Meet The Coaches

Martial Arts Credentials

Martial Arts Credentials

Martial Arts Credentials

Michael Seals

Martial Arts Credentials

Michael has a Masters of science degree in athletic training from the University of Kentucky. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Michael has been studying and training in martial arts for over 15 years with over 11 years of experience in Brazilian jujitsu. He is a second-degree black belt under Michael O’donnell and has experience in both sport Jiu Jitsu as well as a former professional mixed martial artist. Coach Michael is the owner and head coach of Lexington Jiu Jitsu and Fitness in Lexington Kentucky.

Ian Lawler

Martial Arts Credentials

Ian is a Carlson Gracie Black Belt Under Professor Michael Seals who is a Carlson Gracie 2nd Degree Black Belt. Ian is the first and only native BJJ Black Belt in Pulaski County

14 Years Muay Thai practice started under highly noted professional MMA and Kickboxing fighter Joe Duarte.

6-3 Professional MMA Record, 4-1 amateur mma Kick Boxing 3-0 record, 2-0 Boxing record.

2012: Grapplers X national advanced 175 NoGi Champion and Absolute Champion.

2012: UFC Expo Las Vegas 175 Advanced NoGi Champion.

2012: Pankration 165 National Runner up silver medal.

2011-2014: Assistant Head Coach/ Head Coach of the All Marine Corps Fight Team, Team accolades while he Coached: 5x welter weight King of the Cage Champion Kyle Stewart. 4 Separate National Pakration Titles in Gi and NoGi, and world Medalists Mike Smith, Daheln Wilson, Arthur Powell, and Tom Eaton. 2x Untied Spartan Fight League Top Team Honors, 3x National Pankration Top Team Honors.

March 2014: Hayastan 165lb Advanced Silver Medalist.

April 2014: Grapplers X National Championship 155 Purple Belt Silver medalist.

Feb 2015: Opened Adversity Training Center in Somerset Ky now named Somerset Martial Arts.

July 2015: Promoted to Brown Belt by Royler Gracie Black Belt Russ Edwards Head Coach of the UFC Gym in Ocean Side Ca. Russ is also an undefeated Pro heavyweight MMA and Boxing competitor.

William Ewers

Martial Arts Credentials

Brown Belt under Michael Seals,
Under notable wins change to “Kainin Landers who was the head striking coach”

2-2 Professional MMA record, 6-2 amateur record fought for two titles.

Multiple time beginner, intermediate, and advanced Grapplers X champion.

Won his Professional Debut in 13 Seconds.

2015 West Virginia Blue Belt 195 champion and Blue belt absolute champion.

Noteable MMA wins other than his pro debut, defeated Kanin Landers who is and was the head striking coach at the UFC Gym in Torrence California.

King Of the Cage Veteran.

2x Armed forces Pankration Champion.

1st Place Winner of the September 2017 Festivus Games, Coach Will is a multi-sport high-level Athlete.

Aug 2015: West Virginia State BJJ Champions ships. Placed 3rd in the Blue belt division 185-195 out of 8, 1st place absolute blue belt division out of 12 competitors.

Vince Langdon

Coach

Weightlifting sports performance certification and advanced sports performance certification both under the USA W weightlifting association. Vince is also a certified yoga instructor and CrossFit Level 1 Coach

Bobby Bruner

Coach

Bobby has been doing martial arts for over 25 years. As is the story with most martial artists, he started training in Taekwondo and Karate at a young age, where he achieved a red belt in both arts. Later in life he ventured into combat sports such as mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and kickboxing where he would train and eventually compete in each sport. After training several years in combat sports he grew closer to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, focusing most of his time towards it, to soon earn his blue belt. He later opened Horsepower Combat Sports, teaching mma and Bjj. There he taught and coached several amateur and professional fighters. He decided to close his gym to dedicate himself back to purely Bjj when coaches Ian Lawler and William Ewers opened Adversity Training Center in Somerset, Ky. Not long after they opened, he found a permanent home there, giving up his blue belt to start his journey over, learning through a new affiliation. Through Adversity Training Center, he has since earned his blue, and purple belt from black belt Russ Edwards. He represents the ATC competition team where he has earned several 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes competing at events in several surrounding states. During his Bjj career, he has trained with several veterans of the sport such as Hermes Franca, Josh Cate, Junie Browning, Josh Hayden, Joe Baize, Mike O’Donnell, Nate Jolly, and several others. He currently is a instructor at ATC, focused on teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mike Warren

Coach

Coach Mike is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who has been practicing various forms of martial arts for 15 years from wrestling to Kung Fu. Mike has competed in several notable tournaments such as New Breed Grappling and medaled in multiple divisions. Mike is a big part of our BJJ and Beginners Curriculum and always brings a smile and tons of energy to the training center.

Cecil West

Coach

Coach Cecil heads up our wrestling aspect of combat sports at the training center he has 10 years of folk style, freestyle and greco-roman wrestling experience between high school and the marine corps. He has only been studying jiu-jitsu for 13 months and Is currently a 1 stripe blue belt. Recently he competed in 1 new breed tournament and got second place out of 16 competitors after have to move up 20lbs in weight classes to be able to compete. Cecil has been training in mma for 2 years and has competed twice with a 1-1 record.

Justin Yazza

Coach

Coach Justin was Somerset Martial Arts first from the ground up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt, he has been one of the biggest aspects of our facility and really adds to the heart and soul of our training center. Justin has been consistently training since January 2015 in boxing, wrestling, BJJ and More. Justin is currently a USA Boxing Affiliated Coach and heads up our Boxing program, Justin has competed in numerous Jiu Jitsu tournaments as well as mixed martial arts. Justin is without a doubt our top beginner and kids instructor he really cares about each and every person he teaches and mentors, his dedication to his students on a personal level is something all instructors should wish to achieve and we couldn’t be more proud to have him!

Kris Godby

Coach

Coach Kris Godby has over 25 years of wrestling experience combined as competitor and coach in Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco-Roman competition between high school and the US Army. As a competitor he was a 3-year Letterman in wrestling with 2 SCCAL League Championships, multiple freestyle tournament victories, a US Army Camp Casey Korea Folkstyle Open Championship, and he completed at the 8th Army Wrestling Team Trials. As a coach, Kris has served as a mentor to wrestlers at various levels ranging from youth (K-5), Middle School, and High School. Kris has helped coach 1 USYWA Elementary/Middle School National Champion (Robbie Collum), 4 USYWA Elementary/Middle School National top three placers (Cory Grizzard/Keith Ulmer/Kevin Ulmer/Robert Godby), a Bluegrass State Games and multiple State Champions (USAW Georgia). Kris has developed or helped develop 3 start up programs (1 high school, 2 youth) into competitive teams while ensuring to focus on teaching young men and women the value of dedication and hard work while making his primary goal the development of future leaders with high character.