Mark White.

My hopes are that this information has given the reader a little bit of insight of what we are about here at Anthracite Combat Club Inc.  Our doors are always open to newcomers who have a willingness to learn and the ability to conduct themselves in a professional manner.  I did not incorporate the club for the sole purpose of making money.  This allows me to be very selective on who we choose to let train with us.  I pride myself in knowing that the individuals that trained here at Anthracite Combat Club Inc. are of the highest quality personalities.  Being in the position as a full-time police officer I cannot afford to allow myself or our members to be associated with tough guys, bullies, or criminals.
If interested please do not hesitate to contact through our web site.
Jeff Walcott