Owner and Head BJJ Coach, Wappingers
Mike Wacker is a 3rd-degree black belt under Rob Kahn (Gracie Tampa Jiu-Jitsu). Mike has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since he was twelve years old, and has been teaching since 2004. At the age of seventeen, Mike began instructing a small group of friends in the basement of his parents’ house: the original “Black Hole”. Today, Black Hole Jiu-Jitsu Academy is located at , 1285 U.S Route 9, Wappingers Falls, New York 12590. The facility is large, well-lit, fully-matted, and climate-controlled.
Through the many changes Black Hole has seen, one constant that has remained through the years is the passion that Mike has for jiu-jitsu and his dedication to his students. Mike still teaches the vast majority of the jiu-jitsu classes at Black Hole himself, and his expertise for coaching and instruction is evident in the many high-caliber competitors Black Hole has produced. Black Hole Jiu-Jitsu team members have won or placed at almost every level and rank in world-wide competitions. Mike makes every effort to be available to coach his students in competitions and has traveled extensively in this endeavor.
Mike is a progressive instructor. In the past four years, he has hosted seminars by world-renowned jiu-jitsu practitioners, including: Rob Kahn, Royce Gracie, Caio Terra, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, Lucas Lepri, and Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.
Mike is open, encouraging, and welcoming. There is great camaraderie and warmth amongst training partners at Black Hole Jiu Jitsu. Whether you are a serious competitor or just someone in search of self-defense instruction or a great workout, Mike will do his best to ensure that you are satisfied. Mike takes pride in being an honest businessman and treats many long term students like family.