Professional Instructors ready to train you to the top
Master Sayed Qubadi
Master Sayed is the Head Instructor at American Hapkido Karate and he’s been wrestling since he was 5 years old. He currently holds an 8th degree black belt in Hapkido, and has over 40 years of experience in a variety of mixed martial arts fighting style forms.
Sayed is a Master in Hapkido, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing, Boxing, Judo, Submissions, Wrestling, Grappling, Shoot Fighting, international traditional Martial Arts and Mixed Martial Arts.
Master Sayed has successfully taught over 20,000 students throughout his 28 years of being the head instructor at American Fight Factory the LARGEST gym in the San Fernando Valley. Within the fight world Sayed is a feared and respected fighter.
He currently holds the prestigious “Hapkido Southern California champion” title. Sayed teaches most of the classes and his skilled brother also helps by instructing his own classes teaching Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Wresting, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Master Sayed teaches bouncers, police officers, movie stars, you name it. He has taught a variety of people, so don’t worry about who you are, we are here to help. Master Sayed is an open hearted master ready to help anyone move forward in life.
Ali Qubadi - Instructor / Coach
The owner’s son has been training as soon as he was able to walk. His father, Master Sayed immediately began to train him to get him to the top. His father wanted him to be well-rounded in everything and wanted him to be able to know every art. He was taking many lessons by Master Sayed and many professional people. As Ali, started to mature, he wanted to exceed his potential. Now currently, he is a third degree black belt in Hapkido, and teaches Hapkido to adults and kids. He substitutes many of the other classes, such as Boxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Gymnastics, and Cardio. Now being Manager of the business, he always tries to improve the gym with the knowledge of martial arts. Until now, he is still training many students from ages 3 and up. He proudly helps them succeed and allows the students to feel comfortable. He is well respected by the children’s parents, and admired by adults.
Salvador Villa - 1st Head
Villa one of the head boxing coaches at the Fight Factory! Villa has been in the best boxing gyms and trained some of the best boxer out there, such as Sammy Stuart, Phil Paolina, and Buddy Burrell. Villa has a back ground of 20 years in boxing and has trained people all over Los Angeles. Pro fighters and amateurs have been taught here at the Fight Factory by Coach Villa. Villa was trained by his uncle Jorge Torres who had over 30 pro fights! Villa mastered the boxing sport himself and has been with some of the finest boxing coaches out there. Villa is very well known as the counter and technical master of boxing. He masters the most minor mistakes of boxing. Villa perfects punch thrown or foot moved so you can get the best of every movement. Villa has always put out a good message for boxing as it being an art of sport. He wants the future of boxing to have the right people for it, and not brutal people that don’t know much about the art. He is here to discipline all the students and show them the right way of boxing.
Michael Santos - Boxing Coach
Santos the hard hitting champion! Santos having a back ground of 23 years of boxing starting at the age of 5. Santos wanted to start training boxers not only with his skills but to bring the skills these students are capable of. There is a limit that everyone has and he brings all of their skill out of them and puts them to action. He now has been training people for 9 years, not only at the Fight Factory, but other boxing gyms as well. Training for 10 years under an Argentinian Hall of Fame trainer Amilcar Brusa, gave Santos over 69 amatuer fights and a pro record of 27-3-1. The 3 loses were title shots and 1 win was a title win, with 16 K.O’s out of the 27. Santos took his boxing career to Russia, California, Vegas, Miami, and other countries in Europe. Santos also came from an athletic background of Football and Track. What Santos learned from his pasted is his history, but now it’s his turn to make the next champions with the art of boxing he knows. Being a member of the USA Boxing Committee, Santo’s goal is to get his fighters to the Nationals and Internationals. Santos bring the best of each student’s ability to them. Santos is mastered in targeting and power shots as well as agility and technique.
Jonathon Gause - Boxing Coach
Gause an inspiring and motivational coach ready to make you push your limits. Gause comes from an athletic background being a former football and basketball player in high school. Ran college track and field. Then down the round form his college career he sees a passion not only helping people but in boxing as well. Gause got into boxing and has been in boxing for over 6 years, and started training people for over 4 years. Now Gause is helping the beginner building their foundations in boxing. Gause has soon found what he loves best was to help people make a better them. Then Gause soon became a certified fitness trainer and a NASM (National Academic Sports Medicine). Mastering fitness he shared it with all his students to bring the best of them. Now Gause is training all beginner and intermediate students the basics of boxing, conditioning, agility, and body shaping. All student adults and kids love his fun teaching method and a pushing motivational coach he is.
Sergio Nunez - Boxing Coach
Sergio Nunez has been boxing for 13 years and boxed as an Amateur for 10 years. He started boxing at the age of 8 years old. Won multiple tournaments: So Cal Junior Golden Gloves, Junior Olympics Blue & Gold, Desert Showdown, and many more. In 2010, at the age of 18 he moved up to professional rankings. He currently has a perfect record of 9-0-5 K.O.’s and fought over 79 fights. Sergio teaches students at American Fight Factory MMA, fighting techniques from beginner to advance.
Kickboxing/Muay Thai Instructor
Moe Sharifi - Kickboxing Head
Gordon Lanham - Muay Thai/Kickboxing Instructor
For me Martial Arts has been about the development of character as well about of the physical self. When Doctor Jigoro Kano was asked to develop the art of Judo, he was primarily known as an educator. He based the art on a central principle ‘mutual benefit’. In the smallest sense, this means to practice non-injury with our training partner, and to help them improve. In the larger sense, it means “When I improve myself in terms of character, and ethics, I improve the community. As well, when I do things to assist in the community, and display civility to our fellow citizens, we do not fail to improve ourselves. These are timeless values.”
Bernie Hapolian - Head MMA Coach
Jordan “JorDance” Cann - Acrobatics and Capoeira Instructor
Cann was blessed to earth on October 3rd to professional artist, Malcolm and R.N./Entrepreneur Sandra Cann. He was raised on the rough streets of Queens, NY and it was not until the age of 7 when he relocated to Hampton, VA, where he discovered his God given talent, dance. He began watching all the legends, such as Michael Jackson, James Brown, Sammie Davis Jr. and Usher to tune his style. He choreographed his first piece, ”Shackles” at the age of 12. He later went on to study ballet, jazz, latin, african and ballroom, but he could not deny his love and passion for hip-hop. JorDance has also been blessed with many other talents such as: Writing, music production, martial arts, and gymnastics. Just to name a few, He has worked with artist such as Will.I.Am, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grand 50 Cent, Celine Dion, and has done commercial work for companies such as Ford, Heineken, Little Caesars, Nickelodeon, Doritos and more as well as winning accolades from Disney and many talent showcases. He toured Asia with a group entitled, “G2″ and served as an international choreographer in La Paz, Bolivia located in South America. You can catch him in the new film, “Straight Outta Compton,” produced by Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
JorDance desires to inspire the nations that with hard work, faith, consistency, and patience, that you can achieve all that you are destined to be and be able to live above every discouragement in life. This is JorDance!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coaches
Hapkido Instructor / Woman’s Cardio Kickboxing