The Team

An Martial Arts Academy is only as good as the people who make it up.

team

There are a lot of things that make a Martial Arts Academy a great one, but none greater than the people that make it up. At Heroes Martial Arts what we are most proud of is of our student body.

So they say that Iron sharpens Iron, and the very nature of this martial art is that no one can get better in isolation. Heroes has definitely cultivated a culture that we will push each other, hard in many cases, but at the same time everyone will happily lend you a helping hand. Everyone one in here wants to see everyone else succeed.

We’re proud of the accomplishments of our students. Not just the championships we’ve picked up on the mat, but the victories little and small off the mat. From students improving their physical fitness and losing weight, to improving their mental well being or establishing lasting friendships, the journey started when walking into Heroes is always a remarkable one.

If you’re curious as to which colored belts Gumby has personally promoted, here is the current list (as of 10/11/17).
Blue Belts
Armando Martinez (Early 2008 Gumby’s First Promotion Ever)
Bill Sandoval (Early 2008)
Jose Miguel (Mid 2008)
Dave Stecher (July 29, 2009)
Pejmon Vosooghi (May 21st, 2009)
Phil Canet (November 19, 2009)
Alex Lin (February 3, 2010)
Andrew Jones (March 30, 2010)
Steve Vizzusi (March 30, 2010)
Adrian Fuentes (May 22, 2010)
Ed Solis (June 3, 2010)
Mike O’Connor (June 3, 2010)
Zobair Farah (June 3, 2010)
Stefano Mendoza (June 28, 2010)
Michael “Giggles” Pickens (July 27, 2010)
Dino Del Mastro (August 28, 2010)
Dennis Ruth (October 13, 2010)
Wilbert Thigpen (October 18, 2010)
Sonny Michael Le (December 7, 2010)
Gary Valencia (December 8, 2010)
Daniel Lin (February 10, 2011)
Kristoffer Belau (February 28, 2011)
Chris Nguyen (February 28, 2011)
Vincent Racelo (March 3, 2011)
Joey Ruiz (June 1, 2011)
Gabe Toci (June 6, 2011)
Cindy Grimm (August 3, 2011)
Rich Phillips (August 30, 2011)
Will Armaline (November 26, 2011)
Mike “Westside” Nguyen (November 26, 2011)
Mark Friedman (November 28, 2011)
Nima Shariff (November 28, 2011)
Robbie Renolo (December 19, 2011)
Mike Greco (December 19, 2011)
Phil Boucher (April 6, 2012)
Russell Barreras (May 1, 2012)
Jonathan Sebastian (June 12, 2012)
Vadim Yaport (June 25, 2012)
Scott Violet (November 21, 2012)
Mark Anthony Alcantara (March 5, 2013)
Neil Rufino (March 5, 2013)
Jason Fotinatos (June 3, 2013)
Patrick Coutermarsh (June 3, 2013)
Joseph Pazhman (June 3, 2013)
Terick De Silva (July 15, 2013)
Brian Levonius (August 21, 2014)
Lynette Mandal (December 24, 2014)
Mitch Hernandez (December 27, 2014)
Will Dawood (January 27, 2015)
Gary Tran-Math (June 24, 2015)
Brooke Martinez (August 30, 2015)
Bryan Lopez (August 30, 2015)
Steve Garman (August 30, 2015)
Yadvir Singh (August 30, 2015)
Markus Powell (November 2, 2015)
Albert Villareal (November 2, 2015)
Jennifer Gigantino (November 2, 2015)
Alyza Lagura (December 22, 2015)
Nick Lynch (February 8, 2016)
Minh Nguyen (May 4, 2016)
Kevin Mcormick (September 20, 2016)
Keyan David (September 20, 2016)
Nathan Danao (September 20, 2016)
Frances Marin (November 21, 2016)
Gerardo Roman (November 21, 2016)
Jason Khalipa (November 28, 2016)
Yahnet Garcia (February 16, 2017)
Braden Koizumi (June 5, 2017)
