Personal Trainers

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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 Larrieu
Physical Therapist
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.
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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.

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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.

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Nicola Strother
Personal Trainer & Certified Tennis Performance Specialist
(310) 210-7052Nicola 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.  

Group Exercise Instructors

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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.

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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.

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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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