Meet Our Team
Sensei Tony began practicing traditional, Japanese, Ju-Jitsu at the age of 8 under Master Michael J. Smilley. He left for college at 18, with a black belt in Ju-Jitsu. While studying under Master Smilley, Sensei Tony qualified for the rare opportunity to help teach tactical offense to Chicago law enforcement.
Sensei Tony moved to Ames, to attend Iowa State University and study martial arts under the world-renowned, Grandmaster Yong Chin Pak. He earned his first degree black belt in Hapkido in 1990. He also holds various belt rankings in Judo, Taekwondo, Kendo, Karate, Sin Jitsu, MMA, and a variety of small weapons training. While at Iowa State, Sensei Tony earned an Outstanding Leadership & Dedication Award from the Iowa State University Martial Arts Association. He also is a member of the SIBBA (State of Iowa Black Belt Association).
After college, Sensei Tony, moved to the Quad cities and taught Self Defense & Rape Prevention classes. After a hiatus in order to raise a family, Sensei Tony has return to his passion for teaching tactical mixed martial arts. By studying a large variety of martial arts it has given him the ability to draw out the most effective techniques for every day, practical, self defense for people of all genders, size, and age.
Jennie is a former athlete. While she did not study Martial Arts growing up, she did various sports and even made the Junior Olympics qualifications in swimming. Her competitive nature and passion for sports and athletics taught her the importance of discipline. This understanding has carried through in many areas of her life from raising 2 daughters, to building a business alongside her husband, and currently includes teaching Kettlebells and training in tactical mixed martial arts.
After a hiatus from fitness and sports in order to raise a family, Ms. Jennie found herself extremely overweight and out of shape. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and underwent major surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. After completing treatments, Ms. Jennie didn't even have the strength to walk a block without getting winded and have to stop. This is when she decided enough was enough and began to get back to the athlete she had once been. Over the course of these past 5 years, Ms. Jennie has dropped 100 pounds and gained mobility. She attests this healthy transformation to kettlebells and training martial arts. She is currently an assistant instructor who helps to teach martial arts for kids at Tactical Mixed Martial Arts under the instruction of her husband, Sensei Tony Jones.
Ms. Jasy graduated from Benedictine University where she was a collegiate athlete in Cross Country and Track and majored in Bilingual Journalism. She is AED, CPR, & First Aid certified. Jasy is our social media and marketing director. When she isn't working in the office, she serves as an assistance Kettlebell Instructor.
Ms. Destiny is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and a graduate of Benedictine University and a Bachelors in Exercise & Sport Science. She is a former collegiate athlete in Track & Field and LaCrosse. She was on the executive board of the Students for Veterans Club, Speaker & Committee Chair for Student Senate, and an active member of the REC Club and Leadership Center. She is AED, CPR, and First Aid certified through the American Heart Association. When Ms. Destiny teaches Kettlebells, she brings enthusiastic motivation and encourages you to perform at a higher level and is a stickler for form. Her passion is helping others to create healthy lifestyles balancing exercise and healthy eating and nutrition. She specializes in fitness assessments and modifications.
Lora Anderson is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Specialist in Oncology and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with over 25 years experience. She is an outpatient Registered Dietitian Nutritionist providing individual nutritional assessment and counseling services as well as workplace and community-based group lectures. She is a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition since 2008 and works with individual for cancer prevention as well as symptom management during cancer therapies and into survivorship. Lora has been working in the health care field for 21 years in a variety of roles from teaching inpatient and outpatient classes on diabetes & health promotion, as well as, one-on-one counseling for weight loss and disease management.
The last 13 years she focused her work on oncology which includes survivorship and prevention. Lora has helped many cancer survivors change their relationship with food to meet their health goals. Lora Anderson is available for one-on-one nutritional counseling here at Tactical Mixed Martial Arts.
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