No More Excuses

At NME Martial Arts we offer experienced coaching and programs specifically designed to take you from a beginner level to an advanced level. We are here to empower YOU to be the best version of yourself while learning authentic martial arts. 

NME stands for No More Excuses. We believe in the awesome transformative power that Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Self-Defense training can have over your life. If you’ve been feeling isolated or frustrated with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, the teamwork and comradery of martial arts may be just what you need.

Every Expert was Once a Beginner

If you’ve never tried a martial arts class, there’s no better time to start than today. We have classes for all skill levels and are committed to helping you reach your fitness and martial arts goals. Our qualified trainers build lasting relationships to help each member along their fitness journey through support and accountability. We provide a community for all our members to find their power.

Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Flexible membership packages to suit all levels of athlete and achieve your fitness goals



Dr. Janice Phung
Dr. Janice PhungInstructor
Dr. Janice Phung has been training Muay Thai for over 10 years and is an apprentice instructor under Grandmaster Surachai Sirisute (“Ajarn Chai”) of the World Thai Boxing Association.

 She began her martial arts journey when she took a Muay Thai class through campus recreation as an undergraduate student at UCLA. After graduating from UCLA with her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Applied Developmental Psychology, Janice began working as a Developmental Interventionist at a non-profit agency providing play-based therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. During this time, Janice found her passion in working with families affected by developmental disabilities and decided to pursue her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine. While at UC Irvine, Janice met Kru Dennis Hall and continued developing her Muay Thai skills through her training. Even though graduate school was difficult and oftentimes stressful, Janice found balance by continuing with her martial arts training and finding support from her teammates. She realized that children with ASD could also benefit from being included in the martial arts community. She decided to combine her two passions in martial arts and in working with children with ASD to develop a research project. Her dissertation examined the role of a martial arts class on improving cognitive and social outcomes in children with ASD. The results from her dissertation project are now published in a top-tier autism journal: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1223550. Janice is currently continuing her program of research as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at CSU San Marcos. She hopes to continue to find ways to support the development of the “whole child” for children with ASD through community-based inclusion.

Dennis Hall
Dennis HallHead Instructor
NME means ‘No More Excuses.’ These were the first words that came to Coach Dennis’ mind when he made the decision to start his own school in 2018.

Coach Dennis was driven to form a school that reflects the values and principles that were imparted upon him by his trainers over an 18 year period. In June 2019 NME Martial Arts opened its first location in Corona Del Mar, California.

In those first 18 years of training, study and teaching Dennis has amassed quite a reputation as a martial artist and as an instructor. He is certified by some of the most prestigious organizations as an instructor in several martial arts styles ranging from Muay Thai to Wrestling to Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts. Dennis credits his success in martial arts to all of his instructors emphasis on personal accountability and dedication. 

Dennis’ Certifications include:

Muay Thai: Associate Instructor/Affiliate Instructor – under Ajarn Chai Sirisute and the World Thai Boxing Association

MMA: Coach Level 1 – Combat Submission Wrestling – under Sensei Erik Paulson

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Purple Belt (2009) – under Cleber Luciano

Kickboxing: Senior Instructor Real Kickboxing (trademark) and Real 

Kickboxing Academy (trademark) – under Ajarn Daniel Sullivan

Jeet Kune Do/Street Self Defense: Apprentice Instructor 1- under Sifu Lester Griffin

Filipino Martial Arts: Dog Brother ‘Edge Dog’ – under Guro Lester Griffin, Guro Mark Denny and the Dog Brother Martial Arts Association

Fight Team Coach: Chief trainer and cornerman since 2012

Fight Team Trainer: Trainer since 2008


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