About Us

Why Fight to Win Lake Norman

Fight to Win Lake Norman is the premier source for instruction in the art of Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu in the Lake Norman area, located in Denver, NC.  We provide expert technical instruction for kids and adults of all ages and experience levels, with a primary focus on realistic self-defense.  We believe in the cultivation of martial arts skills, as a vehicle for total self-improvement.

Meet Our Team

Jon Plyler

Fight to Win Lake Norman Owner/Head Jiu-jitsu Instructor 2nd Degree Black Belt under Royce Gracie/Steve Hall

Professor Jon Plyler began his martial arts training at the age of 12. After 15 years of training & teaching traditional martial arts, he began to get involved in the world of grappling. 

Ryan Leggett

Fight to Win Lake Norman Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Royce Gracie Black Belt

Ryan began training Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in 2007 with Royce Gracie Black Belt, Professor Greg Thompson. After moving to Charlotte, Ryan joined the Fight to Win family in 2010, and received his brown belt from Professor Steve…

Brent Simpson

Fight to Win Lake Norman Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Royce Gracie Black Belt

Brent began his martial arts journey studying traditional martial arts, boxing and kickboxing through his childhood and teenage years. In 2009, he was introduced to Judo, Muay Thai and Combat Submission Wrestling at Hard Target…

Luke Amos

Fight to Win Lake Norman Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Royce Gracie Black Belt

Luke Amos started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Yamasaki Academy in 2004 in Northern Virginia. Luke received his blue belt in 2006 and his purple belt in 2008 after training and competing under…

Mark Kerkhoff

Fight to Win Lake Norman Assistant Jiu-jitsu Instructor, Brown Belt

Mark Kerkhoff grew up in the Midwest and began his training in traditional folkstyle wrestling, where he wrestled all four years in high school and served as team captain.  In early 2013, he began training at Fight to Win under Professor Steve Hall.

Terry “Monte” Massey

Fight to Win Lake Norman Assistant Jiu-Jitsu Instructor,
Brown Belt

Terry “Monte” Massey started his training in Gracie Jiu-jitsu in 2014, at Fight to Win Lake Norman under the guidance of Professor Jon Plyler (Royce Gracie black belt & direct instructor) and Professor Steve Hall (Royce Gracie black belt and Fight to Win team leader). He had previously spent many years in traditional martial arts, training in Moo Duk Kwan/Oh Do Kwan Korean Karate, earning 3rd Degree Black Belt status and becoming a lead instructor in that system. He has also earned the rank of Advanced Level Nak Muay in the Raion Muay Thai system under Kru Carlos Canales.

Landon Ferguson

Fight to Win Lake Norman Assistant Youth Jiu-JItsu Instructor,
Purple Belt

Landon began training with the Fight to Win team in April 2016. Landon got into training out of a desire to increase his physical fitness and add valuable life skills. After several years of consistent training, Landon earned his purple belt in October of 2019.

Joey Plyler

Fight to Win Lake Norman Youth Jiu-jitsu Instructor

Joey began training at the young age of 5 years old has trained consistently, multiple times each week since then. Initially getting his start in wrestling & Judo, Joey soon moved over to training Jiujitsu, even training with the adult students at a very young age.

Phil Cohrs

Fight to Win Lake Norman Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Phil began training with the Fight to Win team as a white belt in February of 2018.  Phil quickly became a fixture on the mat, consistently training multiple times per week, sometimes, multiple times per day.

Gus Hamdoun

Fight to Win Lake Norman Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Gus began his martial arts journey at the age of 13, training in Kyokushin Karate, and earning his black belt at age 17. Gus later transitioned to training in Tae Kwon Do, earning his 3rd degree black belt, and for a time running his own Tae Kwon Do academy in Charlotte. Gus has also trained in Greco-Roman wrestling as well as Muay Thai kickboxing, earning the rank of advanced level Nak Muay under Kru Carlos Canales.

Carrie Plyler

FTWLKN Program Director, Assistant Youth Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Carrie first stepped on the mat in August of 2018 at the age of 39. After a couple of years of consistent training, she earned her blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu, being personally promoted by Royce Grace in October of 2020 in Houston, Texas at the annual RGJJN Meeting.

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