Coaches & Instructors

Shihan Magnus Virgin Head Coach/Instructor (Judo, MMA & Catch Wrestling Instructor)

Magnus Virgin was born and raised in Visby, Sweden. Since 1980, he has studied many martial arts styles, including Shintai Ryu Ju-Jutsu (now known as Shintai Kempo), American Tactical Goju Ryu Karate, Shorinji Kempo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wado-ryu Karate, Kung Fu and Bas Rutten’s Mixed Martial Arts System.

His studies took him to Hombu in Japan, the headquarters of Shorinji Kempo, where he stayed and studied this style. Magnus has been teaching martial arts since 1986, both privately and in his dojos in Sweden, Miami Beach and Coral Springs. He taught the Miami Beach Police Officers hand-to-hand combat. He is also a former Instructor in Bas Rutten’s MMA System.

Magnus is also an avid Scuba Diver. He earned his instructors license through PADI in 1989. He has since retired as a Scuba Instructor and now holds the title of “Emeritus Instructor” (retired). He also enjoys golf and tennis. Magnus and his family live in Parkland, Florida.

RANKS:

  • 7th Degree (Shichidan) Black Belt in Shintai Ryu Ju-Jutsu
  • 5th Degree (Godan) Black Belt in American Tactical Goju Ryu Karate
  • 2nd Degree (Nidan) Black Belt in Shorinji Kempo
  • 2nd Degree (Nidan) Black Belt in Judo
  • Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Certified Catch Wrestling Coach

BJJ Professor Marcio Silva

Bio coming soon

Kids Tae Kwon Do Instructor – Roy Jones

Bio coming soon

Sweat 101 Fitness Coach & Personal Trainer – Tommy Elliott

Bio coming soon

Cardio Kickboxing Coach & Personal Trainer – Lucas Jackson

Lucas was born in Tampa, Florida and started his Martial Arts training at 6 years old. He earned a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do early on and got interested in MMA and continued his Martial Art journey by studying NoGi grappling for many years to prepare him for his amateur MMA career. He has since established a solid 10-0 amateur MMA and Kickboxing record. He then decided to go professional and lost his first MMA fight and has since not competed, but his aspirations are still there. He shifted focus to teaching Martial Arts for the past 6 years as well as becoming a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.

Boxing Coach & Personal Trainer – Jason Gochez

Jason was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. It was here, circling the gritty NY boxing scene, that he developed his craft both as fighter and trainer. After High School he joined the United States Marine Corps during which time he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a combat veteran. With numerous medals and accommodations to his credit, Jason once again rejoined the civilian world and took up training young fighters. After relocating to Florida he was offered, and took, an opportunity to be the striking coach for the pro mma team Blackzilians on the show THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER SEASON 21 and ultimately winning the season. Jason continues to train and work with a number of notable UFC fighters and pro boxers and well as young amateur fighters.

Muay Thai Coach & Personal Trainer – Daniel Mendes

Academic Background

 Graduate Course in Physical Education at UVV (Universidade de Vila Velha), Brazil

 Masters degree in Athletic Training from the University Gama Filho – RJ, Brazil

 Post-graduation in Functional Training by University Veiga de Almeida – UVA, Brazil

 Black belt in Muay Thai

 IFA Fitness

Work Experience

 Coach of Olympic Boxing Center of Espirito Santo – COES, Brazil

 Professor of Personal Defense Group for Tactical Operations of the Espirito Santo

Civil Police – GOT, Brazil

 Professor of Defence Staff of the Military Police of ES – CFO, Brazil

 Physical Training Center of Camp Fighters in Campinas-SP 2010-2011, Brazil

 Coach of Muay Thai & MMA Training Center at Camp Fighters Campinas-SP 2010-

2011, Brazil

 Honored as OFFICIAL Coach of Muay Thai

 Experiences with Muay Thai for great athletes like Vitor Belfort, Cezar

Gilbert Burns, Rodrigo Minotauro, Rogerio Nogueira, Erick Silva, Andre Galvao,

Rafael Feijao, Bruno Frazatto among Representative Team Victoria Muay Thai Team

in the Espirito Santo, Brazil

Personal Trainer – Laurie Henigin

Coming Soon!.

Personal Trainer – Carl Benedict

Carl Benedict is a Master Trainer. He has been a strength and conditioning coach for the NFL for years and was himself a football player for Ohio State. He is also an NCAA division 1 strength and conditioning coach. He graduated from Ohio State and University of Pittsburg and competed in both National Bodybuilding and power lifting during his college years. Carl has over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Below are some of his accomplishments:
 Former Gold’s gym owner
 Former 24 hour fitness owner
 Fitness club architect and consultant to Bally’s (before it converted to LA Fitness)
 Former fitness model for GNC
 Corporate seminar speaker
 Advocare Advisor
 Bio mechanic and sports science specialist
 Nutritionist
 Elite trainer of trainers (certifies personal trainers)