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Meet the Founders

The Founders & Head Instructors

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Dave Engel

I have practiced martial arts for over 15 years, and my goals as an instructor are to be welcoming, knowledgeable, and informative. For the last 11 years, I have taught martial arts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California in formats ranging from youth/adult classes to personal training, and my mission is to provide students with a level of comfort and competency that manifests both within and outside the martial arts context. I have created and maintained programs at reputable schools, such as Rise Combat Sports in San Francisco and Round 5 Martial Arts Academy in San Leandro.

Current Trainers:

  • Bunkerd Faphimai (Fairtex)

  • Neungsiam Samphusri (Fairtex)


  • Youngest apprentice instructor of the Thai Boxing Association of America under Ajarn Chai Sirisute (2009)

  • 5+ years teaching experience at multiple East Coast Muay Thai academies

  • 5+ years teaching at top california Muay Thai academies

  • Registered cornerman for amateur and pro competitors under IKF

  • Top ranked amateur competitor 127-130lb weight class in California 2013-2015

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Joe Chernay

I’m a professional martial arts coach with over 15 years of teaching experience. Having worked the full spectrum from beginners to professional athletes as well as clients with special needs. I believe martial arts can benefit anyone and everyone if fostered in a safe/controlled environment. Having developed and operated programs out of renowned gyms such as Tri-State Martial Arts Academy in Levittown, PA, Fight and Fitness in San Francisco, and Crispim BJJ in Pleasanton, I’ve developed a following and demand for services. My partners and I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in building and maintaining a program. With an emphasis on small group classes and individual training to start. We look to build a strong foundation with perpetual and exponential growth.



  • Full Instructor under Ajarn Surachai Sirisute - World Thaiboxing Association

  • Trained professional athletes in top Muay Thai and MMA promotions such as Bellator and Triumphant.

  • Fought in Thailand

  • Accomplished Muay Thai and MMA amateur competitor

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