Our Instructors

Caleb Traviño

Head Instructor and founder of Gorilla Combat LLC, established in 1998

– Muay-Thai Boxing (Level 10-Royal Purple: Instructor ): 25 years experience with amateur and professional bouts

– Boxing (USA): 15 years experience with amateur bouts

– Situational Awareness Forced Protection and Escape  / Haganah Combative Tactics (level 2): 8 years experience /

Caleb has competed in Pro and Amateur Muay-Thai Boxing and Boxing matches in Amsterdam and in San Francisco. He has been professionally trained in Muay-Thai, Haganah (Self-Defense Applications & Tactics), and Boxing. Muay-Thai Boxing, Boxing and Self-Defense / Combatives are his training specialties. He instructs non-competitors (public), amateurs and professional fighters. He also conducts self-defense and protection workshops for women, men, the traveling professional, corporate and non-corporate as well as schools, organizations and other special groups.

Prof. Derek Barlow

Heads our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program along with Fabio Morescalchi.

I received my Black Belt in August 2017 after 9 years of training under Professor Robert Drysdale /Professor Marcelo Nunes.

Professor Derek Barlow is Owner and Operator of Bellum Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

905 Selby Avenue St. Paul, Mn. 55104

Prof. Fabio Morescalchi

Head of Gorilla / Bellum Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

1st degree Rigan Machado black belt under Professor Chris McCune and also a Judo brown belt.

Affiliation: Bellum Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

 

Juan Morales

Boxing Instructor / Coach

I have competed and coached in Mexico and the US for the last 12 years. One of my favorite things about sparring is testing one’s offensive and defensive skills. After every session you leave the ring with new insights and goals.

Chris Meyer

Muay-Thai Level V: Instructor

Strength and Conditioning Instructor

Youth Lead Instructor

Blue Belt Bjj

Personal Trainer

Matt Turek

Matt Turek: BJJ Blue Belt- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / No Gi / MMA / Wrestling

Matt has been an Instructor and has competed in MMA events under Gorilla Combat since 2oo9.

Leads MMA and No-gi class at Gorilla.

Pete Krohn

Pete Krohn:  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Muay-Thai Instructor:

-Brazilian jiu-jitsu  Blue Belt

-Level 3 MT.

  • Over 20 years martial arts experience as practitioner, competitor, instructor, and referee
  • Kukkiwon (WTF) certified 3rd dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Two-time national medalist in Olympic style (USTU) Tae Kwon Do

Russ Youngquist

Russ Youngquist:

Level 4: Muay-Thai Boxing. Brings 13 years of experience.

Hope Frost

Hope Frost-

Kickboxing / Muay-Thai Instructor:

  • Over 8 years martial arts experience as practitioner, competitor, instructor

Timothy Bender

Timothy Bender –

Boxing Instructor/Competition Team

  • Actively competing Boxer/Kickboxer/Mixed Martial Arts

In February of 2018, Tim wandered into Gorilla Combat looking for an alternative to the traditional gym experience. After a free week of classes, he was hooked on combat sports and never looked back. He began competing in boxing, eventuallly branching out into kickboxing and mixed martial arts (with a boxing heavy base). Tim is currently undefeated in both kickboxing and MMA.

Jim Hanson

Jim Hanson-

Martial Arts Practitioner since 1972.

Specialties include: Boxing, Wing Chun , Filipino Martial Arts, Practical Self-Defense and Firearms Training. Exp: Military Police Officer, Executive Protection Agent.

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