Founded by Michael and Sydney Lewis in 2010, Lion’s Crest Martial Arts has launched many people into a lifetime of martial arts training


Our goal is not just to “create black belts” but to start people on a path to a lifetime of training in the martial arts. We adopted “Train for Life” as our motto. It is a motto with a multifaceted meaning (several meanings).




Michael Lewis

Starting at 10 years old, Michael Lewis has grown up in the martial arts. He earned his black belt and started teaching in the Wilmington and Burgaw area. He later earned his Sa Dan (4th Degree) in Moo Duk Kwon under Master Doug McDonald and, in 2010, established Lion’s Crest Martial Arts. In 2012, He started training under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Jonathan Uzcategui and Hope Uzcategui. He currently BJJ Brown Belt. His gift for teaching encourages beginners and advanced students alike to continuously see improvement in their technique and grappling.


Sydney Lewis

Sydney Lewis always shows exemplary skills and character on and off the mats. Whether training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, helping kids in our after school program or teaching the Women's Kick Boxing, Sydney excels in everything she does. She has been training in the martial arts since 2009, earning her Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan in 2014. She is currently a Brown belt Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Professor Jonathan Uzcategui. and has become a testimony of our motto "Train for Life."


Assistant Instructors & Staff

Artemio Meza
Artemio is a blue belt in BJJ and a black belt in our Karate / Kick Boxing system. He currently helps with our kids classes. He is going to school for computer programming

Olivia Augi
Olivia is a Purple belt in BJJ and a Brown / Black in our Karate / KickBoxing system. She is also involved at her church and missions group Haiti Awake.

Sarah Russ
Sarah is the head of our after school program and has been involved in the care of our students for 3 years