PROFESSIONAL RECORD: 25 – 9 – 0
Head BJJ Instructor
KICKBOXING / BOXING / CONDITIONING CLASSES
Soto’s fight career is off to a great start and if you get a chance to see him compete, be sure not to blink as he has a tendency to finish his opponents quickly. Mario also competes in BJJ, Submission Grappling, Muay Thai and wrestling tournaments and has won several in his division including Battle of the Bay, Jiu Jitsu by the Sea and Grappling X just to name a few. He has also competed in the Worlds Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship.
Mario leads his Muay Thai Kickboxing and Conditioning classes with the same take-no-prisoners style he trains in. His classes are tough and fun and a must for folks looking to mix technique and fitness for full body workouts. Mario is also available for personal training.
KICKBOXING / BOXING / CONDITIONING / KIDS’ CLASSES
Among his many successes, Kito took 1st place in the U.S. Open Jiu Jitsu Tournament in 2009, placed 1st in Battle at the Redwoods Jiu Jitsu Tournament in 2009, was the Ultimate Fitness/Blood Brothers Grappling Champion in 2009 and took 1st place in the Battle by the Sea Jiu Jitsu Tournament in 2010.
Kito drives members to success with unmatched energy and enthusiasm. He not only encourages strong bodies but strong minds which can sometimes be the difference between finishing an exercise and giving up. Kito is known for instilling positive attitudes in every member and client he encounters.
Kito is a AFFA certified as well as a certified massage therapist with a focus on sports massage. Catch him in a Conditioning class soon. Kito is also available for personal training.
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU INSTRUCTOR/ KIDS’ PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH
Kenneth leads BJJ and grappling classes as well as daily Kickboxing classes for which he has a huge following. Kenneth’s drills get everybody’s heart rates going! He leads with energy and authority which students find very motivating.
Beginning September 2012 Kenneth has taken the lead on our Kids’ Program. Kenneth is now Kids’ Program Director and Head Coach. This will bring more organization and leadership to our Kids’ Program. We’re very excited to promote Kenneth as he has been on board since our inception, is a true team player and an integral part of the Ultimate Fitness family.
Joseph F. de la Guevara AKA: Joe Guevara
BOXING, KICKBOXING AND CONDITIONING CLASSES
Adam is also a certified personal trainer. Don’t let his fun personality and charm fool you. His Conditioning and Kickboxing classes will have you crying “uncle!”
KICKBOXING, CONDITIONING AND PRO CLASSES
Buchholz is a former ICON Sport Lightweight champion. He has also fought in EliteXC and he held an 8-1 record before signing with the UFC in 2007. He earned his first win in the UFC against three-to-one favorite, Corey Hill. After a few ups and downs in the UFC, Buchholz defeated Steve Clark by Submission (rear naked choke) in the first round. He then fought fellow UFC veteran Steve Lopez in May 2011 with SCC – Superior Cage Combat. Buchholz beat Lopez with a highlight reel finish, knocking Lopez our in the third with a front kick to the chin. Next, he beat Thiago Mellar by unanimous decision in August 2011 again with the SCC. Justin is currently the Showdown Lightweight Champion and his record is 14-7-0.
Aside from his MMA interests, Justin is a health and environmental fanatic and keeps those around him honest about the way they live. His knowledge of health, nutrition and fitness is quite vast and members learn more than just MMA techniques in his classes.
BOXING AND CONDITIONING CLASSES
DJ joined Team Alpha Male back in 2010. While he’s been a fixture at UF for years, we are excited to have recently added DJ to our impressive list of instructors. DJ believes that mastering technique and utilizing ones physical attributes are keys to achieving greatness. As an instructor he is very hands on and motivating. DJ especially loves to teach boxing as it takes hard work, dedication and patience to master its rhythm and to him there is no greater joy than seeing his students progress. He takes his teaching role very seriously and the positive effects it has on others very much to heart.
Dr. Matthew Fisher, D.C.
OWNER AND CHIROPRACTOR TO TEAM ALPHA MALE
Dr. Fisher, A Sacramento native, graduated from Life Chiropractic school near the top of his class, cum laude in June 1999. He started his own practice promptly in October of the same year.
His practice grew quickly and he was enjoying everything about treating patients. But, an interesting thing happened in 2005. He was introduced to Mixed Martial Arts super star Urijah Faber. Urijah and Dr. Fisher hit it off and soon were talking about opening Sacramento’s premier mixed martial arts facility. That vision became a reality in October 2006 when they opened the doors to Ultimate Fitness with 100+ members already on board.
Dr. Fisher quickly realized it was too difficult to run two distinctly different businesses from two separate locations, so he moved Fisher Chiropractic into Ultimate Fitness and it was a perfect match. The business meshed so easily with the professional athletes and members in the gym all in need of chiropractic care.
Dr. Fisher is involved in all the day-to-day business of the gym and you can also catch him in Jiu Jitsu classes several times a week.
OPERATIONS MANAGER AND HEAD COACH TO TEAM ALPHA MALE
Dave Rowan has been with Ultimate Fitness since 2006, during construction. Dave met Urijah back in 1998 while coaching college wrestling. Their paths crossed again in 2006 while Urijah and Matt were working on opening the facility. Dave helped construct the inside of the gym and was intrical in getting it opened in a timely manner.
After the gym opened, Dave began training with Urijah and Joseph and started his fight career at age 41. He was an absolute beast and had 4 exciting fights which he won in dynamic fashion. Unfortunately his career ended in 2008 when he blew out his knee. Along with a stellar record in the cage, Dave has a great wrestling record as well. While at Chico State, he was a 2 time All American.
Dave started working full time for Ultimate Fitness in a management role in early 2009. He is our Operations Manager and is responsible for keeping all aspects of the gym running smoothly. He does everything from compiling our EFT drafts to scheduling classes. He’s also the Head Coach of Team Alpha Male and leads the daily team practices.
Carie Ward Fisher
Carie stayed on and helped run the gym until 2009 when she left Operations in the able hands of Dave Rowan to pursue other interests.
In September 2011, Carie returned to her true passion, this time in a Marketing role. Carie handles all aspects of Marketing for Ultimate Fitness and especially enjoys working on the fringe market, helping get women in the door proving the facility is not just a boys’ club. She is diligently getting out the message that Ultimate Fitness provides MMA Fitness for EVERYONE. If you have friends or family members who are interested in trying out the gym, see Carie for 1-week passes!