Jay Donelson



Coach, Instructor

Coach Jay began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) under the direction of Master Leo Dalla in 2006 and was fortunate enough to be able to stay under Dalla’s direction through all the belt levels (white, blue, purple, brown and black). At purple belt Coach Jay began teaching a class at BETA Academy in Washington, DC, where he went through an instructor certification course run by BETA Academy founder and local BJJ phenom Nakapan Phungephorn. That experience helped Coach Jay become the technical and thorough instructor that he has become known as.

Coach Jay has competed in some of the sport’s biggest tournaments, including the IBJJF Pan and Masters Worlds. He has won several medals from the NY Open, US Grappling and Copa Nova, among others.

Coach Jay is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), including being a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist.

Coach Jay’s goal with the BJJ program is to create an environment where students feel welcome and empowered to reach their goals, whether that is competing at the highest levels or just getting a good workout while learning some great techniques.

Hours for: November 18
10:00AM 2:00PM

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"Mahmoud found Disciple on his own, and I’m glad he did because this place is like a family. He’s very passionate about Muay Thai and I think even at 10 years old, he’s done a great job in choosing you.”

Mahmoud’s Father, Muhammad Beddawi

Tried the classes, really love the training, highly recommend Disciple MMA to anybody. Disciple has a great beginners class in Muay Thai with great instruction. Would like to continue upon my return from deployment.

Gary Beaver

I have been a part of the gym for a while now and love it all. I’ve known Kru Scott and Coach Neil for a long time and have had a great time training under them.

Josh Tanner

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Tim Juergens

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Darren Castrillon

Disciple MMA Academy offers Northern VA a great training environment! Our programs are taught by highly experienced instructors who make instruction easy and fun to learn, while still being challenging and exciting.

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