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brian-schwartz
Speciality: Kickboxing

Styles: Kickboxing, Taekwondo

Brian Schwartz began his martial arts training in September 1980. He achieved the rank of black belt in 1990. He is currently a 3rd degree black belt and a certified instructor with Golden State Martial Arts. He is a 6-time World Karate Champion and a World Champion Kickboxer.

Private Lessons: Yes. Proper technique/form for kickboxing and boxing on and off the bag, as well as mitt work and core work.

bruno-escalante
Speciality: Boxing

I started competing in 2003 as an amateur in Hawaii then moved to California in 2009 to make the jump to professional boxing. I began my boxing career at Undisputed in February of 2010. I have since turned pro and continues to fight on the Undisputed team.

Private Lessons: Yes. Boxing and Conditioning by using ladder drills, mitt work, bag work, sparring, and proper offensive and defensive drills.

mike-bazzel

Mike began his career as a personal trainer in 1993. As a strength and conditioning specialist, Mike focuses on progressive core strengthening, plyometrics, and agility both on the field and in the gym.

Private Lessons: Yes. Applies resistance training techniques, stability and core work, as well as overall strength training.

chris-jensen
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Mr. Jensen is a 6th-degree black belt and the Head Instructor of Golden State Taekwondo. He has studied martial arts since 1972 and has taught since 1976. His students have not only won many national and international championships, but have also gone on to become certified instructors themselves.

Private Lessons: Yes. All aspects of Taekwondo, such as skills, respect, discipline, form and structure.

jenna-castillo
Speciality: Kickboxing

Jenna has been in the fitness industry since she was 19 years old as an instructor and has been training in the field of martial arts since she was 9 years old. She is as dedicated and passionate in the ring as she is in front of a class. Jenna won the IKF Muay Thai World Title in 2009.

Private Lessons: Yes. Crossfit Level 2 certified, kickboxing, conditioning, and weights.

david-mafi-ta-ufo-ou
Speciality: Boxing

David Ta’ufo’ou is an ex-Olympiad and a retired professional boxer. He represented the islands of Tonga in the 1984 Olympics which was held at UCLA.

Private Lessons: Yes. Boxing and the intense training of it by doing mitt work, jump rope, core work, etc.

charles-e-wright

Styles: Kempo Karate, Taekwondo 
Additional Specialities: Weight Lifting, Aerobics

Charles has been in the fitness industry since 1997, though he has spent a lifetime keeping fit and training in the fighting arts. For him, fitness is a way of life.

Private Lessons: Yes. Self defense skills and overall training in Kickboxing and Boxing using weights, kettle bells, mitt work, bag work, abs, sprints, lunges, etc.

deb-pedersen
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Debbie Pedersen is the Co-founder of Golden State Taekwondo. She began training in 1977 and is now a 5th-degree black belt. She was twice the U.S. National Silver Medalist in Olympic-style Taekwondo competition, and has become widely recognized for coaching and training elite level women athletes.

Private Lessons: Yes. All aspects of Tae Kwon Do, such as skills, respect, discipline, form and structure.

germaine-de-randamie.3
Speciality: Kickboxing

Style: Thai Kickboxing

Germaine started training at the age of 15 in Muay Thai. After two months her trainer asked her if she wanted to fight and she has been focused on becoming the best ever since.

fabian-melendez
Speciality: Boxing

Specialities: Boxing for Fitness/Competition, Weight Loss, Strength and Conditioning.

Private Lessons: Yes. Weight Loss, Strength/Conditioning, Weightlifting and Specialize in structure/boxing mechanics, foot work, bag drills and mitt work. I would love to meet with you to discuss how I can help you reach your fitness goals!

jessica-langford

Jessica is passionate about fitness and has been teaching for over 7 years at various gyms in the area with UBG being her favorite!

Private Lessons: Yes. Overall weight loss and toning. How to maintain it through cardio kickboxing, running, isolating muscle groups such as abs, glutes and thighs to target those trouble areas.

kevin-montgomery
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Kevin Montgomery started his training at Mackowski's Taekwondo in 1977. He received his black belt in 1980, and his 3rd-degree at Golden State in 1995. He also holds a black belt in karate.

Private Lessons: Yes. Every lesson is based on the clients wants and needs. TKD technique, form & skills. Uses bag and mitt work.

sarah-gertz
Speciality: Kickboxing

Sarah trained in boxing and kickboxing under Brian Schwartz for several years.

Private Lessons: Yes. Weight loss and overall toning by incorporating weights, steps, running, kickboxing, lunges, squats, etc.

jake-richardson
Speciality: Boxing

Jake Richardson is a former collegiate football player and current amateur boxer.  He received his AA & BS in Kinesiology and Exercise science and is equipped in weight, plyometric, and speed and agility training. 

Personal Training: Yes. During his sessions you can anticipate bodyweight and resistance exercises with cardiovascular activities including basic boxing training.

deann-teixeira

Specialties: TRX Suspension Training and Boot Camp

DeAnn Teixeira has been a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 1998. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Nutrition, her CPT from NSCA, and is educated by Wellcoaches as a wellness coach.

