Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yoga, Budokon, Circular Strength Training
Kai has been studying, teaching, living, breathing martial arts, fitness, and wellness programs since 2005. Growing up in California and Hawaii, what started with adrenaline based sports like skateboarding, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and snowboarding eventually escalated into a passion for Muay Thai and then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which he has been studying since 2007 in Thailand, and also under Josh Griffiths, Owner of Clockwork BJJ in New York City.
Coach Fetzer is also a yogi and teacher, receiving his certification from Greenhouse Holistic in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He holds a Circular Strength Training (CST) certification under Coach Scott Sonnon, as well as extensive training in Budokon under founder and creator, Cameron Shayne.
Previously Head Coach of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the UFC Gym in Manhattan, Kai left his position to open up Elements Athletics in Crown Heights Brooklyn. He brings all of his skill and knowledge to his unique classes at Crown Heights’ newest BJJ Academy, Elements Athletics.
Beginning with a love of rugby and competing in the sport for nearly half of his life, Mike first came to try Muay Thai in 2010 and things really took a turn when he began training with World Champion coaches in the New York City area four years ago.
Mike’s philosophy is an intersection of mixed martial arts and healthy living. As a coach, he brings a warm knowledge of fitness, technique, and healthy living to Elements Athletics.
Srijan is a lifelong athlete that found his love for Muay Thai during his university years when he shifted his focus from more ‘traditional’ sports like basketball, soccer, and tennis to the mental and physical challenges of Muay Thai. He has trained in Muay Thai since 2007 and has competed in the United States, China, and Thailand. He has been coaching and helping others on their personal Muay Thai journeys since 2012.
Srijan firmly believes that Muay Thai is for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. He also believes this training has transformed his mind, body, and spirit, and he enjoys being able to share these tools with others. Srijan met fellow coaches Kai and Mike on the mat, and he shares their philosophy of training hard with a big smile.
Budokon, Yoga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Dafydd, aka. Daf, began his Budokon practice in 2006 and became a International Director/Professor/Black Belt in 2014. He is dedicated to the Budokon fusion of yogic, Martial, and Living Arts—a 6 pillar system where movement is only one of the pillars. His training also includes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Gui Arashiro.
In 2008 Daf, began his Yogic journey, studying styles of Ashtanga, Anusara, Iyengar, Hatha, and the Katonah Method of yoga. In 2011 Daf began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Gui Arashiro. Among the Elements Coaching team, Daf teaches Budokon weekly. He also teaches Budokon 3-day intensive weekends in the US & Europe.
When he’s not at Elements, Daf is also an Executive Head Coach in Self Expression & Leadership Programs at Landmark Worldwide in Manhattan.
Felippe was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and moved to New York City after a visit that was love at first sight. Coming to Elements Athletics, you will always find Felippe teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu with a smile on his face and a watchful eye on his students. With over 16 years in practice, and in addition to holding a 1st degree black belt under Rodrigo Couto, by the Bushido team, leading by Flavio Nobre 4º degree black belt, Felippe is completing his post graduate degree in business administration—a busy guy!
Felippe enjoys sharing the transformative powers of jiu jitsu with all of his students.
Justin Troy teaches Muay Thai here at Element Athletics. With over ten years in Muay Thai and fitness kickboxing, as well as being a current competitor in the sport, Justin also has experience in coaching strength and conditioning training with an emphasis on sport-specific training and mobility, focusing on technical movement and goal-oriented programs.
Justin has also been involved with training fight teams with upwards of 25 individuals. He believes that training should be fun, without compromising safety, while always working towards the goals of the clients, and Justin implements this through creative, slightly playful drills that act as foundational warm-ups for the more challenging class objectives to follow. Justin’s classes are mixed-level, and ego free, with a comfortable yet energetic vibe.
A lifelong resident of Crown Heights, Amauri has been a part of the Elements family from the time it opened. Amauri discovered the world of jiu jitsu as a means to stay in shape while attending law school, two years ago, and has been training rigorously under Kai Fetzer ever since (dropping from 220lbs to 175lbs!) Always ready to spar, Amauri is the perfect training partner to introduce you to the art of Jiu Jitsu.
Judo, Jiu Jitsu
Before recently moving to NYC from North Carolina, Tim worked as a referee for US Grappling JiuJitsu and Submission Grappling tournaments for two years. He earned his Black belt in Judo from Shawn Madden, student of the late Dr. Sachio Ashida, and he currently competes as a Jiu Jitsu purple belt in the Gi, and in the Advanced division for submission grappling.
Tim has coached both children's and competitive adult Judo, and currently teaches a mix of freestyle Judo (before the rules banning leg grabs) for both Gi and NoGi training. Tim also holds a record of 2-3 in amateur Mixed Martial Arts.
Matt discovered Muay Thai back in college while he was studying Film and TV at New York University. Mauy Thai grew into a passion for Matt when he began applying those mindsets he learned in his Martial Arts training to his film work. As a storyteller and filmmaker, Matt believes that everyone has an important narrative to share through their own life experiences and goals.
Training for the past 6 years and at different gyms throughout NYC, Matt has gone through many stages of personal growth and development that have continued to push him forward. The most important thing Matt has learned in throughout this process is the importance of valuing your team and training partners; always be respectful, encouraging, and have fun! By keeping these ideas in mind, Matt knows it is possible to take training to new levels, and he looks forward to helping you form your own exciting narrative as you train.
Regardless of if you've been doing it for years, or are just starting out, it can always be time for that new chapter!
Yoga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Petra’s journey in movement began while recovering from a shoulder injury that severely limited her mobility. Since that time she has become 400hr certified yoga teacher, and studied with Cameron Shayne, combining yoga postures and martial arts. Petra continued her yogi journey at Kula Yoga Project, deepening her knowledge of human anatomy and how the body is affected by yoga. She also furthered her yoga training with Alison West and gained a certificate in yoga and chairs, using the chair as a prop for people recovering from injuries.
Petra is a practicing martial artist who has a blue belt in Jiu jitsu, and is also a proficient kick boxer. Her goal is to encourage people from all backgrounds to find strength and flexibility through movement. She addresses the misalignment of the body through postural analysis and implements mobility exercises to help students to develop body awareness.