Kris Magers is the Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu and IBJJF Certified Black Belt Professor of URSA Academy / Ribeiro Jiu
Jitsu - Ann Arbor, founded in May 2010. He began his BJJ training under Saulo Ribeiro, Alexandre (Xande) Ribeiro, and Chris Blanke in January of 2002. In the Fall of 2011, after taking Gold at the American Nationals, Kris was promoted to the rank of black belt by Saulo Ribeiro at the University of Jiu Jitsu in San Diego, CA. He was then promoted to first degree black belt in 2014 by Xande Ribeiro.
A 'life long student of the game,’ Professor Kris prides himself on his commitment to breaking down barriers that can hinder or frustrate new jiu jitsu practitioners and simplifying even the most complicated techniques in order to present material that can be easily absorbed and applied by students of all levels. He strongly promotes a team mentality, and cares first and foremost for the safety and welfare of his students. Professor Kris’s ability to explain and present technique in a fun and engaging manner makes him an excellent instructor, and has earned him the reputation and nickname of “BJJ Teaching Pro.” He enjoys instructing men, women, and children of all ages and looks forward to coaching and developing the next generation of jiu jitsu practitioners and contributing to the growth and evolution of the martial art.
Professor Kris invites anyone to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu regardless of body type, weight, age, conditioning level, or profession. He believes that, “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help anyone to build confidence, lose weight, build muscle, and of course, have fun!” Professor Kris actively competes at regional, national, and international tournaments. He views competing as a way to study jiu jitsu and develop as both a competitor and an instructor.
Black Belt Lineage: Helio Gracie - Royler Gracie - Saulo & Xande Ribeiro - Kris Magers
Amy Magers is the Academy Director of URSA Academy. She began her BJJ training under Chris Blanke & husband Kris Magers in May of 2010, earning the rank of blue belt in 2011. Amy’s boxing training began back in 2005 under a representative of the renowned Kronk Gym. An educator by trade, Amy is now in charge of curriculum & program development at URSA Academy & URSA FKB. She is also an instructor in the URSA Fitness Kickboxing program.
Her experience teaching at the Toledo Zoo and coaching everything from swimming to horseback riding for participants ages 2 - 70+, helps her to develop fun, developmentally appropriate, & engaging classes for all levels. She loves the challenge that comes from modifying workouts and classes to suit everyone from conditioned athletes to people who haven’t worked out in years! “Fitness Kickboxing and BJJ really are for everyone! Especially when participants are introduced to these activities in the ‘right’ way like we do here at URSA Academy.”
Amy often jokes that in her “past life” she was supposed to be a middle school science teacher. With that in mind, she has a particular interest in developing classes for kids ages 10- 14 which she considers the, “left out” age group. Amy says, “Everyone has programs for the little guys, & high school athletics are a huge deal, especially in our area. But what about the kids in between, or the kids who didn’t make the school team? Those kids are going through crucial physical, emotional, and social transitions and they NEED programs that are specifically tailored to their age, ability, and developmental stages. More than any other age group, the 10-14 year olds need a place where they can feel comfortable, confident, and challenged at the same time. That’s a unique environment that we can provide in our Varsity Program at URSA Academy.”