Mike started training grappling based martial arts in 2005. After spending some time doing Aikido and Sambo, Mike really found his passion to be in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Receiving his black belt from Rolles Gracie black belt and Head of Alliance BJJ Team, Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti, in April 2014, Mike is one of the head grappling instructors at WNY MMA. Leg locks, top pressure and MMA style BJJ is what Mike is best known for. Believing Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, Mike tries to make sure anything he teaches can be accomplished by anyone he's teaching, regardless of physical limitations. He has cornered over 200 MMA fights and BJJ matches. Mike's philosophy for growth in the art is simple: Just Train!
Matt started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2004 and received his black belt in April 2014 from Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti, founder of Alliance Jiu Jitsu. He has trained and competed in wrestling and Judo, in addition to competing in BJJ nationally and internationally. Matt works to stay up to date on all of the modern techniques being used at the highest levels of competitive Jiu-Jitsu and he brings these techniques to his advanced classes. His classes also accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and skill levels, and he is able to adapt techniques to work for all body styles. Check out Matt’s Tuesday noon all levels class and his Wednesday night advanced class!
Mike Schultz started training in December of 2007. He received his black belt less than 9 years later. In competition, Mike has over 30 wins in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling, all of which were by submission except three by points when he was a white belt. Additionally, Mike has a 7-1 Amateur MMA record, including four titles, six wins by submission, and one win by KO. Mike's style is always to finish the fight and, though he trains in the gi, more than 95% of his attacks and defenses are not reliant on it. If you train with Mike, you have the opportunity to improve your gi, no-gi, and MMA game.
Ron started training in Buffalo in 1976. (He says yes, he is that old.) He traveled all across the state for work, finally getting exposed to BJJ in 1999, when he started training at Dojo 1 with Len Sonia. Ron got his Black Belt in July of 2015 from Len and Tai Kai founder Ken Kronenberg after a mere 16 years of training (like a true prodigy, he says). Ron loves being retired from his state job and training full-time with everyone at WNY MMA.
Brandon started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2009 at age 20 with the help and guidance of his brother. It didn’t take long before he was devoting all his free time outside of school to training and competing. Brandon was soon a full-time manager and assistant coach at his gym, as well as a full-time competitor at the blue and purple belt levels.
While priding himself—win or lose—on fighting some of the best competitors in the world, he earned gold, silver, and bronze medals at tournaments such as the Ontario Open, Grapplers Quest, IBJJF Opens, NAGA, and Grappling Industries to name a few, reaching the final 8 out of 64 competitors at the IBJJF worlds and Pans at light feather adult purple. Brandon also trained MMA on the side and currently holds a 3-1 MMA record.
Proud to be a WNY MMA coach and Alliance competitor, Brandon is constantly trying to achieve “perfect jiu-jitsu” in which energy deflection is so fine-tuned that you use the smallest amount of energy necessary to achieve position and submission. For Brandon, technique takes precedence over all else. His goal is to teach others how to connect all positions and perfect all the details, working towards a game that is as efficient and effortless as possible. Brandon will teach you that everything has a reason and a purpose in the art of Jiu Jitsu.
Doug Lanphere started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2009. Currently, he is a brown belt under black belts Mike Dauenhauer and Matt Godden. He’s a big fan of solid top pressure, guard passing, leg locks, and lapel chokes. He is not a fan of being choked out with his own beard. His teaching style focuses on key details and concepts to help everyone from white belts to colored belts improve their game. He focuses just as much on why you do something as how you do it. Overall, his teaching and training philosophy encapsulate his belief that technique conquers all. Doug teaches the Fundamentals classes, as well as the Women’s Only classes.
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They are all accomplished practitioners in the Martial Arts that they coach, bringing years of competition and coaching experience to help you.
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Ashley Ramsey (Stewart) was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. After graduating from City Honors, Ashley had the honor of being a Buffalo Jill and a Buffalo Bandette while attending the University at Buffalo where she received her BS/MS in Exercise Science with a concentration in Athletic Training in 2007. During her time at UB she continued her love for fitness while working with Division 1 athletes helping to improve their performance and skill level. Previous to F.I.T. Method Studio Ashley was the Group Fitness Director and a Personal trainer at Best Fitness Tonawanda for 7 years further helping to expanding her knowledge of health and wellness. Ashley's thought in life and fitness is to remember that.
