Since the dawn of UFC’s mainstream popularity, there’s few cult icons that have stood the test of time and maintained a status as a fan favorite. Chris Leben is definitely one of them. As a member and standout of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter 1, “The Crippler” busted the door down into the memories of UFC and combat sports fans worldwide.
A professional MMA career of 34 fights, Chris Leben has now set his sights on further growth in the broader realms of the sport. From refereeing and judging to coaching and training, Leben’s life’s work in martial arts and tenure as a true veteran has led him to a focus on teaching and growth in the community.
Ivan Herrera is a lifelong martial artist and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor under the lineage of Baret Yoshida. With his earliest roots in boxing from his uncle Lenny “El Pichon” Valdez, and training Kempo Karate and wrestling as well as Muay Thai in Thailand, his journey and experiences in the various disciplines has led him to become an extremely well rounded teacher in the various realms of martial arts. With a passion for nutrition, diet, balance, and recovery, Ivan aims to share his lifestyle and way of operating with us at The Training Center. A renaissance man of sorts, with interests like surfing, musi, culture and art… Ivan brings more than just demonstration of technique to any room, he brings a strong spirit that’s more than willing to help others express and evolve. With an interest in movement and covering the spread of experience levels for his students, Ivan makes a great addition to our coaching team here at The Training Center.