who we are
Matt Bahntge - Owner and founder
Matt first found wrestling in his search for competitive combat sports in 2000 at 14 years old. Unfulfilled with wrestling and intrigued by the up and coming sport of MMA, he switched disciplines and began training in Muay Thai, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Ohio at the age of 17. A passion for competitive MMA grew into a move to Los Angeles to pursue the sport as a career.
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2004, Matt has garnered a total of 10 wins and 4 losses in amateur and professional MMA competition while earning his BA in Psychology from UCLA. He has taught everyone from professional fighters to law enforcement at gyms such as Werdum Combat Team, PKG, and Hollywood BJJ. Using this experience in and out of the ring, he has built a system that makes it easy for anyone to train like the professionals do.
Jorge sanchez - head trainer
Having taught at many of LA's top martial arts gyms like Systems Training Center, Krav Maga Worldwide and Gracie Barra Encino, Jorge brings with him years of coaching experience and expertise in the fields of Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Self Defense, Krav Maga, and MMA.
In addition to his skilled instruction, Jorge is an active fighter and rising star in the Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA world. Jorge is a member of the Team Victory Professional Fight Team and is currently competing for LA's top promotions.
John began training in Taekwondo at 9 years old and continued his progression into Boxing and Muay Thai at the age of 14, thoroughly in love with contact sports. As soon as he was able, at 18 years old, he started to build a winning record competing in amateur Muay Thai.
18 fights later, John holds the MTU featherweight belt as well as his second degree black belt in Taekwondo, along with degrees in both Business and Biochemistry. He has been teaching since 2014 and is actively competing with Team Victory Muay Thai’s fight team, expecting to make his pro debut in the near future.
Lorenzo came into the sport with a fury, living and training at the world famous Sasiprapa Gym in Thailand. Within only a few years, Lorenzo fought to an 8-2 record and claimed the CA State Championship. Before that, Lorenzo led his wrestling team to winning the Ocean League Title, and would later lead them to the 2016 CIF Wrestling Finals to place second overall.
Teaching beginner to advanced classes for kids through adults at local gyms, Lorenzo has a range of experience with communicating the fundamentals of Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Boxing. In addition to leading fight team practices and competing, Lorenzo also studies Kinesiology and Nutrition at El Camino College in Torrance where he continues to further his knowledge on the human body.