Assistant Instructor Garrett Hein
Our newest addition to our instructor staff is Garrett Hein. Garrett began his training in martial arts at about three months old…He would sit in car seat and watch me coaching the high wrestling team. Garrett is a freestyle fighter and has trained extensively in wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, judo and Muay Thai and Krav Maga. Garrett is most notable for his Muay Thai kicks that are considered to be devastating. Garrett is the consummate egoless fighter and instructor. He does not talk about his skill sets, he allows his teaching and skills speak for themselves. In addition to his martial arts training, Garrett was active in team sports in high school. He earned seven varsity letters which included three years as a middle linebacker, four letters in volleyball. Garrett also played two years of rugby. Currently, Garrett is a senior at San Diego State University studying International Security and Conflict Resolution and a minor in business. He is very active in social justice issue and third world sustainability. He is an officer in the Alpha Kappa Psi, VP of philanthropy and he is a founding father of Pi Kappa Alpha Social fraternity. Garrett’s primary instructing roll will be teaching and helping to develop future seminars as well as teaching freestyle fighting to beginning MMA fighters.
Consulting instructor Charlie Kohler
With multiple Black Belts and over 30 years of Martial Arts experience, Charlie has lived, taught, and competed in martial arts in Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Rio De Janeiro, Germany, and throughout the U.S starting at the age of 5.
He has trained and mentored thousands of people in various forms of Martial Arts, fitness, defensive tactics, and sports programs. His students range from youth to grandparents, hobbyists to UFC Champions, Olympic medalists, Navy SEALs, San Diego Padres, underprivileged children and troubled youths.
In 1999, Charlie opened the SD Fight Club, and is San Diego’s longest standing MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) School. As one of San Diego’s pioneer MMA fighters and a original member of the “Abu Dhabi Combat Club”, Charlie has won multiple titles in BJJ and Judo. He is also the only fighter to compete for a World Title in four different weight classes. In June of 2000, Charlie brought the title home as the new “King of the Cage” Light Weight World Champion.
Charlie was a star athlete in baseball and football at Christian High School in El Cajon, Charlie and went on the playing football at Grossmont College. He then transferred to UCSD where he received a BA in Psychology, Pre-med, with a concentration in “Injury and Prevention, of Sport”.
During his first years as a professional MMA fighter, Charlie also worked in Middle and High Schools throughout San Diego County as an academic advisor and school counselor, where he help thousands of students in their pursuit for higher education.