Head Instructor - Lincoln Han
Second degree (nidan) black belt. One of the few judo players who began judo as an adult and reached top national and competitive international level as a competitor. His experience training under different instructors in different parts of the world gave him insight into several types of judo teaching and practicing styles. He began as a recreational judo player, eventually he became a professional, training full time for several years under the guidance of world class coaches and with many strong training partners, many of whom were professional athletes from the military and police sport groups in Italy.
Having learned judo as an adult and made the transition from recreational to professional player, he has an unique insight in how to teach level-appropriate judo. Before moving to Italy and train full time, he had founded and managed a high-tech business. Recognizing the different life demands and priorities of both recreational player and serious competitors, and having lived both lives, he knows how to make the appropriate program for judo players with different goals.
Growing up with a lifelong interest for martial arts and combat sports, apart from judo, he also studied freestyle wrestling and various striking-based martial arts. As a relatively new judo coach, he has already taught a wide range of people from students, teachers, wrestlers to members of military, police and special forces. As a speaker of English, Chinese and Italian, he has taught in all three languages.
- The only American judo athlete who trained full-time in Italy
- Second degree black belt in judo
- A rare balance of Japanese and European style judo.
- More than thirteen years of experience practicing judo
- 2013, 2015: Ranked #1 Master judo competitor in the U. S. (-73kg M1 and Open Weight )
Training and Competition:
- Extensive professional training and international competition experience.
- Trained full-time with Olympic-level coach Janusz Pawlowski (two-time Olympic medalist) and Italian police and military groups.
- Also trained extensively with Gianni Maddaloni, coach to several Italian champions and an Olympic champion.
- Studied and trained under other coaches and senseis in the United States including Gerald Lafon (Judo America), Jin Izumi (a student of Mifune), Geno Mauro (now deceased) among several others during various stages of his early judo career.
- Member of USA Judo, Amateur Athletic Union and Italian Judo Federation.
Preferred Teaching Method:
- Teaching judo in a logical and concise manner with emphasis on fundamental skills; proper biomechanics; dynamic movement pattern; correct body position; situational reaction; balance between standing and ground techniques.
- Using judo-focused and general physical preparation training for strength and endurance based on scientific training principles.
- 2015 World Master / Veteran Championships Vice-champion (M1 -73kg)
- 2014 World Master Championships [a. k. a. World Veteran Championships] 5th (M1 -73kg)
- 2015 C. S. E. N. Italy National Champion (-73kg) [The only American to win this title]
- 2012 and 2015 Italy Cup National Judo Championships finals qualified (-73kg)
- 2013 U. S. National Champion (M1 -73kg and Open)
- 2012 U. S. National silver medalist (Master M1 -73kg)
- 2012 Luxembourg Open silver medalist (-73kg)
- 2009 USJA and USJF Winter National Champion (-73kg)
- 2009 U. S. Senior National Championships 7th (-73kg)
- 2007 Hong Kong International Tournament Champion (-81kg)
Assistant Instructor - Alessio Iannascoli
First degree black belt (shodan). As a child, he began his judo under sensei Mario Moccia and instructor Gianfranco Moccia. After becoming a black belt in 2012, he has been training and studying under the guidance of Lincoln Han. Alessio competed at -66kg category domestically and internationally. Being a lightweight, he prefers a technical approach to judo. Alessio is currently studying law at University of Naples and speaks Italian and English.
Assistant Instructor - Andrea D'Avenia
Black belt. With a master's degree in mechanical engineering and experience as both an engineer and physics teacher, he can explain judo in a logical and methodical manner to students. He began judo as a child and took a long break before returning to judo again to take his brown and eventually black belt. He has studied under various instructors such as Mario Moccia, Pietro Marino and Lincoln Han. He speaks Italian and English.