The instructors at Bothell Martial Arts Academy are committed to the development of students in a safe and fun environment. Our staff are highly certified in their respective disciplines and offer a wide variety of skills. All our staff are trained in First Aid and CPR and help ensure the safety of our members.
Head Professor BJJ
Professor Mark Buntich started his jiu jitsu journey in 2000 under Renzo Gracie black belt Amal Easton in Boulder, Colorado. He quickly fell in love with the sport as a great stress reliever and as an opportunity to get in shape and meet people from all walks of life. He loved the sport and lifestyle so much that in 2001 he traveled to Brazil to train, where he received his blue belt from Marcelo “Yogui” Santiago. He moved to the Seattle area in 2008 and trained under Gracie Barra black belts Rodrigo Lopes and Andrew Solheim from whom he received his black belt on September 10, 2011. He continues training and teaching due to the love of the sport and the enjoyment of watching others fall in love with it too.
Ken is a lifelong martial artist. Growing up, he trained in Ninjutsu and Muay Thai before connecting with Instructor Vince and the Bothell Kempo School in 2004. He then went on to open his own school and obtained the rank of First-Degree Black Belt in 2011. After this accomplishment, he was looking for the next challenge in martial arts and found a passion for Jiu-Jitsu. What he enjoys the most about training is the endless amount of knowledge that can be gained. In March 2019, he received his Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Head Professor Mark Buntich. While teaching and training, Ken’s focus is to help others, from PeeWees to Adults, get the most out of their experience and grow to love the art as much as he does.
Kaylene is one of the Youth and PeeWee coaches at Nova Uniao. She earned her purple belt in November 2018 from Professor Mark Buntich. She has supported both Youth and PeeWees at local competitions and has competed on numerous occasions herself. Kaylene was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2014 while she was participating in a kickboxing class. Since then, she has found a passion for jiu-jitsu and has remained dedicated to her journey. Kaylene appreciates the camaraderie and personal growth that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brings. She especially enjoys working with and empowering other females in the sport.
Poo-Choi KRU Muay Thai/ BJJ Coach
Dustin Ward started his journey in combative sports fresh out of high school jumping around from tae kwon do to judo to boxing until he joined the United States Navy. He continued training various martial arts while in the Navy, during which he attended a Muay Thai Seminar with Dave Nielsen (Former WBC and IKF Muay Thai World champion and 7 time Undefeated Amateur Muay Thai Champion) and fell in love with the art of eight limbs. He continued to train Muay Thai throughout his Navy career and joined Bothell Martial Arts Academy (BMAA) in 2016. Since joining the BMAA team he has trained extensively under Ajahn Srisuk (Former 118lbs and 126lbs PABA Muay Thai champion, two time WBA World Champion Contender) earning his Muay Thai trainer certificate in February 2017. Since then, he has taught for BMAA and continues to train Muay Thai with Ajahn Sirsuk team BMAA.
Poo-Choi KRU Muay Thai
Francis (Franki) Vahdati’s martial arts journey began in 1998 with the Korean art of Taekwondo. He trained and competed in local tournaments until 2002 as a youth. In his teenage years he studied Chinese Kung Fu at a local school in Lynnwood, Washington. Once his training ended there, he had trouble finding a martial arts school to call home, until he found BMAA. Since 2013, Frank has trained diligently in several different martial arts: Hawaiian Kempo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai/Boxing, and Balintawak Eskrima Cuentada. In 2017, Frank earned his Poo Choi Kru title from World Champion Boxer and Muay Thai fighter, Master Saohin Srisuk, with the intent to promote true Muay Thai and boxing. One year later, Vahdati received his Level 6 (Completion of the Art) title in the International Balintawak Arnis Cuentada: Taboada Style. Grandmaster Bobby Taboada bestowed this honor to Frank himself in the hopes he strives to enlighten others on this very effective Filipino combative art. Franki’s focus in martial arts is defensive tactics. From first, spatial awareness and avoiding potentially dangerous situations, to utilizing the techniques and principles one has trained to protect oneself and loved ones in an unavoidable, unpredictable, and ever-evolving situation. Frank will continue to promote quality martial arts, help students attain their goals and represent Bothell Martial Arts Academy in the finest way possible.
