Coaches Corner

Juan-tatum-(2)Juan Tatum: Head Instructor/Owner- Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / Red Praijit Muay Thai/ Amateur World Champion/Undefeated Pro MMA Fighter

My interest in Martial Arts started young. When I was a child my father (a retired boxer) began training me in boxing. After a short time, my parents enrolled me in local boxing, Tae Kwon Do, and Karate programs. I continued training through the years and discovered MMA while watching the UFC, it was then I decided to begin training Mixed Martial Arts. I started by first enrolling in a Muay Thai program and loved it. November 2004 my journey with BJJ began I worked hard to gain the respect of my peers and my coaches. I began helping with classes and competing as often as I could. All of my hard work paid off in December of 2012 when I received my Blackbelt from Professor Paul Halme. My career with Peak Performance has been amazing; I have fought for championship titles and also on national television. I look forward to giving our students the best instruction and training possible!

IMG_0163Micah Malone: Assistant BJJ Instructor/ Kids Competition Team Instructor- Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2004 in canton, Michigan under Ryan Fiorinzi. Moving back to Texas in 2006 I trained at many gyms throughout metroplex. My daughter, brother, nephew and I began training at Peak Performance in 2010 where we have received all of our belt promotions under Paul Halme and Juan Tatum. Both my daughter and nephew hold the rank of green belt, my brother is a blue belt, and I am currently a brown belt anxiously awaiting the next level. I love training and coaching at Peak Performance, it’s such a reward to see all of the kids progressing successfully and becoming champions under our instruction. I look forward to many future victories and achievements with our team!

JamieJamie Heller: Assistant Instructor/ Expert Fitness Trainer- Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/ 2nd Degree Black Belt Kung Fu

In May 2004, I started training Kung fu San Soo. While studying Kungfu, I became an assistant instructor & worked my way to being one of the main instructors teaching Adults, kids and even people with physical & mental disabilities. During this time, I was awarded my 2nd degree black belt. When received, I started looking for my next challenge. I discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in December 2007. I came to Peak Performance in April 2009 and never looked back. Under Professor Paul Halme & Professor Juan Tatum, I have worked my way from being a student to becoming a member of their awesome coaching staff as a brown belt. I truly feel blessed to have found my passion in life and couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Many people have helped me get to where I am today and I hope someday to be a positive force in someone else’s life, just like these coaches were for me.

DaltonDalton Alford: Head MMA Instructor- Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/ Black Belt Tae Kwon Do

I started training Tae Kwon Do in 1984 and received the rank of 2nd degree Blackbelt. Through the years I took interest in Mixed Martial Arts and made the decision to begin training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My son and I began training together in 2008 at Peak Performance. I have since then received the rank of Brown belt and began coaching the Mixed Martial Arts program. I look forward to one day becoming a black belt and training future fighters.

NickNick Clark: Assistant Instructor- Brown Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

I began martial arts training when I was young, I started with American Karate and took an immediate interest in BJJ after seeing the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was watching the legendary Royce Gracie fight that inspired me to begin training in Bjj. I began training Bjj in late 2007 and found a home at Peak Performance in 2008. I am currently a Brown belt working hard to achieve my black belt.

VictorVictor Altamirano: Assistant Instructor- Purple Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/ Black Belt Tae Kwon Do/ Amateur Muay Thai Fighter

In 2002, I started training Tae Kwon Do. Within 10 years of studying this art, I received my second degree black belt. During this time, I taught for 6 years. In 2012, I moved to the DFW area and became interested in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and discovered Peak Performance. I’ve been training for a little over 2 years and have since received my Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a Brown Praijit in muay thai. I have fought in 4 Muay Thai fights ( record 3-1) and look forward to many more. I aspire to eventually fight in MMA and receive my black belt in Brazilian Jiiu Jitsu.