Professor ScottBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu / MMA / Kid Jitsu
Scott began his passion for the Martial Arts at age 4 after watching a Bruce Lee movie. After studying Kung Fu for a couple years Scott was introduced to Aikido. Thrilled by the joint manipulations and throws Scott studied Aikido for several years while simultaneously studying a similar style of Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Always seeking to be a more well rounded Martial Artist, he was determined to improve his striking skills which he felt had been neglected by limiting his training to Aikido and Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Wanting to train in more combat oriented arts he began to train at a Muay Thai and Jeet Kune Do gym and a Ninjutsu Academy on his other nights.Read More »
A few weeks later the first Ultimate Fighting Championship took place on Pay Per View. The UFC was a No Holds Barred competition pitting different disciplines against one another to show which styles were the most effective. The smallest competitor in the event was a skinny Brazilian named Royce Gracie representing his family's art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He easily defeated all the competition even though he was by far the smallest and weakest. After seeing this Scott needed no more convincing that this was the style to learn.
Soon after he moved to California to train with the masters of what today has been termed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Scott has trained extensively with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legends such as Rigan Machado, Royce Gracie and Rickson Gracie and MMA fighters Fabiano Iha, Chris Brennan, Jeremy Williams and Eric Paulson. Scott eventually went on to earn his black belt from World Renowned Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and instructor Rigan Machado. Over the years he has competed in several No Hold Barred and Sanctioned events in which he holds an amateur record of 8-0 and Professional record of 11-2.
Scott continues to have the same philosophy as Rigan of constantly modernizing and updating his Jiu-Jitsu by incorporating wrestling, Judo and Sambo into his arsenal. Today Scott holds a 3rd degree black belt and is the only Internationally Certified black belt instructor in Arizona with Certification under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation(IBJJF) and the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Organization(WBBJO).
As a black belt Scott still continues to think of himself as a student of the art and does not let his status restrict him from continually evolving and refining his technique. As an instructor his goals are to have a fun, safe, healthy environment for his students while learning the most realistic and effective self defense in the world.
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Rick "The Jet" RoufusHead Muay Thai Instructor
Rick is one of the most famous kickboxers in the United States, and has also competed in boxing and mixed martial arts. He was world champion as a super middle weight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. Roufus held titles for all the major kickboxing associations (PKA, IKF, ISKA, FFKA and KICK), and is known for his good boxing skills and powerful kicks.Read More »
In the beginning of his career, Roufus fought under the rule of Full contact where leg kicks, elbow strikes, and knee attacks were not allowed. He changed directions on 5 November 1988 when he challenged Changpuek Kiatsongrit in a non title fight in Las Vegas. His kickboxing record stood at a perfect 28 wins, but the Thai proved to be too wily. Roufus knocked Changpuek down twice with punches in the first round, but lost by knockout in the fourth round due to the culmination of low kicks that he was unprepared for.
On 19 June 1991, Rick Roufus faced another top class fighter in Marek Piotrowski. A rematch as Piotrowski defeated him in their first encounter. The vacant ISKA Full Contact Light World title was on the line, while Piotrowski's PKC Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title was also up for grabs. Roufus won by heavy second round KO from a high kick that left the Polish fighter unconscious on the canvas.
On 20 December 1991, Roufus defended his ISKA Full Contact Light World Light Heavyweight title against Dutchman Rob Kaman. Roufus was initially declared the winner by decision but the match was later declared a no-contest after Kaman's corner protested that only 1 minute had been fought in the 4th round - a round that could have been critical to Kaman as he had hurt his opponent. A second bout between the pair came to fruition in February 1994 in Paris, France. The fight was sold out - 20.000 people - weeks in advance. Rick Roufus won the rematch by KO in the second round.
On January 22, 1994 Roufus won the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Light Heavyweight World Title when he defeated Michael McDonald of Vancouver, BC, Canada, by "KO" at :43 seconds of round 1 at Caesars Tahoe Casino in Tahoe, Nevada.
On 26 March 1994 he travelled to Montreal, Canada where he took on the legendary Jean-Yves Thériault. Roufus won the fight by unanimous decision after 12 rounds, defending his PKC Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title. In Paris, France 1994 the ISKA and PKC World Light Heavyweight champion met Ernesto Hoost, the WMTA and WKA World Light Heavyweight champion. Unfortunately for Roufus he lost by KO in a dramatic fight.
Frustrated by sanctioning body politics and attracted by the better paydays, Roufus decided to enter the world of boxing. He enjoyed some success, but he was never able to fight for a world championship. In August 1996, he challenged the vacant title of WBC Continental Americas at cruiserweight. He knocked out Sean McClain, and won his first and only title in boxing. After several losses Rick Roufus returned to kickboxing.
He emerged victorious at the K-1 USA held August 17, 1998 in Las Vegas quickly dispatching Pedro Fernandez and Jerome Turcan.
On May 15, 1999 in Lowell Massachusetts, USA he won the IKF Pro International Rules Heavyweight World title when he defeated Stan Longinidis of Boxhill, Victoria, Australia by TKO after Loniginidis suffered a broken bone in his foot at the end of round 9. Roufus was ahead on all 3 judges cards at the time, 89-81, 86-83 and 88-81.
