Meet Our Instructors

A Dedicated Team of Instructors and Staff

FUSION FIGHT CO. instructors have years of experience, expertise and knowledge to share with each student. You can be confident that you are learning from some of the best and most experienced instructors you will find.

Our team of instructors all come from diverse martial arts backgrounds. They have the attidute, the experience and the fullest ability to teach students safely and effectively.


    Thom Cart
    Owner / CEO

    Instruction:
    Mixed Martial Arts (MMA),
    Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo,
    Philippine Combatives, Self Defense, Youth Kickboxing

    Years of Study:
    20 + Years


    Thom Cart is the owner and head instructor of FUSION FIGHT CO. and has been a practitioner of the Martial Arts since 1990. With over a decade of competing across the state of Texas, teaching countless students and private clients, Thom has developed a progressive style of teaching that anyone can understand and follow. Today, he proudly leads a strongly devoted team of fighters, athletes and future champions.

    Thom is constantly advancing his knowledge and skills to incorporate the newest and most successful techniques and is supported by some of the best organizations in the industry (see Affiliations). All of which are contributed into the FUSION FIGHT CO. programs.

    Credentials: Member of Team Sylvio Behring USA and Guardian Muay Thai Team, Certified Muay Thai Trainer - Awarded by Kru John Valentine and Master Sakasem Kanthawong, Sylvio Behring Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt - Awarded by Professor Peter Iacavazzi, 3rd Degree Taekwondo and Hapkido - Awarded by Master Richard Davis, 1st Degree Philippine Combatives - Awarded by Guru Julius Melegrito, 1st Degree Tang Soo Do - Awarded by Master Christopher Yeager, Certified by the Texas Boxing Commission, North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Accredited Coach, Private Coach to Houston Area Martial Art Academy Owners and National Competitors, 2010 Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, “Excellence in Martial Arts Instruction”.

    “Thom is energetic, motivating and personable. He brings out the champion in you! When you meet Thom, you meet a life long friend.”

    Brad Bain
    Chief Instructor and
    Gym Manager

    Instruction:
    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Self Defense, Youth Program

    Years of Study:
    20 + Years


    Brad Bain started his martial arts journey in 1986 in Isshinryu Karate under Sensei Steve Vanderford. During that time he was introduced to many different martial art forms such as Tomiki Aikido, Largo Mano Escrima, Jujitsu, Kobudo (weaponry systems originating on the island of Okinawa) and Eastern Philosophy. After an introduction to these other martial arts, Brad decided to pursue the Jujitsu path enrolling in the Phan-ku Ryu Jujitsu Institute located in Corpus Christi, TX under the late Lt. Col Mark A. Miles.

    After he graduated from college Brad traveled and trained at many schools around the country. However, after the events of 9/11, the traveling slowed down, but he was able to join the Friendswood Judo and Jujitsu Academy under Sensei Richard Porro located in Friendswood, TX. During this time Brad was able to learn more about Judo and how to apply these techniques in competition and to self defense. In 2008, he moved to Champion Martial Arts located in Pasadena, TX to formalize his study of Judo under Sensei Buck Snider. During this time he also helped open FUSION FIGHT CO. with Thom Cart where he heads the Adult and Youth Judo programs.

    Since 1986, Brad Bain was able to acheive rank in several martial arts systems. Such ranks include 3rd degree(Sandan) Phan-Kyu Ryu Jujitsu, 2nd degree(Nidan) Jushu-Ryu Jujitsu (USJA Jujitsu Certified), 1st degree(Shodan) Judo, 1st degree brown (Ikkyu) - Isshinryu Karate and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    Brad is always advancing his knowledge and has also studied Aikido, Modern Arnis, Dog Brother Stick Fighting, Haganah Israeli Combatives, Shotokan Karate, and Philippine Combatives. He encourages all students to cross train to become better martial artists.


