JULIA “RAGING PANDA” AVILA
Avila has been an athlete her entire life playing volleyball, soccer, and track and field in high school. She started training in judo in 2011 and BJJ in 2012 as she is currently a brown belt. She made her pro debut in 2012 and now has a 6-1 record. Now at 30-years-old, Avila is finally on the BIG show.
“DYNAMITE” DEE DUFOE
WORLD RANKED AS A BOXER AND KICKBOXER
Dynamite Dee is Lean, Mean & Filipine. Dee fought as a kick boxer establishing a record of 13-1. She also competed as a world ranked boxer gaining recognition as a top 5 fighter by several organizations. She currently works at our center and is perhaps our most popular instructor. Try her classes when you’re ready for a challenge.
BRYAN “THE BULL” TRAVERS
PFC AND GC WORLD CHAMPION
Bryan was a talented wrestler who came to Eric to make his game complete. Bryan displayed world class toughness right from the start and quickly absorbed Eric’s special style of HITTING WITHOUT GETTING HIT. Travers went 13-1 under Eric’s management and training beating world ranked fighters like UFC fighter Jon Gunderson and WEC fighter Anthony Ruiz.
CHUCK, “THE ICEMAN” LIDDELL
Eric has no claim as a trainer of Chuck. Master Instructor John Hackleman gets all of the credit for Chuck and his remarkable record. However, Chuck got much of his start fighting for Eric. Eric promoted 4 of Chuck’s last kickboxing matches right here in Bakersfield at the Dome which was known as Strongbow Stadium at that time. We are proud to have been involved with this amazing fighter.
KATHY “THE PUNISHER” LONG
5 X WORLD CHAMPION
Kathy Long, Eric Nolan’s very first student, is the most famous and one of the most accomplished female kick boxers ever. She fought the best in the United States and Europe and destroyed 2 Japanese champions as well. She set a new standard for what women can accomplish in the ring. Guided and Trained by Master Instructor Eric Nolan she won 5 World Championships and appeared on over 35 magazine covers. She is the only Female ever inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as a fighter and is a 4 time Hall of Fame Inductee. She represents the skills and discipline that we instill into our students.
DANNY “HARD AS” STEELE
8 X WORLD CHAMPION
Danny came to the academy as a young amateur and enjoyed a record of 29-1 winning several titles here. He went on to win 8 World Championships using the skills that he learned while training under the watchful eye of Master Instructor Eric Nolan. He fought the best from the United States, Europe and Asia.
LISA “LIL’ SUGAR” SMITH
2 X WORLD CHAMPION
Lisa Smith was a fast accurate precision fighter with an incredible output. She fought and defeated some of the best female fighters in America picking up two world titles along the way. She is an amazing MARTIAL ARTIST.
“THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BADBOY” TITO ORDIZ
Tito Ortiz is world famous. But most people don’t know that he began his striking education working privately with Eric Nolan for a short time while he attended CSUB. Tito once autographed a picture for Eric that pronounced our gym THE BEST IN THE STATE. Who are we to argue with a UFC World Champion.
TONEY “THE HAMMER” HANNON
5 X NATIONAL, 2 X NORTH AMERICAN, 1 X WORLD CHAMPION
Began training with Master Instructor Eric Nolan as a very young teen. He recorded 18 wins with 0 losses including 15 KNOCK OUTS. Further he went on to work as an instructor at the center and even met his wife while teaching for us. Today he works as a police officer in Colorado. He is a credit to the community.
“THE INCREDIBLE” HOLT FELKINS
You won’t like him when he’s angry! This outstanding superstar on the rise is one of the Amateur talents in the United States. Amassing a combined (Muay Thai, MMA & Pancrase) record of 13 wins 0 losses and 1 draw as an amateur. Holt Felkins has put the world on notice that he is a Gamma Radiated Force to be reckoned with. In the last 2 years he has picked up more than his share of jewelry winning Championship Belts from The Art of War, 559 Fights and California State (CAMO) Title. Felkins has beaten the best that the Golden State has to offer and his plans don’t include stopping anytime soon.
Holt is also an awesome member of our teaching staff instructing children as well as adults. He shares his experience and expertise with everyone who has a hunger to learn. He has cut no corners in the gym and trains harder than people with half his talent. He is a perfect example of what it takes to be a Champion. We are proud to have been involved in the early career of this excellent young man.