Team Hammer Head Coach - MMA, Kickboxing, Boxing, Grappling, Isshin Ryu Karate, & Self-Defense Instructor
"Excellence comes from within."
Rodney S. Guignet has over 30 years of training, starting with high school and college wrestling. He received his Fifth Degree Black Belt in Isshin Ryu Karate in August 2004. Rodney S Guignet has been a member of the Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (OIKKA), the International Association of Martial Artists (IAMA), the National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA), and the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). Rodney is an instructor level in American Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Rodney holds a Black Belt in Hammer Submission Grappling, which he has developed. Rodney has also been certified by USA Boxing as a coach and corner. Rodney has been licensed as a corner in MMA, Boxing, and Kickboxing on both the amateur and professional levels.
Rodney S Guignet currently teaches Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, and Grappling classes and assists with Youth and Adult Isshin Ryu Karate classes for Team Hammer MMA at Finish Line Fitness Center in Coplay PA. He also teaches private and personal training sessions at Finish Line Fitness Center. He has taught Isshin Ryu Karate for over 17 years. In 2002, he received the IAMA Instructor of the Year Award. He has also been a summer camp counselor for a year and has worked with children in after school programs for 3 years.
He has trained in various forms of martial arts and has a strong Greco-Roman wrestling background. Over the years, he has studied with many noted martial artists, including Grand Master Angi Uezu, Shihan Gary Alexander, Hanshi N. Morgan Woods, Master Tsuyoshi Uechi, Master John Devine, Kyoshi Dayne Walz, Renshi Ray Salapka, and Sensei Anthony Fiorino. He has attended camps of some of the area's wrestling legends, such as Gene Mills and Bobby Weaver. He has also attended a Muay Thai seminar taught by 7 time Muay Thai World Champion "Cruncher" Coban Lookchaomaesaitong.
In Las Vegas, Rodney S Guignet had the opportunity to participate in seminars with MMA greats, such as Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, John Hackleman, Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler, Cung Le, American Top Team's Ricardo Liborio, JZ Cavalcante, Cole Miller, Thiago Alves, and Jeff Monson. He was also very fortunate to be able to train at a seminar with two of the best brothers in BJJ â€“ Carlos Machado and Rigan Machado. In another seminar, he was able to get some of the best advice on stretching and kicking from one of the greatest full contact kickers of all time "Super Foot" Bill Wallace. Rodney also had the opportunity to train with Wanderlei Silva at a three hour seminar at Wanderlei's gym in Las Vegas.
Rodney has been featured on Workout Wednesdays with Meredith Allan on CNN Headline News Local Edition.
Rodney S Guignet has competed in Wrestling, Kickboxing, MMA, Submission Grappling, and Karate point fighting matches. In high school wrestling, he had a winning record and finished in the top ten in his weight in District IX in 1983. His only losses were at the hands of State, Regional or District Champs. In his kickboxing career, he had only three fights (all after he turned 38 years old) with a 2-1-0 record. Rodney stepped into the cage the first time at the age of 43. He has 6 amateur MMA fights with a record of 3-3-0 record. He has won two championship belts at light heavyweight in two different states - Delaware and Virginia. He still competes in submission tournaments with a 11-5-0 record with some notable accomplishments - two NAGA thirds and one first place belt in Directors Advanced Divisions, a first and second place at UGC tournaments and a second place finish at Grapplers Quest at the UFC Fan Expo held over the weekend of UFC 100.
Rodney S Guignet's mission is to help all his students to find "Excellence In Themselves" through the study of Martial Arts. One attains excellence in themselves by believing that they can achieve anything that they put their whole heart and soul into. They will find "The Way" to deal with home, school, work, or whatever life has in store for them. One finds excellence in oneself only once in life. His goal is to take his students to the next level in their Martial Arts training so they can compete at the high level needed to be a professional fighter or to be the best they can be.