David Jofre: Boxing – Muay Thai – Certified Personal Trainer – Sports Injury Specialist
David Jofre (left) is originally from Chile. Inspired by martial arts movies, he started studying full contact karate kyokushinkai-Kan and Muay Thai at age 11. In 1998, he set a South American record for 50 consecutive full contact rounds/kumite, undefeated in Coquimbo, Chile. In 2002, he earned his black belt with authorization from the Kyokushinkai-Kan International Karate Organization 3 in Japan to open a dojo anywhere in the world. In 2006, he became a certified personal trainer with NESTA. In 2007, he obtained 1st-place Heavyweight Knockdown Challenge in Washington.
Emre Gundogdu: Muay Thai
Emre Gundogdu is from Istanbul, Turkey, and has been living in Seattle since 2006. He began his career in martial arts with Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido and eventually moved on to Muay Thai. He has trained Muay Thai in both Thailand and Seattle, training locally with Scotty Schaffer and Maurice Smith. Although he has trained in many disciplines, he considers Muay Thai to be the best martial art: “It makes you both mentally and physically strong.” As an instructor, Emre likes to focus on technique, and believes the key to perfect technique is repetition. Outside of work Emre enjoys lifting weights, hiking, and camping in the summer.
Stephanie Webber: Boxing
Stephanie is a professional MMA Fighter and has been competing in many types of sports all her life. Her personal goal is to become Washington’s most well known MMA fighter. She wants to keep business local and work with the Seattle community to build the female MMA program into something positive, productive, fun and exciting for women in Seattle. Besides MMA she enjoys cross fit, weight training, wrestling, boxing and being a mother. She has a culinary degree and has spent many years in the culinary industry working with people and food.
Fred Borden: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fred (top) is originally from New York. His Jiu Jitsu career started at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York, where he trained for ten years under John Danaher who is the grappling coach of current UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and current UFC Middle Weight Champion Chris Weidman. In addition to jiu-jitsu, Fred have devoted a great deal of time learning judo and wrestling. He also taught as an assistant under Daniel Gracie in addition to other Jiu-Jitsu and Judo black belts. Fred have also competed in no-Gi Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling on a national and international level. In 2011 he won gold at the IBJJF No Gi Pan Ams in the Masters Brown Belt Division. And in 2010 Fred Borden was awarded his brown belt by Renzo Gracie.
Patricia Ramirez: Yoga
Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco, Patricia has been in Seattle since 2010. A ten year love and practice of all forms of yoga, she received her yoga teaching certification in May of 2013. Always an advocate for an integration of mental and physical health, she found yoga to be the perfect vehicle for this practice.
“If I can embody any quote it would be this: ‘How you do anything is how you do everything’ and this is what I would like to impart in all of my classes.”
Kru Tanaphon Mahapiroon (Tony) – Muay Thai
Tony (center) was born and raised in his family Muay Thai gym in Bangkok, Thailand. He started training with his uncle at age 14 to become a professional fighter. After 7 years of competitive fighting he followed his family tradition and became a Muay Thai coach, preparing many fighters for a high competitive level of fighting. Tony studied at WMC (World Muay Thai Council) becoming a Kru in 2006 (Kru: Thai word for an Instructor or Master teacher of Muay Thai). He is also a certified Professional Trainer from Muay Thai Institute Rangsit Thailand.