Coach Paul Tosetti is unique in that he has a solid background in Mixed Martial Arts as well as in Western Martial Arts, beginning his training in 1989.
In 1995, he began studying and then teaching Choy Lay Kung Fu, which he continued for 12 years.
In 2001 he had the extraordinary experience of training at the Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, China.
During his Kung Fu career, he also trained in San Shou and fought full contact across the U.S., Canada and in Brazil. He continues to train with MMA coaches Eric Paulson of CSW and Greg Nelson of The Academy.
Coach Paul’s HEMA expertise is in German Longsword and Italian Sidesword. He’s had the pleasure of training with HEMA experts Christian Tobler, Guy Windsor, Tom Leoni, Roger Norling and many more.
In 2006 he opened the Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness where he teaches MMA and HEMA.
Prior to studying Eastern Martial Arts, Melissa trained and competed in Olympic style fencing for 7 years, culminating in earning a spot at the National Championships in 1993.
She began studying Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu in 1994 and continued her training for 12 years earning three black belts during that time. She competed in forms and fought in tournaments across the U.S. and Canada. In 2001 she trained with the Shaolin Monks at the Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, China.
Melissa is the co-owner of the Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness.
Marc Wong is a 3rd degree black belt in Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu and has been practicing martial arts for over 25 years. Marc has been a student of the arts and has studied a wide range of disciplines that include Karate, Muai Thai kickboxing, Western sword fighting, and grappling.
Marc enjoys helping people become stronger and healthy and teaches the importance of good form and technique. His training philosophy focuses on developing a strong foundation through repetition and attention to detail.
In addition to martial arts training, Marc stays active with running and getting outdoors. In his free time, Marc likes to compete in Spartan races.
Geralyn has been practicing martial arts for over 10 years and has been an instructor at the Tosetti institute for over 6 years. As a life long fitness enthusiast, Geralyn uses her personal fitness journey to understand how to motivate and encourage her students to achieve their fitness goals.
Geralyn is also a long distance runner, completing several marathons and half marathons…sometimes in costume. She brings her love of long distance running to the Institute by incorporating a high degree of cardio and endurance training into her classes. And if you’re looking to complete your first 5k, half marathon or endurance race, Geralyn will design a personalized training plan to help get you across the finish line.
Geralyn spends her days as a product marketer in the tech industry. In her spare time, when she’s not out for a run, you’ll find her hiking the local trails and enjoying the outdoors.
Jeff has been with the Tosetti Institute for over 10 years - both as a student and as an instructor. His love of martial arts stems from years of watching grainy UFC footage on VHS tapes in the late 90’s and indulging in Jet Li Kung Fu movies in his teens. It wasn't till 2008 where he met Paul and Melissa to start his journey into the world of mixed martial arts.
Jeff's MMA experience is rooted in San Shou, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling. A student of the arts, he is constantly looking for ways to round out his combat repertoire by training Jiu Jitsu in different countries around the world such as Brazil, Indonesia and Thailand. He has competed in MMA fights, kickboxing tournaments and Jiu Jitsu competitions.
Jeff prides himself in getting the most out of his students, helping them hit their combat or fitness goals. In his day-to-day he works in the tech industry and maintains a food blog for fun.
Ariel started competitive gymnastics at age 5. He later competed nationally on springboard and platform diving under Dave Burgering (president of USA Diving). He competed nationally in Horse Vaulting with Tambourine 4H Vaulters. After training aerial at UCLA, he continued aerial silks with Shayna Swanson and aerial straps with Andrew Adams.
He performed in Aloft’s El Circo Cheapo and taught aerial silks and tumbling at The Actors Gymnasium, MSA & Circus Arts and Aloft Loft in Chicago. He performed Duo Aerial Straps, Bungee, double-point harness and original apparatus with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Splendour of the Seas in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. He is currently a dancer and aerialist for contemporary ballet company Coco et Compagnie and teaches aerial straps.
Stacy started competitive gymnastics at age 5, competing nationally with Airborne Gymnastics. She competed nationally in synchronized swimming with the Santa Clara Aquamaids under 1996 Gold Medalist Heather Carrasco and 2000 Olympian Kim Wurzel. Her aerial training began at UCLA and later continued with aerial silks under Shayna Swanson, aerial straps under Andrew Adams, and acrobatics and hand-balancing with Nourbol Meirmanov.
She has performed in Aloft’s El Circo Cheapo and taught Aerial and Tumbling at MSA & Circus Arts and Aloft Loft in Chicago. She performed Duo Aerial Straps, Bungee, Lyra, double-point harness and original apparatus with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Splendour of the Seas in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. She is currently a dancer and aerialist for contemporary ballet company Coco et Compagnie and teaches aerial straps.