Founder, Head Coach, Program Director of the Granite State Gryphons Wrestling program
MPAL/ Police Officer
(AKA COACH JOHNNY)
409 Beech St, Manchester, NH 03103
Sensei Michel Hovan
I started Aikido in 1981 in Paris, France, where I studied the art until 1983. I then lived in Winnipeg for two years and was frustrated because there was no Aikido. I then moved to Minneapolis, MN and restarted my practice at the Twin Cities Aikido Center. My Kyu ranks were obtained under Akira Tohei Shihan (Chicago). In 1993 my job relocated me to Southern New Jersey. in 1995, I had the blessing of meeting Donovan Waite Shihan at a seminar in Philadelphia. When Waite Shihan moved to Philadelphia in 1997 and opened Aikido of Center City, my wife and I became his students and started training several hours and several times a week. My Dan ranks were obtained under Yamada Shihan. I was designated as a FukuShidoin in 2011. In 2006, my job moved me to New Hampshire where I am trying to pass on all the teachings that have been given to me over the years.
A few years ago, I started practicing Brazilan Jiu Jutsu. In many ways I find it very similar and complementary to Aikido. I also enjoy other arts such as wrestling, Judo, Kung Fu, etc.
In case you like water, I am also a scuba instructor who loves to take people out.
MPAL / Little Gryphons
Coach Mike Martioski
Jason Cumming is the Founder, Head Coach, and Program Director of the Granite State Gryphons Wrestling Club. Coach Cumming is the Head Varsity Wrestling Coach at Manchester High School Central and has been coaching in Manchester since 2009. Coach Cumming was a varsity wrestler in Massachusetts and New York in High School, wrestled at SUNY Brockport where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in English/Secondary Education, and wrestled while serving as a Munitions Specialist with the United States Air Force. Coach Cumming brings over 30 years of wrestling experience to the MPAL.
Coach Cumming founded the Gryphons Wrestling Club in 2011 after noticing the need for a year-round wrestling training facility while coaching at Central. Since its inception in 2011, the Granite State Gryphons Wrestling Club has produced over 20 state champions, over 70 state placers, and multiple All-Americans. The Granite State Gryphons Wrestling Club moved to the Manchester Police Athletic League in 2013 and is now transitioning to become known as the MPAL Gryphons Wrestling Club. Gryphons Wrestling is free to join, offers team apparel and gear at discounted pricing, and includes access to weight training and cardio conditioning.
The MPAL Gryphons Wrestling Club travels all over the Northeast and East Coast including the National High School Championships, Super 32s, and many more high-level competitions. The coaching staff includes local high school coaches such as:
Will Anctil: Manchester Central Assistant Varsity Coach, Wrestled for: Manchester Central High School, University of Connecticut
Chris Como: Head Varsity Wrestling Coach - Bedford High School (NH), NH State Finalist for Manchester West High School
John Widmann: Head Varsity Wrestling Coach - John Stark Regional High School
Tyler Walengewicz: former Head Varsity Wrestling Coach - Manchester Memorial High School, NJ State Finalist, Wrestled for: Plymouth State University
Jim Marron: Assistant Varsity Wrestling Coach - Alvirne High School, Former Londonderry Varsity Wrestling Coach, U.S. Navy Veteran, over 40 years of Wrestling Experience.
Manchester Police Officer John Levasseur is assigned to the Police Athletic League full time. His responsibilities include coordiating all programs, coaching, and maintaining the building. Officer Levasseur has been highly acclaimed for his ability to work with youth and his expert coaching abilities. Officer Levasseur has significant experience in boxing and mixed martial arts. You can reach Officer Levasseur by visiting the "Contact Us" section of the website.
Mike Martioski is the coach for the Little Gryphons Wrestling Club. The club is the youth program affiliated with the Granite State Gryphons. Mike is a first year coach who is having a blast teaching a sport he loves to a group of youngsters. Mike coaches children in grades K-8. Although there are many challenges, Mike is excited and meets them head on. He is constantly learning and finding new ways and tools so that his Little Gryphons can learn in a safe, fun and productive way. Mike has been affiliated with the Manchester Police Athletic League for the last 5 years and really enjoys being able to work with the children.
Mike wrestled in high school at the varsity level in the 171, 189, and 215 pound weight classes. He is a father of 3 children and is happily married. Mike’s oldest son wrestles for the Granite State Gryphons and is a Judo student at the Granite State Judo Institue which also calls the Manchester Police Athletic League its home.
Mike is constantly studying the sport of wrestling and finding new techniques or rediscovering timeless classics that help make wrestling fun, competitive and rewarding for the athlete while constantly holding to the values of trust, sportsmanship and respect.