     

     
    Peter Iacavazzi
    Technical Director for Team Sylvio Behring USA / Equipe Behring Submission Team

    Instruction: Senior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

    Years of Study: 30 + Years


    Professor Peter started wrestling at an early age. As a child growing up in New Jersey he wrestled at the A.A.U. level as early as age 7. After a lifetime spent at the high school and college level as an athlete, Professor Peter moved to Southern California. In 1995, he met Royce Gracie at Golds Gym while he was living in Redondo Beach, California and began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Golds Gym every Saturday during the summer of 1995.

    After several years of casual BJJ training, Professor Peter met Wellington Megaton Dias in early 1997. He quickly became friends with Megaton and began training both in BJJ and Physical Conditioning on the beaches of Southern California. Megaton impressed Professor Peter with his extraordinary BJJ skills and his physical conditioning and soon became one of his favorite training partners.

    Shortly after leaving Southern California in 1999, he began pursuing his BJJ training on a daily basis at the Pedro Sauer Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there only a few months,Professor Peter had the great honor of attending a Sylvio Behring seminar. Sylvio’s ability to teach BJJ was amazing. After spending a day on the Tatame with then Professor Sylvio Behring he knew he wanted to study more under this amazing teacher.

    Master Sylvio Behring invited Professor Peter to come and live and train with him and his team in Brazil that summer. A few months later he found himself living and training in Porte Allegre, Brazil at the Winner/Behring Academy. For nearly 5 months he trained on a daily basis with such notable fighters as Black Belt World Champion, Marcio Corleta, and future super stars Fabricio Werdum and Mario Reis.

    Master Sylvio Behring officially asked Professor Peter to fight for his team that year and has been under the watchful eye and tutelage of Sylvio Behring since 1999. Professor Peter received his Faixa Preta from Master Sylvio Behring after winning the Brown Belt Middle Weight Division at the Pan American BJJ Championships and has been a Black Belt Professor with Team Equipe Behring since 2004.

    Professor Peter has competed in numerous competitions since his introduction to BJJ. His most notable accolades are as follows:

    • Copa Pacifica BJJ Middle Weight Champion
    • Rio Grande De Sul Middle Weight Champion
    • Multiple Time Grapplers Quest No-Gi Middle Weight Champion
    • Pan American Brown Belt Middle Weight Champion
    • Competitor at the invitation only Pro 32 Man Greatest Grappler on Earth Submission Grappling Event


    Professor Peter is the Technical Director for Team Sylvio Behring USA and a competitor on the Equipe Behring Submission Team. He is also a certified MACP instructor (Modern Army Combative Program).Professor Peter is also working with various law enforcement agencies on instituting BJJ into their existing defensive Tactics curriculums and also sits on the board of the Black Belt Council for USA Jiu-Jitsu.

    His goal is to follow the strict line of Progressive Jiu-Jitsu as established by Master Sylvio Behring. As a Sylvio Behring Black Belt he believes in all aspects of Behring Jiu-Jitsu, Self Defense, Judo, Wrestling and the Progressive System of BJJ. It is his desire to introduce any and all martial artists to the benefits of Master Sylvio Behrings Progressiva Systema of Braseilero Jiu Jitsu.

    John Valentine
    Guardian Muay Thai Association/Senior Muay Thai Instructor

    Instruction: Muay Thai


    Years of Study: 20 + Years


    Kru John has been studying Muay Thai since 2000. His training began in Las Vegas, NV where he became one of the first students of the famous Grand Master Toddy, Master Green, and Master Chan. He has also trained with 3x Muay Thai World Champion and WEC/UFC fighter Kit Cope. Additionally, he works extensively with Utah’s premier MMA coach, Brandon Guzzo who has multiple UFC and world champions to his credit.

    In 2010, Kru John was one of the few students awarded his Kru rank by his current master and teacher world famous trainer/fighter and 4x Muay Thai World Champion Master Sakasem “The Punisher” Kanthawong. To become a Master Certified Kru (instructor) takes years of perfection and dedication to the art form. Some people claim to be Kru’s but often received their certifications through seminars and camps and not through the commitments which is tradition which can take up to a decade.