Personal Training: Yes. Specializes in weight loss, post re-hab, adventure race training, TRX suspension and Rip training (credentialed instructor).

eric-lee
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Eric Lee started his training at Mackowski's Taekwondo in 1978. He began training the day Mr. Jensen began teaching, and is the first of Chris Jensen's students to have received a black belt. He received his 3rd-degree rank in 1993 at Golden State.

Private Lessons: Yes. Please contact him directly

stephanie-keller
Speciality: Kickboxing

Stephanie has over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. She loves fitness and uses a positive approach to motivate people. She specializes in boxing, kickboxing, and weights.

Private Lessons: Yes. Cardio Circuit training by doing weights, steps, Bosu ball, kettle bells, jump rope, core work, mitt work, kickboxing, etc.

david-giulianetti
Speciality: Cycle Beats

Focus: Cycle Beats - Spinning

David has been involved with fitness for more than 20 years and began teaching at UBG in 2013. While attending UC Davis, he was a member of the UC Davis Rowing Team from 1991 -1993, and a member of the UC Davis Cycling Team from 1994-1996. He been an active, avid cyclist since 1994.

Whitney Quaresma

I am educated in sports nutrition and I love sharing my gift, knowledge and creativity in fitness with others. I believe there are many facets to fitness, and every component is equally important to create balance. Your body responds to change, so the more you can mix it up the better.

 

emma-nystedt
Speciality: Yoga

After attending her first yoga class on a whim for college credit in the early 2000's, years later Emma is hooked and never looking back. Solidifying her commitment to the practice she completed her 200 hour power/vinyasa instructor training at Los Gatos YogaSource under the direction of Linda McGrath. Emma's classes are a whole hearted mix of strength and flexibility, the perfect balance to any lifestyle.

mike-lipinski
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Mike Lipinski began martial arts training in 1969, and was Marty Mackowski's first black belt. He is currently a 5th-degree black belt. His training experience extends to judo and jujitsu, and he has been teaching for over 30 years.

jesse-walls

Jesse Walls is a former collegiate football player and current National Physique Competitor. Walls studied Kinesiology and is A NASM certified personal trainer. While in college he worked for Genesis Health Club where he was a Member Rep and Spin Instructor.  

Private Lessons: Yes. Main focus will be core and resistance training. Body Transformation and weight loss.

alex-gould
Speciality: Cycle Beats

Focus: Cycle Beats - Spinning

A certified Schwinn Cycling Instructor since 2009 and a radio and club DJ since he was 13 years old, Alex brings a true musical passion, soul, and flow to all of his fitness classes that are heavily centered on great melodies and rhythms. One of Alex’s greatest passions is fitness - he has been a competitive distance runner and golfer most of his life and loves cross-training with cycling, boxing, the TRX, and bootcamps. Undisputed's Triple Threat is his favorite workout of the week.

 

mike-wang
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Mike Wang begin Martial Arts training in 1986. He later joined Golden State Taekwondo in 1992 and received his black belt in 1999.

Private Lessons: Yes. TKD skills, striking/kicking techniques, self-defense, weight lifting

heather-brand
Speciality: Cycle Beats

Heather Brand is a local of San Carlos. She took her first spin class 15 years ago and was hooked! With a love for music and high energy, she knew teaching cycling would be a perfect fit for her. She's been teaching for 9 years and loves every minute of it!

brennon-stewart
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Brennon began his martial arts training at Golden State in 1991 and received his 2nd-degree black belt in 2010. Brennon assumed teaching responsibility for his own classes starting in 2004, focused on teaching juniors (both beginner and open/more advanced).

marty-cohen.1
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo, Karate

Marty started Kenpo Karate in Burlingame in 1973 at age 13, earning his Black Belt in 1976. He also trained in Wing Chun Gung Fu during that time with Chris Chan in San Francisco. He received a blackbelt in Taekwondo in 2003 and at Golden State Taekwondo in 2010.

 

ryan-jandu
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Ryan Jandu started training at Golden State since 2002 and received his black belt in 2006. He's been competing in Sport Karate tournaments locally and nationally since 2003 in point-fighting and forms divisions. Aside from his class, he helps with the junior tournament team.

debra-spreng
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Debra Spreng began training at Golden State TKD in 2001. She received her Black Belt in 2007. She has been teaching for many years and focuses on kicking technique and basic drills.

Privates: Yes. Please inquire in person.

prithanjan-battacharaya
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Prithy Bhattacharya started training at Golden State in 2001, and received his black belt in 2006. After helping teach classes for several years, he started teaching his own class in 2008.

He received his 2nd-degree black belt in 2010.

He has been competing in Sport Karate tournaments locally and nationally for 7 years.

bubba-crispell
Speciality: Martial Arts

Style: Taekwondo

Bubba started training at Golden State TKD in 1999. He received his black belt in 2002, started tricking in 2003, and competed in sport karate tournaments for 4 years.

In 2007, Bubba began teaching at Golden State and received his 2nd degree.