Coaches

Coaching Staff

Meet the Kaijin coaches. Their wealth of experience and knowledge is the essence of the Kaijin experience. Select any of the coaches to read more about them.

Clement Shields

Coach Bio

Meet Clement Shields, a seasoned martial artist with a passion for Jiu Jitsu that goes beyond the typical sports narrative. For Clem, Jiu Jitsu is not just a sport; it’s a multifaceted journey encompassing competition, fitness, and an excellent environment for social interaction. Engaging in Jiu Jitsu isn’t just about physical skills; it’s a transformative experience that instills confidence, helping individuals feel comfortable and assured in their own skin. However, at its core, Jiu Jitsu is a fighting art, and Clems teaching style reflects a strong understanding and commitment to this.

Clem’s journey in martial arts began at the age of 7 when he stepped onto the wrestling mat. This early initiation evolved into years of youth club participation and competitive bouts throughout high school. In 2002, Clem ventured into the world of Jiu Jitsu, finding a strong connection that went beyond the similarities to wrestling. It was the he complexity of the art, the variety of submissions, and the vast realm of possibilities that resonated with him.

Clem earned his black belt in 2009 under Claudio Franca. Among his Jiu Jitsu instructors, he also points to Marcelo Garcia and Paul Schreiner as particularly influential figures who have significantly shaped his martial arts journey. Clem has been a training partner to several renowned fighters, including his brother Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, and the Diaz brothers, Nick and Nate. His experience working with elite fighters adds a unique perspective to Clem’s teaching style, enriching the learning environment at Clem Shields Mixed Martial Arts Studio.

Gustavo Froes

Coach Bio

Gustavo Froes holds a 6th-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.

Christopher Bradford

Coach Bio

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.

Dion Dangzalan

Coach Bio

Dion Dangzalan (“Mr. D”) – is the founder of the Kaijin-Ryu Karate system.

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He has been studying karate since the age of 6, under the tutelage of Sensei Terry Dunphy and his brother, Todd Dunphy. He attained his black belt at the age of 14 in the Zen Bei Butoku Kai International Organization, which follows the Shorinji Ryu style of traditional karate. He also studied Shotokan karate under his father, Simon, and trained with the members of the original Santa Cruz Karate Club. Other styles of karate Mr. D has trained in includes Machida Karate, Enshin Karate and Kyokushin. He is also trained in Judo, American Jiujitsu, American Boxing, Muay Thai, Pankration and MMA.

Mr. D competed in both kata (traditional forms) and kumite (full contact and point fighting) in his younger years, but now has a passion for “applicable” or “practical” karate, which is applying kata movements to real life self defense and sport scenarios. He is skilled in a variety of traditional weapons, such as bo, jo, nunchaku, tonfa and sai. His last competitive fight was in February 2023 at the Surf City Open. While Mr. D loves to compete, he prefers to set that aside and focus on teaching and coaching young, up-and-coming Budoka.Besides running the karate program at Kaijin MMA, he is a karate instructor and student at Sanford’s Martial Arts under Hanshi Rod Sanford and his son, Sensei Sean Sanford.

Pauly Nariman

Pauly began his journey in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007 under the guidance of Cesar Gracie’s academy in Antioch, California. Following his relocation to Scott’s Valley, he continued his training with Gustavo Froes, as well as Clement Shields at Kaijin MMA.  

In 2022, Pauly achieved the rank of black belt, a testament to his dedication and perseverance over the years. Pauly prioritizes practical self-defense techniques and holds a deep appreciation for the technical aspects of sport jiu-jitsu and no-gi grappling.

Pauly believes martial arts, particularly jiu-jitsu, have significantly impacted his life. As an instructor, he aims to share his knowledge in a welcoming environment, catering to students of all skill levels. His classes, conducted in the traditional gi, offer a balanced blend of technical training and practical application, fostering growth and development among his students.  All ranks are welcome.