Coach Leif Youngquist is a life long martial artist starting in Okinawa karate in the 1980s after watching the karate kid . He tried various sports including wrestling until he found his first true martial arts passion.
Steven Placido is a 2nd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under world champion professor Sergio Silva. He established himself as a determined competitor with several medals in notable tournaments. He started learning martial arts as a kid.