Assistant Coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy
Israel Martinez stands as one of the most decorated wrestlers and coaches to emerge from the state of Illinois. Throughout his remarkable career, he has attained success both as a competitor and as a mentor. From his early days as a youth wrestler to his influential role as head wrestling coach for Jackson Wink MMA Academy, Israel's impact on the sport is undeniably significant.
Israel's journey in wrestling began during his youth, where he compiled a record-breaking career in the state of Illinois. His impressive accomplishments include five state titles and the distinguished Marty Combe and Ron Irwin awards, reserved for the state's finest wrestlers in different age groups. Transitioning to high school, Israel wrestled for West Aurora High School, earning three state titles with a career record of 118-1. Notably, his sole loss resulted from an illegal slam that led to a medical forfeit. Alongside his high school achievements, he excelled in Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, becoming a three-time All-American in Freestyle and a two-time All-American in Greco-Roman at prestigious national championships.
Following high school, Israel continued his wrestling journey at North Idaho College, securing an NJCAA Junior College National Championship at 157lbs with an undefeated record of 27-0 in 2002. Although his college career was cut short, Israel's competitive drive remained unyielding. In 2003, he embarked on coaching youth and high school wrestling, establishing the Izzy Style School of Wrestling in 2005. Under his guidance, the school has produced numerous state and national champions, including notable wrestlers like Jordan Blanton (3x NCAA All-American) and Tony Ramos (2014 NCAA Champion). Israel's coaching prowess extended to the Montini Catholic High School, where his leadership as an assistant coach helped the Broncos secure three consecutive Team State Championships from 2007 to 2009. After assuming the role of head coach in 2009, he led the team to four consecutive Team State Championships from 2010 to 2014.
Beyond his contributions to the world of wrestling, Israel Martinez has made an indelible mark in the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA). He worked closely with renowned MMA fighter Clay Guida, perfecting wrestling skills for Guida's successful career in the UFC. Israel's expertise has also benefited other notable MMA fighters, including Carlos Condit, Brian Stann, Cub Swanson, Diego Sanchez, and Holly Holm, among others. Since 2009, Israel has served as the head wrestling coach for Jackson Wink MMA Academy, playing a pivotal role in the success of fighters like Jon "Bones" Jones, the reigning pound-for-pound number one fighter in the world.
Israel Martinez's personal wrestling accomplishments showcase his exceptional talent and dedication to the sport. Notable achievements include being a five-time IKWF State Champion, recipient of the Marty Combe and Ron Irwin awards, three-time IHSA State Champion, and a podium finish at the Cadet World Championships. As a coach, Israel has guided his teams and individual wrestlers to remarkable achievements, including multiple IHSA state champions, IHSA Team State Championships, and coaching world champion Jon "Bones" Jones.
Israel Martinez's legacy as a wrestler and coach is unparalleled in the state of Illinois and extends to the global stage of MMA. Through his unique approach blending mental toughness and technical wisdom, Israel has consistently cultivated elite athletes who excel at the highest levels of competition. His contributions continue to shape and inspire the wrestling and MMA communities.
The coaching staff at Jackson Wink MMA Academy comprises a highly skilled and dedicated group of trainers and instructors who possess a wealth of experience and expertise in various martial arts disciplines, providing comprehensive guidance and support to athletes of all levels.
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