Instructors

Alex Ecklin began martial arts at an early age, starting with Judo and Karate. In his late teens, he pursued Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and attained a black belt under Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. By being involved in the martial arts community from both a teaching and learning standpoint, Alex developed a vision that he will be implementing in Masterskya. For him, it is a dream coming to reality.

Past accomplishments include medaling in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, European Championships, No-Gi Pan-American Championships, and winning the American National, New York, Boston, and Chicago Championships as a brown belt.

Alex has also competed in the Eddie Bravo Invitational, Rise Submission Only Invitational, Fight to Win Pro and many martial arts disciplines such as Sambo, Judo, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts.

Alex is currently competing full-time in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling/Superfights.

Alex created www.HalfGuardSweep.com where he released an instructional on the G-Roll.

Van Allen Flores has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for close to a decade, attaining a black belt under Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. Van is a long-time friend and training partner of Alex and Marshall, and has joined in April of 2017 as a partner and head instructor of Masterskya.

Van is a passionate teacher who, before joining Masterskya, was one of the head instructors at Vitor Shaolin’s Manhattan Academy as well as at UFC Gym Soho. Van shares Masterskya’s core values, and he will be running classes several times a week.

Past accomplishments include medaling in the European Championships, New York Open, Boston Open, Abu Dhabi NYC Trials, and Grapplers Quest in the colored belts. He has also won the Big Apple Open Brown/Black Belt division.

Van has also competed in Rise Submission Only Invitational as well as Fight to Win Pro. Currently, he is competing full time in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling/Superfights.

Marshall Gelbman developed a passion for martial arts as a teenager. He has trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo for over a decade. Marshall is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Vitor “Shaolin” Ribiero and he received his brown belt in Judo from Sensei Kyoshi Shiina. He has also trained Judo with Sensei Arkadiy Aronov. Marshall is a big influence on Masterskya’s vision.

Marshall won the black belt division of the Tech Judo Invitational and the brown belt division of the Nakabayashi Judo Championships. He has also medaled in the IBJJF New York Open as a purple belt, Tech Judo Invitational and Northeastern Judo Invitational as a brown belt, and the 2008 North American Freestyle Sambo Championships.

Marshall received his MD degree from New York Medical College in 2013 and he is currently completing his residency in the field of radiology.

Christopher Mark Daniel Lackhan has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2009, presently he is a brown belt under Unity Jiu-Jitsu. Chris has been a long time friend and training partner of Alex, Van and Marshall and will be leading the Thursday night competition class at Masterskya.

Past accomplishments include medaling in Grapplers Quest, Big Apple BJJ Open (weight and absolute), New York Open, New York Pro, No-Gi Pans, Boston Open and American Nationals in the colored belts.

Along with studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu daily, Chris has experience in other martial arts and has recently started his studies on the biomechanics of the human body and is preparing for his certification under Functional Patterns.