As a child Francis Farley was shy and timid. When his older brother returned from Vietnam he suggested that Francis try Karate as an outlet. After a short time Francis developed a strong passion for the Martial Arts. In 1989 Francis won the North American middleweight title. By 1993 he won the ISKA World Middleweight championship and held that title for five years. His final professional record was 27 and 2 with 17 KO’s. Francis has had an exciting and rewarding career. Now at this stage in his life he would like to give back to all of those shy and timid people who may share a similar passion for sport and fitness. If you are ready to challenge yourself, or if you want to try something new, then come in and start training with the champ.
Mike Roberts has over 20 years of experience in teaching martial arts. He holds a first degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Claudio Franca, and he received his teaching certification in Muay Thai from Master V. Phon in 1994. Greatly respected in the Santa Cruz martial arts community as a caring and effective teacher, Mike brings his unique perspective of synthesizing art, athletics and academics to his teachings. Under his guidance, FKA fighter Dustin Moore is currently ranked #4 by CAMO in the Flyweight Division for Amateur MMA in the state of California. Mike is an MMA , Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu instructor here at FKA.
Trained by two World Champion Kickboxers, Jordan has 8 years of Kickboxing experience. He began in Roseville, California where he studied under 2 time World Champion Dave Marinoble. At Marinoble’s he trained with fighters such as Urijah Faber, Scott Smith and James Irvin. Upon moving to Santa Cruz, California he made Farley’s Kickboxing Academy his home. Training under Francis Farley he competed for the FKA Fight Team in 2010 and 2011, and earned a Black Belt from Francis in 2013. In addition Jordan is a certified USA Boxing Coach as well as a California IKF Licensed and Registered Trainer. Jordan focuses his classes on high energy conditioning to improve not just cardiovascular health and stamina, but to tone the body while teaching effective fighting techniques; a perfect fit for students who are looking to get in shape, learn the art of Kickboxing or even compete as a fighter. When not at the gym, Jordan is a Painting Contractor and spends his leisure time with his wife and son.
Ramiro has lived, trained and practed Martial Arts competitively since 2002. In January of 2012 he earned his black belt from instructor Raul Castillo of Half Moon Bay MMA. Ramiro has over 40 Submission Grappling titles. His many accomplishments include First Place titles in Battle of the Bay, American International Championship, Never Tap, Joe Moreira International Submission Grappling Championship, The U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament and the California Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. Ramiro has also competed as an amateur MMA fighter and holds a record of 4 wins 0 losses. He teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at FKA as part of the MMA Team. In addition, he is also the head Instructor for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club at San Jose State University and regularly cross-trains with members of the excellent and world-renowned San Jose State Judo Team. He also taught for a year at the UFC Gym in San Bruno, before deciding to concentrate more of his efforts on using his championship experience to bring up future champions closer to home.
Pete Cardilla is a former high school wrestler and coach. Competing as an athlete in New Jersey and Nevada, he later moved to California where he has coached scholastic wrestlers at both the high school and middle school levels. He came to FKA as a student and assistant of Jimie Walker’s and began to incorporate the techniques of amateur folk-style wrestling into his life long interest in submission wrestling, specifically the American style of catch wrestling. Now affiliated with Erik Paulson’s CSW program ( Combat Submission Wrestling ), Pete is training and gaining certification in this hybrid style that includes catch wrestling, jiu-jitsu and sambo that was developed and refined by Paulson during his time as Shooto world champion and his subsequent career as an elite MMA trainer. Pete is an experienced coach who has trained and taught athletes in several sports at all age-levels from very young children to adults and at a ll skill-levels from absolute novice to competitive fighters.
Carey moved back to Santa Cruz after she graduated from UC Davis in the fall of 2013. At school she studied art studio and played Division I water polo for 4 years. After playing water polo for a total of 14 years she decided to look for a new workout routine. She walked into FKA a year ago and it has been her second home ever since. She started taking every class the gym had to offer, going to up to four classes a day. Carey became especially passionate about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has competed in three tournaments including the American Cup, the All-Star tournament, and the World Championships 2014. She looks forward to competing in more competitions in the future. Living a very active and healthy lifestyle, she enjoys motivating people to workout. Carey is a Santa Cruz State Lifeguard who (when she’s not saving lives, Bay Watch style) is either training, painting, or spending time with her family.
Instructors on Sabbatical Leave
Jimmie comes to FKA with an impressive wrestling career. Some of his accomplishments include: CCS champion, 3rd CIF in state finals, 3 time California high school national team member, Greco Roman state champion, 2nd place in state Freestyle, and 6th place in the U.S.A. high school national finals. He teaches physical education at New Brighton Middle School and is the head coach of the wrestling program here at FKA. Coach Walker is currently on leave to focus on raising the new edition to his family.