The Team FVGC instructors are a group of dedicated and skilled individuals that can help you achieve your personal training goals, whether it be getting in shape, learning new skills, or participating in local, national, and international competitions.

Here’s a quick look at our coaching staff:

James Peterson(Co-owner and Head Instructor of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kids Program)
James is a first-degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson Gracie black belts, Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga. He most recently won bronze medals as a black belt at the IBJJF Masters World Championships and the IBJJF Pan-American Championships. James is also a 2x IBJJF Pan American Champion and a 2x silver medalist at the IBJJF Masters World Championship. James has won multiple regional and national titles at some of the most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling tournaments in the county; including being a multiple time IBJJF, NAGA, Gracie National and Arnold's National Tournament champion.

James has coached his students to championships and podium placement at the highest-level competitions in the world, including IBJJF Pans, and Masters Worlds. James has been coaching BJJ for 15 years to people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. He is the only full-time, BJJ, black belt instructor for over 100 miles.

James is a mixed martial arts fighter with an overall record of 5-1 (2-1 professional).
James was also a State Tournament qualifying wrestler in high school and lettered in Wrestling at UW-Madison.


Alexandra Peterson (Co-Owner, Brazilain Jiu-Jitsu, Kids Program)
Alexandra has over 20 years of experience in the martial arts. She is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has been training and competing in BJJ for over 13 years. She is only the 3rd female black belt in Wisconsin BJJ history. She is also the first and only female black belt under Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga of the LCCT Association. She is a multiple time IBJJF Chicago International Champion and most recently brought home a bronze medal from the IBJJF Masters World Championships. Alexandra is also the founder of Rebel Girls BJJ, an all-women Brazilian jiu-jitsu organization created to support and strengthen the female BJJ community.

Alexandra also holds a 2nd degree black belt in freestyle karate and was the 2000 North American Sport Karate Association World and National Champion. Alexandra represented Team USA at the World Karate Association Championships in Hanover, Germany and Louisville, KY. She has won a host of major NASKA tournaments including the US Open, the Bluegrass Nationals, and the Diamond Nationals.

She has a considerable amount of coaching experience between instructing both kids and adult Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Fight Fit fitness program, Kickboxing Fundamentals, and children’s freestyle karate and martial arts after school programs.


Morrison Lamb (Boxing)
• NASM Certified Personal Trainer
• Athletic Trainer since 2008: Athletes (Amateur and Professional), general population and special population.
• Teaching MMA and Boxing for 6 yrs
• 8 yrs MMA experience
• 6 yrs as a professional fighter
• 17-14-1 Overall MMA record
• Working knowledge of: Boxing, Wrestling, Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai
• Northeast Wisconsin's only Certified Personal Trainer/MMA coach
• Specialize in corrective exercise and sports performance
• Functional training and post rehab


Curt Stratton (Judo/Wrestling)
Grappling for over 30 years
93 WISAA State Champ
94 WISAA State Champ
94 Badger State Champ
95 High School All-American (4th in the Nation)
93-95 Named to ESPN's “Who's Who In High School Sports”
97 NCAA Division 3 All-American
97 Freestyle Champ
98 NCAA Division 2 All-American

96 WI State Champ
96 AAU National Champ
96 USJA Runner Up
96 Ladder Tournament Bronze Medalist
97 AAU National Champ
97 US Judo Association Bronze Medalist
97 Ladder Tournament Silver Medalist
99-02 US International Judo Team
2000 Judo All-American
2002 Judo All-American

97 FIAS US National Champ
97 FIAS US World Sambo Team
98 FIAS US National Champ
98 FIAS US World Sambo Team
2001 FIAS US National Champion


Bob Howden
(Muay Thai)

Bob is a Black Belt in Muay Thai under renowned competitor and coach, Duke Roufus. Bob trained with Duke for more than a decade.

Bob is also a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson Gracie Black Belts, Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga of the LCCT Combat Team and an IBJJF Worlds Masters silver and bronze medalist and Chicago Open Champion.


Matt Brown
(Muay Thai)

Matt currently holds two professional championship MMA belts in two different organizations and has a record of 10-5. He has notable wins over top-level fighters such as Floyd Hodges and WEC fighter John Hosman.

Matt has been training MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Team FVGC for 10 years and competing almost as long. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt under Rickson Gracie Black Belts, Luiz Claudio and Thiago Veiga of the LCCT Combat Team.