Hello. My name is Mike Tomacelli and I am the founder, owner, and head instructor of Tomacelli Academy. Since 2007 I have been building, and rebuilding, Tomacelli Academy with my own two hands, and the hands of my students. It has turned into an ever evolving platform for martial arts, all things combat, and most importantly community. A community that gives everyone in it a true sense of self worth and self reliance.
A few years ago I decided that I needed to get back to my roots. I believe I was a 2nd degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt at the time and was in hot pursuit of a black belt in Vale Tudo. I needed to start learning from my Masters. The ones who taught me before I opened the academy to teach others myself. One simple, graceful, and obvious solution came to light. I had to bring my instructors to the academy. So the quest began, and by 2016 I had my coach, and master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Joe Moreira under the roof. A little over a year later came my all time favorite Muay Thai instructor Dave Jannson. Not far behind him came Marco Ruas, my Vale Tudo Master. Once Marco joined the set my dream team was complete and the real training could begin all over again. For all of us at the academy.
The academy has been the biggest project in my life to date, and I see no end in sight. The improvements and upgrades will never cease. I will continue to make the academy better and better without fail as long as God permits me to grace the mats. As great as this place is. I honestly I feel the bigger, better, accomplishment is the forming of a community from strangers. Strangers from all walks and avenues of life. A community that is so tightly woven over time and training, that it is considered family. A family that operates on the same honor, loyalty, and respect that is the martial code I follow every waking day. The same code I try to instill in others.
This is the purpose of Tomacelli Academy.
This is my purpose.