OUR TEAM

LUKE RINEHART “AKA” THE BJJ RONIN

LUKE IS THE OWNER AND HEAD INSTRUCTOR AT THE CLINCH ACADEMY. HAVING TRAINED SINCE 1983 AND TEACHING SINCE 1993, LUKE BRINGS A PLETHORA OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO HIS STUDENTS. IN HIS YEARS OF TRAINING LUKE HAS EARNED BLACK BELTS IN TANG SOO DO, SELF-DEFENSE TACTICS & BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. LUKE HAS ALSO STUDIED INTENSELY IN KENPO, KICKBOXING, MUAY THAI AS WELL AS OTHER GRAPPLING ARTS OUTSIDE OF BJJ. MARTIAL ARTS IS A PASSION FOR LUKE AND LIVING A LIFE THAT REFLECTS THE WARRIOR CODE IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT. AS A CHRISTIAN LUKE VIEWS THE WARRIOR CODE AS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT MENTIONED IN GALATIANS 5…LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENTLENESS AND SELF-CONTROL. AGAINST THESE THERE IS NO LAW!

CATY RINEHART

CATY AND LUKE HAVE BEEN MARRIED SINCE 2005 AND SHE HAS BEEN PART OWNER OF THE CLINCH ACADEMY SINCE… CATY HAS TRAINED OFF AND ON WHILE BALANCING HOME LIFE AND EVEN HOMESCHOOLING THEIR 3 CHILDREN BRAESEN, BRONWYN AND JUDAH. CATY HAS EARNED HER BLUE BELT IN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU AND IS A LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED STRIKE FIT COACH. GRADUATING FROM …WITH HER DEGREE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE, CATY HAS A LOT TO OFFER CLINCH ACADEMY STUDENTS FROM BOTH A PHYSICAL & MENTAL PERSPECTIVE.

TOM LEDWELL

TOM LEDWELL IS THE FORMER FREDERICK POLICE CHIEF. TOM HAS BEEN WITH CLINCH ACADEMY SINCE 2005 AND HOLDS A SECOND DEGREE BLACK BELT IN BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. TOM HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO MANY STUDENTS AT THE ACADEMY SINCE HE HAS STRUGGLED WITH ARTHRITIS FOR MANY YEARS AND HAS HAD TO WORK AROUND AND MODIFY HIS GAME ACCORDINGLY. ANYONE THAT ROLLS WITH TOM KNOWS THAT HIS TECHNIQUE IS INCREDIBLE EVEN THOUGH HE HAS HAD THESE STRUGGLES. PERHAPS THESE STRUGGLES HAVE EVEN MADE HIS GAME MORE EFFECTIVE! TOM WAS A CERTIFIED MARYLAND POLICE AND CORRECTIONS DEFENSIVE TACTICS AND GENERAL INSTRUCTOR EVEN WINNING A INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD! NOW TOM LIKES TO PASS HIS KNOWLEDGE AND PASSION ONTO HIS STUDENTS!

JASON MCDONALD

JASON MCDONALD HAS BEEN WITH THE CLINCH ACADEMY SINCE AND EARNED HIS BLACK BELT IN 2016

JOSHUA MADISON

JOSHUA MADISON HAS BEEN WITH CLINCH ACADEMY OFF AN ON SINCE IT’S BEGINNING YEARS. JOSHUA EARNED HIS CLINCH ACADEMY BJJ BLACK BELT IN 2017 AND INSTRUCTOR COACHING YOUTH MMA, YOUTH BJJ, & ADULT BJJ COMBATIVES.