Poo-Choi KRU Muay Thai
Howard Summers has been coaching and assistant coaching for many years in Muay Thai, Boxing, Kick Boxing and Wrestling. He started training at the age of 10 in boxing, transitioned into wrestling in junior and senior high school and coached at the high school level. He started training under the instruction of Kru Shane Williams in Kick Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA and Commando Krav Maga in early 2006 with his prime focus on Muay Thai and Kick Boxing, being introduced and adapting to Srisuk Muay Thai system by Master Saohin Srisuk, who is Boxing and a Muay Thai Champion. Was awarded his Blue parjard band from Master Saohin Srisuk in 2013 under instruction from Kru Shane Williams. He also has had the privilege to train with Master Nop and Master Toddy in Muay Thai and many other top martial artists in the industry. He continues to train Muay Thai along with his wife and daughter and joined Bothell Martial Arts Academy (BMAA) in 2018. Since joining the BMAA family he continues to train Muay Thai with Ajahn Sirsuk and team BMAA.
Chief Instructor Kempo/ Coach BJJ
Vince has been passionate about teaching the martial arts for over 25 years. He began his martial arts training at the age of 9 at Japan International Karate Center in Hawaii. He trained in Tao Kung-fu and Aikido before enrolling with Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association in 1991. Instructor Vince relocated to the State of Washington and opened his branch in Bothell in 2003. Since then he has earned his 5th Degree Black Belt under Grand Master Martin T. Buell. Vince continues his martial arts journey training in various disciplines and competing in Brazilain Jiu-jitsu tournaments, locally and in the IBJJF World Masters Championships. He models after Grand Master Buell’s philosophy, “To always seek the Void and Endless Knowledge,” and to embrace every art to become a better martial artist and to be able to share this knowledge with his students. As the owner of Bothell Martial Arts Academy “BMAA,” Vince has fostered a place where students from all walks of life can come and train in a safe and friendly environment and a place where all students can call their home, their Ohana…
Universal Kempo – Chief Instructor 5th Degree Black Belt
International Balintawak Eskrima Cuentada – Level 6 Completion of Art
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu- Purple Belt
Sirisuk Muay Thai – Kru
WA State Criminal Justice Training Center – Master Instructor Defensive Tactics
Alex Fay has been training with Universal Kempo-Karate Schools since 2003 starting at the early age of 8 years old. He has been an assistant instructor to Cheif Instructor Vince Domingcil since 2009, and became full time Instructor in 2014, after receiving his student black belt. Instructor Alex achieved his 2nd degree black belt which he received from Grandmaster Martin Buell. Aside from Kempo, Alex strives to expand his martial arts knowledge in other ways, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Balintawak Eskrima. Instructor Alex has been teaching the junior program since 2009 and continues to be great example for the kids.
Instructor Kempo/ BJJ Coach
Tony began his martial arts journey 8 years ago when his young son began training at Universal Kempo Karate Schools under Chief Instructor Vince Domingcil. Not able to sit on the sides watching any longer, he started training. He began coaching the junior classes after receiving his green belt and received his student blackbelt in 2018. He is now an instructor for both the junior and adult classes.
Tony also started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2013 under Professors Andrea Emmel and Mark Buntich. He is an active coach for the junior classes and has competed in local tournaments. He has supported both juniors and adults in numerous local competitions, one of which led the school to take 2nd place for teens & kids in the 2017 NAGA Seattle Grappling Championship.
Filipino Martial Arts
Filipino Martial Arts
Josh Faram began training Martial Arts in the fifth grade and has been training for over 20 years in many different styles: Kajukenbo, Tae Kwon Do, Aikijutsu, Silat, Doce pares, Wing Chun, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Balintawak under John Soriano. Receiving his completion of the art in Balintawak in 2013 he has been teaching privately and is now looking forward to creating a home base to teach and further explore Balintawak. His experience in many different styles gives him a unique approach to training.