John Thompson - Owner/Head coach.
John began mixed martial arts training in the early 2000’s studying Brazilian JiuJitsu, Boxing and Muay Thai, traveling the world seeking out the best gyms and fighters to learn from. Over the years he has established ties with numerous coaches and professional fighters that continue to serve as valuable resources. He is also head trainer at Cult Strength and Conditioning gym.
Cass Bell- General manager/Assistant coach.
Cass began wrestling in middle school and quickly excelled, representing Arcata High School at the county and state level. Cass has spent a number of years volunteering as an assistant coach for Arcata Youth Wrestling and now he has taken over the head coaching role. In addition to coaching wrestling, Cass is also a trainer at Cult Strength and Conditioning gym.
Under the coaching of IOC head trainer John Thompson, Cass has had over 20 mma fights, fought for 3 titles, and quickly became a 2 time champion. He won a local 145# championship belt and then a national 145# title for King of the Cage, Making him the only fighter from this area to win a national MMA title.
We are on the mats every day teaching and learning.