Steven Broughman is a professional mixed martial arts fighter and trainer who started his martial arts training at a very young age. Steven brings a wealth of experience and depth of knowledge to the SFC. He has a genuine desire to teach and train each student at a personal level and has a unique ability to relate to each student regardless of the students skill level. Steven is a fighter’s fighter and a trainer’s trainer. Steven brings over twenty-five years of experience in martial arts teaching and fighting. He was a live in student at the Wahl um Kung Fu Temple and has trained in Hong Kong and Thailand. Steven was also a decorated city of Atlanta Police officer and has trained many specialized units of the military and police force in defensive tactics and modern combatives.
Steven’s ability to teach each student comes from his breadth of knowledge and experience in several disciplines. He is extensively trained in Wing Chun Kung Fu, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Atienza-Kali / Escrima.
- Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Professor Sauer)
- Black Sash in Wing Chun Kung fu
- Instructor rank in Muay Thai
- Instructor rank in boxing
- Instructor rank in Atienza-kali / escrima
Steven has coached many champions in mixed martial arts (MMA), muay thai, and kickboxing. Steven has also fought professionally as well. A few highlights of Steven’s fighting resume include the following:
- 1996 Griffen MMA Champion
- 1997 South Carolina Submission Champion
- 2000 Atlanta Fight Night Champion
In addition to his martial arts experience and as a testimony to Steven’s personal work ethic he has been given various awards and decorations award on several occasions. He was decorated by the Secret Service while attached to the Discretionary Police force in support of the 1996 Olympics here in Atlanta Georgia; he has been decorated three times as an Atlanta Police officer, and also served as an assistant trainer for the DEA.
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Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor – Juan Guevara
Professor Juan V. Guevara, a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and combat sports veteran, has been training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for over 17 years. He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt, awarded through Eddie Camden, from world renowned Master Pedro Sauer. Master Sauer (8th Degree Red/Black Belt) is considered one of the top Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the world.
In his accomplished career, Prof. Guevara has trained with some of the art’s most revered instructors, including Grandmaster Helio Gracie (co-creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu). 1st UFC Champion and Hall of Famer, 6th Degree Black Belt legendary Royce Gracie. One of the most decorated grapplers in the world, three time Abu Dhabi Champion, 7th Degree Red/Black Belt Royler Gracie. 22 time Brazilian champion, 9th Degree Red Belt Relson Gracie. Founder of the UFC , 9th Degree Red Belt Rorion Gracie.
Prof. Guevara is considered one of the top Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the state of Georgia. He teaches many grapplers and MMA fighters, law enforcement and military personnel, Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Secret Service officers, and numerous security professionals. Some of his teachings have taken him overseas to share his expertise.
Professor Juan is also the head referee for the Kakuto Submission Challenge, where some of the best submission artists in the Southeast compete. Most recently Professor Juan founded Juanaconda BJJ, yet another accomplishment which allows him to be able to continue spreading the “gentle” art which he loves and continues to be passionate about. In 2014 Professor Juan was selected as Regional Director of the Rigan Machado Association helping unite affiliated schools in the southeast with open workouts, unique seminar opportunities, and competition training.
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Coach Yusef is the President of Georgia Amateur Boxing.
This is Coach’s 21st year coaching Boxing. To give you a better idea of Coach Yusef’s credentials I will reference 2012 and first female Olympic Boxing Coach Gloria Peek
– Gloria Peek
Elijah started boxing at the age of 5 years old. He has competed on the local, regional and national stage winning at every level. He is a veteran of over 100 fights winning over 90 percent. He has helped his father work the corner in fights and even started training other fighters at the tender age of 14 years old. Now at the age of 20 years old, he is very experienced and knowledgeable in both boxing and training other fighters. He teaches both adult and kids classes.
Boxing/ Strength and Conditioning Instructor – Junior Shabazz
Holds 8 title belts
3x Georgia State Champion
3x Paul Murphy National Champion
2x National Title Classic Champion
Georgia State Silver Glove Champion (16 under)
Silver Glove Regional Silber Medalist
4x Best Fight of the Night
2x Outstanding Boxer of the Night
South Carolina PAL Champion
In his first national tournament as an Open Fighter (17 and up with more than 10 fights) he was victorious over the #7 ranked fighter in the Nation at the time.
Judo Instrsuctor – Gerry Tena
Gerry Tena, Striker Fight Center’s Judo instructor. Started training in judo at the age of fifteen, as part of a program for troubled adolescents. The involvement in martial arts provided an environment where he was able to grow and mature successfully into adulthood. Gerry has competed in many judo competitions as a junior and senior competitor, he was able to transition his successful experiences from judo into a mixed martial arts career. Professor Steven Broughman, Professor Juan Guevara, Coach Nathan Livramento, Coach Adam Pina, and a great group invaluable training partners contributed to Gerry’s development into one of Striker’s first and most successful fighters. While training in martial arts, Gerry worked on getting a college degree at KSU (Information Systems major). Balancing academics and athletics proved to be a challenging task, and many valuable lessons were learned in the process. The pursuit of a higher education enabled Gerry to create career opportunites for a better financial future. Gerry’s MMA career was cut short due to a head injury in 2011, ending with a combined record of 10 wins, 2 losses. Gerry’s entertaining intros, exciting judo throws, and relaxed fighting style earned him the nickname Gerry “the Jedi” Tena.
