Meet our Instructors


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 Alliance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Jonathan Uzcategui and is currently a purple 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 purple belt Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Professor Jonathan Uzcategui. and has become a testimony of our motto "Train for Life."



Joe Kearney

Joseph Kearney has a proven method of taking students from the gym to the cage. A combination of boxing (since 2003) and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, blue belt under Professor Jonathan Uzcategui, has enabled Joe to produce well rounded fighters. Joe, through himself and his students, has achieved several MMA victories for Lion's Crest.