siege mma instructors

SANTINO DEFRANCO

HEAD MMA INSTRUCTOR. ALSO COACHES NOGI bjj, AND MUAY THAI:Santino has trained a number of professional fighters including UFC champion, Henry Cejudo, Tracy Cortez, Kamuela Kirk, Luke Sanders, Jordan Johnson, and many more. Santino brings his knowledge of MMA to Siege's no gi and Muay Thai classes. 

Santino is a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and was a former professional fighter (MMA and Kickboxing) prior to his coaching career. He also taught college English for a few years, and has been with Siege since 2013. 

Jesus Artesi

HEAD brazilian jiu jitsu instructor: Jesus Artesi is a 2nd degree black belt in BJJ under Giva Santana. He began training in 2003, and joined Siege MMA in 2008. As a black belt, Jesus has medaled in over 30 tournaments.

 

Jesus teaches the 6:00am BJJ classes and is the head professor in the evening BJJ classes at 6:30pm. 

 

Jesus is a full time service member in the U.S. Air Force.  

Kamuela Kirk

HEAD kids brazilian jiu jitsu instructor, and assistant adult instructor: Kamuela Kirk began training under Giva Santana when he was four years old. Since then, he has won IBJJF gi and no gi world championships, and is now a BJJ black belt under Professor Giva. 

As head coach of the kids program at Siege mma, Kamuela and the kids team brought home a 1st place team trophy at the 2018 World Championships. In addition to coaching the kid's team, Kamuela also assists with the adult BJJ program as well. 

Kamuela is also a professional MMA fighter, and enjoys goldfish crackers on first dates!

Tony Nolan

Assistant brazilian jiu jitsu instructor: Tony began training BJJ in 2008, and  joined the Siege family in 2015. He earned his black belt from Professor Giva Santana in 2019.  

Tony teaches the afternoon BJJ classes as well as the BJJ fundamental classes. He is also very involved with the Veteran's Project and the Wounded Warrior foundation--he is also very active in local community service. 

Tony is married to Tracy Nolan and has four beautiful children. 

shea Kirk

assistant brazilian jiu jitsu instructor: Shea Kirk began training in BJJ in 2013 and quickly excelled at the grappling art. He eventually won a world championship and is currently a purple belt in BJJ under Professor Giva Santana. 

Patrick Johns

Assistant Kids Instructor: Pat has been helping build the kids and peewee Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team for years. Pat is a purple belt under Giva Santana. 

Noah BRIGGS

Assistant brazilian jiu jitsu instructor: Noah Briggs began his BJJ journey at Siege MMA in 2009, and received his brown belt in 2016. Noah has helped teach law enforcement in "ground survival" tactics, and has been a law enforcement professional, himself, for 13 years. 

Noah teaches the morning No-Gi classes

Adrien Grotte

HEAD Muay Thai instructor: Adrien Grotte began training kick boxing in 1988, as a sixth grader. As a senior in high school, Adrien won the AZ State Kickboxing title. In 2010, Adrien won the Thai Boxing Association World Title. The same year he fought and defeated Yi Long--the most famous fighter out of China--and won by 2nd round KO. At the time, Yi Long was 17-0, and Adrien was 12-0. Adrien also has a victory over acclaimed fighter, Zach Bunnel, in the Lion Fight Promotion. Upon retiring from Muay Thai competition, Adrien amassed a 15-1 (11 kos) record, and a 1-0 record in MMA. 

Adrien teaches Muay Thai during the evenings at Siege MMA, and is married with a lovely daughter!

Niko Laranaga

Kids Muay Thai Instructor: Niko has been with Siege MMA for years and heads the kids Muay Thai program.  

Kurt taneal

Assistant muay thai instructor: Kurt teaches the noon kickboxing class daily. 

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