Guro Robert Alvir, head instructor of Kimera Mixed Martial Arts: Robert has been studying martial arts for over twenty years. He primarily had studied Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee’s own system, which basically takes the best techniques from various arts to form a functional and constantly evolving fighting system. Jeet Kune Do incorporates Wing Chun Kung Fu, Muay Thai Boxing, Savate, Western Boxing, Filipino Escrima, Silat, and various other arts to formulate an eclectic blend of styles.

Jeet Kune Do provided a solid foundation of mixed martial arts, but Robert felt he should further study the components instead of learning bits of many arts. He concentrated on Filipino Escrima, also known as Kali or Arnis, as he is a Filipino by birth. Escrima is the foremost martial arts system in close combat weapons fighting, which is prevalent in law enforcement and military training for proper skills in blunt and sharp weapon defense. If one can handle fighting with weapons, empty hand fighting becomes simplified in comparison. He studied extensively in the Philippines with Grandmaster Dionysio Canete of the Doce Pares Escrima system. Grandmaster Canete is a world-renown martial artist who has appeared on The Human Weapon and several documentaries on TV. After returning from the Philippines, Robert continued training with Grandmaster Arnulfo “Dong” Cuesta to attain a black belt in Doce Pares Escrima. Robert also competed nationally and internationally in stick-fighting tournaments. In 1994, he had placed second in the Nationals, gaining a spot on the United States stick-fighting team. In 1995, he had won the Lionheart tournament, the first full-contact stick-fighting tournament in the East Coast. Robert had gained a reputation specializing in disarming with over twenty disarms in competition.

Western Boxing was also another principal area of study to acquire proper hand skills and stand-up movement. Robert trained at the world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, under the tutelage of boxing trainer Bob Jackson. To further progress his stand-up knowledge, Robert concentrated on Muay Thai kickboxing under various fight professionals. Muay Thai hones brutal kicks while also incorporating knees and elbows for vicious clinch range striking. To round off his training, Robert also had studied Brazilian Jui Jitsu for grappling and groundfighting skills. Recently in 2011, Robert competed in the NAGA North American Jiu Jitsu Championships, winning two silver medals.

Kimera Mixed Martial Arts was formulated to combine the fighting techniques of all of these arts into a cohesive, comprehensive, and functional mixed curriculum. With Robert’s background as a physical therapist, he put together a scientifically-examined system structured around the four major fighting ranges (kicking, punching, clinch, and grappling ranges), and the movement, offense, defense, counters, transitions of these ranges. Kimera MMA is a strictly functional method of training, thus only employing combat-tested techniques as seen in the UFC or Dog Brother stickfighting. No time is wasted on static techniques or katas. Definitely no standing-still corkscrew punching. The Western Boxing hones the student’s hand skills, the Muay Thai hones kicking skills, the Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai hones clinch range skills, the Jui Jitsu hones grappling and wrestling skills, and the Escrima hones weapon-encounter fighting.

In addition to the physical training, Kimera MMA also focuses on the cerebral side of martial arts. Kimera MMA lets the student concentrate on the arts or area of study he or she wishes to emphasize, thus individualizing the training to meet the needs of the student, not the other way around. Kimera MMA is a martial arts system based on the advancement of knowledge. Curriculum is not withheld from students or only reserved for higher-level students, as may be the case of other schools. Questions are encouraged. All techniques can be scrutinized for its efficacy in battle. Study in other arts is even encouraged to supplement the student’s knowledge. Strategies and tactics are taught for engaging in the different ranges of fighting and how to transition into the student’s stronger range. Kimera MMA also emphasizes the control of emotion and fear, relaxation techniques, awareness of environment, and of course proper fitness training. As a physical therapist, Robert has a greater depth of knowledge in training and cueing the body to “feel” proper weight-shifts, controlled movement, and proprioception for the subtleties of martial arts fighting.

Sensei Elliot Schubert (grappling instructor): Elliot has over twenty years experience in martial arts. He holds black belts in Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Kenpo. He has been seen in articles in Black Belt magazine. Elliot also has extensive experience in Muay Thai kickboxing, Kung-Fu, wrestling, and Western Boxing.

Sifu Kevin Kromar: Kevin, a former Marine and police officer, has been training in martial arts for over twenty years. He has trained extensively in Jeet Kune Do and Muay Thai kickboxing under top instructors from all over the world. He also has experience in Escrima, boxing, Jiu Jitsu, and has competed in full-contact Dog Brothers-style stick fighting.

Boxing Coach Allen Alvir: For almost longer than he could remember, Coach Al has studied boxing, as well as its application to other fighting arts.  It has been his passion since he was 12 years old.  From working under trainers, some well-known, some unknown, at Gallagher’s Gym, Gleason’s, the PAL, Utica BC, to Al Gavin’s Gym, he’s been on both sides of the education of boxing – as a kid with aspirations of becoming an old-timer pug to a bum with aspirations of reconstructing champions.   He’s a valuable asset to the Kimera staff, as he offers something he cherishes – the archive of boxing knowledge and intensive technical information that he’s tried and tested, to hone his own potential, all as a tool to help anyone reach his or her objectives, however big or small they may be, through the science of boxing. Coach Al is the administrator for www.ShootaFairOne.com and has had articles featured in major boxing publications.  He is the creator of Personalized Program Training (PPT™) and owner of SAFO Group LLC, creators of MotionFACT Fight Analysis™. 

“When my children are old enough, I hope to train them in boxing, too.  I believe it’s an art that can transcend every piece of life.  And no matter how much I know, I continue to learn and will forever consider myself a student of the game.”