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Who we are

Instructors

Instructors

Clay Mayfield

Owner / Head Instructor

Clay began training Jiu-Jitsu in 2008, under the legendary Royce Gracie. At age 18 he began teaching full-time, soon incorporating Judo and wrestling into his training. In 2017 he joined the world-renowned Pedigo Submission Fighting competition team under Heath Pedigo, and is now one of the top ranked Brown Belts in the world.

Clay travels on a regular basis competing and teaching seminars, remaining very active on the professional Jiu-Jitsu circuit.

My goal as a coach is simply for every person who walks through the doors to become a better version of themselves. Not everyone will want to be a World Champion, although many of our students are athletes and competitors. Not everyone will need to lose weight, or relieve stress, or make friends – although almost all of our students do these things. But everyone is on a journey to improve in SOME way – and my goal is to help you be 1% Better Every Day!” – Clay Mayfield

  • BJJ Brown Belt
  • Judo Black Belt
  • IBJJF German National Champion
  • FUJI Sports Professional Athlete

Andrew Wiltse

Pedigo Instructor

Widely regarded as a standout phenom of the US Jiu-Jitsu scene, Andrew Wiltse and his brother Bird are among the Pedigo team’s most decorated competitors. A multiple-time Pan-American and World Champion, Andrew is famous for his aggressive takedowns & back-chases, and his signature “Buzzsaw” guard-passing style.

Andrew trains full-time at the Pedigo Submission Fighting headquarters in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and visits Triangle Academy on a regular basis to teach classes, private lessons, and coach the competition team.

  • BJJ Black Belt
  • 5x IBJJF World Champion
  • 6x IBJJF Pan-American Champion

Kids Instructors

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Michelle Manzione

Kids Instructor

Starting her Jiu-Jitsu journey as one of Triangle Academy’s first students, Michelle trains 5-6 days / week and works full-time at the school, coaching the Ninjas & Juniors Programs. An avid competitor, one of her goals is to win the IBJJF World Championships alongside her teammates at Pedigo Submission Fighting.

“I am a strong believer in cultivating a positive self-image. When I was little I wish I had a place like Triangle Academy, so now my mission is to be the person I needed when I was a child. I want everyone – especially children – to know that they can do anything they put their minds to. My passion is helping kid’s realize their potential and their self-worth.” – Michelle Manzione

  • BJJ White Belt
  • Fuji Kentucky State Champion
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Zach Heath

Kids Instructor

Zach began training Jiu-Jitsu in college in 2018, and in 2020 he joined Triangle Academy and the Pedigo Submission Fighting team. He coaches the Ninjas and Juniors Programs at Triangle, and trains 5-6 days / week in the Adult Classes.  Zach loves reading, exercising, and studying new techniques, and he regularly competes – working toward his goal of winning the White Belt IBJJF World Championship title. 

“My goal as a Coach is to help each individual child become confident in their ability to defend themselves.   No young child should walk around in fear of bullies or of being bullied. I want to be a good role model to help young boys and girls build up their confidence and develop the skills they need to stand up for themselves.” – Zach Heath

  • BJJ White Belt
  • IBJJF Nashville Open Silver Medalist

What they Ask

Frequently Asked Questions

Our group classes start at 5 years old and up. The Ninjas Class is 5-8 Years Old. Juniors Class is 9-13, and all Adult Classes are 14+

Absolutely. Jiu-Jitsu is great for children with attention or hyperactivity disorders, because it gives them a healthy way to harness that energy, and slowly teaches them to focus for longer and longer periods of time!

No way! If you’re not already in shape, our classes are the fastest, funnest way to get there. Guaranteed.

Plus, you gain a support group of people keeping you accountable, encouraged, and motivated! 

Probably not. But we advise speaking with your doctor first. He / she will know better than anyone – and may be able to tell us what exercises you can & can’t do.

BJJ is intense! That’s why we love it. But injuries are VERY rare. We’ve gone the extra mile to create a program that will help you prevent injuries rather than bring them on. Minor bumps & bruises are just a part of training, but it is extremely rare to have a serious injury at Triangle Academy.

Not at all. At Triangle Academy, we put a big emphasis on our Women’s BJJ program. There are lots of girls and women in class – and we offer regular Women’s Self Defense seminars.

Absolutely not. Students are taught the 5 BullySafe Rules, which explain when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use the techniques they are learning.

Definitely. Triangle Academy is a part of the legendary Pedigo Submission Fighting competiton team.    Most of our coaches are Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions, and will work with you to strengthen any weaknesses you have, exploit your strengths, improve your physical fitness and master your technique.

Whether you want to compete locally, or dream of winning a World Title, Triangle Academy can help you get there!

Many of our students do compete, but classes are a blend of professional athletes, hobbyists, and people just looking for a great workout. Even if you don’t want to compete and simply enjoy learning Jiu-Jitsu, that’s perfectly fine!

Extensive programs for all experience levels.