Personal Trainers

Dave Kama
Jiujitsu & Self Defense Instructor
Dave has been a student of Jiu Jitsu since the mid 1980s. He was fortunate enough to begin his journey learning in the “Gracie Garage” in Torrance, CA from Grand Master Rorion Gracie, Master Royce Gracie, Master Royler Gracie, Master Carlos Machado, Master Rigan Machado, and of course, Master Rickson Gracie. Master  Rickson opened his original Pico Blvd studio in West L.A., where Dave trained. Dave is one of the very few people to have trained under Master Rickson and have all his belts awarded to him by Rickson, blue belt through black belt.  Dave Kama is also #6 of the “Dirty Dozen of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”, a moniker given to the first 12 non-Brazilians to earn the coveted black belt. Dave Kama grew to become Master Rickson’s best student (American or Brazilian), dispatching many challengers in place of Rickson himself. In 1993, Master Rickson asked Dave to take over as head instructor at the Rickson Gracie Laguna Niguel location. Dave has been running this location ever since. In 2012, upon Master Rickson’s retirement, Dave officially changed the name of the school from Rickson Gracie Laguna Niguel to Kama Jiu-Jitsu, part of the Rickson Gracie Team of Academies.
Peter Lerriue
Physical Therapist
Peter Lerriue – Anatomical alignment
Pete has performed well over 20,000 Pain Free sessions over the past 11 years. Pete knows how to intentionally and systematically restore the body back to its original “Blueprint” to effect permanent bio-mechanical and postural changes. This restorative process has been proven extremely effective in eliminating all pain while healing injuries very quickly. Peter knows how to accomplish this every time with absolute direction and purpose. Shoulders, hips, knees, back, neck, and foot positions are restored enabling the body to heal and repair very quickly. His technique has prevented countless surgeries and has kept thousands of athletes able to perform their sports. As an adult athlete, Pete is a high level tennis player and has competed in hundreds of tennis tournaments pain and injury free. Pete’s brother Ron competed in the 1964 Olympics Games and has held several American records while his sister Francie competed in 5 (five) Olympic Games and has held 12 world records and 34 American records in Track. You gotta see PETE for his “FIRST SESSION FREE” offer.
Diana Karim
Personal Trainer & Certified Tennis Performance Specialist

Diana specializes in performance training for tennis, corrective exercise, and strength training. She is a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist with the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA), FMS Certified (Functional Movement Screen), Sports Injury Specialist, TRX Certified and a NESTA Certified Personal Trainer. She grew up in Southern California playing competitive tennis on the local, national and international levels. After her junior tennis career she went on to play Division 1 college tennis for Loyola Marymount University. Her specialties are tennis specific footwork and training, functional strength training and injury prevention.
Randy Siegel
M.A., OT/L – Occupational Therapist

Randy Siegel earned a Master’s degree in occupational therapy from USC in 1998. He has an extensive background in hand and upper extremity injury rehabilitation. Randy owned Cambridge Rehabilitation, a private physical therapy and hand injury clinic in Orange, CA. During this time, Randy worked with a group of physical therapists, podiatrists, and orthopedists in treating a full body range of musculoskeletal conditions, including plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains and achilles tendonitis. Now at Racquet Club of Irvine his focus is treating sports and overuse injuries in overhead and throwing athletes, such as tennis, baseball and volleyball players.
Stacey Tan-Horsch
Fitness Director / Head Trainer

(949) 922-2164

Stacey has over 25 years of experience as a personal trainer, and 20 years with Laguna Niguel Racquet Club. She graduated from Illinois State University with a Master Degree in Physical Education. Stacey is currently certified through ACE, ACSM, AAHFP, and CPR & AED certified. Stacey specializes in sports training, post rehabilitation routines, and weight management program incorporating functional training effectively into her regiment. Her hobbies are golf, tennis, cooking, and traveling. (949) 922-2164
Pam Nichol
Triathlon Coach / Personal Trainer

Pam have 4 years experience as a personal trainer/ boot camp instructor and 10 years of experience as a USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach, receiving her certification in 2005 at the University of Texas in Austin, TX and continued her coaching education in 2006 at the USAT USA Triathlon, “Art & Science of Triathlon” in Colorado Springs, CO and in 2009 at the USAT Olympic Training Center in San Diego.  Pam have coached hundreds of adults/children ages 7-70 in both the group and individual setting in the three disciplines of swim, bike and run. She headed numerous Kids Triathlon Camps and was the event director for a Kids Triathlon.  Pam completed over 80 triathlons in the last 18 years, including one Ironman and two Half-Ironman finishes.  She is also an Olympic distance National qualifier. 916.213.4815
Nicola Strother
Personal Trainer
(310) 210-7052

Nicola transitioned into personal training after ending her career as a successful stunt woman in Los Angeles. She works with any age group wanting to improve their overall health or reach the next level of their game with sport specific training and nutrition. She is a NESTA certified personal trainer, a certified nutrition coach and Etcheberry Certified Trainer. This certification focuses on speed, agility, quickness and overall fitness for tennis players. Nicola’s 30 minute intense functional circuit training sessions coupled with nutritional advice can help you lose weight, get stronger, increase your cardiovascular strength, preventing injuries, increase balance and flexibility. (310) 210-7052

Group Exercise Instructors

Jason Harris
Personal Trainer & Boot Camp Instructor
Raised primary in Phoenix, AZ where he attended middle and high school. Jason was a two sport varsity athlete and in his junior year of high school he got hooked on mixed martial arts (MMA). Jason competed in MMA all over the western United States and Mexico and had the privilege of competing in a couple amateur and professional "cage" fights before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, and still on active duty. After completing three deployments to various locations across the globe Jason was transferred down to the Recruit Depot in San Diego where he was the body composition and military appearance program director and coordinator. There he began to lead, train, and mentor Marines that were having troubles with the physical and nutritional health. After spending a year in this position he was transferred to MCB Camp Pendleton where he served the director of physical fitness and injury prevention for Alpha and Delta Companies at the School of Infantry. In 2015, Jason decided to pursue his passion for fitness and health as he will exit the service in 2017 after 10 and half years of service. Jason is currently a certified personal trainer, advanced personal trainer, CrossFit level I trainer, HITT level II Trainer and will be receiving his B.A. in Health in Wellness this October.
Melissa Stewart
Aqua Instructor / Personal Trainer

Melissa have been coaching and doing personal training in California since 1997. Her training has been all over the world in Tai Chi, Qigung, longevity stick, yoga, meditation, and aqua aerobics. Melissa is certified with the Arthritis Foundation, Chinese Martial Arts Institute as well as the Shanghai Institute in Beijing.
Rashmi Fitter
Yoga Instructor

Rashmi has been teaching yoga for over 25 years. She frequently travels back to India for further studies to refine her practice and work towards self – realization. In Rashmi’s class you will receive personal attention in traditional yoga. She takes careful consideration in training her students in difficult yoga postures with the use of props to avoid injuries.
Monique Gallardo
Yoga Instructor
Born and raised in Orange County, Monique loves sports and played soccer and ran track. She decided to teach Yoga because it pushes her mentally and physically. Yoga made her more connected with herself and those around her. Her goal as yoga instructor is to help every person gain confidence and loving life. Her hobbies are hiking, beaching and trying new food.
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