Get to Know Us!

Maximum Martial Arts University, established 2010, is the premier family martial arts school serving the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. We pride ourselves on teaching an excellent foundation of traditional martial art values, while providing the best and latest in self-defense and physical fitness. Our instructors are highly experienced, internationally certified professionals, who focus on providing quality instruction to every student, challenging them in new ways every day. We are dedicated to promoting a fun, safe, clean and interactive learning environment for our students.

Our martial arts classes are specially designed to help each student improve in all aspects of life. Respect, discipline, self-control, and self-confidence are paramount in our martial arts instruction. Our students learn to harness their emotions and to make positive contributions in today’s society, fostering a sense of “Black Belt Excellence” inside and outside of the classroom.

Meet Our Staff

Justin Castillo

Director of Programs/ Operations Manager

Master Justin Castillo, a native of Las Cruces, has been diligently practicing martial arts for 33 years and has been teaching for the last 29 years. Master Castillo, a 7th Degree Black Belt- Taekwondo Chang Moo Kwaan & 6th Degree Black Belt- Korea Hapkido Federation. He serves as the president of the Foundation Hapkido & Self-Defense Association, Secretary General for the International Academic Conference for Taekwondo, & Head Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Security Officers at ADF-SW. He has had the tremendous opportunity to train with many different highly distinguished martial arts masters over the past thirty three years and is always ecstatic to share his knowledge with others. He has trained numerous students up through the black belt levels and has produced many state and national champion competitors. Master Castillo has also had the opportunity to help build the new Iraqi government’s police and soldier forces, teaching hundreds valuable life-saving hand to hand combat skills. One of Master Castillo’s biggest goals, is to give back to the city of Las Cruces, NM teaching students to be good citizens, who are confident, respectful, physically fit, and are able defend themselves. Maximum Martial Arts University is the only Combat Infantry Veteran owned and operated martial arts school in Las Cruces.

Joshua Brockman

Head Instructor Taekwondo, Kids Kickboxing

Master Joshua Brockman, a 4th Black Belt in Taekwondo, has been training since the age of 5 years old. He has been serving in the capacity of a teaching role for the last 8 years. His upbeat attitude, technical expertise, and absolute focus on helping students to thrive on their journey toward Black Belts is what makes him an amazing instructor. He is always working on making the learning process not only more efficient but also exciting for each student.

Mario Correa

Office Manager

Mario Correa, a long-time, avid martial artist, serves our students by being the friendly face of the school, helping everyone with just about everything from enrollments to attendance, and helps with all the planning of major events. He is always happy to give a word of encouragement, and keeps the flow of information moving efficiently from our staff to the student body. He is always looking after the safety of our students coming and going from the school. He will be testing for is 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo at the end of the year.

Valeria Osollo

Instructor Taekwondo, Kids Kickboxing, Moms' Fitness Kickboxing

Valeria Osollo, a 3rd Black Belt in Taekwondo and long-time Kickboxing student, has been training since she was 6 years old. She has 5 years of teaching experience and holds a Masters Degree in Behavior Psychology. She is also a Registered Behavioral Therapist. Her expertise in communicating with children definitely makes new students feel at ease, and more susceptible to the process of learning martial arts.

Richard Hernandez

Instructor Taekwondo, Lil' Lions, Kids' Grappling

Master Richard Hernandez, a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo, has been training since the age of 7 years old. He has been assisting and teaching classes for the last 6 years. His focused and friendly method of conveying messages helps students to learn to the best of their abilities.

Nevaeh Rivera

Assistant Instructor Taekwondo, Lil Lions

Nevaeh Rivera, a 1st Degree Black in Taekwondo, has been training for the last 5 years and has been helping assist & teach in Children's and Teen classes for the 3 years. Her friendly demeanor, along with superb ability of making connections to the students, make her a very valuable member of our team. She will be testing for her 1st Degree Black Belt at the end of this year.

Alexander Holden

Instructor Hapkido, Kickboxing, Kids Kickboxing, Kids Grappling, Adult/Teen Grappling

Alexander Holden, a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and a long-time student of Kickboxing has been training for almost 10 years. He holds at Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science. His love for sharing the benefits martial arts and overall martial arts knowledge makes him a formidable instructor for both teens and adults of all ability levels.

Jacob Denney

Instructor Taekwondo, Kids/Teens Weapons

Jacob Denney, a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, has been training since the age of 6 years old and has been helping assist and teach classes for the past 3 years. His intense focus on details, standards, and the small intricacies of Taekwondo, definitely helps each of the students go further with their training.

Terry Jameson

Senior Advisor on Martial Arts Curriculum and Teaching Methods

Master Terry Jameson, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, has been training for multiple decades and has served in a teaching capacity in several school throughout the state of New Mexico. Both his abundant knowledge and his amiable personality makes students very perceptive to his immensely valuable words of wisdom.