Paul Tosetti

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. 

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Melissa Tosetti

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

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 Chin

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Jeff Lin

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Ariel Tal

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.  

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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 Young

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.  

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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.


Gerald Coughlan

Mr. Coghlan has more than 52 years of martial arts training. He began training in 1966 and has studied Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Russian martial arts systems. He holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has completed Self Defense Instructor Training under Empower Training System.

He has been training and teaching “Systema”, a Russian Close Quarters Combat system, used by the Russian Special Forces since 2009. He has attended Systema Immersion Training under Vladimir Vasiliev, Russian Special Operations, and Konstantin Kamorov, Russian Special Service. In 2014 he became a certified instructor.


Tom Badillo

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