Danelle ClarkeRank: 5th degree black belt, purple belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Master Instructor

KJN Danelle began martial arts with her husband, Scott, way back in 2001. She took over the beginner adults martial arts program after earning her first degree, and now, she and Scott are running the show here at FMA! Danelle loves the sense of accomplishment inherent to practicing martial arts, and that it’s something she and Scott do together. She thinks nothing beats the empowered feeling she gets from a really great boxing round (hey, we hear you), and really loves the Freestyle community and the fact that she can share the awesomeness of martial arts with others. When Danelle’s not on the mat or looking after the menagerie she and Scott have at home, you’ll find her directing the Math Center at UNR, running (and hating every minute of it), and reading all the books.


scott-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 3rd degree black belt, black belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head grappling instructor

With 20 years of martial arts training and 16 years of BJJ, SBN Scott has had plenty of time to hone his craft. His favorite part of martial arts is that it’s constantly evolving, which 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 running FMA with his wife Danelle, you’ll find him managing their various pets, nurturing his vegetable garden or rolling on other mats in town for more inspiration.


sue-hamilton-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 3rd degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Program director

SBN Sue is the program director here at FMA, which means she’s in charge of just about everything. She’s been practicing martial arts since 2013, and her favorite thing about Freestyle is that it means she’s constantly learning, changing, and growing. When she’s not at Freestyle — “what do you mean, ‘not at Freestyle?!’ ” — Sue enjoys landscaping, playing with dogs, reading, and playing video games.


jordyn-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 3rd degree black belt Position at FMA: 
Head instructor for beginner kids and Little Dragons

SBN Jordyn began martial arts in 2012, and she’s moved up the ranks steadily in the years since. It makes sense — for Jordyn, martial arts is about constantly striving to be the best you can be, and to inspire the same in others. Is there a better mindset for an instructor? We don’t think so, which is why Jordyn is a lead instructor in our youth and Little Dragons’ programs. On her down time, Jordyn likes playing with her dogs, spending time with friends and family, and dabbling in photography.


jen-freestyle-martial-artsRank: 1st degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head instructor for intermediate and advanced kids; assistant instructor for adults

CGN Jen began her martial arts journey in 2017, but it’s never been a competition for her. Instead, she sees it as an opportunity for improve herself and those around her. For Jen, everyone at Freestyle is on the same team, but each and every person is on their own journey — and that’s pretty powerful. If she’s not at Freestyle, Jen’s probably walking her dog, fueling up on copious amounts of coffee and tea, and running her dog food business. Oh, and she’s probably trying to coerce her kids into another game of Scrabble. 


hayden-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 2nd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Head instructor for intermediate and advanced kids; assistant instructor for adults

Way back in 2005 at just five years old, BSBN Hayden started at Freestyle as a Little Dragon himself, so becoming an instructor was kind of like fulfilling a certain destiny. Hayden says the community is his favorite part of martial arts. It’s a place where everyone is on an equal field and subject to the same tasks. Training with other martial artists has given Hayden some of the strongest, most fulfilling relationships in his life, so it’s no wonder he’s become an instructor! When he’s not teaching or training, you’ll find Hayden at school, running, reading, or generally filling his schedule to the brink of insanity. You know, standard stuff.

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Eric DufurrenaRank: 4th degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Assistant instructor for adults; assistant grappling instructor for kids

BKJN Eric has been doing this martial arts thing since 1980, 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.

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stefano-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 4th degree black belt, blue belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Assistant instructor for adults

BKJN Stefano began martial arts in 2000 and he’s been a staple at Freestyle pretty much ever since. Stefano has worked with kids and adults alike, and these days you’ll find him assisting Danelle in the adult program. Twenty plus years is a long time to be involved in anything, but the inspiration and accomplishments Stefano experiences individually and in solidarity with those around him  again and again and again  keeps him coming back for more. When he’s not at Freestyle, Stefano is probably on his second, third, or fourth cup of coffee, being a good (dog) dad, selling houses, listening to records, or leaving the country altogether with a good book in hand.  


noelle-brady-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 2nd degree black belt
Position at FMA: Assistant instructor for beginner kids and Little Dragons

BSBN Noelle began martial arts in 2014, and she never looked back. And why would she? Noelle says her favorite thing about Freestyle is training and having “the best time” with everyone. And you know what they say — find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life! When Noelle isn’t inspiring the little guys in her classes, she’s probably doing homework, hanging out with her pooches, and making as much time for friends as her busy schedule allows.


ashley-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 1st degree black belt
Position at FMA: Assistant instructor for beginner kids and Little Dragons

CGN Ashley began martial arts in 2017. Like many of us, she was immediately hooked by the community and sense of camaraderie. To Ashley, it’s very clear that martial arts is mainly a solo sport, but seeing kids bettering their teammates and themselves is particularly inspiring. Like mother, like daughter, right? When Ashley isn’t training or teaching, you’ll find her writing, baking, hanging out with friends, and doing homework.

nathan day

nathan-day-freestyle-martial-arts-renoRank: 1st degree black belt
Position at FMA: Assistant instructor for beginner kids and Little Dragons

CGN Nathan has been involved in martial arts since 2015, and he’s graduated to the instructor side of the mat. He’s an assistant instructor in our youth programs, where he’s directly involved in his favorite part of martial arts — sharing the sense of community and family that makes this place so great. When Nathan isn’t training or instructing, he’s hanging out with his dogs, playing video games, and lifting weights. 

Andrew Bowers

andrew-bowers-guerrilla-bjj-renoRank: Black belt BJJ
Position at FMA: Head grappling instructor

Andrew heads up our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program with Scott. He has well over 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.

riley brenner

freestyle-martial-arts-rileyRank: Orange
Position at FMA: Front desk ninja

Riley is the friendly face/voice manning the front desk and phone here at Freestyle. She’s been involved in martial arts since 2008, and she’s always been willing to do the work — she says that’s the best way to get the most out of coming to class. Fun fact: Riley may be rocking an orange belt at Freestyle, but she’s actually a black belt from another school! When she’s not expertly multi-tasking at the front desk, you’ll catch her doing various forms of art, baking, or reading.