Since we’ve opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.
We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..
Get To Know Our World Class Instructors
Owner Sam Lionelli
Sam is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with extensive experience in owning various businesses. Collectively Sam has owned over nine businesses, many of which he has gone on to pass on to other aspiring entrepreneurs. Sam is the current co-owner of Marble Slab Creamery in Bricktown in Oklahoma City and co-owner of Aesthetic State of Mind.
Sam opened Combat Syndicate in December 2019 after developing a passion for martial arts and seeing the physical and emotional progress that martial arts provided to students.
James Morgan initially began private training for Sam as a side gig. What started out as a place to help bullied kids gain confidence has grown in that and so much more. We now have many MMA fighters, Kickboxers and Jiu Jitsu competitors. Sam is currently a Blue belt in Jiu Jitsu and a strength and conditioning coach.
Richard Hess, also known as Rich, is a 2nd degree Brazilian JiuJitsu Black Belt, a 3-D Martial Arts Black Belt. and a Judo Black Belt and a certified Rigan Machado Black Belt Instructor.
Richard is a 2006 IBJJF Pan American Silver medalist, a 2007 IBJJF Pan American Gold Medalist, Pro MMA veteran with wins in 5 different weight classes.
Richard has over a decade of experience in BJJ as a competitor and as a BJJ Referee. Richard has also accomplished over 70 submission wins.
The following are a few of his accolades:
-Fight to Win Tournament Champion.
-Coach of Fight to Win BJJ State Champion Team.
-Shooteboxe Japan Veteran.
-Former Ring of Fire No1 ranked 145 lb Pro MMA Fighter.
-Trained 3 Muay Thai Colorado State Champions.
-Colorado State 3rd place team.
-Over 70 Fight to Win, gi & no gi National & State Champions in Brazilian JiuJitsu.
-Colorado State 3rd place team in Muay Thai.
-Won Fight to Win State & Nationals in BJJ and had multiple x team champions, with over 70 individual medals under the instruction of Rich.
Sensai James Morgan
Received his black belt in Japanese jiu jitsu in 2016 and has been training Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA since 2004. James is a former MMA fighter and has multiple medals in various Jiu Jitsu tournaments.