Tim Santos has been in martial arts since he was 6 years old. He has the most well versed and well rounded experience in the arts. He’s trained in classical arts such as white crane Kung Fu, shotokan karate, judo, wing chun, Filipino Arts, kendo to name a few. He’s had several Muay Thai fights as well. He’s earned his highest rank of go dan, 5th level black belt in Kenpo and traditional ju jitsu. For almost 10 years, he’s been training very closely with Rodrigo and Royce Gracie and has been in the instructor program spreading the art of Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to people of all levels.
A true martial artist that has dedicated his life in the arts, ZENKI dojos founder is the best place to start or continue your path in martial arts. We train beginners and turn them to experts and give experts and pros a place to train. Tim Santos has a staff of very highly trained martial artists and trainers.
Along with martial arts, Tim Santos is also a high level certified personal trainer. Certified in several Personal Fitness programs, he is also a CrossFit trainer and one of the few Russian Kettlebel Certified trainers in the area. He’s also a yoga practitioner and plans to get his yoga certification to further his knowledge in the human movement. He’s an avid “bulletproofer” and Paleo foodie and is very well educated in nutrition.
Sensei Tim Santos believes in the holistic approach to martial arts, fitness, health and nutrition.
Greg has been training Muay Thai for over 15 years. Originally from London, he’s trained and fought all over the world during a 10 year professional fight career. He also has a degree in sports and exercise science and has coached at some of the best gyms in London, training all levels from beginners to professional fighters.
Through coaching Muay Thai Greg introduces something positive into to people’s lives which helps them to reach their full potential whatever their goals.
W.M.C world champion
Enfusion world champion
W.M.C European champion
Ranked no.1 in the U.K.
Royce Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is one of nine children, seven of whom are boys. His training in Jiu-Jitsu began at a very early age as a game with his father Helio. He never pushed any of the children to take formal classes until they wanted to do so. However, they often went to the Academy in Rio after school and on weekends.
Royce began competing in tournaments at age eight. He received his blue belt at age 16 and was promoted to black belt in less than two years. Royce moved to the United States at age 18 to live with his brother, Rorion. They began teaching private classes out of their garage, sometimes for more than ten hours a day. Together they opened the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy 30 years ago in Torrance, California. Although Royce no longer teaches there because of his rigorous travel schedule, it remains one of the largest martial arts schools in the country.
Royce’s reputable career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship in Denver, Colorado. His brother Rorion came up with this innovative challenge as a way to show Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Discipline after discipline was defeated by the slight 6’1”, 180 pound Royce Gracie. The viewers were in awe.
His opponents consistently outweighed him by more than 50 pounds. He went on to win 3 UFC titles and today is the only man in the history of no holds barred matches to successfully defeat four opponents in one night. After leaving the UFC Royce went on to compete in MMA events in Japan and is a huge icon in this country.
Royce holds the record for the longest MMA match in history: 90 minutes against Japanese superstar Kazushi Sakuraba in PRIDE Grand PRIX 2000. He also showed total domination of the Olympic Judo Gold Medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. His largest opponent was Sumo Grand Champion Akebono, 6′ 8″ 486lbs. Royce vs. Akebono was the main event of K-1 Premium Dynamite New Years Eve show on New Year’s Eve in 2004. Royce defeated the giant in just 2min and 13sec with a shoulder lock. Royce’s continued success has opened the eyes of many disbelievers to the importance of leverage and technique in grappling.
In November of 2003, Royce Gracie was the first fighter to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame along with fellow UFC veteran Ken Shamrock. Since then Royce’s face has has been seen on countless martial arts magazines such as Black Belt, Inside MMA and Tapout. He has also been featured in Men’s Health and Fitness and GQ and continues to give magazine and radio interviews. His recognition spans the globe to include fans on most every continent. In 2014 Royce was named one of the 50 Greatest Athletes in the World by Sports Illustrated.