After recovering from the injury in 2011, Gerry has been back at Striker Fight Center and continues training in grappling arts (judo, bjj, and wrestling). Today, Gerry teaches the Judo program, and helps the current mma fighters develop their skills in the cage. He hopes to pass on some of his knowledge and experiences for the newer generations of martial artists and fighters.
Gene Talbert found his passion for the art and science of fighting at a very young age through necessity . As the son decorated law enforcement officer who served with S.W.A.T. and specialized units. He was submerged in a environment of non sport, combative, self defense, real world and tactical styles. These early influences led him into career of private and personal security. He has sought out and had the honor to expand his skills under the guidance of some of the world’s top masters. Training in more than 15 different disciplines such as Krav Maga, Commando Krav Maga, Atienza Kali, Inosanto Kali and Wing Chun Kung Fu. He has the unique ability to adapt and intermingle styles that conform to real world situations. From simple passive ,to extreme intensive skill sets. Gene has the ability to teach to an individuals strengths and comfort levels, in such a way to bring forth second nature reaction. Gene’s focus to better understanding, how to develop and teach instinctive action of self defense ,has been a life long goal . From his view and experience, “Martial arts should work as a function of the body, rather than planed response to a high stress situation .
At the age of 14, Byron fell in love with wrestling. The physicality of the sport peaked his interest, however it was the accountability to oneself and dedication required to be successful that kept him coming back. The feeling of pride that came along with a victory and the desire to get back to training after a loss was unparalleled by any team sport that he had participated in before. During Byron’s high school wresting career, which was cut short due to a knee injury, he won the Rockmart Invitational, the Etowah Classic twice, Region, was selected to the All County Wrestling Team, and placed in several other tournaments.
Several years removed from high school wrestling, a friend suggested a place in Atlanta that offered “Catch Wrestling”. With the new found popularity of the UFC and the emergence of dominating wrestlers in the sport, he decided that this could be something he might be interested in trying. Now almost 15 years later and having the opportunity to train at elite facilities such as Obake, Jacare’s, Tiger Academy, Triple Boxing, Tuff, and now Striker FC, he has settled in as an instructor alongside longtime friend and mentor Steven Broughman. Throughout the years, Byron has had the opportunity to train with UFC Heavyweight Champions Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Kevin Randleman , Olympic wrestler and fighter Tim Catalfo, and ADCC World Submission Championship Heavyweight winner Mark Robinson.
Currently a Purple belt under Juan V. Guevara and Steven Broughman, Byron specializes in how to effectively transfer wrestling moves and submissions into situations in the ring, cage, or streets. He is always eager to give his insight, as well as listen to every person from “newbies” to veteran fighters and can often be found in the gym sparring with SFC Fighters Scott Farhat, Nick Beal, and Gerry Tina when he is not teaching.
Assistant Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor – Jett Hattaway
Jett has over 6 years experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is currently ranked as a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jett has trained under the instruction of both Steve Headden (Jacare – 2nd degree black belt) and Juan Guevara (Pedro Sauer – 1stdegree black belt). He is a business management major at Kennesaw State University where he founded the school’s first grappling club sport team in 2011.
– Kids BJJ Coach
– Assistant Instructor | Blue Belt BJJ
Started training in grappling at the age of 16 years old. After earning a couple of stripes she turned her focused to Muay Thai Kickboxing. As of 2013 Ali turned her focus back to Gi Jiu Jitsu and training regularly. She even started to compete early on as a white belt. Supplementing her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game Ali also cross trains in Judo and Wrestling.
In terms of competing Ali has placed at every tournament she has entered. She earned Gold medals at Kakuto, Naga, COPA, and AGF. She has experience at IBJJF events as well. Though if you asked Ali she would tell you submission only is the best! She always makes it a point to support Atlanta’s Submission Only Tournament, Kakuto, by participating in every event they hold.
Her passion for Jiu-Jitsu is evident in our Kids program. Her attention to detail, ability to convey technique, and her competitive work ethic makes Ali a great kids instructor. She focuses on teaching the kids self defense through fun drills and games that engage the kids. As our little ones improve and eventually find their way to competitions Ali is with them every step of the way. She has worked with Shane, Co- Instructor of the Kids Program, on curriculum and restructuring of different Kids drills and the like.
Currently Ali is putting her full effort into teaching our kids Self Defense and Anti Bullying tactics on her road to becoming a World Champion.