Trainers

Michael Regnier

Michael Regnier Head Muay Thai Trainer/Owner

Michael Regnier is the Head Muay Thai Trainer and owner of Pacific Ring Sports.  His 25-year career in Martial Arts started at the age of ten.  He received black belts in Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Southern Kung Fu, Northern Kung Fu, and Wing Chung.  As a teenager, he had several fights on ESPN2, and was the first American to be certified as a Muay Thai Fairtex trainer through the late Alex Gong and Michael’s trainer, Ganyao “Dr. Knee” Fairtex.  Looking to… Continue reading →

Roberto Garcia

Roberto Garcia Head Boxing Trainer

Former Filipino Boxing Champion, Roberto “The Hitman” Garcia is the Head Boxing Trainer at Pacific Ring Sports.  He is a sought-after trainer who has been immersed in the fighting scene in southern California for the past 10 years in both the amateur and professional realm.  Among the pro fighters he has trained are former IBF World Champion and WBC International Champion Manny “King” Melchor and WBO World Champion Tiger “The Priest” Smalls.
Robert has the ability to nurture fighters from… Continue reading →

Ganyao Arunleung

Ganyao Arunleung Head Muay Thai Trainer

For over 30 years, Ganyao “Dr. Knee” Arunleung has been a driving force behind the famous Fairtex Muay Thai camps in Thailand and USA.  The closing of the Fairtex San Francisco camp in August 2011 ended an era of “Fairtex” as we once knew it.  However, the legendary training lives on, when the former Head Muay Thai Trainer, Ganyao “Dr. Knee,” chose Pacific Ring Sports to be his new home.  This was perhaps the hottest news in the Muay Thai community… Continue reading →

Jason Joseph

Jason Joseph Asst Trainer / Manager of Operations

Jason is an Assistant Instructor at Pacific Ring Sports and is also the Manager of Operations. He enjoys sharing his passion and enthusiasm with first timers and veterans alike. Jason’s  rigorous daily exercise routine fuels his energy throughout the day and keeps him conditioned for endless rounds of sparring and training.
Jason started training at Pacific Ring Sports six years ago. Jason was then a construction worker and vigorous weight-lifter, who impressed owner Michael Regnier with his daily routine: 5… Continue reading →

Omar Kasdi

Omar Kasdi MMA / Jiu-Jitsu Trainer

Omar is from Paris, France and started boxing at age 15.  At age 17 he took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Cercle Tissier Academy, the first BJJ academy in France under Flavio Behring, a 9th degree Red-Black Belt under Grandmaster Helio Gracie. The Behring family of academies, known for focusing on technique as well as character development, shape Omar’s teaching style.  The academy produced fighters such as UFC Fighter Anderson Silva and World Champion Fabricio Werdum.
After training for several… Continue reading →

Travis Lewis

Travis Lewis MMA / Jiu-Jitsu Trainer

Travis grew up in Connecticut with two sisters.  He graduated form the University of Pennsylvania.  Travis holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, awarded under the Machado Brothers in 2005.  Some of his accomplishments are:
● Professional MMA KO victory at Global Knockouts 1
● 2005 Pan-Am Super Heavy Weight Champion
● 2005 Gold at Pan-Am BRAZIL vs USA
● 2005 Bronze Medal Pan-Am Brown Belt Open
● 2001 Silver Medal at NAGA’s Grappler’s Games (Super Weight/ No Gi)
● 2001… Continue reading →

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson Strength and Conditioning Trainer

Christopher Johnson is the head Strength and Conditioning trainer at Pacific Ring Sports.  He has been a personal trainer at Club One since 2003, and is NASM, Crossfit certified.  Chris has a rich history in physical fitness and athletic background.  His father was a competitive power lifter back in the 60′s and 70′s, and growing up his family-owned gym was the first stepping-stone to his lifelong participation in the fitness industry.  A love of anything athletic from downhill mountain biking, surfing, Muay… Continue reading →

Diana Moskowitz

Diana Moskowitz Strength and Conditioning Trainer

Diana is a TRX/Strength and Conditioning Trainer at Pacific Ring Sports.  She is TRX® Certified, ACE Certified, a Board Certified Sports Dietician, and Registered Dietician.  She has been a trainer for 12 years at numerous gyms throughout Baltimore and the San Francisco Bay Area teaching fitness boot camps, Yoga, TRX®, weight lifting, strength and conditioning, as well as works as a dietician and nutrition coach.
In 1993, during her first year of college at Elon University in North Carolina, she took her first weight lifting class and… Continue reading →

Nicky Yazbeck

Nicky Yazbeck Yoga Instructor

Nicky was born in South Africa to a mother who was an avid yoga practitioner and a father, until this day “has never missed a day at the gym.” Nicky has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and has taught for 7 years.  She was a student of Sharath Rangaswamy (grandson of the revered Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois) and David Swenson, and has trained in Thailand and India.  She has studied Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, and Integral yoga,… Continue reading →

David Nwangwu

David Nwangwu Asst Muay Thai Trainer

David is the Assistant Muay Thai and Boxing instructor. David’s natural athleticism is seen through his versatility in sports. He was always involved in various martial arts growing up, and played football for Cal Berkeley. A serious injury in football led him to begin training in boxing. A friend introduced him to Pacific Ring Sports four years ago, and he began training Muay Thai under Michael Regnier since then. Michael immediately saw he was quick learner and that he was… Continue reading →

Shalon Leimpeter

Shalon Leimpeter Asst Muay Thai Trainer

Shalon is an assistant instructor at Pacific Ring Sports.  She was born and raised in the Bay Area, studying dance and playing sports from age four through high school, including being a middle blocker/hitter on a two-year league champion volleyball team.  While living out of state, she was introduced to Muay Thai kickboxing through the dojo at which she worked.  She took a hiatus from the sport after moving away from her original trainer to live in Southern California and… Continue reading →

Byron Green

Byron Green Head Youth Instructor & Asst Trainer

Byron Green is the Head Instructor for the Youth Mixed Martial Arts program and an Assistant Trainer.  Byron signed on as one of our first members, when the gym opened up across the street from his apartment in 2004. Owner Mike Regnier noticed his potential, and within months, Byron was winning local smokers and amateur fights.  With a couple of other neighborhood boys, Byron made up the original fight team, and got people talking about “that new gym with the… Continue reading →

CJ Mills

CJ Mills Asst Boxing Trainer

CJ Mills is an Assistant Boxing Trainer at Pacific Ring Sports. CJ played baseball competitively for several years after college.  Looking to learn a new skill, he started boxing, and there was no going back.  He feels boxing challenges him both mentally and physically.  ”There is nothing like two guys going at it to test themselves.”  CJ is influenced by the health and nutrition practices of different cultures, especially Eastern and ancient Indian philosophies.  When not at Pacific Ring, CJ… Continue reading →

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