Students must wear full uniform for traditional styles
T.K.D. & Kenpo
Action Black Belts & Black Belt candidates
BLACK BELT TRAINING
March 6th, 3rd, 10th & 17th
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Make sure to pack plenty of water
BLACK BELT TESTING & BANQUET
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Please Note: There will be no scheduled classes on this day.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
Please see front desk for details
THURSDAY February 22nd Starting at 4PM
Please have White Stripe Letters & Testing Applications submitted prior to testing day to help execute Testing on a timely manner. They will no longer be accepted on Testing Day. Full uniform is required for Testing.
Master McGowan continues to evolve as a Martial Artist. He is a 2nd generation Bruce Lee student via the late Richard Bustillo, an authority on Jeet Kune Do Concepts. Master McGowan continues to train annually at The IMB Academy & is currently training in Judo under the tut-tillage of Scott Decker.
He was born & raised in Ireland. He emigrated to NY when he was 18 year old. After 12 years of studying Martial Arts in NY he, his Wife Kara & 2 boys Connor & Declan moved to Arizona to fill his dream to open his own school.
Master McGowan is a Active Ironman & Marathon competitor. He sits on the advisory boards of 2GetherWelive.com & Chandler Tullamore sister cities. He is passionate about bringing awareness to the community about individuals with Intellectual development disabilities (IDD).
Master McGowan who is Originally from Tullamore, bridges a gap between both Chandler Arizona & Tullamore Ireland through cultural, economy & educational exchanges.
MASTER TREY PRANG
Tae Kwon Do (TKD) & Muay Thai Instructor
BIO COMING SOON
Ulysses “Uly” Navarrete, or Mr. Uly as his students affectionately call him, began his martial arts career nearly 30 years ago in 1991 at Robinson’s Taekwondo in Sacramento, California under the tutelage of Grandmaster Clinton Robinson.
Over the years Mr. Uly has studied and trained in ATF and ITF styles of Taekwondo, Ed Parker’s American Kenpo, Jeff Speakman Kenpo 5.0 – a system derived from Ed Parker’s teachings which also incorporates Jiujitsu and Hapkido, and finally Okinawan Kenpo Karate Kobudo which includes open hand and traditional Okinawan weapons forms.
As a student of Okinawan Karate Kenpo Kobudo under Renshi Robyn Rush, Mr. Uly achieved the rank of Sandan, 3rd Degree Black Belt, in February 2018.
Mr. Uly continues to broaden his mind, body and spirit by also cross training in Muay Thai and participating in boot camp, core and fitness classes.
His proudest achievement has been watching his daughter and son on their own martial arts journeys proving his mantra that “The family that kicks together, sticks together!” They too are students in the Kenpo program at CMMA.
Outside of martial arts Mr. Uly works with school districts all over the country providing online literacy solutions aimed at helping kids become better readers. He is a firm believer that literacy is the cure for poverty and provides the opportunity for every child to change their stars.
J.J. Brewer-Schell teaches Okinawa Kenpo Karate and Kobudo.
J.J.’s daughter started her karate journey at age 6. While sitting on the sidelines and having only ‘Karate Kid’ as a reference point, she decided to jump into class and has never looked back.
J.J. started her journey in Okinawa Kenpo and slowly started to learn the basics. It never came easy. If someone else had to do a technique 100 times, she says she had to do it 1000 times. This gives her a unique and particularly patient perspective as a teacher.
Upon earning a brown belt in Kenpo, J.J. decided that she needed to improve her sparring game. That brought her to Chandler MMA and Muay Thai.She has trained and tested thru the second level curriculum and has even traveled to Thailand a few times to polish her knowledge.
J.J. is currently ranked second Dan in Okinawa Kenpo and proudly studies under Hanshi Larry Isaac, 10th Dan. Hanshi Isaac is a senior practitioner and a direct student of Odo SeikichiSensei and Shimabukuro Eizo Sensei.
She is looking forward to the next stage of her martial arts journey and the many challenges that it will bring.
Paul Luse is a Principal Software Engineer at the Intel corporation. He’s been a fitness fanatic for years and teaches his favorite mode of training right here at Chandler MMA – High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Paul has the following fitness related qualifications:
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Certified Olympic Lifting Coach from USA Weightlifting (USAW)
Certified Track & Field Coach from USA Track and Field (USATF)
Master of Science in Health Science / Sports Performance from The Rocky Mountain School for Health Professions
2nd Degree Black Belt Hapkido, Chandler MMA
American Red Cross Certified CPR/AED
Advisory Board Member, AZ State Chapter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
BIO COMING SOON
LINDSEY “DAMSEL” VANSANDT
DAMSEL martial arts journey in 2nd grade age 7 (2001) with TKD. Started back up age 12 (2006-7) with Karate. Started taking Muay Thai/bjj 2010. Mma Journey started 2015.
7-4 as a professional mma fighter
DAMSEL has fought for Bellator, invicta fc, and Rizin
– in bellator she made history winning the first ever atomweight fight
– then won at Madison Square Garden on the first ever Rizin/ Bellator cross promotional card against Rena Kubota (a 23-0 shoot boxing champion ) and won in the first round
– fought on the biggest card of the year in Japan for rizin at the saitama arena
– brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. (started BJJ at 13)
– started with Tae Kwon do at the age of 7 and earned my second degree black belt
1-1 mma pro
6-1 mma amateur
2-1 boxing amateur
4-2 Muay Thai amateur
Brazilian jiu jitsu blue belt
World fighting federation
2017 2x sub of the night award
AZ first ever Strawweight champ for ironboy
Cage fury fighting championship
coaching since 2015
Runner up Austin TX golden gloves 2015
2x karate point fighting champ 2007
Tae Kwon Do (TKD), Muay Thai & Hapkido Instructor
CERTIFICATIONS & RANKS
Tae Kwon Do | Master
Muay Thai | Level 3
HapKiDo | 2nd Degree
BJJ |In Training
Connor McGowan started Tae Kwon Do at age 3 under the tutelage of his Dad and ChandlerMMA school owner, Connor graduated the Dragon program and started sparring where he found his true passion. As being a member of the school now for over 10 years, Connor has competed in Muay Thai and wrestling tournaments, loves to take BJJ with his friends and assistant teaches 3 days per week. Connor has built many a great friendship and relationships with our students and loves help others achieve their goals.
Connor has achieved the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai and continues his education to one day become a Master Instructor. He has now achieved his Junior Master status February 2018.