Today Royce is privileged to spread the techniques perfected by his father all over the world. Throughout his busy fighting career Royce has maintained a rigorous travel schedule of seminars and classes. He currently oversees more than 55 US and international Royce Gracie Jiu-jitsu Networks. The techniques of Gracie Jiiu-jitsu have become mainstream in most martial arts dojos. Fighters everywhere are racing to learn and implement this jiu-jitsu in their training regimen.
His list of students is enormous. Royce has taught many of the big screen greats like Chuck Norris, Ed O’Neal, Guy Ritchie, Jim Carrey, Josh Duhamel and Nicholas Cage. He has also been very active with the CIA, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Army Rangers, Army Special Forces, Navy Seals and many sheriff and police departments. His G.R.A.C.I.E. course for law enforcement has gained international recognition. Aside from teaching at his Networks across the United States, he regularly visits Canada, England, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Israel, Australia, UAE and South America.
Royce makes his home in Southern California with his wife, Marianne, three sons, Khonry, Khor and Kheydon and daughter, Kharianna. He maintains an impressive training regimen, which includes running, weight training, cross training, meditation and countless hours of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He is a full time professional athlete who eagerly awaits his next challenge. Recently he completed a 40 mile run with his long time trainer, James Strom. In Royce’s own words, “Go ahead, tell me what I can’t do!”
Prince Cup Champion
Nai Khanom Tom Champion
WBC Muay Thai Champion
Muay Thai coach at Zenki Dojo!
LA native, Christian Palencia teaches group Muay Thai classes and personal fighting sessions at Zenki Dojo. Christian began his striking practice in 2008, and since has trained in Thailand, and out of Bombsquad with Chris Reilly and current UFC fighter, Alan Jouban. Additionally, he earned a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Christian’s Muay Thai training style focuses on core-conditioning and cross-training to supplement the dynamic, intentional, and precise technique he delivers in his sessions. Christian currently fights mixed martial arts, and plans to some day own a gym. Zenki Dojo is proud to have Christian as one of our in-house fight trainers for private sessions and group Muay Thai classes.
Charlotte Smith is a LA based dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She takes additional pride in helping in the day to day running of Zenki Dojo. Charlotte is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, has a BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, and a 200-hour teaching certification from Yoga Alliance.
Charlotte has spent her entire life as an athlete, dance artist, and body mechanics/kinesiology nerd. Recently, she added the study martial arts in order to better cross-train for her life as a professional athlete in modern concert dance.
Raised in Jackson Hole, cultivated in Brooklyn, and transplanted in Los Angeles – Amanda is a professional dancer/choreographer and stunt performer. She received her CPC from BASI Pilates, where she apprenticed under the mentorship of Rael Isacowitz. WIth a background in MMA, her strength + conditioning classes combine calisthenics, Pilates, yoga, and weight lifting into one core-tastic package. She loves seeing her students discover a potential in their physicality beyond what they thought was possible.
Maddy Curley became CrossFit certified October 19th, 2008. Before that she coached gymnasts of all ages for over ten years. She obtained her CrossFit gymnastics certification soon after. She has since used her knowledge of body weight conditioning and olympic lifting to whip countless people into shape, traveling to seminars all over the world.
Maddy’s own gymnastics career began at age four; her competitive career at age six. She is a four time Level 10 National qualifier and won Elite Nationals her senior year. She earned a full scholarship to compete at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where she was also a four-time Academic All-American and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, Maddy made her film acting debut in Disney’s “Stick It,” an April 2006 release from Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment.
Maddy’s first go at a CrossFit competition was at SoCal’s 2010 Sectionals where she placed 2nd. The next year she went on to compete with her team at the 2011 CrossFit Games where they took 5th place! In 2012, Maddy placed 11th in the world at the Open and took another stab at competing as an individual, taking a laudable 7th place in SoCal’s Regional competition. She went team again in 2013, 2014 and 2015.