Robert Wilson was first introduced to the world of martial arts in 1975 at the age of 4 by Goju Ryu Master Anthony Lingo in Camden, NJ. After watching plenty of Bruce Lee movies he was excited to practice all the moves he saw on tv! His grandfather took him to his first boxing match and later strapped on his first set of gloves at the age of 7. At 10 he entered his first real boxing gym in the South Bronx of New York.
In 1985 Rob returned to his home in Camden, New Jersey and began studying Universal Pasha Karate, a style that integrates Kyokushin and Shotokan karate, Boxing, and Bando (Burmese kick boxing), under Grand Master Robert Dickerson at Universal Pasha Karate School (UPK). It was here that he would learn the dedication and sacrifice required to become a true martial artist and ultimately earn his first degree black belt. He continued to train at UPK until he joined the Navy in 1992. Robert still goes home to train in his home town several times per year to stay proficient in the art.
In 2004 Robert began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Gustavo Machado. He knew immediately this was the piece that completed his martial arts puzzle. Through Iraq and Afghanistan deployments as well several underway periods he continues to train and has attained the rank of brown belt. In 2007 Robert became a certified boxing coach under USA Boxing. Robert retired from 20 years of dedicated service in the U.S. Navy in 2012 and is excited for his future in the ever evolving world of Mixed Martial Arts. He is eager to share the knowledge he has gained over the last 35 years.