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.
Jesse is a Los Angeles native who began training in 2007. Starting with self defense, he soon branched out to boxing, kickboxing and jiu-jitsu to develop his skill set as a well-rounded martial artist. He has always been a motivated athlete having played a variety of sports throughout his life while earning his Communications degree at LMU.
With a genuine passion for learning and teaching, Jesse's dedication to continuous self-improvement shines through in his enthusiasm both on and off the mat. Jesse has been teaching since 2012 and continues to train every day.