American Martial Arts and Fitness Academy LLC
Head Instructor Daniel Smith started training in martial arts in 1979 with Okinawan Isshin-Ryu karate until 1983 when he started training in Okinawan Sanchin-Ryu karate until around 1986. Mr. Smith then started training in Aikido and American karate for a short time until 1989 when he began training in Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do. It was then that Mr. Smith started researching and training in many different styles of martial arts. Mr. Smith has spent the last 20 years studying the true science and philosophy of fighting and physical fitness. Mr. Smith in the last 30 + years has obtained the following ranks and instructorships;
Guro / Sifu Dan Inosanto
Associate Instructor - Jun Fan Gung Fu
Associate Instructor - Filipino Martial Arts
Guro Level One - Maphilindo Silat & the Madjapahit Martial Arts
Sifu Larry Hartsell
President of the Jun Fan / Jeet Kune do Grappling Association
Ajarn Chai Sirisute
President of the Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A.
Professor Salem Assli
President of the California Association of Boxe Francaise~Savate
Silver Glove 1st Degree / Initiator
Sifu Paul Vunak
President of the Progressive Fighting Systems
Phase One Instructor
Professor Remy Presas - Founder of Modern Arnis
1st Degree Black Belt
2nd Degree Black Belt in Jeet Kune Do Concepts
RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Konan Judo (MSU Judo Club)
IKKU 1st Brown Belt
Certified Mixed Martial Arts Referee & Judge
Mr. Smith is also licensed with the USA Boxing as a Coach, and Certified under the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation as a Referee.
Owner / Head Instructor
Eric Kimmel has been a member of American Martial Arts and Fitness Academy since March 2004. He holds the following rank under Head Instructor Daniel Smith.
Muay Thai Kickboxing Brown Arm Band
Kali / Eskrima / Arnis Black Belt
Jun Fan - Jeet Kune Do Student Level Five
Mr. Kimmel assist in teaching the Muay Thai Kickbxoing, Kali / Eskrima and the Jeet Kune Do classes here at the academy.
Dan Hornback has been a member of American Martial Arts Academy since 2010. Mr. Hornback holds the following rank under Head Instructor Daniel Smith: Instructor Level Two in Muay Thai Kickboxing and a begining Instructor under Ajarn Chai, Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Hornback assist in teaching the Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes.