INSTRUCTORS

Paul "Hitman" Herrera
Head MMA Instructor, Youth Wrestling, Private and Professional Training
Hitman has been in the sport of MMA since 1993. Paul has ran and continues to run the longest running MMA promotion in the history of the sport, Hitman Fights. Hitman Fights has been a catapult for young aspiring MMA fighters in there beginning stages and has hosted such fighters as Tito Ortiz, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, BOBBY "THE PITBULL" GAMBOA,Vitor Belfort, and Tank Abbott. Paul himself was a Colorado High School State Champion in 1984, a 2x California JC Champion 1986-87, 2x NCAA Division I National Qualifier, DIVISION I All American Wrestler and Graduate for the University of Nebraska. In 1988 Paul competed in the Freestyle Final Olympic Qualifier in 1988. Currently, Hitman is training professional MMA fighters in top fighting organizations such as Bellator. Paul has trained and currently is training the top youth, state, national, and world champions, in the sport of wrestling. Paul has trained and cornered 9 UFC Championship, Promoted the sports first ever Amateur MMA World Championship in Beijing, China from 11/2010 - 11/2011, and is currently developing future MMA Champions. " I love Jesus Christ, my wife, my daughters, my family and friends and students. Everyday I will contribute to developing young men and women towards their goals teaching them about God, commitment, respect, character, and confidence. Our students will improve in strength, balance, coordination, agility, and focus.We know bullying statistics surveys show that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Our staff is committed to teaching against this act and brings awareness to all of our students a NO TOLERANCE POLICY AGAINST BULLYING!

Joe" Headlock" Herrera
CEO Empire Training Center LLC., California State Athletic Commission Licensed Cornerman, Wrestling
Joe has been a business owner in Corona, California for over 25 years. Currently, Joe owns and operates Empire Training Center LLC. His involvement in the sport of Wrestling started in Grand Junction Colorado where he compiled several District, Regional, State, and National accomplishments. A 3x Colorado State High School Wrestling Qualifier from 1980-82, A 2x State Wrestling Placer in 1981 4th, and a State Finalist Runner-Up, 2nd in 1982. Joe received a Full Ride Scholarship to Mesa College where he became a 1983 RMAC Champion at 126 lbs, 1984 RMAC Runner-Up, and a 2x NAIA National Qualifier. Joe has studied Brazilian Jui-Jitsu since 1995 and has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts as a Cornerman and Trainer since 1993. Everyday we contribute to developing young men and women towards their goals teaching them about God, commitment, respect, character, and confidence. Our students will improve in strength, balance, coordination, agility, and focus. We know bullying statistics surveys show that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Our staff is committed to teaching against this act and brings awareness to all of our students a NO TOLERANCE POLICY AGAINST BULLYING!

Joe "Mongo" Williams
MMA
Joe is a Mixed Martial Arts Champion for RITC at 185 lbs. Joe is wildly considered to be one of the most dominant wrestlers to ever enter the cage. We at Empire are excited to have Joe relaying his amazing skill sets in our classes. Joe was a collegiate wrestler at Michigan State University along side Gray Maynard and Rashad Evans.
Joe is a Professional MMA Fighter for Bellator and is currently on the Hit Spike TV series 'Fightmaster."" I love Jesus Christ, my wife, my family and friends and students. Everyday I will contribute to developing young men and women towards their goals teaching them about God, commitment, respect, character, and confidence. Our students will improve in strength, balance, coordination, agility, and focus. We know bullying statistics surveys show that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Our staff is committed to teaching against this act and brings awareness to all of our students a NO TOLERANCE POLICY AGAINST BULLYING!

William "Guns" Richey
Muay Thai
Will Started out training in Martial arts at the ripe age of 14. Knowing that he had a knack for the sport he continued to embark on a career in MMA. After stumbling in to Empire Training Center 8 years ago We knew he was going to be one of the greats. Will has been Training and fighting now for 15+ years and is back home and ready to win. Come take a class with big Will. Where there is a Will there is a way.
" I love Jesus Christ, my family and friends and students. Everyday I will contribute to developing young men and women towards their goals teaching them about God, commitment, respect, character, and confidence. Our students will improve in strength, balance, coordination, agility, and focus. We know bullying statistics surveys show that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Our staff is committed to teaching against this act and brings awareness to all of our students a NO TOLERANCE POLICY AGAINST BULLYING!

Frank Mercuri
Master Frank Mercuri Certified 4th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido
MASTER FRANK MERCURI HAS STUDIED IN KOREA AND BEEN A PRACTITIONER SINCE 1993 WHEN HE DISCOVERED HOPKIDO WHILE SERVING IN THE US ARMY. ADDING TO HIS TRAINING SKILL SET. MASTER MERCURI HAS YEARS OF BOXING EXPERIENCE AND IS A TRAINED MMA CAGE FIGHTER.
" I love Jesus Christ, my wife , my children, my family and friends and students. Everyday I will contribute to developing young men and women towards their goals teaching them about God, commitment, respect, character, and confidence. Our students will improve in strength, balance, coordination, agility, and focus. We know bullying statistics surveys show that 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Our staff is committed to teaching against this act and brings awareness to all of our students a NO TOLERANCE POLICY AGAINST BULLYING!