INSTRUCTORS & STAFF

August 16, 2008

Ryan Griffith

RYAN FINAL

  • Owner & Lead Instructor
  • 2nd Degree Martial Arts Black Belt
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
  • Mentor: Fabio Araujo

Ryan is known by the kids as “SabunimG”. He has over a decade of teaching experience and 15 years of martial arts training. Ryan has earned a second degree black belt in a mixed martial arts style and is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Fabio Araujo. Of his many accomplishments, in and out of the ring, Ryan is most proud of his role as “Dad” to his 9 year old daughter Yasmine. Ryan takes great pride in working to help people of all ages and abilities achieve their goals. Ryan is respected in the community and has earned a great amount of trust and admiration. He always has a great time working with the children, and is happy to have the opportunity to spread the amazing benefits of martial arts, fitness, and fun.

Michael Oxley
MICHAEL FINAL

  • Instructor: Zumba
  • Mentor: John Layseca

“Growing up, I have admired my music idols of my generation such as, Michael Jackson, Usher, and Beyonce. Since birth, singing has been the number one passion in my life. However,after high school my passion has taken a turn towards the dance floor. Finding the love of dance I have decided to teach others and hopefully help them grasp the same desire that I have grown to love. Teaching Hip Hop for three years has brought me to another program that swung my way.The Zumba program was the craze of the state, and I wanted to check it out. Actually, I was forced to take the class from my Zumba mentor John Layseca. He has inspired me to become a Zumba instructor. From then until now, I love the art and technique of this program. Furthermore, I love to make a difference in people’s lives who want to change them. This inspires me every time I press play.”

Gabrielle Waterman

  • Instructor: Cardio-Kickboxing
  • Mentor: Ulyssus Bayona, a.k.a “Uly-Bay”

“Hey! My name is Gabrielle, but feel free to call me Gaby. I love exploring new music and am passionate about the arts. Which translates in both my work as a graphic designer and my diverse playlist during workouts. I have been at A1 for over a year, but my love for combat sports stems from childhood. I’m an advocate for physical fitness and self defense as they both can empower. I appreciate kickboxing, because it gives me the opportunity to free my mind. During class, I aim to give a killer workout, help improve technique and have fun. I am free to; music suggestions, what to work on next class, or just to talk about life!”