36 Chambers Martial Arts Coaching Staff

COACH & OWNER ALEXANDRA STOKMAN

Years Training Muay Thai: 23
Competitive Experience: Amateur Muay Thai –regional, national and international

(Alex) began training in Muay Thai after she moved to New York City immediately after college and took a class at a local gym. She was hooked after that first class, and knew she wanted to fight. Having never received training in any combat sport, she was awed by the power generated by seemingly ‘small’ statured people, as well as the tradition of respect and discipline demanded by Muay Thai.

Alex trained with Kru Edge Brown and Kru Steve Milles at the NYC Muay Thai camp under famed trainer Master Toddy. After learning the fundamentals of the sport, Alex began competing in venues in New York City, Virginia and Boston. In 2001, Alex won the 135lb (Women’s Welterweight) World Kickboxing Association (WKA) U.S. Championship and qualified for Worlds. She then went on to represent the USA and won a silver medal at the 2001 WKA World Championships in Vienna, Austria. Upon her return to NYC, she witnessed 9/11 first hand, and decided to try fighting for a different reason. She joined the U.S Marine Corps and served two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In 2008, Alex moved to Peoria, IL, and after a eight year hiatus from the sport, and severe back injury, she began training again. She took the first of several trips to Thailand in 2011, to deepen her knowledge of Muay Thai, as well as learn and appreciate Thai culture.

Alex enjoys sharing her love of Thai boxing with her students, particularly women of all ages. She feels very strongly that all women should be given an opportunity to understand the power they can generate, and be taught to throw and take a punch (or kick).

“SENSEI” SETH ADAMS

Sensei Seth is a lifelong Karate Practitioner! Having learned Okinawan Kempo from his parents since the age of 3, he has grown up in the dojo surrounded by kids and adults who loved practicing Martial Arts. He’s used those experiences to add to his own teaching, and create a curriculum and game base class that kids LOVE.

Seth has also been able to learn and apply knowledge from other styles like Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to make sure his students are learning their best!

Check out more about Sensei here:    SENSEI SETH

COACH ADAM VANENWYCK

Coach Adam began kickboxing and practicing Muay Thai in 2012.  He has competed at multiple events and has trained in several local martial arts gyms.  By studying Muay Thai daily, Adam is able to leverage different technical details to effectively incorporate a variety of technics into his classes.  Remaining an active participant in the 36 Chambers family has given Adam the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, the diverse members.  Some of Adam’s favorite go-to moves are long guard and leg kicks.  Adam is a US Army Veteran and lives in Holly Springs with his wife, Kristin, and their two boys; Logan and Lucas.

COACH MATT FARNESKI

Matt began boxing at age 10 as a way to stay in shape for football season. This sparked a love of combat sports and has evolved into a passion for teaching and training Muay Thai. Matt has been in and out of Muay Thai gyms up and down the east coast since 2005. Starting in New Jersey, and as far south as Georgia, where he was stationed with the 75th Ranger Regiment on Fort Benning, Matt continues to learn and develop as both a coach and a practitioner. 

 

COACH KEVIN SPRUILL

Coach Kevin is an Army Veteran and has 35 years of Martial Arts training to include Kajukenbo, Judo, Muay Thai, Wrestling, MACP,  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started his MMA journey while head coach of his alma mater in Hawaii when his friends wanted a training facility in the early years of Hawaii MMA with the formation of Solid Rock Grappling now known as Jesus Is Lord Gym on Oahu. Coach Kevin brings over 30 years of wrestling and combat sports experience to build a wrestling program at 36 Chambers, with a focus on developing high school and collegiate wrestlers. Kevin was a high school and college wrestling referee and wrestling coach in various states, growing his programs to win 3x state titles, and 13 state champions. Coach Kevin is a Brown Belt in the USBJJF under the guidance of Professor JOhn Schell of Schell Shock BJJ, Team Carioca and Joe Moreira.