Instructors

Professor Tom Theofanopoulos

Kajukenbo 9th degree, Grandmaster

Under Gaylord method, KAA.

Brazilian jujitsu black belt 3rd degree

Under Grandmaster Flavio Behring.

Judo black belt 2nd degree under sensei Christine Lincoln Penick. 

Started training martial arts in 1976.

Started Oakdale MMA 1988.

In 2014, received Califights lifetime achievement award.

Sensei Christine Penick-Lincoln​

Experience:
Over 45 Years
Instructs:
Judo

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Blue Belt).

10 time national champion.

7 time international champion.

Bronze medalist at the first woman’s world judo championships in 1980 in Madison Square, Garden, NY.

First American woman and also the first African-American woman to ever place in American Judo history.

Carlos Moreno

Began Muay Thai training in 1992.

Came under the Cheetah Muai Thai Academy in 1996.

Founded the American muay Thai association in 1996.

Lived in the international Muay Thai school in Bangkok Thailand.

Earned the title of Kru in 1999.

Earned the title of Arjan (master level) from master Cheetah in 2011.

He is the official Midwest representative for master Cheetah.

Nominated for Mma striking coach of the year by TXMMA in 2010

Mma striking coach of the year by TXMMA in 2014.

Teachers traditional Muay Thai to adults

Justin "Bushido Kid" Smitley

Brazilian jujitsu black belt- professor 19 years kickboxing experience 2 time Mma world champion Gladiator Challenge featherweight champion. Art of war featherweight champion. 9 amateur MMA fights 20 professional MMA fights Bellator veteran

Brooke Cannedy

Started training Kajukenbo 8 years old.

Achieved student black belt at 16 years old.

Received her 1st degree black belt at 18 years old.

She is currently 22 years old and a 2nd degree black belt.

She teaches kids and adults Kajukenbo.

Dion Skaria

Children kickboxing instructor

4 years Tae Kwon Do – Black Belt

2 years kickboxing at Oakdale MMA

Mike Bundensen

Manager of Sonora Mma facility

11 years kickboxing

9 years Brazilian jiu-jitsu – Purple belt three strikes

Chris Loh

As a child, Chris studied judo, karate and tae kwon do.  

25 years kickboxing

12 years Brazilian jiu-jitsu 

Kids and adults Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Brown belt 4 stripes

Ramonni Koeut

13 years martial arts experience

MMA fighter with 6 professional fights

Former CTN 115lb Cambodian Thai boxing champion under Patty Gym.

Teaches kids kickboxing

Marcus Kistler

11 years jiujitsu experience. Black belt

Graduate from Chico State University

Owner/manager of local ranch Karrowranch.com

Ernesto Rodriguez

13 years experience Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Brown belt 3 stripes

Teaches adult classes

Anthony Howard

12 years training kickboxing and Jiujitsu.

Brown belt four stripes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Amateur MMA record 6-2.

2x amateur flyweight champion

1x Amateur strawweight Champion

Has competed in IKF kickboxing competition all over the country

Nominated Twice for Knock Out of The Year California

2017 Knock Out of The Year California Winner

Marcos Tomé

Originally from São Paulo Brazil.

BJJ black belt 2nd degree

Chief instructor of Merced MMA.

Official I BJJF referee. 

Inspector for the California state athletic commission.

Brown belt in judo.

Awarded the “Hands on Hero” award from the Merced County Office of education for his work with children. 

Kialo Wilson

Blue Belt
AM Adults Muay Thai Kickboxing

Chris Curtis

Brown Belt
Teaches Kids and Adult BJJ and Submission Wrestling

Alex Casas

Blue Belt
Teaches Kids BJJ

Alejandro Briones

Teaches Kids Muay Thai

Pardeep Singh

Purple Belt
Teaches Kids and Adults BJJ and Adults Muay Thai Kickboxing

Vinicius Tome

Orange Belt
Teaches Kids BJJ

Chris Bucao

Brown Belt
Teaches Kids Muay Thai and Kids and Adults BJJ

Rolondo Velasco

19 years wrestling

16 years kickboxing, Boxing

16 years Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Black belt 1st degree, professor title

10 years judo- Black belt shodan 

4 time Mma world champion

Professional record 13-6-1

National collegiate Judo champion 2009

Ryan Davis

14 years Brazilian jiu-jitsu experience

Black belt – professor

Emanuel Salas

Blue belt.. 3 years experience

Help with teen jiu jitsu class

Lamar Reed

Jr FILA California Freestyle State champion

Jr FILA California Greco State champion

Jr FILA Greco All-American

2x Collegiate All -American for Cal Baptist University

MMA Camo Northern California Champion

Camo California State Champion

Art of War Pro welterweight Champion

13 years wrestling coach experience

Benjamin Martinez

25 years coaching experience in Folkstyle,

Freestyle and Greco Roman wrestling.

Men and Women’s High School and Youth.

Karen Cogburn

Purple Belt in BJJ.

Brown Belt in Judo.

Teaches kids BJJ classes.

Jiu jitsu competitor:
8, 1st place
2, 2nd place
1, 3rd place

Cesar Gomez

College level wrestler.

Former head wrestling coach at Waterford high school, taking his team to win the D VI team section title.

Amateur MMA record 5-1.

Art of war MMA welterweight champion.

Brown belt in Judo.

Brown belt in Behring Jiujitsu.

Jiujitsu by the bay champion.

U.S. Open 2 time bronze medalist.

Winning all competition matches by submission.

Michael Gall