Trainer Category: Kickboxing

Don Rodger

Don Rodger

A former United States Marine, Don Rodger is the President of Apex Martial Arts Center/Open Guard BJJ and runs the day-to-day operations.  Don also works with the teen and adult Cardio Kickboxing classes and the Competition Kickboxing team. Don began his official martial arts journey in 2010, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Professor Geoff Balme, […]

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Wayne Spinola

Wayne Spinola

Wayne began his martial arts journey in 1992 under Martial Arts Hall of Fame instructor Sensei Chris Scura. In 1998, he received his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from Sensei Scura and went on to win 2 National Free Fight Championships. Wayne also has Black Belts in American Kempo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu under […]

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Leon Nelson

Leon Nelson

At a very early age, Leon began training with 10th Degree Black Belt John Izzo of John Izzo Okinawan Karate and Kenpo in Schenectady, NY. He earned a three-stripe brown belt in Kung Fu and Kenpo. In high school, he trained at Faragon’s Karate and kickboxing in Albany, NY where he studied under World Kickboxing […]

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Chris Bright

Muay Thai Instructor and Strength & Conditioning Coach Chris started training as a powerlifter in high school, winning multiple State powerlifting championships. While in college to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice, Chris began his martial arts journey. Chris has trained and competed in multiple martial arts including Judo, Grappling, Knockdown Karate, and Grapple Strike. […]

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Chad Boykin

Chad began training in Dutch-Style Kickboxing and Muay Thai with Scott Francis, and in boxing with Pan American boxer Tony Avery, in 1994 at the Academy of Muay Thai Kickboxing. He began in-ring competition and working as an instructor at the Academy in 1997. In 1998 Chad won the Toughman boxing tournament via four consecutive […]

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Robbie Adams

Robbie Adams

Robbie started martial arts training in American Karate, and soon after moved to Shotokan Karate. In 1997, he trained in Muay Thai under Scott Francis. He also trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Greg Thompson, and in 1999, he earned his blue belt in BJJ. Now training under Professor Geoff Balme, Robbie earned his BJJ Purple […]

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Mark Cain

Mark Cain

Mark started martial arts with 2-years of Taekwondo training. He then moved to Nippon Kokusai Karate. In 2010, he started training with 3rd Degree American Kickboxing Black Belt Leon Nelson and Master Kickboxing Instructor Robbie Adams. In 2017, Mark received his 1st Degree Black Belt in American Kickboxing from Leon Nelson and Robbie Adams. Mark […]

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