Ryan is a life long devotee of the martial arts. He first learned to box at the age of five and then moved to TaeKwonDo and Karate. He joined KnuckleUp as a member in 2006 in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program then boxing and Muay Thai. He started teaching at KnuckleUp four years ago and coaching fighters. Last year he won his first world title as a coach when student and KnuckleUp standout competitor Maryia Arlova became a world champion in kickboxing.
I train my fighters to the point where they won’t see anything in the fight that they haven’t seen in the gym 100 times. I don’t want my students to do things just because I say so. I teach people why they are doing what they are doing. I focus on defense. Anyone can hit someone. I train my fighters so that anytime an opponent gets near them, they make them pay. There is no right and wrong in martial arts. If it works for you, then do it.