Coach Dennis Hall began his martial arts career at the age of 20 in Hemet, CA. “I wanted to start my martial arts training as a youth” says Coach Dennis, “but my parents preferred that I play traditional sports like baseball and football instead”.
While in Hemet, Coach Dennis learned the foundations for the martial arts he would later teach at OCKMMA such as Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, MMA, and Kali-Escrima.
In 2003, Coach Dennis moved to Orange County, and he began training with Ajarn Daniel Sullivan. “Ajarn Sullivan came highly recommended by my previous instructor” says Coach Dennis and “I faced numerous challenges at this point in my life”.
Coach Dennis also began his apprenticeship in Muay Thai through the Thai Boxing Association (now the World Thai Boxing Association). He was now training under the personal tutelage of Ajarn Daniel Sullivan (founder of, and Head Instructor at, OCKMMA) and under the personal supervision of the legendary Ajarn Chai Sirisute. Coach Dennis has trained in Thailand and he has achieved his Kru level in Muay Thai.
The discipline of the martial arts and the camaraderie found at OCKMMA helped Coach Dennis find not only his path, but also his home. In 2007 Coach Dennis was ready – and he began his instructor training at OCKMMA.
“When a man stops learning, he grows old” says Kru Dennis. As such, Coach Dennis never stops learning.
In 2010, Coach Dennis obtained his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Master Cleber Luciano.
In 2011, Coach Dennis achieved the rank of Apprentice Instructor under Sifu Daniel Sullivan in the Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do.
Coach Dennis is OCKMMA’s Program Director; he coaches in the Muay Thai Program; the Jeet Kune Do Program; the MMA Program; the Filipino Martial Arts Program; and he also coaches OCKMMA’s Fight Team. In fact, and if you are lucky – you may even find this amazing and motivating teacher in the Bag Room teaching a Real Kickboxing Academy class!
Kru Dennis has had an amazing journey as a martial artist. He is not only talented and well-respected, but he is also an inspiring and gifted coach. It is no surprise that OCKMMA recently presented Coach Dennis with the prestigious Instructor of the Year award.
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