Instructors

Our Instructors are very knowledgeable and passionate about their sport. They are eager to meet new people just getting started, in addition to other seasoned athletes who want more of a personal training experience with other athletes serious about competing.

MIKE MURRELL

Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday

                Gi Class: 7:00pm-8:00pm
                No-Gi Class: 8:00pm-9:00pm (With open Mat until 9:30)
               
Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda>  Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Jr > Ralph Gracie > Kurt Osiander > Michael Murrell

Bio: Instructor Michael Murrell began his training in Judo and Jujitsu at City College of San Francisco in the fall of 2005. In 2006, he branched out from CCSF and began concurrently training at Fairtex under Jake Shields and Gilbert Melendez, focusing mainly on No-Gi Grappling. He received his Judo Blackbelt in 2008, under Sensei Mitchell Palacio (7th Dan). From 2008 to 2010, he trained with 10th Planet and World Team USA, teaching No-Gi Judo at the former, and Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the latter.   He was the Head instructor at City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from 2009-2012. Michael received his Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Kurt, “The Rhino”, Osiander in June, 2012. He currently trains with the Ralph Gracie Team in San Francisco.

- Bay Isle Judo Invitational, Gold Medalist.

- 5X, CCSF Judo Invitational, Gold Medalist – 2009, San Jose Buddhist National Judo Tournament, 4th Place – 2010, Golden Gate Internationals, No-Gi Blue Belt Below 195, Champion – 2010, Golden Gate Internationals, No-Gi Absolute Division, Champion – 2010, Jiu-Jitsu By The Bay, No-Gi Advanced Division, Silver Medalist – 2011, Jiu-Jitsu By The Bay, 195lbs and Below Gi Division,Silver Medalist – 2011, Jiu-Jitsu By The Bay, Advanced No-Gi Division, Champion – 2011, Jiu-Jitsu By The Bay, Blue Belt 194 lbs, Champion – 2012, Warriors Quest, Absolute Advanced Division, Champion – 2012, Nor Cal BJJ Open, Blue Belt Light Heavyweight Division, Champion – 2012, UFC Fan Expo/Grapplers Quest, Advanced No-Gi Cruiserweight Division, Bronze Medalist – 2012, Gracie Worlds (Submission Only), Purple Belt Light Heavyweight Division, World Champion


SEAN ROBERTS – BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

Training Experience:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6 Years, Brown Belt

4X World Champion Medalist

4XNorth American Champion
3X American National Champion
3X Grapplers Quest No-Gi Advanced Champion
2011 Grapplers Quest No-Gi Advanced Absolute Champion
2011 American National Absolute Champion Brown Belt
2011 US Open Champion
2009 Pan Ams Purple Belt Runner Up
With 60+ Gold Medals in various Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and  submission grappling tournaments




LIZ RUIZ – BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU

Training Experience:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – 4 1/2 Years Experience, Blue Belt
2007/2009/2010/2011 North American BJJ Champion, 2008 Runner Up
2009 Grapplers Quest Women’s No Gi Advanced Champion
2009 US Open Champion
2011 Samurai Pro Champion
2011 LA International Champion
2011 Quest for the Best Women’s Gi and No-Gi Champion
2011 Grapplers Quest Women’s Gi Champion
Wrestling – 4 Years Experience
2008 Folkstyle CA State Champion
2009 Lady Triton Invitational Champion
Freestyle Karate – 3 Years, 3rd Degree Red/Brown Belt
Boxing – 1 Year




MEGAN NAZARENO – MUAY THAI

Training Experience:

Muay Thai under Kru Sam Phimsoutham of World Team USA at  17
Currently competing in Muay Thai (Amateur level)
Teaches Muay Thai at other local gyms
Full-time student at the University of San Francisco studying Exercise and Sport Science
Future Plans- Bachelor’s of Science and dental school
Competitive Tahitian dancer
Soccer








JOEY HUNT – BOXING,  JIU-JITSU

Training Experience:

Boxing 7 years
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 6 years (Blue Belt)
Personnal Training- 3 years

DAVID LEE – BOXING

Training Experience:

Boxing trainer 21 years
Trained with former cruiser weight champion Al Silence
Co-trained with former world champion James Paige

Trainer of:
-12 open national title holders
-6 silver glove national title holders
-1 Olympic Gold holder (Andre Ward)

WILLIAM WHEATLEY – BOXING

Training Experience:

10 amateur fight
Boxed with team Excitement crew at King’s Gym in Oakland for three years
Boxing for ten years at different gyms in the Bay