Ajarn Daniel Sullivan
Daniel Sullivan is the Founder and Head Instructor of OC Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts. Coach Daniel has been immersed in Mixed Martial Arts since 1985, has been teaching since 1991 and opened his first martial arts academy in 1993. Since then, Daniel’s life has been focused on helping others reach their goals and improve their lives through the martial arts. Daniel’s many accomplishments and credentials include…Black Belt First Degree in Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu under Gracie Humaita and Cleber Luciano, Senior Instructor (Ajarn) in Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) under Ajarn Chai Sirisute and The Thai Boxing Association USA, 3rd Level Instructor in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) under Coach Pat Miletich (Miletich Fighting Systems), Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do under Dan Inosanto, Full Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Dan Inosanto, Silver Glove in Savate under Nicolas Saignac and The Boxe Francaise Federation, Instructor in Kalis Ilustrisimo under Maestro Tony Diego. To learn more about Daniel, go here…
Kru Dennis Hall
Kru Dennis Hall is OCKMMA’s Program Manager. He teaches Muay Thai and MMA and he is the Fight Team Head Coach. He has over 20 years of martial arts teaching experience; he possesses Kru Level in Muay Thai (Ajarn Chai Sirisute, World Thai Boxing Association); and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Master Cleber Luciano
Master Cleber Luciano has dedicated his life to Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is OC Kickboxing’s Master Instructor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a Fifth Degree Black Belt under Professor Royler Gracie, a World Champion Jiu-Jitsu competitor (2006 & 2008) and a Pro MMA fighter currently competing in Bellator.
Kru Gregory Beecroft
Boxed with Jr. Light-Weight Champion, Harold Gomess. Studied Goju-Ryu; Shintoshi; Akido; Jeet Kune Do/Kali; Silat. Kru level, Muay Thai; Silver Glove, Savate; Instructor, Shoot Wrestling; 4th Dan Black-Belt, Jidokwan. Trained with Guro Dan Inosanto; Pete “Sugarfoot” Cunningham; Golden Gloves Champ Freddie Jin; & Thai Champ Famer Saekson Janjira.
Fun Fact: Portrayed Brock Lombard (As The World Turns) & Mickey D (Star Trek Next Generation “The Royale”).
Favorite Quotation: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Edmund Burke.
Coach Ricky Sexton
The “geeky looking” kid who always got bullied. He’s now an Instructor in Panantukan; a Senior Student in Jeet Kune Do/Kali; a Yellow Glove in Savate; and a Senior Student in Muay Thai. He’s married with two kids.
Fun Fact: Coach Ricky portrayed the character/narrator Clopin in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Favorite Quotation: “Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle” Psalm 144:1-2
Kru Roman Gutierrez
A high school athlete who graduated; worked behind a register; and ate Carl’s Jr. for lunch. He gained weight – a lot of it. “My brother told me about OCMMA” says Roman. “I joined and lost 30 pounds in 2 months”.
Roman possesses Kru Level in Muay Thai; a Silver Glove in Savate; and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He’s been coaching OCKMMA students since 2004 and he’s committed to excellence, discipline, patience and hard work.
Fun Fact: Kru Roman is not only a professional musician, but he also used to be a professional break-dancer.
Favorite Quotation: “***”
Kru Michael Moncera
Kru Nathan Archambault
Guro George Theakos
Has over 20 years of martial arts training and numerous ranks. Black-Belt, Kali/Instructor JKD (Guro Dan Inosanto); Instructor PFS; Kru Level, Muay Thai; Black-Belt Lima Lama; Yellow Glove, Savate; Blue-Belt, Tae Kwon Do; Yellow-Belt, Kenpo Karate; Orange-Belt, Krav Maga; Blue-Belt, Jiu-Jitsu.
Fun Fact: Kru George is an avid motorcycle rider and outdoors-man.
Guro Tanja Lawhead
Tanja has always had a passion for the martial arts and was inspired by Bruce Lee and his philosophies. She’s been training at OCKMMA for over 8 years; she is a Black-Belt/Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts; holds Rank 4D in Jeet Kune Do; and has a White Glove in Savate. She describes herself as “Resilient, Stubborn, Charismatic” and enjoys teaching and inspiring her students.
Fun Fact: Guro Tanja is a professional videographer and photographer.
Favorite Quote: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 33
Professor Mohammad “Mo” Bakhtiari
Professor Mohammad “Mo” Bakhtiari has been training in the martial arts for over twenty years. His credentials include Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu; Instructor, Jeet Kune Do; Instructor, Kali; Instructor, Progressive Fighting System; Yellow Glove, Savate; Level 4D, Muay Thai (Ajarn Chai); Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do.
Fun Fact: “***”
Favorite Quote: “***”
Coach Alex Baughman
Coach Charles “Rizzults” Rizzo
Coach Drew Walker
Trained in the martial since he was 7. He’s most proud of returning to the martial arts after a long hiatus — even though he weighed 300 lbs. After training with OCKMMA’s fight team, he weighed in for his last fight below 200 lbs. He possesses Rank 3-B in Muay Thai; a Blue-Belt in Jiu-Jitsu; and a Brown-Belt in Goju Karate. He possesses a BA in Psychology, and is working towards a Master’s degree. He describes himself as “Dedicated, Goofy, and Friendly”.
Fun Fact: The ability to remember 80’a cartoon theme songs.
Coach Eddie Adrian Arnove
Coach Felipe Munoz
Coach Jen Atwood
One of our kickboxing coaches who just started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (white belt, 2 stripes in case you’re wondering). She’s been training and teaching at OCKMMA for the past three years and describes herself as “Creative, Persistent, and Cheerful”.
She just visited Edinburgh and had fun “touring castles and driving on the wrong side of the road. She is married with one son and extremely active in her community.
Fun Fact: Coach Jen possesses a Ph.D in molecular biology. (OK — that’s not a “Fun” Fact but you gotta admit; it’s pretty cool).
Coach Sam Waldram