Chris Bateman

Chris Bateman

[Muay Thai]

Chris started his martial arts journey from a young age, as a wrestler- finishing his high school career as a four year state place-winner and twice achieving All-American honors. At the age of 15, Chris began training MMA during breaks between wrestling seasons. He immediately fell in love with the training, and had his first amateur fight at the age of 16. He went on to compile a record of 17-6. After high school, Chris joined the Army, where he completed several combat tours overseas.



In addition to his MMA experience, Chris has also trained and fought professionally in Muay Thai. He has competed all over the United States, as well as overseas in Japan, Cambodia, and Thailand, and boasts a record of 9-1.

Chris joined our gym nearly one year ago to further his MMA training, as he transitioned into the pro ranks. He now assists with teaching the Muay Thai classes, where he gets to pass on his own knowledge to those just beginning their journey.

Matthew Jones

Matt Jones

[Muay Thai / Suples Training]

Matthew Jones is a professional Mixed Martial Artist climbing his way through the ranks! At the age of 14, Matt began training in American Kenpo Karate, where he earned the rank of Brown Belt. Five years later, he began adding to his Kenpo base with Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, and Jiu-Jitsu (where he currently holds the rank of blue belt). With a professional record of 4-2, Matt displays a well-rounded skill set that has earned him recognition as one of the top featherweight prospects in the Northwest.

Matt is also a fantastic personal trainer, not only for improved technique in martial arts, but fitness as well! Specializing in Suples Training Systems®, Matt also has an extensive background in body weight exercises and aerobic training for a healthy heart and improved cardiovascular system. No matter your training goals, whether it is increasing strength and stamina, or improved martial arts technique, Matt can help you reach them!

Stephen Stirewalt

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[Boxing]

August 1999, at the age of 5, I began my martial arts journey taking the “Pre-karate tech” classes at the Karate Tech Dojo in Ramstein, Germany. I went on to compete and win many medals at the martial arts tournaments over the next few years. Being part of a military family, I never had the chance to train at one place very long.

In the summer of 2004 I placed third in both kata and sparring at the Big D Nationals Karate tournament held in Dallas, Texas. And the following summer of 2005, I was awarded my brown belt in Kajukenbo, karate under Sifu James Cox in Abilene, Texas. I was 11 years old. Not too long after, before the start of the school year, my family received orders to move to Mountain Home, Idaho. Due to the lack of good schools in the area, I was unable to continue training. But my passion for martial arts still remained.

Following my high school graduation with no real direction of where I wanted to go in life, I followed the sport of MMA for a few years, decided that was something I was interested in trying. So, I reached gyms in the Boise area, with a little digging, I eventually stumbled upon Combat fitness through their website. On May 28th 2012, the Monday after my graduation, I started my first day of training. 5 months later on November 9th 2012 I had, and won, my very first kickboxing match! I have been training and competing at Combat Fitness ever since, and haven’t looked back! In 2014 I received my Blue Belt in BJJ from Scott Thometz.

Noah Shultz

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[Kids MMA / Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu]

Noah started training at 12 years old, doing the kids Jiu Jitsu and kids MMA classes at Combat Fitness. He moved to Washington when he was 14 and started training at Team Quest for the next two years working his stand up and competing in many Jiu Jitsu tournaments. He moved back to Idaho after two years in Washington and immediately started training at Combat Fitness again.

Noah was awarded his blue belt in Jiu Jitsu when he was 16 after a few months of being back in Boise. Noah is a Naga teen champion, and was awarded fastest tap at the 2014 Oregon Open with a 15 second guillotine choke. He started wrestling in high school and is now looking forward to competing in his first MMA fight.

Ryan Morgan

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[Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu]

Ryan didn’t intend to redirect his future when he went to check out a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class with a friend who was writing an article on the subject.  But he was compelled by the intelligence and grace of the sport, and returned to train again the following day.  That was in 2007, under black belt Jon Friedland in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin.  Ever since then Ryan has been an avid student and competitor in BJJ, and describes it as one of the most valuable aspects of his life. Ryan currently hold the rank of Brown Belt.

Ryan has spent many years touring as a musician, which has allowed him to gather Jiu Jitsu knowledge from training partners in different states, countries, and continents.

Jake Martinez

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[Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu]

My Jiu-Jitsu journey started at Xtreme Couture in Vancouver, WA in 2007. Walking into that gym was both terrifying and exciting. Out of shape and never having played sports, I wanted to quit 10 minutes into my first class. Feeling that I had made a terrible mistake and ready to walk off the mat, I was given a promise from my instructor “come in everyday for 30 days and you’ll never quit”. It made me angry, so angry, that I showed up to every class just to show him that I didn’t want this and that I wasn’t going to renew my contract. After a few weeks my anger faded, the workouts got easier, and 30 days later I signed a 1 year contract. The next few years would be spent rolling 7 days a week gi and no-gi, wrestling, going from 290lbs to 220lbs, and competing around the northwest with my first coach and BJJ black belt Chris Dealy.

  • Awarded Blue Belt in 2010
  • Awarded Purple Belt in 2013
  • Awarded Brown Belt in 2016

No matter how small or weak you think you are, you can train Jiu Jitsu with consistency and patience.