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About Linxx Academy of Martial Arts

LINXX Academy offers one of the most highly respected, quality martial arts programs in the nation. The choice to join LINXX is a choice to join a distinguished, time-honored martial arts academy that is rich in tradition.  From the day of its founding on March 16, 1992, LINXX Academy has grown in its size and stature, but it remains committed to the task of providing students with the most practical and effective self-defense skills, rooted in the principles of ethical-moral development.

Our staff consists of a team of professional martial artists dedicated to quality and student service. Many of our instructors hold titles and awards from national and international competitions. More importantly, they are passionate about teaching and dedicated to the success of each individual student. We understand the critical role our instructors play in your personal, or your child’s, development. For that reason, only the most professional and highly qualified instructors are allowed to instruct. Each staff member undergoes an background investigation prior to employment with Linxx Academy.


Frank Cucci is the Founder and Head Instructor of the Linxx Academy of Martial Arts. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams and has over 30 years of martial arts experience. He is considered by many to be one of the most experienced and highly skilled martial artists in the country. He holds teaching certifications from some of the world most prominent martial arts instructors. Mr. Cucci provides oversight for the training and supervision of over 300 students and continues to teach military and law enforcement groups across the nation. His dedication, integrity, and consistency in providing top quality training have made Linxx one of the most highly respected and quality martial arts programs in the nation.

Scott Turner began training with LINXX in 1994. Scott was an avid competitor during the early years of his training and accumulated an impressive record. Today, Scott owns a successful construction company and enjoys surfing and watching his son, Jackson, participate in the Junior Grapplers program.

Brett Thompson began his training with LINXX in 1997 and is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy certified instructor. He was an All-American high school wrestler, and was ranked among the top 10 wrestlers in the nation. Brett received a full scholarship to Virginia Military Institute where he continued to wrestle at the Division 1 level. In addition to teaching and training Jiu-Jitsu, Brett runs a successful law firm in Virginia Beach.

Mark began his martial arts training as a teenager in Los Angeles, CA training with Bruce Lee protégés Dan Inosanto and Richard Bustillio.  Mark entered into the Navy and served as a U.S. Navy SEAL for 23 years completing 15 combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan earning multiple awards for valor including five Bronze Stars with Valor, a Silver Star and Purple Heart.  Mark started his training at Linxx Academy in the early 1990’s and earned his Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu in 2016.  Today Mark owns and operates Syncon, a specialized construction company focused on the needs of DOD and other government agencies. Mark helps teach both the adult and kids classes where his two children Roni and Talon attend.

Cliff began training at Linxx in 1997 and is a graduate of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s Instructor Certification Program. Cliff is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a Search and Rescue boat crew member. Today, Cliff is a full-time military Combatives instructor for the east coast based Navy EOD teams. He’s a dedicated family man and avid surfer who is passionate about teaching Jiu-Jitsu.

Jason Picano began his martial arts training in 1985 studying a traditional style of Karate.  He was an avid Karate tournament competitor in the 1980s and early 1990s but learned the importance of ground fighting, through several personal experiences, and began studying Jiu-Jitsu at Linxx Academy in 1998.  Jason is a graduate of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy’s Instructor Certification Program and passionately shares his belief that Jiu-Jitsu can benefit anyone, regardless of age, fitness level, or perceived limitations.  Jason enjoys spending time with his family and works as a senior structural engineer and project manager.

Craig Snyder began his Jiu-Jitsu training in 2008 and joined Linxx in 2012. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Craig flew fighters for the Navy for over 20 years, during which he has practiced his Jiu-Jitsu as far away as the Indian Ocean and Hawaii. Today, he flies the Airbus A320 for American Airlines and teaches Jiu-Jitsu at Linxx Academy where he thrills in sharing the empowerment of Jiu-Jitsu with others.


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