Ryan “Guard Dog” Gruhn
(Head Instructor / Owner – Central PA Mixed Martial Arts, Inc.)
Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA, Women’s Kickboxing, RBMMA, Youth Martial Arts
Ryan Gruhn has been studying the combat arts for around two decades starting his training in 1993. In this time he has achieved instructor status in six different martial arts; Muay Thai, Filipino Martial Arts / Dog Brothers, Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing. He is the head instructor at Central PA Mixed Martial Arts teaching the Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA, Women’s Kickboxing, Reality Based MMA, and Youth Martial Arts classes.
He is the Central PA representative for the Thai Boxing Association and is the only certified Muay Thai instructor in the area. Ryan is the founder and head instructor for “Youth Martial Arts”, a system of multiple styles catered to children and young adults.
Ryan is a certified coach with USA Boxing, a certified Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Kevin Seaman, and less than fifty people who have obtained the rank of Full Instructor in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute. He is one of less than twenty individuals world wide who have been certified as a ”Teacher” in Dog Brothers under Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny and also a member of the tribe receiving the name of “Guard Dog.” CPAMMA is considered a “Den” of the Dog Brother’s Pack and goes by the name of “Guard Dog’s Den.” Ryan’s main instructor as a child into his teen years was Sifu Bill Gebhardt, owner of the State College Martial Arts Academy.
Ryan is currently a brown belt under Shawn Williams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has competed in numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments placing in the majority of tournaments he has attended.
Competitively Ryan has been fighting in Real Contact Stick Fighting events since 2005. With over thirty fights to his name he has ended a number of fights by submission, KO and TKO. Ryan fights in the Dog Brothers ~ “Gathering of the Pack” on a biannual basis in Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Canada.
He has fought at the following gatherings and tournaments:
October 2005 – Maryland Open Stick Fighting Tournament (1st Place)
November 2006 – Received “Dog”
April 2008 (Tribal Gathering)
April 2009 (Tribal Gathering)
September 2009 – “Received “C-Guard Dog”
2010 – BTCOOC
2011 – BTCOOC
February 2012 (1st Canadian) – Received “Guard Dog” (Full Dog Brother)
Dog Brother’s Gatherings are known for being a true “Mixed” Martial Arts event where there are no rules or weight classes. Gruhn has been known to fight up to four times in one day at Gatherings and has led a number of other fighters to Dog Brothers gatherings.
Ryan corners fighters, both male and female in Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Real Contact Stick Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts on a regular basis. He has led a number of fighters to successful competitive carriers in their respective style producing multiple Golden Gloves State Champions and title holders in Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA. Several of Ryan’s previous students have reached the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) which is considered the highest level of fighting in MMA. Ryan’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students have earned multiple tournament wins under Ryan’s guidance in white, blue and purple belt divisions. Ryan has also led multiple fighters to the Dog Brothers Gatherings some of which earning the title of “Dog” and “Candidate Dog.”
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