    His goals are simple for his students; Be respectful to the art. Train hard and work diligently on the fundamentals.

    Rick Davis
    Vice President and
    Regional Instructor of the
    Philippine Martial Arts Alliance (PMAA)

    Instruction:
    Philippine Combatives,Self Defense

    Years of Study:
    40 + Years


    Rick Davis is a true master of the martial arts bringing over 40 years of martial arts experience to the mat . This 2-Time Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee began training in 1968 with his college Judo and Karate Club. Rick began serious training in 1984 studying Taekwondo, Escrima Arnis and Jeet Kune Do. The experience lead him to many other adventures training with some of the legendary martial artist such as Joe Lewis, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace Troy Dorsey, Dan Inosanto, Remy Presa, Vincent Kabalas, Larry Hartsell and others.

    Rick has been honored Master Certification in Filipino Martial Arts, Philippine Combatives, Cane Fighting, Taekwondo and Hapkido. He is also a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and steadily progressing in Muay Thai.

    As the Vice President of the Philippine Martial Arts Alliance (PMAA), Rick works side by side with Guru Julius Melegrito and his Philippine Combatives System.

    His friends in the Martial Arts community have nicknamed him, “The Toughest Man in Texas”.

    Shaun McCrary

    Title: Full Instructor

    Instruction: TITLE-FIT, Fitness

    10+ Years in Fitness Coaching


    Certifications: Crossfit Level 1, Master Trainer, Lifestyle Consultant, Nutrition Counselor, Group Exercise Instructor, KickBox Aerobics, Kettlebell Instructor, Kids Fitness, Powerlifting, Olympic Lifting, Yoga, Corrective Exercise for Athletes, Swim Instructor, Circus Fit, ROSS Slavic Movement System.

    Achievements: Nominated Personal Trainer of the Year 2003, Martial Arts Hall of Fame - Instructor of the Year 2005, Multiple Black Belt Holder, Hapkido 3rd Dan, White Tiger Kenpo Gung Fu 1st Dan, R.O.S.S. Lvl 1 Instructor, Krav Maga Lv1 Coach, Multiple Website Consultant for Fitness and Nutrition, Consultant/Auditor for Multiple Fitness Programs (Bootcamps, Fit Camps, Group Ex, etc.), Competitive Powerlifter, Competitive Strongman.

    Tracy Thompson

    Title: Full Instructor

    Instruction: MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling

    Years of Study: 15 + Years


    Tracy Thompson began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Summer of 1998 under Carlos Machado's Black Belt Travis Lutter in Fort Worth, TX. Though he had trained in various martial arts before, he found a passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and spent the next two years training as much as possible. Then Tracy moved to Dallas to train with Carlos Machado on a regular basis. Before leaving the Dallas Fort Worth Area, Travis Lutter awarded Tracy a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

    Once Tracy moved to Houston in 2001 he continued Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie Black Belt Tony Torres-Aponte. Under Tony Tracy would train over four years studying mostly No-GI and Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and receive his purple belt from Tonny. At this time, Tracy would also implement training sessions under Eric Williams of Elite MMA.

    In 2004, Tracy began training in Judo under Black Belt Richard Porro and trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Black Belt Bruce “Polvo” McGraw. While training with Richard and Bruce, Tracy began a Grappling Club as well as instructed several private clients in the Clear Lake-Houston Area.

    As a Purple Belt, Tracy enrolled at Gracie Barra in 2008 under Vinicius Magalhaes (Draculino). In the same year, Tracy competed in Worlds No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championships and achieved a Gold Medal in Heavy Weight and Silver Medal in the Absolute Senior III Division. Tracy spent the next four years training under Draculino and was promoted to 4-Stripe Brown Belt.

