Enlisted Nine Fight Company

Instructors

At Enlisted Nine Fight Company we are a family, and our school is bound to become our students’ second home with our instructors. We are a judgment-free zone, where mistakes are viewed as growth opportunities and your instructors and fellow students are your #1 supporters. You’ll learn a lot of impressive skills and gain many new abilities at Enlisted Nine Fight Company, but the most important thing you’ll acquire during your time here? Our community.

Enlisted Nine Fight Company

Instructors

Here Enlisted Nine Fight Company, our staff is the secret to our student success. Each instructor has a rich background in martial arts and is eager to train the next generation of martial artists. Meet the team below!

Co-Owner | Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (2nd Degree)

Professor Colton T. Smith

Biography

Colton Smith has competed and won at the highest levels as both a Professional Fighter and Combat Athlete. Aside from his illustrious martial arts resume, Colton is still serving his country on Active Duty with over 16 years of service as an Infantryman. He is a decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of his notable military career accolades include earning the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, CIB, EIB, Airborne, and Air Assault badges; serving in positions from Rifleman to Company First Sergeant; Special Operations Combatives Instructor, Combatives Master Trainer, and Congressional Liaison. Colton also holds the distinction of being the only Service-Member to ever fight in the UFC while on Active Duty, let alone being crowned “The Ultimate Fighter” winner, which he was cast on during the 16th season of the hit reality show which awarded him a six-figure contract with the UFC and a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Combatives Black Belt. Colton is an avid Wrestling, Martial Arts, and Combatives coach within his local community. He dedicates much of his free time focusing his efforts on assisting DOD assets and other Government agencies in all facets of resiliency and survivability in this volatile world. Colton bases all of his efforts on his Christian faith. He currently resides in Virginia with his three amazing children.

Notable Achievements

  • UFC Ultimate Fighter Winner (Season 16)
  • 4x UFC Veteran
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger “Out of the Ring” Award Winner
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt (First Degree)
  • Combatives Black Belt (Less than 20 in existence)
  • Catch Wrestling Champion
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame “Outstanding American” Inductee
  • Combatives/ SOCP Master Trainer
  • Co-Founder/ Owner of Enlisted Nine Fight Company HQ

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Co-Owner | Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

Professor Richard Pasinski

Biography

Coach Richard Pasinski has spent the majority of his life immersed in athletics and martial arts in some capacity, which ultimately led him to become a United States Marine. Rich spent 8 years in the Corps, half of which was spent serving in the prestigious Presidential Helicopter Squadron-HMX-1. It was there that Rich was baptized into the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and ultimately rose to the rank of Black Belt Instructor. Since that time Rich has spent 9 years professionally working in support of DoD assets in the National Capital Region and has spearheaded programs assisting in the lethality and effectiveness of the service-members under his tutelage. Aside from his already very eclectic resume, Richard has risen to the BJJ rank of Black Belt and has remained an extremely active competitor on the BJJ scene both locally and internationally. Although he is rather reticent about it, Richard also traveled to Africa in support of the Lionheart Initiative, empowering the locals in Senegal with BJJ & MMA instruction as well as donating GIs and MMA gear in the process. The effects of that trip are still enjoyed to this day on the African Continent. From an intellectual standpoint, Richard has also pursued advanced education; receiving an Associates and Bachelors’s Degree in Organizational Management. Rich is a well-versed instructor of adults and children alike in several facets of martial arts. He is a father of 4, he and his wife currently reside in Stafford, VA.

Notable Achievements

  • 2021 IBJJF Dallas International Open NoGi, Gold Medalist, Brown Belt, Masters 2
  • 2021 IBJJF Dallas International Open Absolute, Silver Medalist, Brown Belt, Masters 3
  • 2019 IBJJF New York International Open, Gold Medalist, Purple Belt, Masters 2
  • 2019 IBJJF Charlotte International Open, Gold Medalist, Purple Belt, Masters 3
  • 2019 IBJJF Washington, DC. International Open, Gold Medalist, Purple Belt, Masters 2
  • 2018 IBJJF New York International Open, Bronze Medalist, Purple Belt, Masters 2
  • 2017 IBJJF Washington, D.C. International Open, Bronze Medalist, Blue Belt, Masters 2
  • 2022 IBJJF Charleston International Open NoGi, Silver Medalist, Black Belt, Masters 3
  • 2022 IBJJF Charleston International Open Gi, Bronze Medalist, Black Belt, Masters 3

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Head Wrestling Coach

Coach Elijah “The Hero” Harshbarger

Notable Achievements

  • Founder of Gold Medal Grappling
  • 3X Freestyle National Champion
  • Greco National Champion
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion
  • Sambo National Runner Up
  • 2X Ring of Combat Champion
  • 2015 Virginia Fighter Of The Year
  • Trained Numerous Mixed Martial Arts Champions from every level of the sport
  • Coach of several state and national wrestling champions

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Head Wrestling Coach

Coach Patrick

Notable Achievements 

 

