Michael is the head coach and founder of Checkmat Charlotte. Michael holds the rank of 1st degree black belt and is the first African American to receive a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in North Carolina. Michael has coached and mentored several professional MMA fighters and high level BJJ competitors, Before bringing his coaching talents to BJJ, he was also a successful wrestling coach and competitor himself. Michael is a native of Asheville, NC and currently live in Charlotte with his wife, Regina. They have four children.