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Fall '23

New Gym, New Website, More Awesome

Raptor Academy


Raptor provides a welcoming, family-oriented environment for all skill levels. We make grappling both accessible and challenging.

Visit us and discover the premier source of Submission Grappling instruction in Central Pennsylvania.

Featuring influences from martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Sambo, and Wrestling  


Jeremy Guillard, Black belt, BJJ

JEREMY GUILLARD holds a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Jeff Rockwell with Judo and Sambo experience under multiple instructors such as Vlad Koulikov and Frank Driscoll of the Penn State Judo club.

Jeremy also has extensive experience as a Registered Nurse in Emergency Medicine. When not teaching  Jiu Jitsu, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family and studying Jiu Jitsu.


JESSICA BUCKLAND is a brown belt under Raptor Academy of Martial Arts. In addition to managing the academy, Jessica provides instruction for both adult and youth classes


JON WEAVER is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. A lifelong martial artist with a background in Aikido, Kali Escrima, Judo, and Western Fencing amongst other disciplines, Jon instructs both youth and adult classes.


BRIAN SHAFFER is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Raptor who serves as a primary instructor for afternoon classes. 

Brian has spent a career in Law Enforcement with a background in tactial team operations.


Our Approach

Raptor seeks to provide an opportunity for both self-development and self-defense thru an integrative approach to martial arts. The academy caters to all skill levels with a systems based pedagogy that also leaves room for personal exploration. Classes consist of technical instruction, movement drills, positional sparring, physical education, and open rolling. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere sufficiently approachable and challenging so as to be both entertaining and rewarding to any student.


Membership and Location

220 West High Street
Downtown Bellefonte

We use Zen Planner to manage our subscriptions - secure transactions and no long-term contracts or hidden fees.

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Founded officially in 2018, Raptor Academy of Martial Arts strives to provide the highest level of martial arts instruction in central Pennsylvania within a safe and welcoming environment. Priding itself on a positive team culture, Raptor strives to serve its community thru physical fitness, self-defense, and sports education.

Phone: 814-826-1971


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