About the instructor 


Sensei Maria DiDio has been training since 1984 in both Karate & Jujitsu and Teaching Women and Children Martial Arts and Self Defense for over 25 years. She started her training in Judo briefly in the 1990's and then steadily in 2003. She then started her training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007. She Holds black belt rankings in: 

  • Kokushi Karate-do (3rd Degree)  
  • Seido Karate (2nd Degree), 
  • Nisei Ryu Goshinho Jujitsu for Women (3rd degree), 
  • Chinese Goju Karate (3rd Degree), 
  • USJA and USJF (Kodokan) Judo (2nd Degree) 
  • Team Coach & Judo Instructor - Team Believe - Medford  http://www.teambelievemma.com/ 
Sensei Maria is a student of:
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Team Believe/Mark Stan) Purple Belt, 
  • Muay Thai Practitioner under Tony Garcia

She is the founder of Maria DiDio’s “Rose & Thorn" Self Defense Fighting System for Women in 2004.

Sensei DiDio is a Certified ISSA Personal Trainer.

She is also as Nationally Certified Women's Self Defense Instructor through the National Women's Martial Arts Federation and she is also a Certified Rape Prevention Instructor through the American Women's Self Defense Association.

Sensei DiDio is also an avid competitor who has championed and placed in many Martial Arts tournaments. Please see current information below.

Please see the following links on Sensei DiDio's Martial Arts and Self Defense Background:


2013 USA JUDO Bronze Kata National Medalist
2013 USA JUDO Bronze National Medalist
2012 USA JUDO Silver National Medalist
2011 USA JUDO Silver National Medalist
2010 USJA New York State Judo Masters Competitor of the Year
2010 USJA New York State Judo Seniors Kata Competitor of the Year
2010 USA Judo Senior Nationals Masters Silver Medalist
2010 East Coast Judo Champion
4X Empire State Game Judo Silver Medalist
2X World NAGA Gold Medalist Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
2X USA Judo Senior Nationals Masters Bronze Medalist
5x Long Island Karate Champion
Pan Am Masters Judo Gold Medalist
World Masters Judo Medalist
International Karate Champion

2008 & 2009 Combat Judo & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitor of the Year
2009 USJA New York Female Masters Competitor of the Year
2010 Inductee "Just for Champions":
Long Island Martial Arts Hall of Fame "Woman of the Year"


MEDIA (As Seen In)


                                            Mark Staniszewski & Maria DiDio

CLICK BELOW To See Video of one of Maria's Matches at the 2008 East Coast Judo Championships:

***2008 East Coast Judo Championships, Newark, NJ Bronze Medalist - 57kg, Sept 20th, 2008