Meet the C3 Athletics Trainers

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Roger Denton

Head MMA Coach

Roger Denton has 25+ years of martial arts experience.  He teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, and coaches/manages professional and amateur MMA fighters.

Roger began his martial arts career with Tang Soo Do, a Korean form of Karate. He later began studying Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do, which was developed by Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto. He received Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do/Filipino Martial Arts Certification from Paul Vunak (Progressive Fighting Systems) in 1994. He relocated to Arizona to further his martial arts practice, and received additional Jeet Kune Do Certification from Sharam Moosavi (Jeet Kune Do International).

Roger began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1991 and was promoted to Black Belt in 2007. He was Fabio Araujo’s first BJJ Black Belt in the United States.

In addition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do, Roger also studies and teaches Western boxing, Muay Thai, Panantukan (Filipino boxing), Filipino Weapons and Stickfighting, and Savate (French kickboxing).

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Stephane Smarth

Muay Thai

Stephane is a nutrition care and food service specialist, certified through the United States Army Reserve.  He is also certified in the Level I Modern Army Combatives program (MACP).  With a degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University, he is also an athlete himself, competing as an amateur Muay Thai fighter.  He has been training and competing in Muay Thai for over four years and recently became the Friday Night Fights Lightweight Amateur Champion, making him the first Muay Thai champion to come out of C3 Athletics. Stephane conducts our kickboxing and Muay Thai classes, and is always available for personal training!

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Danny Joey Valle

HEAD BOXING INSTRUCTOR

C3 Athletics is proud to have Danny “Joey” Valle as our boxing coach. Danny, a Bronx, New York native, come from a long line of boxing trainers. Both his father and grandfather have either trained directly or helped train multiple world champions. As an amatuer, Joey was undefeated and a golden gloves champion, scoring the fastest knock in the golden gloves at 6 seconds! As a pro, Joey is undefeated as well, with all wins coming by way of knockout. Joey will be helping produce the next crop of fighters here at C3. When asked about his future goals in the sport, he replied ” I plan on being a champion”.

More on Joey: http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=515099&cat=boxer

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Cesar Pereira

HEAD BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU INSTRUCTOR

Cesar Pereira is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Master Cassio Cardoso/ Carlson Gracie Club Jiu-Jitsu. He brings 21 years of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu experience and a deep knowledge of the culture and history behind this unique martial art form to each of his classes. He has been a Black Belt since June 2001. He began his career in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in February 1992 in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. He ran his own Martial Arts academy from 1992 to 2000, Sport Physical Academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Then worked as a  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor at Brazilian Top Team (BTT) from 2005 to 2010.

Main Titles:
3rd place State Championship of Rio de janeiro FJJ-Rio (1998) Brown Belt

5th place World Championship CBJJ (1998) Brown Belt

3rd place State Championship of Rio de janeiro FJJ-Rio (1999) Brown Belt

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Sean Hinds

Head Muay Thai Trainer

Sean Hinds grew up in London, England. Upon moving to the New York City, Hinds discovered the world of Muay Thai.

Sean began his training in Thai boxing under the tutelage of Edge Brown, world champion kick boxer and fellow Englishman. While training with Brown, Hinds studied the Dutch/English style of Muay Thai. Brown also helped Hinds develop his striking skills and tactical fighting strategies. Brown established a solid foundation for Sean’s professional career in Muay Thai. Hinds still uses a lot of Brown’s philosophies today while preparing to fight an opponent.

After Brown, Hinds moved on to train with Kru Coban, a five-time world champion in Muay Thai. Coban’s Thai style of Muay Thai added a new dimension to Hind’s fighting repertoire. Being able to switch between two styles of Muay Thai, Hinds found his fighting skill level increased, giving him more opportunities to fight tougher opponents. Hinds continued his professional career and training with Kru Phil Nurse. Nurse helped Hinds develop his superior clinching technique and gain strength.

Hinds Muay Thai career spans 16 years and 30 professional fights. He has fought in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Denmark, Canada and the USA. Known for his hard kicks, heavy hands, tight clinch and all around arsenal of Muay Thai, Hinds can truly be considered a well-rounded fighter. Sean Hinds is a super middle-weight currently fighting at 165 lbs.

 

Ryan Johnson

Sports Performance Coach

Developing a passion for sports and fitness at a young age, Ryan Johnson has dedicated his career to becoming one of the absolute best in the field. Already establishing himself as a successful coach, Ryan, has had a range of experience with all levels of competition ranging from youth, high school, collegiate, and amateur athletes. Not limiting himself to one particular set of skills, Ryan possesses expertise in numerous subfields of Strength and Conditioning. Most recently certified through the United States of America Weightlifting Association, Ryan is a Certified Sports Performance Coach, and is always looking to enhance and improve his personal set of skills. Intrigued by the human body and its capabilities, Ryan takes his clientele to another level by focusing on all aspects of training. Known for his unique style, Ryan is not a typical personal trainer. By fusing elaborate areas of training, Ryan focuses on improving the functional movement of the human body, while simultaneously building strength, power, endurance, speed, work capacity, and an array of new skills that help all walks of life succeed in training and all endeavors of life. Along with Sports Performance, Ryan, has also had years of experience within the fields of Physical Therapy and Nutrition. Ryan’s mission is to provide each individual with the education, methods, and environment to succeed and develop as a complete athlete.

 

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Jay Matias

Muay Thai

Jay is a Professional Muay Thai Fighter and has been training and fighting competitively for 6 years. He started training in Winter Garden, Florida under Omar Chebali/Safio Gym at the age of 15. Six months later, he moved to New York and met his current trainer Aziz Nabih.

At only 22 years of age, Jay has an impressive record already:

WKA 2011 North American Lightweight Amateur Champion

WKA Eastern Regional Lightweight Amateur Champion

WKA 2007 132 lbs North American Lightweight Champion (Novice)

TaKe On Productions 2011 “Fight of the Year” against Jake Mainini: http://youtu.be/AyBK_DQCanM

 

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Omar Estevez

Muay Thai

Omar Estevez is one of today’s up and coming Muay Thai fighters. With 12 fights currently under his belt, Omar is making a presence in the Muay Thai scene. Omar has fought some of the top fighters in North America and has fought all over the east coast including New York, New Jersey, Virginia and was even invited to Canada for an international bout.
With no prior experience in martial arts, Omar was looking for a way to fight his obesity. At his heaviest, Omar weighed a shocking 270 pounds! Tired of trying conventional gyms and diets that didn’t work, Omar decided to give Muay Thai a shot. During his first year of training, Omar lost over 100 pounds for his first bout.

Omar has been training in the “art of eight limbs” for four years under world renowned trainer Aziz Nabih out of Sitan Gym. Within his first year, Omar would become one of the instructors at Sitan Gym. Now with over three years of instructing experience, Omar has become the head trainer for Queens MMA and is now training today’s up and coming fighters out of Sitan Gym and C3 Athletics in Stamford, Ct.

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