A graduate of Loyola University and MBA from The University of Chicago
Pre-med LSU and post graduate at A.T. Still University.
A wrestler in high school and for a brief time in college until realizing the challenges of studying and playing sports at a high level while constantly having to cut weight, he decided to coach and master the challenges of health and fitness through weightlifting and martial arts while pursuing careers in consulting and eventually the venture capital and private equity business specializing in food and nutrition industries.
A multiple style Blackbelt having studied martial arts for over 35 years including Kickboxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, Krav Maga, Kenpo Karate, Kung Fu, Northern (Longfist) and Southern Shaolin (Hung Gar Tiger and Crane), Tai Chi, Qigong, Traditional Weapons and Chinese philosophical studies including Taoism, internal arts and energy systems from an Eastern medicine perspective.
He has had the good fortune to train with and or under the direct lineage of some of the greatest martial artists in the world including Master Ed Parker, Master Jinheng Li, Kru Pol and Master Eddie Cha.
He is also the author of the Six Sigma Fitness™ Scholar Warrior Program which brings together the Eastern and Western sciences as well as the training of both traditional strength and conditioning with martial arts programming.
He is currently the Research Physiologist with UltraFit Systems, Physiologist/Consultant to numerous professional fighters. Authored and developed The Scholar Warrior Program for Six Sigma Fitness™ and The Six Sigma Fitness™ Methodology.
He has worked with many professional athletes specializing in combat sports, weight cutting and physiological adaptation. An entrepreneur, he was a partner in one of the largest International consulting firms before managing the portfolio of a Midwest Venture Capital firm as COO. Having been involved in over 25 start-ups he is currently developing a Cloud based health technology platform for Athlete Management and sub-clinical evaluations for the Health and Fitness industry.
Past certifications are too numerous to list but more include Six Sigma Fitness™ Certified Practitioner, Certified Personal Trainer (C.P.T.), CrossFit Level 1, Precision Nutrition, Poliquin Biosignature, Poliquin PICP, BioForce HRV, BioForce Certified Conditioning Coach
He is available for consults, private self-defense training and speaking engagements.
Darin Mowery is a lifelong martial artist starting his martial arts training in 1977. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy. Darin is a retired Police Officer from the City of Tempe, and an Arizona POST certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. Darin began his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2010 and became exposed to Gracie Jiu Jitsu through the Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) program for Law Enforcement. He became a Gracie Jiu Jitsu certified instructor in July of 2013. Darin is a purple belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu and a third degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. Darin is certified to teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu through Gracie University, and is also certified as a GST level 1 and 2 instructor.
An entrepreneur, Darin started Black Dog Tactical blackdogtactical.net an online business manufacturing and marketing specialty products to the Law Enforcement community.
A sophomore at ASU studying Business Finance in Arizona State University Barrett, The Honors College. She has spent the majority of her childhood playing sports including cross country running, indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, color guard, and working out at the family owned gym “UltraFit Systems”. She now works at UltraFit Systems as the Director of Management which includes assisting the CFO with financial analysis, conducting business management, and using her creative skills to help market this amazing facility and cutting-edge health assessments. She enjoys hiking, running, and doing various workouts at her gym as well as going out to eat and going to concerts.
CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
Bianca is currently a junior at Arizona State University Barrett, The Honors College studying medical microbiology. After her bachelor’s degree, she plans on getting her master’s degree as a Physicians’ Assistant.
She is a Six Sigma Fitness Certified Practitioner specializing in sub-clinical Health, Wellness and Fitness evaluations.
She has loved every aspect of health, wellness, and medicine since childhood and aspires to be in the health profession when she graduates. She enjoys being able to practice her passion at UltraFit Systems as an Assessment Technician. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball and going to concerts!
CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
Chris is somewhat new to BJJ but not to combat sports. A competitive high school and collegiate wrestler he has been coaching combat sports for many years and is also an avid strength athlete. He can be seen coaching small groups of kids on Saturday mornings, helping with BJJ instruction or working our membership sales group. He is also our Sales Manager for our partners at Verizon - On Communications.
Mark Brown began training in self-defense systems in 2009 after receiving a degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College. He is currently an IT Systems Manager at DEPCOM Power Inc. a Utility Scale Solar Engineering, Procurement, and Construction company where he has been for the last 5 years. Mark started training in Krav Maga under Jason Summers at his school, Self Defense NJ. Jason transferred his extensive knowledge of Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do and, Nagasu-Ryu Jujitsu which he holds the rank of 5th degree black belt to Mark. Mark attained the rank of Brown belt while training with Jason becoming an assistant trainer in his Krav Maga program.
Looking to further his knowledge Mark sought out Jason’s mentor Wayne “Papasan” Ford for instruction in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu. Master Ford a 10th degree black and founder of Nagasu Ryu Jujistu, taught a small group of people, of which Mark was honored to be a part of. Mark would meet with Papasan at the gym and anywhere he could to learn from his 40+ years of experience which primarily focused on self-defense. Nagasu Ryu focusing on the combative and self defense methodology of jujitsu rather than sport fighting aspects. Under Master Fords instruction Mark attained the rank of Black Belt in Nagasu Ryu Jujitsu.
