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.
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.
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