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Staff

Perry Gibson

A Southwest Virginia native, Perry is the owner, head instructor, and head coach at Tech MMA and Fitness Academy.

  • Black belts in Hisardut, Krav Maga, Joe Lewis fighting systems & mixed styles martial arts; purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu.
  • Over 25 years of experience in the martial arts.
  • Over 10 years experience in personal training for fitness and sports for youth & adults.
  • Specializes in law enforcement, military & emergency services combative survival skills, including offensive & defensive weapons use.
  • Coaches professional and amateur MMA fighters, kickboxers & Brazilian Jujitsu competitors.
  • Has positive relationships with regional promoters, giving his fighters a broad range of opportunities for training & competition.
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Allison Meredith

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  • Mother of three, professional MMA fighter & successful BJJ compeditor.
  • Virginia’s Amateur Female Fighter of the Year in 2013.
  • Competed in Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge in 2015.
  • Holds rank in BJJ & kickboxing.
  • Teaches combat fitness & BJJ.

Gary Sheppard

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  • 6 years of experience teaching children ages 4 to 13.
  • Black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, and Superfoot systems; blue belt in BJJ.
  • Specializes in teaching Taekwondo, traditional karate, weapons forms & self-defense.
  • Specializes in teaching children with special needs.

Tony Gravely

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  • 7 years of Tae Kwon Do & over 10 years of wrestling training.
  • 2x high school state wrestling champion.
  • 2x NCAA Division I wrestling national qualifier.
  • Full-time professional MMA fighter; ranked #1 in Virginia in his division.
  • Teaches wrestling, BJJ & MMA while pursuing his professional fighting career.

Nathan Jaime

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  • Successful high school wrestler.
  • Experience in Muay Thai, BJJ, and kickboxing.
  • Amateur MMA record of 10-1.
  • Teaches BJJ & MMA while pursuing his professional fighting career.

Caroline Connell

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  • 18 years of martial arts experience, including karate, jujitsu, Krav Maga, kickboxing, BJJ & MMA
  • Black belts in karate and Krav Maga.
  • National-level club competitor in track & field in 2005.
  • Teaches Combat Fitness and Krav Maga.

Matt Dotson

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  • 4 years with Tech MMA and Fitness Academy.
  • NASM-certified fitness trainer specializing in in strength and conditioning.
  • Successful competitor in amateur kickboxing and MMA.
  • Teaches combat fitness while pursuing his MMA career.

Jearl Sutherland

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  • Assistant striking coach under Coach Perry Gibson.
  • Specializes in applying Muay Thai techniques to MMA.
  • Photo credit: Greg Briley Photography.

Kevin Liu

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  • Wrestled for Virginia Tech’s Division 1 team.
  • Coached high school varsity wrestling.
  • Blue belt in BJJ.
  • Strives to be a positive Christian influence when teaching youth and adult wrestling.

Theresa Blaz

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  • Started in Tech MMA’s kids program in 2005.
  • Competed in children’s kickboxing.
  • At age 14, started competing in women’s MMA.
  • Teaches kickboxing when home from college.

Brad Davis

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  • Started training in kickboxing a Tech MMA in 2010.
  • Holds a brown belt in Jew Lewis Fighting Systems & competes in kickboxing.
  • Teaches kickboxing classes.