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Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center

2022 Main Street

Northampton, Pa 18067

(610) 440 0443

INSTRUCTORS

Team Biographies

Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

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According to Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification the instructors at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center Northampton Pa have received certification!

All Elite Mixed Martial Arts Instructors are certified in C.P.R. & A.E.D.

Shihan Ralph Orobono, 8th Degree

Senior Instructor at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center is Ralph Orobono. Shihan Orobono has been a martial artist since the 1990's. Ralph received his first black belt in April of 2002 in the disciplines of Aikido, Hapkido, Karate, Muay Thai, Jujutsu and kickboxing. Then earning his second black belt in June of 2005 adding to his arsenal Ninjitsu, Brazilian Jujitsu and wrestling. He has competed in various kumite tournaments. Ralph has been involved in sports his entire life.

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The Philadelphia Phillies signed him in 1972. Since his release from Major League Baseball due to injury in 1976 Ralph has been active in golf, basketball and baseball. He also has instructed different youth groups for over twenty-five years.


He has taught pitching and hitting clinics to the youths of the Lehigh Valley. He has also coached the Bath-East Allen Youth Club teams in Basketball and Baseball. Ralph was the manager of the Bath Junior and Senior Legion Baseball teams. After his playing days with the Phillies Ralph started working with troubled youth at the Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center as a Detention Officer. He was the group counselor for the GGI Groups (Guided Group Interaction.) This program was created to teach youths and teenagers how to communicate their emotions and issues without violence. For the past several years Ralph has been the Program Director and most recently Senior Instructor for Ultimate Martial Arts Academy and Guardian Mixed Martial Arts. Ralph’s current goal is to bring his vast experience from being a professional athlete and martial artist to Elite MMA Center. Being a martial artist has affected Ralph more profoundly than any other aspect of his life. The way of a true martial artist is to bring discipline, self-control, consideration, focus, self-defense and determination into your every day life. His soul purpose is that the students of Elite will come to learn and respect the ethics of a true Martial Artist.

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June 21, 2014 - W.K.U. Awards Ceremony

Master Instructor of the Year

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June 21. 2014 - W.K.U. Awards Ceremony

World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee

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Sensei James Orobono, 6th Degree

Sensei has been a Martial Artist since the age of seven. James earned his first black belt in February of 2002 in the disciplines of Aikido, Hapkido, Karate, Muay Thai and Jujutsu. 


In June 2005, he earned his second black belt, adding the disciplines of Ninjitsu, Brazillian Jujitsu and wrestling, thus strengthening his self-defenses. In his free time James is a member of a paranormal investigation group. Sensei competed in various Martial Arts Tournaments receiving first place in weapons and katas. He also competed in NAGA (North American Grappling Association) placing second
Non-Gi Division.


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Sensei Orobono has been a Martial Arts Instructor since 2005. He has become very accomplished in advanced weapons continuing to learn new weapons in the various disciplines. James received his Sensei and 5th degree December 2011, and was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in June of 2015. He is bringing his expertise to the students of Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center.

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Sensei James Orobono

2015 Inductee - World Karate Union - Hall of Fame

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Deshi Mary Orobono, 5th Degree

Deshi has been in Martial Arts since the age of four. She is one of the youngest students to achieve a black belt at the age of seven at her previous school in the disciplines of Aikido, Hapkido, Karate, Muay Thai and Jujutsu.. Mary received her second black belt in May of 2005 adding the disciplines of Ninjitsu, Brazillian Jujitsu and Wrestling to her martial arts foundation. At eleven years old she earned her adult black belt and began training as a Junior Joshu. Mary received her full Joshu in March 2008 at the age of thirteen. She has also competed in many tournaments receiving first place in weapons, sparring & katas (forms). Mary earned her Deshi in June 2011. Mary along with Sensei James Orobono was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall Of Fame in June 2015.


