Instructors

Our instructors / coaches have deep experience, great credentials and passionate about the art form.

J.R. Cardona

Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Over 35 years in Martial arts 
Multiple black belts/Black belt BJJ

IBJJF Certified 2nd Degree 

Jiu Jitsu

  • Masters Gracie Open Double gold medalist
  • Masters grapplers quest Double gold medalist
  • Masters Grapplers X Double gold medalist

Tae Kwon Do

  • 4 time state champion
  • 2 time national champion
  • Over 50 Gold medals

Power Lifting Competitor

  • Competed between 1995-2010

Wrestling

Kung fu

Christopher Cardona

Jiu Jitsu, Boxing & Functional Fitness Instructor

Teaches basic philosophy, mindfulness, respect and honor to students

  • Active Martial Artist since 1997
  • IBJJF Certified 1st Degree Black belt in Jiu Jitsu
  • Tae Kwon Do Black belt
  • Boxing since 2008
  • Certified USA Boxing Green Level Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • NASM Certified Sports Nutrition Coach (CSNC)
  • Active competitor

Felipe Heidrich

Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Studied at renowned BJJ academies including Alliance, Nova União, Brazilian Top Team, and Gracie Figther (current)

  • IBJJF Certified 3rd degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu 
  • 25+ Years of experience, 10+ teaching
  • Trained Internationally (Brazil, Canada, and USA)

Competed in some of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. Winner of:

  • South Brazilian Champion 
  • Santa Catarina Champion
  • Montreal Open Champion
  • Toronto Open Champion
  • (and several others)

Brandon Cardona

Youth Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Known for his passion and patience for teaching the youth

  • Head Jiu Jitsu coach for youth 
  • Martial Artist since age 10
  • IBJJF Certified Brown belt in Jiu Jitsu 
  • 2018-2019 SJDC Wrestler 
  • 13+ Years of experience, 6+ teaching
  • Active competitor 

Wais Hakimi

Tae Kwon Do & Muay Thai Instructor

Well respected in the Tae Kwon Do community and has been in Tracy, CA for over 20 years.

  • One of the only 6th degree Tae Kwon Do black belts in California

  • 2nd degree black belt in Ninjutsu

Coach Manny

Boxing Instructor

Specializes in fundamental boxing skills, mitt work and coordination

  • Boxing since 2011
  • Founder of Tracy Boxing Club
  • Professional boxer
  • USA Boxing Coach – Certified since 2018
  • Se habla Espanol

Heather Lewis

Cardio Kickboxing Instructor

Emphasizes proper form and technique to maximize results while avoiding stress and injury.

Personal goals are to help others reach fitness milestones in a safe and controlled environment, while focusing on individual levels and abilities.

  • Active Kickboxing
  • Practitioner 9 Years
  • Active Muay Thai Practioner
  • Kickboxing Coach since 2016
  • Spartan Trifecta Finisher 2016
  • 2016 Sprint
  • 2016 Super
  • 2016 Beast
  • 2017 Sprint
  • 2017 Super
  • Physical Fitness Coach
  • CSA Coaches Clinic 2018
  • Certified Personal Trainer 2018
  • Avid outdoorsman 30+ years

Maurice Dotson

Head Instructor for "The Haul Program" Functional Fitness

“ Don’t stop believing in your dreams just because You think they are impossible anything is possible “

  • Played two years at a Juco college football at Delta College in Stockton
  • Played one year at Humboldt State University and one year at Menlo College University
  • Issa certified and CrossFit Level 1 trainer since 2013
  • Likes to sing and hang out with friends and family
  • Wife is Abi (assistant coach) and father to two kids. Reese, who is six years old and Maya, who is five years old