TRES WEATHERFORD

Tres WeatherfordRank: 5th degree black belt, brown belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Owner, instructor, custodian, receptionist, punching bag

When he’s not fixing toilets and answering phones, you’ll find Tres teaching our advanced belt classes. He doesn’t like talking about himself, but he was a sparring champion at one time and he’s been practicing various forms of martial arts – including TKD, Tang Soo Do, Japanese and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and Escrima – for close to four decades. He’s proud that Freestyle continues to rank among the top martial arts schools in the country, and he’s quick to point to his program directors and instructors as the reasons for the school’s success. Earning a black belt at Freestyle means something, and the truth is, most of that has to do with Tres.

REBECCA BARR

Rebecca AmundsonRank: SBN 3rd degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Program Director

From the tiniest Little Dragons to the adult beginners, everyone has the privilege of meeting Rebecca when they’re getting started in our martial arts programs (Hiiiiii, Miss Rebeccaaaa). On a given day, you’ll find her behind the front desk, troubleshooting accounts receivable, teaching private lessons and introducing new students. With 13 years of martial arts training under that third degree belt, Rebecca still gets a thrill when new people take up the sport. Her favorite part about martial arts? She says there are just too many good things to choose.

michelle Weaver

Michelle WeaverRank: 4th degree black belt
Position at FMA: Little Dragon Program Director

Twenty-five years is a long time to do anything, so maybe that’s why our very own child whisperer has such a way with even the littlest karate kids. Michelle is currently pursuing her fifth degree, which is no surprise, because she’ll tell you herself she loves every bit of martial arts. When she’s not dreaming up promotions, choreographing the next demo team performance, whipping out some chalkboard art or leading class, this globe-trotter is planning where in the world to visit next.

shannon magee

Shannon MageeRank: 4th degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head Instructor of Youth Program; Head of Charitable Events for Freestyle Fights Back

Back in the day, Shannon was one of those little karate kids running around in Tres’ class. Today, with 20 years of martial arts under that fourth degree, she’s the one turning new generations into karate kids. Her favorite part of martial arts is Thai boxing – which makes her a natural as a fitness instructor for Throwdown – and the strength and confidence that comes with the discipline of the sport. When she’s not at Freestyle – which is pretty much all the time – she’s hanging out with her gigantic dog, reading or out exploring the trails.

 

danelle clarke

Danelle ClarkeRank: 4th degree black belt, purple belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head Instructor of Beginner Adult Program

Danelle began martial arts with her husband, Scott, in 2001. She took over the beginner adults martial arts program after earning her first degree. She loves the sense of accomplishment inherent to practicing martial arts, and she thinks that nothing beats the empowered feeling she gets from a really great boxing round (hey, we hear you). When she’s not on the mats or looking after the menagerie she and Scott have at home, you’ll find her directing the math center at UNR.

jo weatherford

Jo WeatherfordRank: Brown senior
Position at FMA: Assistant Instructor

Jo started practicing martial arts three years ago, and you’ll find her on the mats these days not just training, but teaching both martial arts and fitness classes. While she loves lots of things about martial arts, it’s the opportunity to find peace in uncomfortable situations and the ability to react with intention – not panic – she’s learned from martial arts that really resonates for her. When Jo’s not at Freestyle, you’ll find her out with her husband Tres, teaching at UNR, hanging out with her dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

scott Fritzinger

Scott FritzingerRank: 3rd degree black belt, brown belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head Instructor, BJJ; Beginner Adults Program Instructor

With 15 years of martial arts training and 11 years of BJJ, Scott has had plenty of time to hone his craft. His favorite part of martial arts is that it’s constantly evolving, and that calls for creative thought and energy to solve ever-changing problems and puzzles. For Scott, practicing martial arts serves as a creative outlet, and that’s pretty cool. When he’s not problem-solving on the mats or spending time with his wife Danelle, you’ll find him managing their five pets, rocking out with the band Flannel Fish, or rolling on other mats in town for more inspiration.

Karina HERNANDEZ

Karina HernandezRank: 3rd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Front Desk Manager

Whether you’re scheduling a private lesson or buying sweet new gear, Karina’s got you covered. But don’t let that friendly efficiency fool you – Karina has been practicing martial arts for 13 years and knows how to handle herself. She loves the choreography of forms and basics, and when she’s not practicing those, she’s plugging away at the university towards her mathematics degree.

Michelle Feinstein

Michelle FeinsteinRank: 3rd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Little Dragon and Youth Program Instructor

Michelle started in our beginner martial arts program some 12 years ago, and here she is now, all grown up and leading class herself. Martial arts has given her a sense of control over her body and mind, and it brought this former shy-girl out of her shell too. Freestyle is like family to Michelle, and she counts many of her fellow instructors among her closest friends.

Andrew Bowers

Andrew BowersRank: Brown belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head Instructor, BJJ

Andrew heads up our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program with Scott. He has close to a decade of experience in this branch of martial arts, and he continues to enjoy the combination of strenuous physical activity and mental focus it requires. For Andrew, there’s a harmony to that physical/mental flow, and the result is a kind of holistic fitness that he digs. Off the mats, you’ll find Andrew with his nose in a book, exploring the great outdoors, or spending time with his loved ones.

ERIC DUFURRENA

Eric DufurrenaRank: 2nd degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Adult and Youth Program Instructor

Eric has been doing this martial arts thing for 35 years now, and he’s dabbled in the branch of Tang Soo Do as well, where he’s ranked as a 3rd degree black belt. It’s the constant challenge of martial arts that keeps him interested, plus the people from all walks of life who are drawn to it. At Freestyle, Eric works directly with the kids in our youth program and jumps in to instruct adult classes as well. Then he takes off on his motorcycle to recharge before his next training session.

kyle brown

Kyle BrownRank: 2nd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Little Dragons and Youth Instructor

Maybe it’s his eleven years of martial arts experience, or his spot on the demo team, or his tricking and weapons prowess, but the kids love Kyle. It works out nicely, since you’ll find him in the Little Dragons room or with our beginner youth students. When he’s not at Freestyle or in class, Kyle likes to spend time longboarding and being artistic.

luke pusich

Luke PusichRank: 2nd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Youth Program Instructor

This full-time college student has been practicing martial arts for seven years. As an instructor in our youth martial arts program, Luke gets to meet all kinds of young people and enjoys the privilege of watching them progress as martial artists. Sweet, right?

wyatt daane

Wyatt Daane

Rank: 3rd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Youth Program Instructor

Wyatt has been practicing martial arts since he was just a wee lad, and he thrives in the Freestyle community. It’s a place filled with wonderful folks who challenge him to do stuff he never thought he could do, and he loves sharing that with kids moving up in the sport. Off the mats, Wyatt spends his time learning all he can about film – he hopes to one day make it a career.

jacob Huntington

IMG_1441Rank: 1st degree black belt
Position at FMA: Tricking Coach, Youth Program Instructor

Our tricking coach has five years of martial arts experience, and he’s been into the tricking thing for seven. It’s opened doors all around the world for him, and he’s bringing his experience and skills not just to the members of the Freestyle demo team, but many of our youth students too. When Jacob’s not teaching kids how to spin and twist at the same time horizontally, backwards and upside down, he’s putting himself through college and traveling with friends.