    Today, Tracy is a member of Team Sylvio Behring USA and fully dedicated to continuing his path to a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the leadership of 2nd Degree Black Belt Peter Iacavazzi and the prestigious 7th Degree Red and Black Belt Master Sylvio Behring of Rio Janerio, Brazil.

    A.B. Lobos

    Title: Full Instructor

    Instruction: MMA, Boxing

    Years of Study: 10 + Years


    A.B. started boxing at the age of 12. He was first introduced by his uncle and spent many hours practicing in his garage. Finally at the age of 16, he was ready to join a local Boxing Club called “Puro Azteca” that was owned by Bobby “El Jefe” Flores. For the next two years, A.B. worked as often as he could to master the fundamentals. When the gym unexpectedly closed, A.B. moved on to pursue boxing for the next two years at the late Portico Boxing Gym. At the age of 20, A.B. joined Sotos Boxing Gym where he would really feel at home. Through Sotos Boxing Gym, he would compete in several local boxing tournaments. A.B. really admired the skill and dedication of the instructors.

    A.B. began experimenting in Judo at the age of 25 under Brad Bain and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Bruce “Polvo” McGraw. Today, A.B. holds a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a member of Team Sylvio Behring USA.

    As a proud MMA Trainer at FUSION FIGHT CO., A.B. brings some of the most creative methods of fighter training to the podium.

    Peter Shirley

    Title: Full Instructor

    Instruction: Philippine Combatives, Self Defense

    Years of Study: 7 + Years


    Pete Shirley’s martial arts experience is firmly grounded in the striking arts and weapons. He has earned a Lakan Delawa (2nd degree black belt) in the Philippine Combatives system founded by Phlippine Martial Arts Alliance (PMAA) founder and Black Belt Magazine’s 2012 weapons instructor of the year, Guro Julius Melegrito. Philippine Combatives is a well-rounded self-defense system that combines weapons and hand-to-hand techniques to teach total defense. Pete trains with Guro Rick Davis, Vice President of the Philippine Martial Arts System and has attended multiple seminars with PMAA founder Guro Julius Melegrito while earning his current ranking and instructor status.

    Pete is also a life-time member of the International Combat Hapkido Federation (ICHF) and has earned black-belts in both Combat Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do while training with 7tthdegree ICHF Master Black Belt Master Michael Emanuel and Fusion Fight Co CEO, Thom Cart.

    Pete has attended multiple martial seminars hosted by PMAA founder Guro Julius Melegrito and ICHF founder Grand Master Pellegrini and has traveled the globe to perfect his understanding of the martial arts. Most recently he trained in the Philippines at the 2012 PMAA Philippines training camp with Guro Julius Melegrito.

    Pete was awarded a martial arts hall of fame award in 2010 for outstanding dedication to the martial arts.

    Pete is a proud Navy Veteran. During his military career, Pete was an officer and nuclear engineer on a nuclear submarine. He also was junior officer on the USS Puffer and Weapons Department Head on the USS Kentucky as well as a Watch Officer at the submarine headquarters in Yokosuka, Japan.

    Raja Shodavaram

    Title: Full Instructor

    Instruction: Aikido, Judo

    Years of Study: 11 + Years


    Raja has trained in martial arts for over 15 years. He is also a proud veteran of the US Navy.

    In 1997, Raja began training in Tomiki Aikido under the Kaze Uta Budo Kai. With determination and loyalty, Raja was awarded a 4th Degree Black Belt. Today he heads the Tomiki Aikido Program at FUSION FIGHT CO. as well as instructs many private clients in the Greater Clear Lake Area.

    Because of his strong interest and passion for Japanese Martial Arts, Raja also began his journey in Judo. His Judo Coach was heavily involved in competition, which lead to Raja becoming a very technical Judoka and Grappler. From the beginning, he was taught what it takes to win and gladly shares his knowledge with all of our members. Raja is steadily progressing to Black Belt.

