Next Level Martial Arts Academy Instructors

James Terlecki

James Terlecki

Instructor James Terlecki has been a practitioner of martial arts for over twenty years. Beginning at the age of 8, he started taking Tae Kwon Do under the instruction of Sam Naples. Terlecki earned his black belt from Naples by the time he was 12 years-old. During his competitive years, from ages 8-16, Terlecki had quickly accumulated over 50 State and National Championships. Including such titles as the All American Championship, U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship, All Martial Arts Open Championship, National Open Martial Arts Championship, etc.

In 1998, Terlecki began traveling to Cleveland Ohio to study Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He studied under instructor Craig Cramer, who ran and operated one of the first training associations for the legendary Royce Gracie. After only 5 months of training Gracie awarded Terlecki with his blue belt. A few years later Terlecki left the academy to train with Eduardo Barros, a black belt under Andre Pederneiras. In 2004, Barros awarded Terlecki with his purple belt. In 2008 Terlecki began training with Jiu-Jitsu master Marcello Monteiro, the protégé of Ricardo De La Riva. Monteiro awarded Terlecki with his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt in 2009, his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2010 and his first degree in 2013. While only competing 3 times in Jiu-Jitsu competitions Terlecki has walked away with 4 titles. In 1998 he competed as a blue belt and won both the lightweight and open division at the North American Challenge. Then in 2004 he competed as a purple belt and won both the lightweight and open division at the Kumite Classic. Since that time he has spent his efforts on teaching and training the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at his school, the Next Level Martial Arts Academy.

In 2009, Terlecki also began training Muay Thai Kickboxing and striking for MMA under Kickboxing world champion, Duke Roufus. In 2013 Roufus awarded Terlecki his black belt in his striking system.