Meet The Team

David Kerr

Master Instructor

Founding Partner

A lifelong passion for sports and the martial arts has contributed to Dave's unique style of fighting and defense he calls Kuaishou -- which translates literally as "fast hands" in Chinese. A 5th Degree Black Belt and an expert in Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Shotokan Karate and Boxing, Dave's self-protection system is a mixed martial art style using the most practical and effective techniques for countering real-life street violence. He is the co-author of  the recently published book "Idiots to Monsters: the Essential Guide to Surviving Common Threats & Violent Encounters," and has been teaching self-protection for over 25 years.

Ricardo O'Kane

Sr. Instructor, Muay Thai and Boxing

Ric is a former 3-time Kickboxing Champion with WKA, ISKA and KICK Titles. Ric started his training in the early days of full contact karate when fighting sports were evolving into what we see in today's MMA. Specializing in two styles of Muay Thai Boxing and Karate, Ric aims to use his vast stand up fighting experience to create an ideal environment for people of all skill levels to develop realistic fighting skills, be it for  fitness or competition.  

Gabrielle Newmark

Sr. Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor

Gabrielle Newmark

Sr. Instructor, Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing

That big smile at the front desk is Ashley, always ready to assist members and first time visitors with answers to questions, signing up for classes, billing inquiries, or introducing you to the right performance coach or nutrition expert. Ashley can assist coaches to set up team training sessions, guide parents looking for the right fitness solution for their kids, or set you up with a complimentary circuit training class to ensure it's the right fit for you! Ashley has a B.A. from Cal State Long Beach and her certificate in Graphic Design from the Otis Parsons School of Design, which also makes her a great asset for our marketing and social media communications. 

Matthew Spencer

Certified MMA Master Trainer

 

Luke is co-author of the recently published book on self-protection titled "Idiots to Monsters: the Essential Guide to Surviving Common Threats & Violent Attacks." He is a graduate of Long Beach State with a B.A. in Journalism and earned a Masters degree from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication. An entrepreneur at heart, Luke has launched, built and sold numerous businesses over the years, from marketing and merchandising agencies, to franchising five of the first Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the state of California, including the Pasadena location just blocks from the Training Center. He has studied Kuaishou under his Sifu (and now business partner) David Kerr for eight years.

Ashley Ortiz

Manager, Member

Services and Marketing

That big smile at the front desk is Ashley, always ready to assist members and first time visitors with answers to questions, signing up for classes, billing inquiries, or introducing you to the right performance coach or nutrition expert. Ashley can assist coaches to set up team training sessions, guide parents looking for the right fitness solution for their kids, or set you up with a complimentary circuit training class to ensure it's the right fit for you! Ashley has a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and her certificate in Graphic Design from the Otis College of Art and Design, which also makes her a great asset for our marketing and social media communications. 

As a member of the University of Oregon Rowing Team, Gabrielle first realized her athletic abilities. Working as a team to achieve efficient energy output in competition was an element of this sport that Gabrielle found particularly rewarding.  In 2006, she was drawn to Muay Thai Kickboxing and immediately knew this would become her new, lifelong passion. Ever since, she has worked to refine and learn new techniques, and to best understand an opponent through sparring. Her passion for the combat sport led to her pilgrimage to its place of origin -Thailand- where she trained at camps in Chiang Mai and in the hillsides further North. Today, Gabrielle continues her love of Muay Thai as a student, teacher and trainer. 

 

Matthew Spencer

Certified MMA Master Trainer

An N.E.S.T.A. certified speed, quickness and agility specialist, Matthew, a native Californian, also embraces our motto: "fitness worth fighting for." With more than a decade of experience as an MMA fighter and coach, and a California state licensed boxing corner, Matthew knows up close the mental and physical aspects of strength and conditioning. He's a brown belt in the Eddie Bravo system of Jiu-jitsu and an accomplished instructor in Judo and Muay Thai for the past 7 years. With his broad background in fitness and combat sports, chances are you'll see Matt leading a Circuit Training class, working with boxing students, and instructing both stand up grappling and ground fighting students all in the same week!

  

Kendrick Watson

 Sports Performance Coach

Certified Performance Coach Kendrick Watson graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. After playing youth and college soccer, Kendrick has remained actively involved in the soccer community. His philosophy is built on equipping athletes with the tools needed to succeed in their platform. Instilling a foundation of mechanics and movements that target optimal performance and durability are of extreme importance in creating high performing athletes in an environment that is energetic and enjoyable. He has shown success by working with athletes who attend top college programs all across the country as well as professional athletes. 

Luke Strockis

CEO/Founding Partner

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