Instructors at 36 Chambers

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ALEXANDRA STOKMAN BRACKETT

Years Training Muay Thai: 12
Competitive Experience: Amateur Muay Thai –regional, national and international
Weight Class: 135lbs/62kg
Signature Move: Teep

Alexandra (Alex) Stokman Brackett 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 married Coach Josh Brackett in Thailand, where the couple spent part of their honeymoon training Muay Thai, and watching fights.

During the day, Alex works as a Marketing Manager for a large heavy equipment manufacturer. in 2018, Alex graduated with a professional certification in dog training and education, and is pursuing an advanced degree. She has rehabilitated two rescue pitbulls, and has a passion for working with ‘tough’ cases.

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).

JOSH BRACKETT

  • 2x Thai Boxing Association National Champion (2013-2016)
  • 1 International Kickboxing Federation Champion (2019)
  • Coached
    • 7 National Muay Thai champions,
    • UFC veteran
    • Pro Kickboxing champion
  • Certified Kettlebell Instructor under Steve Maxwell
  • CHEK Nutrition and Exercise Coach
  • Precision Nutrition Coach
  • Years Coaching: (2007-present)
Originally from Peoria, IL, Josh Brackett’s journey through martial arts started by training with his grandfather, a professional boxer with over 100 fights. The next step was a highlight video of famed kickboxer Ramon Dekkers which prompted his first visit to a Muay Thai studio in 2004. Josh was hooked and immediately started competing in boxing. He then progressed to taking a Muay Thai class and realized he had found his ‘place’ in martial arts.

In 2007 Josh began to coach full time while competing in Muay Thai. He met fellow fighter, (who later became his wife), Alex, and realized they shared a deep love for the sport.

In 2014 Josh and Alex started their own school Peoria Muay Thai. In less than 3 years Peoria Muay Thai created a large membership and multiple national and regional champions along the way.

In 2017, the couple sold the gym and relocated to the Raleigh area. Josh’s passion for Muay Thai has prompted multiple trips to Thailand to learn the art form from its birthplace. Alex and Josh were married in Thailand in 2011 and had their honeymoon at Tiger Muay Thai.

Since he began coaching Muay Thai full-time, Josh has worked to enhance his clients’ and fighters’ training, by earning certifications in functional exercise, nutrition and wellness.

While still an active fighter, Josh thoroughly enjoys sharing his love of the sport with all his clients. Josh has a passion for teaching novice students and watching them grow into confident and competent practitioners of Muay Thai.

ADLI EDWARDS

Key Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist -National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified Conditioning Coach -BioForce
  • USA Weightlifting Lvl 1 Certified Coach- USA Weightlifting
Adli is a professional MMA fighter and strength and conditioning specialist. Originally from Columbus, Ohio Adli started his competitive martial arts journey at 15 with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Adli joined the high school wrestling team soon after. He became an NCAA Division 2 All American for Ashland University in 2012 where he also earned a master’s degree in Applied Exercise Science.

Adli began his amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career at Buckeye MMA under the tutelage of Josh Williams and became the #1 ranked amateur in Ohio, capturing the IT Fight Series and RFO championship belts along the way. Adli chased sunnier weather in 2016 with a move to NC before joining the professional MMA ranks. In September, 2018 Adli became the #1 ranked professional lightweight in the state of North Carolina.

Nicknamed “Sunshine”- Adli enjoys the process of growing as a martial arts athlete and wants to share that love with every member of the 36 Chambers family. He has almost ten years of experience coaching both combat sports and fitness. Adli has worked with countless youth athletes, professional athletes, and those just wanting a fun and effective work out.

Outside of the gym you can find “Sunshine” looking for his next meal, playing a board game, or taking a walk with his wife, Maggie, and two girls, Mia and Amelia.

“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!

 

MAGGIE EDWARDS

Maggie is originally from Columbus, OH, but now resides in Holly Springs with her husband and two girls. She was introduced to boxing at a cardio boxing class, and after a few months her (now) husband convinced her to try boxing at his MMA gym. She was hooked. Shortly after joining the gym, Maggie tried Jiu Jitsu and loved it. Today, Maggie competes in Jiu-Jitsu, and recently started training Muay Thai

Maggie has a BS with a focus in Sports Industry, and is certified by the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). She is currently pursuing her Nutrition Certification through NASM as well. When Maggie isn’t in the gym, she’s chasing after her 3 and 8 year old daughters. You can find her loving any competitive activity with Adli, as her teammate.