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Meet the Founders

and Head Instructors

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Dave Engel

Dave has practiced martial arts for over 15 years, and his goals as an instructor are to be welcoming, knowledgeable, and informative. Over the last 11 years, Dave has taught martial arts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California in formats ranging from youth/adult classes to personal training, and his mission is to provide students with a level of comfort and competency that manifests both within and outside the martial arts context. Dave has also 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

Joe is a professional martial arts coach with over 15 years of teaching experience. He has worked with beginners to professional athletes, as well as clients with special needs, and he believes martial arts can benefit anyone and everyone when fostered in a safe environment. Joe has developed and operated programs out of renowned gyms such as Tri-State Martial Arts Academy in Pennsylvania, Fight and Fitness in San Francisco, and Crispim BJJ in Pleasanton, having developed a following and demand for services. Joe has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in building and maintaining programs with an emphasis on small group classes and individual training. He looks forward to building a strong foundation of students with desire to develop their own skills.



  • 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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