Susannah Dingman

Ginastica Natural is:

A movement practice that focuses on mobility, functional movement, functional flexibility, and quality breathing. 

We will have a playful practice.  One that encourages exploration, awakens and expands the mind, and restores the nervous system

My practice is also influenced by a clinical understanding of developmental human movement, stability, and breath called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization.  I am a NASM certified personal trainer, and certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy. 

GN was created by Alvaro Romano as a training program not only to enhance athletic performance, but to enhance quality of life through the mind-body relationship.

It can be used for strength and conditioning, and recovery if applied appropriately.

GN has been embraced worldwide by world class athletes from a broad spectrum of sports not only Jiu jitsu but soccer, surfing, and even circus arts. This approach to physical fitness is adaptable and will benefit all humans who participate, even the non-athlete.

Mestre Tony Salinas

Capoeira at Kaijin MMA is taught by “Teacher Tony” Solinas, aka Formando Currupio. Tony has over 25 years of experience in capoeira, teaching under the guidance of Mestre Itabora Ferreira. Tony travels the globe giving seminars and demonstrations, competing regularly and collaborating with elite capoeira players around the world.

Professor Derek Hansen

Derek is a lifelong student of the martial arts and began studying in the rigid protocol of Shotokan, or Okinawan Karate, at age 8 eventually moving on American Kickboxing until finally finding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After growing up around frequent street fights and from his experience working as a bouncer in his 20’s Derek saw how often altercations ended up on the ground and realized that being in a fight of any kind without sufficient knowledge of the grappling arts would be akin to jumping into the ocean without knowing how to swim. At that point Derek dedicated himself to the art of Jiu Jitsu, being trained by the well known 6th degree black belt, Professor Gustavo Froes, and was awarded his black belt from the early UFC veteran and global Brazilian Jiu Jitsu icon, Joe Moreira, in 2017. It’s Professor Derek’s belief that your Jiu Jitsu should be effective in the worst of situations; a street altercation. Derek’s teaching style is a return to the roots of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a system and style that is based in concepts of self defense and positional dominance. Derek is a dedicated father of two young boys and a passionate teacher, always willing to break down the finer details for his students. 

Louie DeLuca

Louie DeLuca was born and raised in Santa Cruz. He began practicing Muay
Thai in 2006, under the traditional teaching style of Jason Murphy at
Santa Cruz Muay Thai Academy. He then became the teen program instructor
and later an adult instructor and coach for muay Thai competitions.

Muay Thai is called the art of eight limbs because of its use of fists,
elbows, shins and knees. The Thai style of striking was developed not as
a sport, but for battlefield and combat scenarios. Now it is used in
sport combat and is very effective for self defense tactics in real
world situations.

This martial art is based on discipline and respect and that is a huge
part of Louie’s character and teachings. He’s excited to bring his high
intensity training style to KAijiN MMA. His class will be based on
traditional Muay Thai. With focus on stretching flexibility and
developing a high level of cardiovascular strength. which he believes
are all a very important aspects of Muay Thai and self defense.

Professor Joe Hagins

Joe began his Jiu Jitsu training at Rigan Machado’s school in Redondo Beach before moving to Santa Cruz in 2007. Since moving to Santa Cruz he has trained with Claudio Franca, Garth Taylor, Paul Schreiner, Clement Shields, and many others.

Favoring a teaching style that focuses on fundamental principles and technique of grappling he enjoys the ever evolving art of BJJ and loves to share his knowledge with his students.

George Pascual

George has been with Kaijin MMA for 10 years. He has been an integral member in helping develop Kaijin’s Boxing program.

” I believe that fundamentals are the key to understanding the ‘Sweet Science’. George can be found at the gym helping students refine their skills.”

Simone Vincenzi

Simone is a brown belt who has been practicing BJJ since 2011. He is an avid sportsman with experience in Judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, physical preparation, and education, and favors dynamic classes in which students engage with takedowns, BJJ fundamentals, and positional and free sparring in a friendly and energetic atmosphere.” S

Professor Gustavo Froes

Introducing Gustavo Froes, 5th-degree black belt under world-renowned Coral Belt Joe Moreira. Gustavo began his jiu-jitsu journey nearly 35 years ago, has an extensive competitive background, and is a 3-time winner of the famous Black Belt Challenge.

Gustavo’s passion for people and the “gentle art” show up in his teaching, which is a blend of highly technical and yet extremely practical technique. His knowledge of Jiu Jitsu and its history and evolution is prodigious, and his teaching style has been described as fun, relaxed, and dynamic.

Gustavo, originally from Rio de Janeiro, spent many years in Los Angeles helping to develop and corner some of the early UFC greats, then eventually made his way up to Santa Cruz as on of the first black belts in the area. Gustavo lives for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and truly loves teaching children because of the difference he’s seen it make in their lives.

The time has come for Gustavo to settle down in what will be a perfect home for his passion and wealth of knowledge. Gustavo and Clement have decided to combine forces to continue to build the Kaijin empire. Gustavo brings with him three successful black belts and the rest of his loyal team to join the Kaijin family.

Professor Christopher Bradford

Christopher Bradford is a lifelong martial artist, with extensive experience competing and advanced rank in striking, grappling, and weapon-based martial arts, including a black belt / faixa preta in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is passionate about helping students and training partners develop as martial artists, and as people. 

Professor Clement Shields

Jiu Jitsu is a lot of different things to Clement Shields. It is a sport

and he enjoys competition as a test of knowledge and skill. He also sees

it as a fitness and social activity. First and foremost, however, Jiu

Jitsu is a fighting art to Clem and he always tries to teach and use Jiu

Jitsu with that in mind.

Clem started wrestling at 7 years of age. He continued wrestling in

youth clubs and competitively in high school. Along the way, he also

learned the basics of boxing and aikido. Clem started training Jiu Jitsu

in 2002 and earned his black belt in 2009. He liked Jiu Jitsu

immediately. It resembled wrestling in the regular sparring and that

techniques were performed against a resisting opponent, but he liked it

more due to the submissions and complexity.

Clem has been the training partner of many notable fighters, including

his brother Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, and Nick and Nate Diaz.

Among the Jiu Jitsu teachers he has had, he cites Marcelo Garcia and

Paul Schreiner as particularly influential.