Bothell Martial Arts Academy
At Bothell Martial Arts Academy we strive to help students get the most out of their training. For students with consistency and dedication, martial arts becomes a lifestyle, and students can readily enjoy all the benefits of the Martial Arts.
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KRU Dustin Ward
Instructor Muay Thai
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.
Instructor Francis Vahdati
Hawaiian Kempo 1st Degree Black & Balintawak Eskrima Level 6
Instructor Francis “Frank” Vahdati found his passion for the martial arts at an early age. His father practiced martial arts and raised him to do the same. He grew up with cultural icons like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Muhammad Ali as influences. Films such as Return of the Dragon, Fist of Legend, and Gorgeous were his fire starters. Instructor Frank grew up training martial arts periodically throughout his youth, beginning in the late 1990s with Taekwondo, training and competing for several years. Later, he practiced Chinese Kempo. In 2013, his training began at the Bothell Martial Arts Academy. Instructor Frank’s goals are to continue developing his mind, body, and spirit through martial arts, and to help others do the same. “Learn to teach – teach to learn!”
-Universal Kempo Karate Schools Assn – 1st Degree Black Belt
-International Balintawak Eskrima Cuentada – Level 6 (Completion of the Art).
– 2 Stripe Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
– Founder of KJB Combatives
Assistant Professor Vince Domingcil
Hawaiian Kempo 8th Degree & Balintawak Eskrima Level 6
Assistant Professor 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 the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association in 1991. Vince relocated to the State of Washington and opened his branch in Bothell in 2003. Since then he has earned his 8th Degree Red/White Belt under Grand Master Martin Buell. Vince continues his martial arts journey training in various disciplines and 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 that knowledge with his students. AP Vince is the owner of Bothell Martial Arts Academy “BMAA” and has fostered a place where students can call it their home….their OHANA.
– Universal Kempo, Assistant Professor 8th Degree
– International Balintawak Eskrima Cuentada, Level 6 (Completion of Art)
– Sirisuk Muay Thai, Kru
– WA State Criminal Justice Training Center, Master Instructor Defensive Tactics
– Bjj 4 Stripe Purple Belt
Instructor Alex Fay
Hawaiian Kempo 3rd Degree Black Belt
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 to Professor Vince Domingcil since 2009, and became full time Instructor in 2014, after receiving his student black belt. Instructor Alex achieved his 3rd degree black belt under Professor Vince & 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 Mike Fermo
Hawaiian Kempo 1st Degree Black Belt
Mike Fermo has been training with Universal Kempo-Karate Schools since 2013. He became a full time Instructor in 2021, after receiving his student black belt from Assistant Professor Vince Domingcil. Aside from Kempo, Mike strives to expand his martial arts knowledge in other ways, training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and briefly in Kajukenbo studying under Sifu Rory Shipley. Instructor Mike has been an assistant teacher with the junior program since 2020 and continues to be a great example for the kids. Mike’s personal philosophy: Universal Kempo-Karate is a way of life; respect for the art and its participants is the most important thing. This truly is ohana!
Professor Trinidad “Trino” Mendoza
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt
Ever since I was a kid I have been a fan of the martial arts. I grew up being a big fan of Bruce Lee and other martial arts cinema heroes. I really loved how the martial arts embodied not only a strong body, but also a strong mind, inner peace, and morality. I was always very timid to try out a martial art until I tried karate when I was in college. I enjoyed it a lot but as a kid in school on my own I couldn’t afford to keep it up. Then a year or two later I watched the first UFC fights and saw Royce Gracie and the Gracie Jiujitsu on display and blow up the martial arts world by storm. Like many others I was motivated to check it out. It took some years after that but one day I found a school in December of 2006 and went for my free trial class and never looked back. I was lucky from day one that I walked in to a Pedro Sauer affiliate and was a fan of the self defense approach and focus. I have been fortunate enough to receive all of my belts from Pedro Sauer himself except my purple belt, which was awarded by my instructor. What I love about jiujitsu is that it works all aspects of fitness and is very cerebral because you have to deal with real time problem solving. I truly believe there’s something to learn from everyone. My favorite part of being an instructor is when I see someone’s face light up with that “Ah-ha!” moment when they start to understand a technique. Along my journey I have been fortunate enough to train with Pedro Sauer, Relson Gracie, Rylan Lizares, Anibal Lobo, James Gardner, Jorge Jimenez, Rener Gracie, Ryron Gracie, and Nate Orchard
Coach Reynaldo Gonio
Youth Brazilian Jiujitsu
Coach Rey is one of the Youth Bjj coaches at BMAA. He found his true passion training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has been training since 2016. Coach Rey received his purple belt from Professor Mark Buntich in 2021. Coach Rey enjoys coaching the youth students and focuses on their growth and development in the art. On his off time, he stays active with CrossFit, running and Muay Thai.
Coach Dennis Ohashi
Youth Brazilian Jiujitsu
Coach Dennis is a youth coach for the Jiu-Jitsu program at BMAA. He started training in 2017 under Professor Mark Buntich and Professor Andrea Emmel. He earned his purple belt in April of 2021 from Professor Mark Buntich. Dennis enjoys the numerous benefits that Jiu-Jitsu yields for both the mind and body. He strives to be a reliable source of knowledge for the kid’s program and whomever he trains with.
Coach Edward Bautista
Youth Brazilian Jiujitsu
Coach Eddie is one of the Youth BJJ coaches at BMAA. He has been training in BJJ consistently since 2017 and earned his purple belt under Professor Mark Buntich. Coach Eddie began training in Bjj in 2000 and had trained sparingly during his time in the armed services. He enjoys teaching the children and watching them grow and develop. On his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, going on hikes with his family, and training in Muay Thai.
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Kim first stumbled across a yoga videotape while in high school. As a “type-A” perfectionist who struggled with anxiety, she was surprised by the calming and centering effect the simple sun salutations had on both her mind and body. Yoga quickly became a lifeline for staying grounded during a number of big life transitions – including living abroad in the Caribbean, juggling multiple jobs, health concerns, unexpected losses, and most recently, growing into the role of mama to a very active little boy! Through it all, the practice of mindful movement and breath has offered the tools to find steadiness while cultivating strength, resilience, and self-awareness, on and off the mat. As Kim often reminds her students, yoga is NOT about touching your toes or turning into a human pretzel – yoga IS the practice of calming and clearing the mind, and in doing so, tapping into our innate wisdom, centered power, and unlimited potential.
- 200-HR Yoga Teacher Certification, with Angeline Johnston & Dylan Noebels
- Himalayan Singing Bowls Certification, Level I, with Suren Shrestha
- Myofascial Release with Yoga Therapy Balls Certification, Level I, with Betsy Shilling