Behind the scenes

The construction of the academy and the renovation of the space as well as the creation of the uniforms for Ascension Academy was undertaken by the individuals listed below. Although Yoga and BJJ are the focal points of our establishment we want to recognize the efforts of those who remain unseen.

For construction quotes or for design requests please contact the people below

Behind the scenes

Pedro Ascension Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
We've been busy getting the school up and running and promise new photos to come.

Pedro "Panda" Marques

Owner   |   Assistant instructor, Jiu-Jitsu

Pedro moved from Brazil to the US in 2000. His initial life path was towards the financial sector but he found himself in the construction industry where he has remained since. Pedro holds an MBA from SUNY New Paltz and runs a successful construction business. His Jiu-Jitsu experience began shortly after some life-altering health issues which put him on the path of discipline and dedication.

Pedro has studied the gentle art of Jiu-Jitsu for the past 6 years, traveling the world seeking the best instructors and training facilities, experiencing the many approaches to teaching as well as practicing the magnificent sport. His many passions also include meditation, yoga, mobility science, snowboarding, surfing, and all things related to maximizing the human potential.

“My goal with the creation of Ascension Academy of Jiu-jitsu & Yoga is to create an inclusive environment which focuses on the human potential and on maintaining an environment of discipline and respect while fostering personal growth.”

Ascension Bjj Panda
We've been busy getting the school up and running and promise new photos to come.

Melanie Gonzalez

Creative Team Member

Melanie Gonzalez is an integral part of our creative team. She is an artist/photographer that works with nature in unique ways. It is her art that inspires Ascension’s Rash Guards and Spats.

Melanie also brings an enthusiastic energy to her Jiu-Jitsu practice. She began training two years ago and is an inspiration to us all.