    Achievements:
    4th Degree Black Belt in Tomiki Aikido - Awarded by Nick Lowry of The Kaze Uta Budo Kai
    Brown Belt in Kodakan Judo (USJA) - Awarded by Raymond Williams

    Jonathon Perser

    Title: Full Instructor

    Instruction: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling

    Years of Study:
    Muay Thai: 2 years
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: 4 years
    Tae Kwon Do: 6 years
    Wrestling: 3 years


    Coach John began wrestling in junior high school. As a valued member of the school wrestling team, he developed a passion of combat sports that would allow him to compete in high school. During this time, he was also progressing in Taekwondo earning a black belt.

    While attending Texas Tech University, Coach John was introduced to Muay Thai and competed in several Amateur Matches.

    Coach John is always advancing his knowledge in combat sports and has earned a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because he is truly a dedicated and technical competitor, he has been asked to compete in The World Jiu-Jitsu Championship (commonly known as Mundials)!

    Robert Alexander

    Title: Assistant Instructor, Licensed MMA Referee

    Instruction: Aikido

    Years of Study: 7 + Years


    Rob Alexander holds the Rank of Shodan in Tomiki Aikido, as rewarded to him by Sensei Raymond Williams. He also holds the rank of Ikkyu in Jyodo, and has studies Judo and Jujutsu.

    In 2011, Rob decided to pursue a career as an MMA referee and judge. That year he began training as an MMA Official under Big John McCarthy in the COMMAND organization.

    Rob is currently licensed and works as an MMA Referee for the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Combative Sports Division. He is also certified to judge anywhere in the world by the Association of Boxing Commisions.

    Robert Walker

    Title: Assistant Instructor

    Instruction: Youth Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Years of Study: 4 Years


    Robert Walker is a veteran member of FUSION FIGHT CO. and what many would call a “Gym Rat.” Robert is always sharing his knowledge with fellow members on the mat. With a very direct and honest personality, Robert is an excellent example why the FUSION FIGHT CO. Team remains the best in League City, Texas.

    Through his dedication, Robert has received medals in numerous grappling competitions such as NAGA and Judo Competitions as large as the Houston Open. Many of which have been Gold! Robert is also an Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Fighter with great potential of fighting professionally!

    Not only is Robert a valued member of the of the FUSION FIGHT CO. Team, he is most importantly a devoted father who enjoys sharing his love of martial arts with his son Nickolas.

    Bruce “Polvo” McGraw

    Title: Affiliated Instructor

    Instruction: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Years of Study: 14 + Years

     

     
    Master Sylvio Behring

    Master Professor and Founder of the Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Master Sylvio Behring was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1962. Being the son of a prestigious black belt such as Flavio Behring, it was predictable that Sylvio would start practicing Jiu-Jitsu from an early age, and indeed he did. When he was only four years old, Sylvio started training the gentle art under Joao Alberto Barreto.

    In 1970 the Behring’s move to Sao Paulo and Sylvio trained with Gastao Gracie, four years later the family moved back to Rio de Janeiro and Sylvio picked up training with Alvaro Barreto.

    At the turn of the century, in 1980, Sylvio (then a purple belt) was already an assistant instructor of Master Alvaro Barreto. It was also around the same time that Flavio Behring signed up his sons, Sylvio and Marcelo, to one of Brazil’s top Judo schools run by George Mehdi. Training under Mehdi he was eventually awarded his Judo black belt.

    Sylvio Behring received his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt in 1984 in a ceremony attended by Joao Alberto Barreto, Reyson Gracie and Alvaro Barreto (Marcelo Behring would also receive his black belt later that year). In 1987 Sylvio Behring became the head instructor of the famous Corpo Quatro academy in Copacabana’s Rua Francisco Sa, a small academy famous for having had the elite of BJJ as coaching staff. Coaching at Corpo Quatro he built up a strong competition team creating in the process one of the very first all female teams in BJJ.