Melissa CrickCardio Fit / Suspension Training / Kid Jitsu
Melissa has trained under Fairtex certified trainer Apollo Sebastian, Master Chan, and Marc Laimon of Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu for self defense. Her style is primarily from Muay Thai, and she incorporates hardcore cardio into every workout. She pays special attention to the fitness goals of each student.Read More »
David RuelazAssistant Muay Thai
David has been actively teaching and competing in martial arts since 2003. He holds a brown belt in a traditional Okinawan style karate known s Shuri-Ryu under 4th Degree Blackbelt Sensei Frank Cornidez. David held a national title in kickboxing at 135lbs for the CCKA sanctioned by Fernando “Cool” Calleros, in 2007, 2008, 2009. Trained in Muay Thai under the tutelage of Master Toddy in Las Vegas, Nevada and while there trained with some of the best Muay Thai fighters America has produced. Among those fighters were Kevin “The Soul Assassin” Ross, Chaz “No Mercy” Mulkey, and Jason “Ridiculous” Andrada. In 2009 he had his first pro Muay Thai bought sanctioned by the IFK and made his pro debut in MMA in July of 2010. In December 2012 he received my Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Sports Medicine.
David uses Martial Arts training to constantly try to improve himself and the people around him. Through his travels he has trained with many of the top fighting camps in the United States including: Jackson/Winklejon MMA, TNT MMA, Impact MMA, MMA Lab, Arizona Combat Sports, Master Toddy’s Muay Thai Academy, Pals Boxing, and Busted Knuckle Boxing Gym.
“I am honored to have trained with so many champions and look forward to sharing the knowledge I have acquired. I am so grateful and honored to be part of TNT MMA, one of the friendliest and pleasant atmospheres I have experienced in my 11 years training in Martial Arts.” –David Ruelaz
Edwin DeweesBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Coach
Edwin Dewees has been fighting and training martial arts for over 14 years. Edwin began his fight career at such a young age that his mother had to sign his fight waivier in order for him to be able to compete. In his first 8 months of fighting for Rage in the Cage he was awarded fighter of the month twice and then was awarded fighter of the year. Also during this time Edwin had a 3 fight win streak in one night! Edwin quickly dominated the Arizona and held the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight belt concurrently! Edwin also went on to excel in the grappling scene winning Gold in all his divisons in Arizona and a Superfight match at Grapplers Quest in Las Vegas. Eventually the UFC called and gave Edwin a shot. Edwin initially continued to fight around the country winning 3 different Title belts. Edwin would end up on the Ultimate Fighter (Season 4) where he made it to the semifinals and has what Dana White has called one of the bloodiest fights in UFC history.Read More »
Ernie HinojosaAssistant Muay Thai Coach
Ernie grew up in a small town in Texas. Growing up he did all the normal activities from football to rugby. At a young age he trained in karate and while in high school wrestled as part of a conditioning program for football. After graduating from college he moved to Phoenix where he discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After his first night of training and getting submitted by smaller opponents he knew this was the sport for him.Read More »
Lee AccountiusKid Jitsu Coach
Lee has been training under Professor Scott Tannenbaum for more than two years and is currently a senior Blue belt at TNT MMA. He comes from a military family and grew up in the Philippines, Texas and Oklahoma.Read More »
Mike KlingenerAssistant Kid Jitsu Coach
Mike is a New Jersey native that began his martial arts journey in 2008 under Professor Scott Tannenbaum. Always an athlete Mike was a competitive athlete throughout school in wrestling, football and cross country. Mikes dedication and hard work earned him his Purple belt in just over three years.Read More »
Professor Duane LinvilleGi BJJ Instructor
Growing up in Iowa Duane began wrestling at a young age eventually earning a scholarship at University of Iowa. Duane later joined the U.S Air Force to serve his country and became a Weapons Systems Officer flying in F-4 Phantom Fighter jets in South Korea. While in Korea he began training in Judo where he often competed in tournaments across the country and eventually earned his black belt.Read More »
For the past three years Duane has been an Assistant Instructor at TNT MMA where he shares his expertise in wrestling, Judo and BJJ with all of our BJJ students.
Sarah LeechYoga / Cardio Yoga / Thai Massage
Sarah is a Philadelphia native who began teaching group fitness classes in 2009. Shortly after she began taking yoga as a means of stress relief and injury prevention. She quickly noticed the added benefits of increased flexibility, balance and strength. She now teaches Yoga to our athletes at TNT. She also provides Thai Massage to TNT members to help enhance flexibility, and therefore performance.
Rachel EriquezYoga Instructor
Rachel grew up in Arizona and began her yogic journey in 2009 and has been loving every experience ever since. From her first experience she realized the benefits of yoga that we can incorporate in every day life and athleticism. She uses her knowledge and love of he human body to help others with the physical practice of yoga. Rachel’s classes focus on alignment, creating more balance and flexibility in order to create space in the body and allow more mobility for TNT members and their practice. Come enjoy fun classes that strengthen the body in ways you may have not experienced before!