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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Muay Thai/Kickboxing Instructor – Frank Maryska
Frank Maryska is a Brazilian JiuJitsu Brown Belt and has 17 Years of Muay Thai Kickboxing experience.
He has 10+ years of coaching amateur and professional competitors in Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian JiuJitsu, and Submission grappling competitions.
Frank has been Striker Fight Centers Muay Thai Coach at Striker for 5 years.
His Philosophy: “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” -Colin Powell
Enter the gym with a goal. Focus on the workout. Complete each rep with clear intent. Most importantly have fun. The results will follow as long as you are consistent with the work and confident in yourself to achieve your goals.
His purpose is to give you the extra little push and hold you accountable to your goal. Whether that is a technical question to a particular exercise or you need a little verbal motivation.
Head Boxing Coach Yusef Shabazz
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.
Boxing / Kids Instructor – Junior Shabazz
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.
Holds 8 title belts
4-0 Pro Fighter – 4 Knockouts
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
Judo Instructor – 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 .
Wing Chun Instructor & AK Associate Instructor- CJ Strawn
CJ has trained with Stevie Broughman since before Striker. He is one of our Instructors that has a vast knowledge in Martial Arts and its concepts as well as the anatomy and Personal Training. CJ is one of the friendliest people at Striker and welcomes questions! CJ’s skills are unlimited. Take one of his classes and see for yourself!
CJ’s Ranks are:
-Black sash/black belt in wing chun
-Associate Instructor rank in Atienza Kali/Atienza Eskrima
-Instructor certification in Muay Thai/Thai boxing
-Instructor certification in Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do
-Instructor certification in the Inosanto Blend method of Kali
-Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu
-1st Degree black belt in Korean Tang Soo Do
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 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 Tena when he is not teaching.
Wrestling Instructor – Jose Guerrero
Jose teaches our Saturday 10am Wrestling class. He specializes in wrestling but puts an MMA twist and focuses on the fundamentals so you can improve your take-down game.
Jose is a BJJ 3 stripe Blue Belt, He has 6 MMA Fights (4-2) and two Boxing matches (1-1). He trains Wrestling, Boxing, Muay Thai and Kickboxing.
We are happy to have Jose as a coach and mentor to the students. He is definitely the guy you want in your corner. He is very technical and a great training partner!
MMA Coach – Scott Farhat
Scott Farhat is very knowledgeable and a welcome addition to our team of coaches. He is no stranger to Striker, he’s been training with us since the inception and we are super excited about him teaching the MMA class on Saturdays. 🔥 MMA Saturday 10:00am-11:30am.
Scott Farhat is a professional MMA veteran with over 25 fights to his credit and has been fighting since 2005. He has been training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for over 14 years and is a black belt under professor Stevie Broughman. He also has extensive knowledge in boxing, wrestling, and Muay Thai kickboxing. He is a former corrections officer at Dekalb County Sheriffs Jail.
Scotts Accomplishments are:
*SFO MMA tournament runner up.
*Valley Fight League Amateur champion.
*Ranked 3rd best professional bantamweight MMA fighter in GA 2010-2012.
*Fought for GA state championship belt in 2011.
*Numerous main events*
*2nd place Kakuto grappling tournament men’s Advanced Division 2016
Head 10th Planet Coach – Sean Applegate
Sean Applegate is a Black Belt under Eddie Bravo and has brought the 10th Planet Program to Georgia! Sean is our Adult Instructor and the Head of the 10th Planet program at our Facility. He brings a fresh Jiujitsu protective and is always competing, teaching seminars and giving private lessons. Come check it out!
Youth BJJ 10th Planet Coach – Chase Hannah
Chase trained No Gi Jiujitsu 10th planet program in Gulf Shores Alabama under Black Belt Instructor Sean Applegate. Chase teaches our Youth Program at Striker and has really taken our kids ages 6-12 Jiujitsu to another level. He keeps our youth engaged and teaches them functional, fun and useful techniques.