    It was around 1992 that Sylvio strated working on the development of his Progressive System of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sylvio Behring was promoted to red and black belt (coral), 7th degree, in 2008 by Grand Masters: Joao Alberto Barreto, Alvaro Barreto and his father Flavio Behring. Sylvio also became the vice president of FJJD Rio (Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu Desportivo do Rio de Janeiro). Master Sylvio is also one of the head coaches at the X Gym in Rio de Janeiro, where he coached many of the Black House MMA team fighters.

    Guru Julius Melegrito

    Founder of the Philippine Martial Arts Alliance (PMAA)

    Guru Julius Melegrito is a 6-Time Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee and the founder of the Philippine Martial Arts Alliance and the program developer of Stix 4 Kids™ - a national children’s program endorsed by Martial Arts Industry Association or MAIA.


    Guru Melegrito regularly travels for seminars on implementing Philippine Combatives™ program (Filipino Stick, Knife, Hand and Ground Combatives) in different schools and has gone as far as Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland and Australia. Julius Melegrito also taught Military Air Force Police and Marines both in the United states and the Philippines. Melegrito currently operates the Martial Arts International Academy in Bellevue, Nebraska which has over 200 active students not including the Philippine Martial Arts Alliance Charter and individual members from all over the world including the Philippines, the United States and Australia.

    Master Sakasem “The Punisher” Kanthawong

    4 - Time Muay Thai World Champion

    Master Sakasem is a 4-Time Muay Thai World Champion. He has had over 250 battles in the ring, but has never been knocked out. With a fighting history that spans 35 years, Sakasem is a well respected fighter and trainer both in Thailand and in the United States.

    Feared by his opponents for his heavy punching power and devastating knee and elbow attacks, Sakasem acquired the nickname “The Punisher” by promoters and the fans alike throughout the world

    Master Kano Jigoro

    Founder of Judo

    Kano Jigoro was the founder of Judo. Judo was the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to become an official Olympic sport. Pedagogical innovations attributed to Kano include the use of black and white belts, and the introduction of dan ranking to show the relative ranking between members of a martial art style. Well-known mottoes attributed to Kano include Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort and Mutual Welfare and Benefit.

    In his professional life, Kano was an educator. Important postings included serving as director of primary education for the Ministry of Education (Monbush) from 1898 to 1901, and as president of Tokyo Higher Normal School from 1901 until 1920. He played a key role in making Judo and Kendo part of the Japanese public school programs of the 1910’s.

    Kano was also a pioneer of international sports. Accomplishments included being the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) (he served from 1909 until 1938); officially representing Japan at most Olympic Games held between 1912 and 1936; and serving as a leading spokesman for Japan’s bid for the 1940 Olympic Games.

    His official honors and decorations included the First Order of Merit and Grand Order of the Rising Sun and the Third Imperial Degree. Kano was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame on 14 May, 1999.

    Master Kenji Tomiki

    Japanese Aikido and Judo teacher and the founder of Aikido style Shodokan

    Tomiki was one of the early students of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba, and also of Kano; Jigoro;, the founder of Judo. In 1925, the year he joined Morihei Ueshiba, he obtained 5th dan in Judo. In 1929 he represented Miyagi Prefecture in the first Judo tournament held in front of the Emperor - this tournament became the All Japan Tournament the following year. From 1936 till the end of the second world war he lived in Manchukuo (Manchuria) where he taught Aikibudo (an early name for Aikido) to the Kanton army and the Imperial Household Agency.

    In 1938 he became an assistant professor at Kenkoku University in Manchukuo. He went on to be awarded the first 8th Dan in Aikido (1940) and an 8th Dan in Judo (1978). After returning from a three year internment by the Soviet Union, he taught both Judo and Aikido for many years at Waseda University. It was there that he formulated and expanded his theories concerning both Kata based training methods and a particular form of free-style fighting which would put him at odds with much, but not all, of the Aikido world.