Steven Lorenzo (June 5, 2017)
Steven Lau (June 5, 2017)
Ryan Adams (June 5, 2017)
Jacob Richardson (June 7, 2017)
Michael Pali (June 7, 2017)
Bobby Perez (June 26, 2017)
Purple Belts
Chris Martinet (June 6, 2011)
Mark “Viking” Nielsen (June 9, 2011)
Rob Morales (May 2, 2012) (Blue March 31, 2010)
Shozo Fukuda (December 17, 2012) (Blue Belt June 21, 2010)
Kyle Gudgeon (December 17, 2012)
Tri Tran (April 7, 2014) (Blue Belt May 7, 2011)
Khoi Quan (April 10, 2014)
John Bernardo (February 4, 2015)
Peter Troung (June 1, 2015) (Blue Belt July 30, 2012)
Julius Go (June 2, 2015)(Blue Belt February 28, 2011)
Daniel Abrinella (June 15, 2015)(Blue Belt December 20, 2011)
Mikey Zacarias (June 15, 2015) (Blue Belt October 18, 2011)
Henry Fischer (August 4, 2015)
Christian Morsing September 21, 2015 (Blue Belt August 23, 2011)
Vincent Wong September 21, 2015 (Blue Belt April 18, 2012)
Eric McEwen November 7, 2015 (Blue Belt October 8, 2012)
Michael Estrella November 7, 2015
Ben Shaw February 12, 2016
Calvin Tran September 20, 2016 (Blue Belt November 10, 2011)
Dave Notaro September 20, 2016 (Blue Belt December 8, 2010)
Al Lagura November 21, 2016 (Blue Belt July 15, 2013)
Sammy Hayilu November 22, 2016
Denis Trofimov February 6, 2017 (Blue Belt March 15, 2014)
Jackie Vasquez August 7, 2017 (Blue Belt March 5, 2013)
Charles “Chuck” Walker August 7, 2017 (Blue Belt June 15, 2015)
Christopher Laroya August 7, 2017 (Blue Belt April 10, 2014)
Sirack Testation August 9, 2017 (Blue Belt May 21st, 2009)
Evan Zheng August 9, 2017 (Blue Belt August 19, 2013)
Octavio Martinez September 6, 2017 (Blue Belt February 11, 2013)
Brown Belts
Michael Martinez (December 27 2014)
Allen Pestrana (January 27, 2015)
Eran Galperin (January 27, 2015)
Jeremy Jackson (August 30, 2015)(Purple September 23, 2013)
George Tan (Oct 3, 2015 with Michael Huang)(Purple August 26, 2010)
Jeremy Portilla (August 1, 2016) (Purple December 17, 2012) (Blue Belt May 20, 2010)
Jayadevan Radhakrishnan (November 21, 2016) (Purple December 23, 2013)
Adisa Banjoko January 8, 2017 (Purple April 16, 2010)
Eric Eugenio February 17, 2017) (Purple December 19, 2013) (Blue Belt December 7, 2010)
Rodante Sagisi March 4, 2017 (Purple April 10, 2014) (Blue Belt May 2, 2011)
Paul Telles March 6, 2017 (Purple April 7, 2014) (Blue Belt February 28, 2011)
Bill Evon March 23, 2017 (via Michael Huang) (Purple September 24, 2014) (Blue Belt April 18, 2012)
David Frederick October 11, 2017 (Purple August 1, 2015)
Black Belts
David “Canada” McLeod (December 6, 2012) (Brown Late 2008)
Mike Huang (March 18, 2015) (Brown November 26, 2011) (Purple April 16, 2009)
Marcelino “Migs” Miguel (March 18, 2015) (Brown May 13, 2013)
Richard Jackson (March 18, 2015)
Konstantin Skachkov (March 18, 2015)
Michael “Hobbit” Strangis (November 9, 2015) (Brown Dec 3 2010 Joint with Sandro “Batata” Santiago)
Bobby Vasquez (November 21, 2016) (Brown December 23, 2014) (Purple June 25, 2012) (Blue Belt Oct 15, 2009)
Dar Aalaei (November 22, 2016) (Brown December 23, 2014) (Purple December 11, 2010)
“Eastside” Nick Borbon August 7, 2017 (Brown August 30, 2015)(Purple September 23, 2013)(Blue Belt March 7, 2011)
Trevor Ireland August 7, 2017 (Brown August 30, 2015)
Sean Whitmore August 7, 2017 (Brown December 27, 2014) (Purple October 19, 2010)
Kevin Kopecky (c/o Richard Jackson) August 7, 2017