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Derek Ortiz

Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor
Derek has been training with LVIRK Training Center, now Hammer Training & Fitness, for over seven years. He has been interested in Martial Arts since he was young. While searching the internet for a Muay Thai Kickboxing school, he came across LVIRK Training Center. He tried a Kickboxing class and was immediately hooked and has been training ever since.

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Michael Patrone

Muay Thai Kickboxing Instructor
Michael Patrone became involved in Taekwondo as a child and more recently has trained in multiple disciplines of combative sports, most notably: Freestyle Kickboxing, Boxing and Krav Maga. Michael was the fastest student in his school’s history to earn rank as a 1st Degree Black Belt in Freestyle Kickboxing. Coupled with his experience as a personal trainer, Michael utilizes a challenging, multi-dimensional approach to martial arts instruction.

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Michael Manion

MMA Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor, Isshin Ryu Karate Instructor

Michael Manion has been studying Isshin Ryu Karate since 2003 and is a member of the Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (OIKKA). Over the years, Michael has had the opportunity to train with Master John Devine, Hanshi N. Morgan Woods, Kyoshi Dayne Walz, Renshi Rodney S. Guignet and Sensei Rebecca Pizzolatto. Also during this time, Michael was active in regional martial arts tournaments. Michael placed very often when entering competitions including a grand championship and many other first through third places.

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Rodney S. Guignet

Owner, MMA Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor, Grappling Instructor, BJJ Instructor, USA Boxing Coach, Hammer XFit Creator & Instructor, Isshin Ryu Karate Instructor, Self-Defense Instructor

Rodney S. Guignet has over 30 years of training, starting with high school and college wrestling. He received his Fifth Degree Black Belt in Isshin Ryu Karate in August 2004. Rodney S Guignet has been a member of the Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (OIKKA), the International Association of Martial Artists (IAMA), the National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA), and the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). Rodney is an instructor level in American Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Rodney holds a Black Belt in Hammer Submission Grappling, which he has developed. Rodney has also been certified by USA Boxing as a coach and corner. Rodney has been licensed as a corner in MMA, Boxing, and Kickboxing on both the amateur and professional levels.

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