Stephen Walker is a martial artist and fitness professional with over a decade of experience. He is very passionate about working with individuals to create a better quality of life through functional fitness and kickboxing training. Outside of work he likes to be active with his 5 year old daughter and nerd out on superhero movies.
Mel has been practicing kickboxing with Mike, Taylor, and Darryl for many years now, and is now stepping into a trainer position at Surge Kickboxing. She brings a great energy to the gym and always knows how to engage with the members because she once was one. We are honored to have Mel as a part of the Surge Kickboxing team.
Darryl, an athlete his entire life, shifted his perception of fitness and nutrition upon moving to Colorado 8 years ago. In that time, he has become a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach and is currently a Candidate to be Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. He is also a Level 2 Certified Active Fascial Unwinding Therapist and has 6 years of martial arts experience including Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Self-Defense and Reality Based Training.
Darryl believes Nutrition is multifaceted and that it consists of three different pillars; science, psychology and spirituality. He finds that too frequently, only one of the pillars is focused on, while the other two are neglected. This creates an imbalance and inhibits optimal, ongoing progress and everlasting results. Darryl helps with weight loss by focusing on our relationship with food, and he is here to help you achieve the transformation that you seek.
Katie started with us as a member here at Surge Kickboxing, and quickly fell in love with the Surge Community. Katie has been kickboxing for about 5 years now. She likes to travel and spend time with her family. She also enjoys cooking when she has time. We are so happy to have Katie as a part of the Surge Kickboxing Trainer team!
BJJ PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Professor Blake Dvorak started his Jiu Jitsu journey at 15 years old in 2007 with his father. At the time, their favorite thing to do together was watch MMA, and when a friend of his father from work recommended an MMA academy near their house, they immediately signed up for a trial class, and were hooked from day one.
After achieving blue belt at 16, Blake began teaching as an assistant kids’ coach, and eventually became the lead kids’ instructor for several years.
Upon receiving his purple belt at age 18, Blake decided that owning and running his own academy was the path he wanted for his life and career.
So, in 2014, Blake, his father and a few friends opened Top Game Jiu Jitsu Studio in Corinth Texas. Once the school was opened, Blake went under the instruction of Allen Mohler of Mohler Jiu Jitsu who was the first American Black belt under the 10x world champion team Alliance. Blake received his brown and black belts from professor Mohler and was his youngest black belt ever.
Blake ran Top Game until 2019, putting at least one person on a podium every year at a major IBJJF event, traveling across the country coaching at all kinds of events, and doing everything he could to help his community through Jiu Jitsu.
After selling the academy in 2019, which is still open and in operation today, Blake moved to Colorado to start a new chapter in his life and looks forward to helping everyone reach their goals
Colleen jumped into the world of martial arts back in 2014 when her kiddos were just 4 and 2 years old. Since then, she's been all about the training, competing, and coaching life. Teaching martial arts to folks of all ages is her jam, and she's convinced it's a skill everyone can benefit from.
We're absolutely stoked to have Colleen on board with the Surge Kickboxing crew. She's seriously amped to support others on their martial arts and fitness journey, and her energy is contagious! Whether she's throwing punches or giving pointers, Colleen's a rockstar member of the team who's all about helping you kick butt – literally and figuratively!
Iliana is a nationally- accredited personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist who hols certifications from the American Council on Exercise.
Her passion for healthy living was ignited in her late teen years when she started weight ligting and training in Muay Thai; however, it wasn't until 2019 that she decided to take a leap of faith and switch caree paths and try something different.
She is a mental health advocate who is passionate about helping people feel empowered and confident. Her heart is set on bringing forth a community and space for human connection with people who wish to create a healthy and active lifestyle.