Jon is a Marine Corps veteran and a retired fugitive task force Inspector and SRT leader for the U.S. Marshals Service. As a life long Martial Artist, Jon has participated in national and international competitions in Mixed Martial Arts (Shooto), Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Kickboxing.
Mr. Frank began organizing Pankration competitions in 2002, formulating rules and procedures that allowed realistic but safe competition for Military personnel. Recognizing a need for youth competitions in the emerging world of MMA, Jon immediately began hosting youth tournaments under the same protocols as Military events.
Respect and recognition for Mr. Frank’s dedication to safety in youth MMA was realized in 2014 when his comprehensive set of guidelines governing youth MMA was the first of its kind to be adopted by a U.S. state athletic commission. In present day, Jon still volunteers to direct the United States Fight League overseeing competitions and training for youth, Law Enforcement and Military.
Amanda Brown Tortorici
Amanda is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. A former high school and collegiate athlete in track and field, lacrosse and Field Hockey, Amanda now focuses on competitive Brazilian Jiujitsu where she has already earned IBJJF Pan Am and World Championships.
Amanda is currently pursuing her Ph D in public health at UC Irvine with focus on Kidney Disease and is a paid speaker on a number of health related subjects.
When not studying, working and training, Amanda coaches youth athletes in Brazilian Jiujitsu and Wrestling.
Ana is a mother and grandmother who has studied in South and North America with careers in the business and medical fields, beauty industry and Holistic area. Writing poems, painting and traveling are her hobbies. Besides her work as Consultant and Adult Educator, she enjoys giving back to the community. Ana has held positions as a PTSA President and Treasurer for a HS Wrestling team and Musical Choir, Historian for the Auxiliary American Legion, Volunteer for the Cancer Society, and many other great organizations as American Red Cross and Senior Services.
Her youngest child Nickie brought Ana to the world of MMA. Homeschooling Nickie while training in Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do, Boxing, Wrestling and Pankration. Traveling and competitions became a norm for her, MMA and Pankration for Kids has opened her horizons to a complete new level of living a healthier life with a define purpose.
Mario Ismael Mendez
May 28, 1956 - April 12, 2018
Mario was an original volunteer board member and familiar face to countless USFL athletes. Although the first to break out his checkbook helping athletes with competition, travel and training expenses, his simple words of encouragement and support at the right moment is what he will be remembered for most. Mario's quiet generosity has impacted all who have crossed paths with him.
Also a referee and Head Official for USA Wrestling and FIAS Sombo, the San Diego Imperial Kids Wrestling Association awarded Mario a Lifetime Achievement award in 2003 for community involvement. Mr Mendez has also volunteered at the USO of San Diego, AYSO and was the Cal Trans district 11 volunteer of the year, being the only individual to "Adopt and Highway".
Professionally, as a member of United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 230, Mario was part of the Political Education Committee and outreach program trying to effect change in issues ranging from implementation of affordable housing, recognition of veterans issues, to increased recruitment of community members into registered apprenticeships.
Mario will be missed but not forgotten. Donations to the USFL in Mario's names will fund the Mario Mendez Memorial Scholarship fund, helping youth athletes cover annual licensing expenses.
Christina Taylor is an Accountant, Human Resource Specialist, and Lean Manufacturing Professional. She is a former high school athlete who continues to feed her competitive spirit through martial arts training in Catch Wrestling and Kickboxing. Her introduction to and passion for martial arts came through her two boys. They compete, nation-wide, in Sport Karate, multiple grappling style, and Pankration tournaments.
Christina attained her Bachelors and Masters degree in Accounting, and also holds a Masters in Operations Management. She also serves as an active member of the Accounting Advisory Board for Arkansas State University, where she assists in curriculum management and improvement to better prepare ASU graduates for the current needs within the Accounting profession