Meet the Team.
The instructors at Team Torque collectively possess over 60 years of martial arts training and six advanced martial arts degrees. They have real world military hand-to-hand combat training and experience as well. They represent multiple disciplines and are of diverse ages, genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
In addition, we believe strongly that interdisciplinary training and guest instructors with a wide variety of backgrounds are integral to making a well-rounded, competent martial artist!
Go Dan, founder of Team Torque MMA
Also known as "Doc," The head instructor at Team Torque is a fifth degree (Go Dan) black belt (Master rank) in Jiu Jitsu and Chi-mu Toruku Jitsu, holds a black belt in Judo, and has over 20 years of martial arts training. He is also a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of work in the field of sports psychology. (Doc's doctoral dissertation was on The Effects of Sports Involvement on the Social and Moral Development of Youth.)
To visit Doc's psychology, consulting & security page, click here.
Also known as "Big Ben" to the kids, Ben has 18 years experience, his brown belt in Judo, and currently holds 2 black belts in Jiu-jitsu and Chi-mu Toruku Jitsu, as well as a brown belt in Judo.
Ben is very patient in teaching complex techniques, and excels at encouraging students to be the best the can possibly be.
Ben teaches Women's Self Defense, MMA, adults and kids classes. Ben also holds private sessions by appointment in MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, Self-Defense, and Fitness. Click here to go to his Body Coach Page!
Co-Founder, Guest Instructor
Also known as "Sensei Teddy Bear," Mackenzie has world class sass and 15 years of experience in Chi-mu Toruku Jitsu. This dynamo of Grrrl Power prefers long walks on the beach and watching her opponents turn purple.
Mackenzie was instrumental in developing our Self Defense program and though she spends most of her time these days with her llittle Ninjas, she still drops in from time to time to keep us on our toes!
Because we have the best friends who also love to teach! Sharing is caring!
Guest Instructor, Uncle,
Guest Instructor, Big Brother,
Legend of MMA
Also known as "Uncle Rory," to his family here at Team Torque, Rory Miller is is a writer and teacher living peacefully in the Pacific Northwest. He has served for seventeen years in corrections as an officer and sergeant working maximum security, booking and mental health; leading a tactical team; and teaching subjects ranging from Defensive Tactics and Use of Force to First Aid and Crisis Communications with the Mentally Ill. For fourteen months he was an advisor to the Iraqi Corrections System working in Baghdad and Kurdish Sulaymaniyah. Somewhere in the midst of that he received a BS degree in Psychology; served in the National Guard as a Combat Medic (91A/B); earned college varsities in judo and fencing and received a mokuroku in jujutsu.
He's just generally an awesome human. We think we'll keep him!
Check him out @ Chiron Training
Dude, seriously. #WORTH
Guest Instructor, Strike Coach,
Frighteningly Fast Individual
Don Munce is an amazing strike coach, long time friend and trainer of Gary Goodridge, and generally just an amazing human. We were lucky enough to have his expertise on two occasions, and are always begging for more. He's a low-key guy as MMA artists go, but you can always hit him up on his gym's page here: Canadian Top Team MMA
Also known as "Big Daddy," is a retired Trinidadian-Canadian super heavyweight kickboxer and heavyweight mixed martial artist fighting out of Barrie, Ontario. He was willing to fight anyone anywhere, and he did, over the years facing the heaviest hands and feet, in the history of the sport, including Fedor Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Igor Vovchanchyn, Pedro Rizzo, Marco Ruas, Mark Coleman, Gilbert Yvel, Heath Herring, Don Frye, and many more. Goodridge had some 85 MMA and kickboxing bouts in total.
Gary's contributions to the sport of MMA are legend, and his humanity and bravery facing the after-effects of his career are an inspiration. He is an outspoken activist in favor of care, rehab, and caution among boxers with regards to brain injuries. We love you, Gary!