Butch Marks

Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Butch Marks, Jiu-Jitsu/Submission Grappling/Kickboxing/Muy Thai

“The path is the most important part, and to be able to do this with your friends, to build relationships, to challenge yourself physically, mentally and progress, that’s all we really can ask in anything we do. And in my life, I’ve found the best avenue for that: jiu-jitsu.”–Butch Marks

Butch is a true martial arts student, and he began his studies at the age of 4. By the age of 7, he was on the USA Karate National Team. In 1995, he was introduced to Gracie jiu-jitsu (the Brazilian form of jiu-jitsu developed by the Gracie family), and he continues to learn new methods of the jiu-jitsu discipline even after 20+ years of experience.

His titles include:

  • 3 time Junior National Champ
  • 2 time NAGA National Champ Jiu-Jitsu
  • 3 time Bud Cup World Champ – Feather-Weight
  • USA Open, Grappling Quest and FILA Grappling Cup Champion
  • 7-3 PRO MMA RECORD

Chris Sawtelle

Head Striking Coach

Chris Sawtelle, Boxing/Kickboxing

“Boxing helps people explore themselves in a way that they can see what they’ve got, to test themselves and get outside of their comfort zone, how they can get a hold of their emotions in a way that they’re not used to. It develops a lot of courage in a person.” –Chris Sawtelle

Chris Sawtelle is a bonafide veteran of the boxing world. For almost thirty years, Chris has either been a coach or a professional/amateur boxer. And for many young and upcoming boxers, he is a true mentor.

His credentials speak for themselves:

  • Fought under Olympic boxing coach, Anthony Chase
  • Four time Florida State Boxing Champion
  • Virginia Golden Gloves Champion
  • 2003 Toughman Contest Heavyweight Champion

Chris@AmericanTopTeamAsheville.com

Sean Soboleski

Head Wrestling Coach

I am a firm believer in Dan Gable’s famous quote, “Once you have wrestled, everything else is easy.”

Sean began wrestling at age 5, in the highly-regarded wrestling state of Pennsylvania. As a Cadet and Junior in USA Wrestling, he earned several medals at the state level in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. Sean went on to compete in NCAA Division I at Boston University under Hall of Fame Coach, Carl Adams. Sean is also a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo.

  • Open Freestyle State Champion
  • NCAA Division I wrestler
  • Over 200 career wins
  • 13 years experience coaching high-school wrestling
  • WNCWOA wrestling official