After a successful High School and collegian athletics career, I spent 12 years as a Military Police Officer. During those phases of my life I found myself noticing the Un-healthy trends many people around me had indulged in, so, finally I decided to do something about it. My new mission is to do all in my power to help people who want to live a long, healthy and happy life. A mission that has been successful for many of my clients, not to mention rewarding! After all: reaching their goals is my goal!
Ayanna Tramont, nicknamed the Tower of Power, joined the WNY MMA & Fitness community in February of 2013. She began training Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Boxing because she had always been interested in doing Martial Arts and because she believes that it’s never too late to start something new and exciting. By November 2014, she had her first amateur fight, coming out with a win that would begin her almost perfect career record. In April 2017, Ayanna fought at the Golden Gloves, winning her final fight to retire at 9-1. Ayanna is a Phys Ed teacher at Kenmore West High School. She teaches the 6AM Women’s Only Fitness Class, mixing strength training and cardio to get your day started with the energy you need to be successful all day long.
Erin Hatton was a competitive swimmer from a young age through college. Though in her day-job she is a sociology professor, she has also worked as a fitness trainer since 2001. Her Saturday-morning classes are best described as “boot camp meets kickboxing,” combining interval-based strength training, aerobic exercise, and bag work. Fun and sweaty, great for beginners and advanced athletes alike.
Coach Corey Webster started training at Abdallah’s KO Boxing and Kickboxing when we was 11 years old. He trained under the World Champion Kickboxer Amer Abdallah. Corey competed mostly as a boxer when he was young, winning NYS Golden Gloves and taking Silver in 2004 Ringside National Championship. Corey continued to train with Amer Abdallah, as well as Jerome Coffee and Juan De Leon. He was an undefeated Amateur MMA fighter (2-0) and undefeated professional kickboxer (2-0). Now, he has been coaching Amateur and Professional fighters for over 10 years. Corey’s style is a blend of American Kickboxing and Muay Thai. He focuses mainly on punching and kicking techniques, especially defense and counter striking.
Erik is the head MMA coach at WNY MMA. He is a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instrutor, and a Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor. He coaches and competes, and his current Pro MMA record in 6-2. His Pro Muay Thai record is 1-0. As an amateur fighter, he went 5-1 in MMA and 6-0 fighting Muay Thai. Erik was the NYS Grappling Champion in 2013, as well as the PA/NY Combined Grappling Champion and Raging Wolf MMA Champion. He is also a King of the Cage vet and was an NCCC wrestler. If you’re serious about fighting, then Coach Eric’s MMA classes will push you to be a better fighter.
Pat "No Love" Mix (Blue Belt)
MMA, Wrestling, BJJ
Pat “No Love” Mix is a Professional MMA fighter with a 4-0 Pro record and a 15-fight win streak. He has been training at WNY MMA since 2013. Pat has an 11-0 amateur MMA record that was capped with being named the first Bantam Weight 135 lbs. ISKA National Champion and Fighters Source National Champion. As an amateur, Pat was also the two-time Gladius Champion at 135 lbs. and the TNT 145 lbs. champion.
A blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Pat is also an accomplished grappler: He won gold at the North American Grappling Association Championship (NAGA) in the Expert No-Gi and Purple Belt Gi divisions. He was also the Art of Combat Champion in the absolute no-gi division and the Gene Mill Eastern National Wrestling Champion.
Pat currently fights with King of the Cage and coaches the Sweet Home High School Wrestling program, as well as the wrestling classes at WNY MMA & Fitness. Whether you’re interested in MMA or grappling, you won’t want to miss those classes!
Tommy Neff began coaching in 2010 after competing in 12 amateur boxing fights. He was hired as a railroad conductor and found that he no longer had the time to train competitively anymore. While he was competing, Tommy trained at three different boxing gyms in the area. All three of his coaches have now been inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame. Tommy has coached and cornered amateur and professional boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. His fighters have won more than ten NY Golden Glove Championships. WNY MMA & Fitness is proud to have Tommy sharing his knowledge and love of boxing with our members.
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Erin started training at WNY MMA in 2010 in the Women’s Fit program as a way to lose weight and get in shape. In just over a year, she lost 20 pounds and three pants sizes. She then started taking the kickboxing classes in late 2011. After almost a year of training, Erin had her first amateur kickboxing fight in November of 2012. Since then, she has continued taking both fitness classes, as well as training with the WNY MMA Muay Thai and American Kickboxing coaches. Erin has had a total of seven fights with a record of 5-2. She’s been teaching fitness classes at WNY MMA since April 2016 and would love to help motivate you to achieve your goals.
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