Aaron Thomas- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Aaron has trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years. In 2013 Aaron received his black belt from Carlson Gracie Jr. Whether training for sport Jiu Jitsu, MMA, or self defense, Aaron is a wealth of knowledge and has an incredible ability to explain the inner workings of the techniques he shows.
Scott O'Brien - Kickboxing
Vision MMA kickboxing is unique from other programs based on the hybrid combination of American kickboxing hand/foot coordination, the striking power of Muay Thai, and the transitioning of clinch work between various techniques. This form of kickboxing evolves from sport combat and reality based fighting principles.
Having trained with many national and world champions including former UFC welter weight world champion Pat Miletich (earning the rank of level 2 instructor), Scott O’Brien brings an unrivaled experience to our kickboxing program.
Mr. O'Brien has trained in various martial arts beginning in 1976. He loved the history and tradition of martial arts but his focus was drawn to the combative style of full contact kickboxing. As a member of an IKKA fight team, Mr. O’Brien trained and fought in the sport of full contact kickboxing until 2004.
Scott has trained UFC and Bellator veterans, amateur and professional fighters, police officers, military personnel, SWAT units, and federal task force officers. He is a former United States National Standards of Training Association (USNSTA) member, master defensive tactics instructor, and retired 22-year law enforcement officer having spent the majority of his career assigned to special operations, investigative, and intelligence units.
Mr. O’Brien’s desire to train others towards the advancement of their fighting skills is his priority.
“The difference between an amateur and a professional is their mindset.”
Jeremy Pender - MMA
Jeremy is a professional MMA fighter with a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and over 35 mixed martial arts bouts to his credit. Having fought all over the world and at multiple weight classes, Jeremy is one of the most experienced veterans in the area. Jeremy is very detail oriented in his approach to teaching and makes sure his students and athletes understand the ins and outs of every technique and position taught.
Jason Laine - Kombat Fitness
Jason is a certified functional fitness trainer with 10 years of personal and group fitness training instruction and 5 years of mixed martial arts experience. Jason has played and coached baseball, football, and basketball at competitive levels. Jason not only teaches Kombat Fitness, but developed the program as way a bringing some of the aspects of combat training into an exceptional fitness program.
Marissa Caldwell- Youth Program
Marissa Caldwell is a professional MMA fighter with a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu. She has been training for almost 10 years in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has always had a passion for teaching and training with children. Marissa shines when finding a way to relate material to a younger audience and that is why we feel she is the perfect instructor for our youth program at Vision Training Center.