About Us

Why Fight to Win Lake Norman

Fight to Win Lake Norman is the premier source for instruction in the arts of Gracie Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing in the Lake Norman area.  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 1st 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, Black Belt under Royce Gracie/Steve Hall

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…

Carlos “Charlie” Canales

Fight to Win Lake Norman Muay Thai/Judo Instructor,  Assistant Jiu-jitsu Instructor-Brown Belt

Kru Carlos A. Canales started martial arts at the young age of 12 studying Goju Ryu Karate, and later Aikido & Aikijutsu. In 1999, Carlos started his Muay Thai training with Sensei/ Kru Walter Alvarado and has obtained from his professor…

Brent Simpson

Fight to Win Lake Norman Assistant Jiu-jitsu Instructor, Brown 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 Assistant Jiu-jitsu Instructor, Brown 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,Purple 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).

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