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She graduated from DeSales University in 2017 with a B.S. in Mathematics & from Moravian College in 2020 with a M.S. in Predictive Analytics. Deshi has let her education take her on an adventure to Sydney, Australia to study abroad for 5 months. In her free time she will be singing to her favorite songs and you can see her walking her dogs Kato & Luna around Northampton. Deshi Mary Orobono is bringing her determination and discipline to the students of Elite MMA Center.  

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Deshi Mary Orobono

2015 Inductee - World Karate Union - Hall of Fame

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Deshi Cheyenne Rossanese, 3rd Degree

Deshi Rossanese started her training as a martial artist September 2006; she received her adult black in April of 2008 and achieved her Junior Joshu in August 2008. Cheyenne has been active in sports since third grade playing softball, soccer and basketball. She has played the saxophone for 6 years, and was a part of the Marching Band at Parkland High School. 


Shortly after Graduating in 2013 she joined an independent class Percussion Ensemble with Aftermath Percussion. She graduated from LCCC in December of 2016 with an A.A. In Education, and is continuing toward her goal of becoming a Secondary Education Teacher of Mathematics at
Kutztown University.


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Deshi Rossanese always has passion in her martial arts training and other endeavors, and has made this her primary goal of becoming a mentor to others and continuing her training as a martial artist. She loves perfecting her forms and weapons skills. Deshi has competed in several tournaments receiving gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Deshi Rossanese earned her 2nd Degree Black Belt and full Joshu in March 2011 and most recently earned her 3rd Degree and Title of Deshi in March 2015. The Senior Instructors at Elite Mixed Martial Arts Center are very proud of her achievements. She works tirelessly and helps in all aspects of being a staff member at Elite M.M.A. Center!

Deshi Cheyenne Rossanese, 3rd Degree

2016 Inductee - World Karate Union - Hall of Fame

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 Joshu Salvatore Torelli, 2nd Degree

Joshu Salvatore Torelli started training Martial Art in 2010 at the age of 9, he acquired his blackbelt three years later at the age of 12 and then earned his Junior Joshu two years later. In 2018 Joshu Torelli earned his second black and became a full instructor. 



Joshu Torelli's favorite type of Martial Art is Brazilian Jujitsu, however Joshu is still very efficient in multiple types of Martial Arts. He has racked up many 1st place trophies in katas, both open hand traditional and extreme and traditional weapons. Some of these weapons include Nunchuckas, Bo, and tonfas. 2019 was the biggest and most important year of Joshu Torelli's Martial Arts career. In 2019 Joshu Torelli was inducted into the World Karate Hall of Fame at the young age of 17. Only a few months late Joshu Torelli started to compete in NAGA (North American Grappling Association) in the extreme division and only aims to improve by continuing to compete. Joshu Torelli refuses to stand still in his Martial Arts training and is always looking to reach the next highest level. He is always hungry to improve his MMA game and wants to help his students follow in that example.



All throughout middle school and high school Joshu Torelli wrestled for the Northampton School District and placed in multiple tournaments for the school. Joshu Torelli loves to weightlift or just work out in general and always strives to break his limits... sometimes ending really well... other times not so much... If he's not in the dojo your best bet is to find him in the gym working out or if he's in the dojo look towards one of the mirrors... he's definitely flexing.

Joshu Salvatore Torelli, 2nd Degree

2019 Inductee - World Karate Union - Hall of Fame

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 Joshu Hafner, 1st Degree

Joshu Matt Hafner, 1st Degree

2019 Inductee - World Karate Union - Hall of Fame

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Junior Joshu Riley Kline, 1st Degree

My name is Riley and I'm here to say

I'm a Joshu at Elite MMA

I like to kick, I like to punch

I really like when I eat my lunch.

I started here in 2010

2017 is the year when

I got my Joshu title, and that means

I help teach the kids, I help teach the teens

This is where, I met my pal

Scroll on up, his name is Sal.

MMA really changed my life,

We learn defenses against a knife.

We spar, we grapple, we do the clinch

MMA helps when you're in a pinch. 

I'm running out of things to say

Please consider Elite MMA

Junior Joshu Connor Kline, 1st Degree

"I'm a fun guy." Kawhi Leonard