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Ajarn Daniel Sullivan

Founder & Head Instructor. He’s been training in the martial arts since 1985; teaching since 1991; and opened 1st martial arts academy in 1993. He is focused on helping others reach their goals and improve their lives through the martial arts.

His many credentials include:

  • Black Belt First Degree in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Gracie Humaita and Cleber Luciano
  • Senior Instructor (Ajarn) in Muay Thai under Ajarn Chai Sirisute and the World Thai Boxing Association
  • 3rd Level Instructor in MMA under Coach Pat Miletich (Miletich Fighting Systems)
  • Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do under Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Full Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Silver Glove in Savate under Nicolas Saignac and The Boxe Francaise Federation
  • Instructor in Kalis Ilustrisimo under Maestro Tony Diego.

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MasterCleber

Master Cleber Luciano

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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.

Kru Greg’s credentials include:

  • Muay Thai:  Khun Kru (Ajarn Chai Sirisute and the World Thai Boxing Association)
  • Savate:  Silver Glove  (Nicolas Saignac and The Boxe Francaise Federation)
  • Instructor, Shoot Wrestling;
  • Jidokwan:  4th Dan Black-Belt.

Favorite Quotation: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. Edmund Burke. 

Fun Fact: Kru Greg played Brock Lombard in As The World Turns and Mickey D in Star Trek Next Generation “The Royale”.

Kru Michael Moncera

Kru Mike’s first experience with martial arts was with OCKMMA when he started in September of 2003. He has been continuously training at OCKMMA for the past 15 years studying all of the arts that we have offered. He currently teaches Kids BJJ, Kids MMA Foundations, Kids MMA SWAT, Kids MMA Elite, Muay Thai Foundations, Muay Thai CAP, outside programs, and private lessons. Kru Mike’s passion for the martial arts is unquestionable when we asked him about his own goals:  “Aspirations I have are to continue progressing in all of the arts that I train in and hopefully be able to give back to others what martial arts has given me. My greatest accomplishments are all the wonderful relationships I have made, beautiful friends I’ve gained, and amazing people I’m proud to call family.”

Kru Mike’s ranks include:

  • Muay Thai:  Khun Kru  (Ajarn Chai Sirisute and the World Thai Boxing Association)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:  Blue Belt 2 Stripes – (Cleber Luciano)
  • Savate:  Red Glove (Nicolas Saignac and The Boxe Francaise Federation)

Favorite Quotation:“Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate can not drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Fun Fact: Kru Mike ❤s nacho cheese!

Guro George Theakos

Guro George has over 20 years of martial arts training and numerous ranks.

His credentials include:

  • Jeet Kune Do:  Black-Belt (Guro Dan Inosanto)
  • Filipino Martial Arts:  Black-Belt (Guro Dan Inosanto)
  • Khun Kru, Muay Thai (under Ajarn Chai Sirisute and the World Thai Boxing Association)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:  Blue-Belt  (Cleber Luciano)
  • PFS:  Instructor
  • Lima Lama:  Black-Belt
  • Savate:  Yellow Glove (Nicolas Saignac and The Boxe Francaise Federation)
  • Tae Kwon Do:   Blue Belt
  • Kenpo Karate:  Yellow-Belt
  • Krav Maga:  Orange-Belt

Fun Fact: Kru George is an avid motorcycle rider and outdoors-man.

Professor Mohammad “Mo” Bakhtiari

Professor Mohammad “Mo” Bakhtiari has been training in the martial arts for over twenty years.

His credentials include:

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:  Black Belt   (Cleber Luciano)
  • Muay Thai:  Khun Kru (under Ajarn Chai Sirisute and the World Thai Boxing Association)
  • Jeet Kune Do:  Instructor
  • Filipino Martial Arts:  Instructor
  • Savate:  Yellow Glove  (Nicolas Saignac and The Boxe Francaise Federation)
  • Progressive Fighting System:  Instructor
  • Tae Kwon Do:  Black Belt

Coach Charles “Rizzults” Rizzo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Eddie Adrian Arnove

Part of the fight team, Coach in the Kids and Pee Wees Program, I love action and martial arts films. Being a fan of action and martial arts films, I always wanted to do the moves I saw on my favorite films. This desire sent me on a path to find a coach to teach me martial arts. After being at OCKMMA for 4 years I took up teaching the kids classes. So far I have fought in 2 amateur Mauy Thai fights, compete in 5 local grappling tournaments.

Favorite Quote: “Form and Discipline” – Ajarn Chai, when he asked him what he should focus on the kids in our program

Fun Fact: Coach Adrian is a big nerd in the fields of science and art, hence his love for the martial arts..

Coach Adrian’s credentials include:

  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:  Blue Belt  (Cleber Luciano)
  • No Gi Jiu Jitsu:  Blue Belt
  • Muay Thai:  Level 3

Coach Rachel Silverman

Two of Coach Rachel’s personal training clients referred her to OCKMMA. Like many, she first joined the kickboxing classes because she liked the cardio workouts. She would always watch the martial arts classes while waiting for kickboxing and finally one day decided to try it and hasn’t looked back!.  Coach Rachel trains in BJJ, No Gi Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and Muay Thai and has taken a few classes in Kali and Savate. She started martial arts when she was 30 and her goal is to have her black belt in BJJ within 10 years of starting. She has competed in 4 jiu jitsu tournaments so far and is the most proud of her 3rd place finish at the Subfighter No Gi Tournament because she fought 3 times and won 2 out of 3 matches.

Coach Rachels ranks and credentials include:

  • Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt one stripe
  • Muay Thai Level 2B
  • No Gi Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt
  • MMA Blue Belt
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM Performance Exercise Specialist
  • Yoga Alliance: 500 hour E-RYT
  • YogaFit 200 hour Teacher Training
  • Yoga Medicine 500 hour Teacher Training
  • Lagree Fitness Certified Megaformer Instructor
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach
  • Corepower Yoga Sculpt Certified
  • POP Pilates Certified

Favorite Quote: “Fix your ponytail and try again.”

Fun Fact: Coach Rachel used to be a competitive figure skater!  She competed from ages 17-25 in figure skating events and won many local tournaments, but her biggest accomplishments are winning ISI World Championships in 2006, USFSA Adult Nationals in 2008, and National Showcase in 2009.

Coach Jen Atwood

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.  She holds rank as a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and wishes she could train more to rank up in other martial arts; perhaps when her son is a bit older.  Outside of the gym, Coach Jen also enjoy crafting microbrews, baking and cooking. Her guacamole has been touted as “the best ever” by our very own Kru Rodney.

Favorite Quote: “The good thing about science is that it is true whether you believe in it or not.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fun Fact: Possesses a Ph.D in molecular biology.  (OK, that’s not “fun”, but you gotta admit; it’s pretty cool).