Mark does not focus on competitive, sport or traditional martial arts. He will study any style and take from it anything that would be useful to self-defense scenarios. The belief is that you should not have to rely on size or strength to “win”/survive a violent altercation. His goal is to teach you the principles and techniques for street survival as well as personal and third party protection.
Mark continues to broaden his skill base with Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that he practices regularly.
Unlike many martial artists, who have lifelong training experience of their arts. I started my Sanda training in college simply because I was fed up of being picked on and bullied at school. Back then I was a 250lbs chubby nerdy college kid, and I never thought that one day I could be representing the USA and compete at the World Championship as a Sanda athlete. Truth to be told, how I see it is that through hard work and training, if I can do it, everyone can do it.
But make no mistakes, winning medals or titles, not necessarily make someone a martial artist. Of course, such achievements demonstrate your skills and knowledge of a certain art, but to be a martial artist it requires a lot more than just technical skills.
In the years of martial arts training, by witnessing the rise and fall from the Karate Kid to the UFC. More and more I realize that nowadays we made more fighters than ever, but much less martial artists. Why? Because many of the core value of being a martial artist is being lost during that process. This is also the main reason that drives me to the decision of my coaching career in Sanda in hope of restoring the core values like Respect, Responsibility, Discipline and Integrity back in to the martial arts training.
“AS YOU THINK, SO SHALL YOU BECOME.” – Bruce Lee
So, who would you like to become?
Coach Yang Pan’s Credentials:
Jon Wagner is a devoted father, combat veteran and 2nd Degree BJJ black belt that has been training for almost 2 decades. In addition Jon is a Certified Gracie Instructor (ICP). Jon oversees the schools curriculum, Instructor training, advanced student instruction and insures curriculum quality.
Jon is available for private instruction and often assists in the general classes.
As a client central, science based, people person with an extra flare for fun, Jenna integrates your interests, creates development and ensures a professional experience that encompasses every client. Where empathy meets enthusiasm, Jenna is a fitness guru with limitless ambition and technique. Self proclaimed life enthusiast and foodie, this North Dakota State University graduate believes that credibility, experience and education are pillars in the pursuit of being better than yesterday. Striving to provide the very best experience, some of her foundational credentials include Personal Trainer, Group Fitness, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Advanced Kettlebell, USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, SAQ, Coaching, Sports and Nutrition.
During her youth, Jenna was accomplished in junior olympics volleyball, LD equine endurance racing and multiple sports including, rodeo, softball and motor sports. Farm girl turned fitness, this MN/ND native moved to Arizona when she found her self at the intersection of inspiration and career. With experience as an acrobatic dancer, performer in equine aerial arts as well as print, promo and runway modeling, Jenna has always enjoyed the challenges of body transformations and balanced functionality. Applying them to industry, Jenna believes if you have a body you are an athlete. Through that mindset she ensures individualization that is practical and diverse. Whatever your interests and lifestyle goals, Jenna has an unmatched passion which she is all too excited to share.
Chris is a lifelong combat practitioner and instructor. He has spent most of his instructor career teaching kids in both striking and BJJ. He has trained continuously since 2007 in several martial arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wrestling and Judo. He was the lead kids instructor at the MMA LAB in Glendale for several years. He has been working with youth of various ages since high school and currently works with troubled youth for the county.
Dr. Michael Nunez is a primary care physician who treats patients living in the Scottsdale, Arizona area. Dr. Nunez attended the University of Arizona where he earned both his Bachelor's degree as well as his doctorate. He received his Board Certification through the American Board of Family Medicine. The doctor is an Arizona native who takes pride in working with the people of his community. The doctor began practicing medicine in 1998. In 2001, he opened Grayhawk Medical Group, PLLC, to better serve the area residents. Dr. Nunez continues to expand his education so he can better serve his patients in all aspects of treatment.
Trish is an entrepreneur, a Start-up Angel with over a dozen start-up investments in her career, a corporate and academic educational consultant and the current CFO of Grace Companies and Grace Hospitality, one of the largest commercial construction investment companies in Arizona.
Her 35+ year career spans many facets of banking, consulting, education and corporate management. She started her career with Citibank performing middle market business finance deals before moving to Arthur Andersen where she developed strategies for both distressed companies and corporate litigation. She founded The Management Institute, a consulting group, through which which she has worked with the Apollo Education Group, chaired the Finance Department for Western International University, developed corporate training programs for Fortune 500 companies and developed some of the premier certification training and testing for Pearson the world's largest learning company.
She was chosen to be the lead consultant for the City of Phoenix's Light Rail business consulting program to assist companies that were disrupted in the construction process and has raised over hundreds of millions of dollars of debt and equity financing deals for middle market businesses.
Her familiarity with legal corporate structures, accounting and tax systems, financial modeling and software as well as business organization and strategic planning makes her ideally suited for anyone seeking to start a new business.
She graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from Arizona State University where her only accomplishment wasn't just academic. She bowled collegiately and went on to become a professional pro bowler having been inducted into the Arizona State Bowling Hall of Fame. She is a proud mother of 3 grown daughters and 2 grown step daughters. Her 3 daughters are all ASU graduates or current students with the last two both attending Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. All the daughters own and or actively work within the UltraFit Systems and Six Sigma Fitness companies making it an all female owned and operated company as well.
She is a Blackbelt in business management!