*Former United States Olympic Education Center Athlete (USOEC)
*Former Olympic Training Center Athlete (OTC)
*2010 Fila cadet Pan American Greco Roman champion (São Paulo, Brazil)
*3x VA Greco state champion
*Fargo All American
*2011 koboltn cup champion and MVP (Oslo, Norway)
*2020 Billy Robinson Classic Catch Wrestling Champion
*ISSA certified personal trainer

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Jiu-Jitsu Coach

Coach Nick Hunt

Biography

Coach Nick was born and raised in the greater Baltimore, MD area. Nick is a US Army Veteran with 12 years of service to his country. While in the military, Nick served as a law enforcement officer (Military Police), completing specialty schools such as Advanced Police Tactics (S.R.T), Unarmed Self Defense instructor, Protective Service Agent and Combatives Master Trainer. Nick has competed at the highest levels of the US Army Combatives Program as well as receiving several Gold Medals in Jiu-Jitsu competition. Nick is an avid competitor and practitioner in Jiu-Jitsu, Combatives, Wrestling and Muay Thai. Nick takes pride in teaching and mentoring as he can regularly be found assisting the newest generation of martial artist all the while trying to better himself and the Enlisted Nine organization.

Notable Achievements

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt
  • Certified Combatives Master Trainer
  • Special Operations Combatives Program Assistant Instructor
  • Tactical Combatives Course Graduate
  • Basic Combatives Course Graduate
  • Certified E9FCVA Coach
  • 2023 PBJJF D.C. Winter Open Middle Weight, Gold Medalist, Purple Belt
  • 2023 PBJJF D.C. Winter Open Middle Weight (No-Gi), Bronze Medalist, Purple Belt
  • 2022 IBJJF New Haven International Open, Silver Medalist, Purple Belt
  • 2022 Grappling Industries DMV open, Silver Medalist, Blue Belt, Adult

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Head Judo Coach

Coach George Antoniou

Biography

Coach George is a US Army Veteran who has dedicated much of his adult life to his country and martial arts. With over 30 years of martial arts experience, George is one of the most capable Judo practitioners and coaches within the DMV. George is a certified USJF/ USA Judo Certified Instructor, Coach, and Referee. Kodokan Judo was derived from Japanese Ju Jitsu and created by its founder, Dr. Jigoro Kano in 1882 and has the core principles of “Mutual Benefit and Welfare” and “Maximum Efficiency” with the goal of making better citizens. If you want to learn how to throw your opponents, come out and learn some Judo with Coach George!

Notable Achievements

  • 3rd Degree Judo Black Belt
  • United States Judo Federation and USA Judo Certified Instructor, Coach, and Referee
  • Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Certified E9FCVA Coach

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Head Muay Thai Coach

Coach James Highsmith

Biography

Coach James is a US Army Veteran and recently retired from a 24-year career in Federal Law Enforcement. His experience with Martial Arts began in 1978 when he set out to learn how to better defend himself. Since that time, he has dedicated his life to the study of martial arts; earning black belts in Tang Soo Do and Kajukembo, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and ranks in a variety of other martial arts. Coach James was introduced to Muay Thai in 1980 and has competed in Muay Thai, Full -Contact Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Savate (French kickboxing) from age 17 until his last fights at age 43. Coach James has taught Martial Arts and Combatives in various capacities since 1981, with an emphasis in the Striking Arts. In the Army, while stationed in Germany, Coach James taught Martial Arts and Self-Defense to soldiers and their family members, and, as a command driver/courier, assisted in training other couriers/drivers in close contact Combatives. While stationed in Virginia, he was an assistant coach for the US Army boxing team at Fort Eustis. For more than 42 years Coach James has taught Combatives, Combat Sports, and Recreational Martial Arts to people from all walks of life—War Fighters, Crime Fighters, Competitors and Men, Women & Children. In addition to James’ experience in the fighting arts, he has also obtained degrees in Finance and Law.

Notable Achievements

  • US Army Veteran
  • 24 Year Federal Law Enforcement Retiree
  • Over 40 years of extensive knowledge & experience
  • Federal Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor
  • Certified Combatives Instructor
  • Gracie Survival Tactics Level 2 Instructor
  • Certified Enlisted Nine Fight Company Instructor
  • Extensive competition background in a myriad of Combat Sports

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Kids Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach: Professor Richard Pasinski (Black Belt) 5x IBJJF Gold Medalist
  • Head Coach: Coach Brad Biggs (Purple Belt) IBJJF Gold Medalist
  • Assistant Coach: Coach Teresa Pasinski (Blue Belt) PBJJF Silver Medalist
  • Assistant Coach: Coach Averyana Pasinski (Blue Belt) 2X Pan Am Medalist, Virginia Women’s National Wrestling Team member, 21X BJJ Gold Medalist
  • Assistant Coach: Julianna Aguilar (Blue Belt) Multiple X Toro Cup Winner, and Multiple X BJJ Gold Medalist

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