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Instructors

CPAMMA has the most certified and tested instructors in the area.  All instructors have been certified by accredited associations.  All Youth Martial Arts instructors have been certified from the Youth Martial Arts Association to have all criminal and child abuse background checks done.  Hover over the Instructor tab at the top of the page and select an instructor to learn more.

Elise Pone

Elise Pone is a native to the State College area and has been training at CPAMMA for 4 years. Elise is married to James Pone and has 6 children: Janai, Anika, James Jr., Abeni, Jonah, and Avery. She is a Level II Instructor in Muay Thai and an active Muay…

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Sara Dittmann

Sara Dittmann is a native to State College. Sara is a full-time elementary school teacher and teaches both Women’s Kickboxing, and Youth Martial Arts at CPAMMA. Sara focuses her training in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Reality Based Martial Arts. She is a Level II Muay Thai Instructor. “I…

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Ryan Brinkman

We are excited to announce we are bringing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt; Ryan Brinkman to help teach Jiu-Jitsu classes at CPAMMA starting in January! Ryan’s mission is to find out every student’s goals and help them obtain these goals in a positive environment. Here are some of his achievements:…

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Agnes Berrena

Agnes Berrena was born and raised in State College. Agnes works full time at a local Statistical Software Company and has a 10 year old son; Nicholas, who also takes classes at CPAMMA. Agnes is a Level I Muay Thai Instructor and teaches Women’s Kickboxing, Youth Martial Arts, and Mighty…

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Pete Buzby

Peter Buzby is from North Whales, Pennsylvania and moved to State College as a Graduate Fellow of English at Penn State University. Peter is a Level I Instructor in Muay Thai, and is an active Muay Thai Fighter with an undefeated record. He is a Revgear Tournament of Champions Tournament…

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Mike Dessino

MMA Record - 3-0 College Wrestling Record - 105-43 45 pins http://www.buhuskies.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4101 High School: Was a three-time district champion…Won a regional championship and advanced to NJ states three-times…Two-time state placewinner…Career record of 145-22 with 98 falls….Was a three-time letterwinner in football. Personal: Son of Mike and Denise Dessino Favorite Place to…

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Ryan Gruhn

Read testimonials from Ryan's classes Here Certifications: Muay Thai - Full Instructor Dog Brothers Martial Arts - "Guro" / Full Dog Brother Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - Black Belt Combat Submission Wrestling - Certified Coach Jeet Kune Do - Full Instructor Filipino Martial Arts - Full Instructor USA Boxing - Certified Coach Youth…

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Linda Esposito

Linda Esposito has been training Muay Thai for 7 years and is a Level I Instructor. Linda owns and operates Belle di Vita; a local gift shop in town , that has been a staple in the community for over 16 years. Linda lives with her husband ; Matthew, and…

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Karla Piedl

Karla Piedl is from Blacksburg, Virginia and moved to State College as a PhD Candidate in the Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology Department at Penn State University. Karla is a Level II Muay Thai Instructor, and recently received her blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Karla teaches Striking classes at…

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Kelly Thom

Kelly Thom is a resident of State College and lives with her husband; Gary, and two children; Weston and Alexis. Kelly is a Level I Instructor in Muay Thai and teaches both Mighty Mites and Youth Martial Arts Classes. You will also find Kelly behind the front desk, as she…

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Julia Gundrum

Julia Gundrum is a 16 year old Junior at State College Area High School. Julia has been training at CPAMMA for the better of 10 years. She has earned her Black Belt in Youth Martial Arts , and has entered the ring as a kickboxing fighter. Julia also earned her…

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Brooke Miller

Brooke Miller has been teaching children for over 20 years in private schools in the State College area. Brooke joined CPAMMA full-time in 2010, and has been teaching Youth Martial Arts and Mighty Mites classes since then. She also handles many of the administrative and “behind the scenes” functions at…

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