Todd Patterson - "Run The Bases 4 ALS"
Todd Patterson is the founder, and president of Pride Martial Arts Academy, Inc., a mixed martial arts academy located in Clarence, New York. Under his guidance, Pride Martial Arts Academy has grown to one of the largest academies in the Western New York area, specializing in both youth and adult self-defense programs. Todd currently holds a 5th degree black belt in International Tae Kwon-Do (ITF), a 1st degree black belt in World Tae Kwon-Do (WTF), and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, under the tutelage of UFC headliner Myles “Fury” Jury. Todd is also a chair member of the Professional Martial Arts Educators Association (PMAEA), which is responsible for promoting martial arts accredited schools, and maintaining the utmost professional services in the industry. He is a seven-time East Coast Champion, has two national titles in the men’s heavyweight division, is the New York State grappling champion in the men’s absolute division, and recently became an international champion in 2013.
Todd most recently graduated from Hilbert College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He graduated in May of 2017, and was a graduate of distinction with a GPA of 3.96 (Summa Cum Laude). Todd also received the Hilbert College Award, as well as the GCW Capital Group, LLC Achievement Award, which sponsors students who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in their business major. He was also nominated into the collegiate national honor society, Tau Sigma. Todd is married to his wife Samantha Patterson, and recently became a father to his son Maxwell Patterson in September of 2016.
Todd and his vision of Pride Martial Arts Academy has always been, to be a community leader. After losing his mother (Emma J. Patterson) to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig’s Disease), he made it his team’s mission to support the fight against this devastating disease. Todd is a member of the ALS committee of the local Upstate New York chapter, and has supported the ALS Association for the past eight years. Every year, Pride Martial Arts Academy, hosts their annual Kick-A-Thon to support the Upstate New York Chapter’s “Walk to Defeat ALS.” Pride Martial Arts Academy has donated $65,000 in the past eight years, with the help of their annual Kick-A-Thon and with the support of their students and families. Todd is a member of the St. John the Baptist Parish of Buffalo, and believes that, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).
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