Ryan is the proverbial lifelong athlete, as evidenced by his resume. He has competed at nearly every tier of sports across a diverse blend of running, cycling, powerlifting, and martial arts sports; through his experiences as an athlete, he has worked as a consultant, coach, and trainer across an equally diverse spectrum of sports. In addition to his fitness background, Ryan was also a police training officer within the Edmonton Police Service and continues to provide self-defense, control tactics, and crime prevention training to law enforcement personnel and civilians alike.
Ryan has a long coaching and training history, having managed the legendary Panther Gym for eight years during the early days of his personal training career, and has worked as either a guest instructor or subject matter expert on and off at a variety of facilities since then. He has recently returned to Panther Gym to offer an ongoing boxing class focused on cross training for athletes involved in other sports, but is also offering martial arts and self-defense training at Wise Warrior Gym on a seminar and clinic basis. Ryan also provides services as a consultant or speaker at information sharing events with WEphysio as part of that organization's "#FactFriday" presentations and with the Running Room as an "all purpose" guest speaker on topics like runner safety and cross training options for runners.
You can learn more about Ryan Lawless at www.FullContactRunner.com, his athlete blog, and @FullContactRunner on Instagram and Facebook. He also produces short videos for IGTV under his @FullContactRunner title.
Bill was a late bloomer in some ways to combatives training, but has taken to them better than most, surpassing people who spent most of their early childhoods participating in arts that he only began as a teenager and adult. Through his personal drive and varied interests, he has turned himself into a competitor, coach, and athlete of outstanding reputation.
He started judo at age 14, earning a gold at the Alberta Northern Regionals as a blue belt. Bill later branched out into jeet kune do as a student under Larry Hartsell, where he developed a love of catch wrestling and kali weapons that continues to this day and informs a great deal of his expertise.
Bill eventually moved on from those initial interests and started training with Calen Paine of Wise Warrior Gym, exploring ground fighting and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Through his relationship with Ryan Lawless, Bill delved further into the striking arts, particularly boxing and kickboxing. He eventually found himself entering amateur kickboxing and grappling tournaments on a regular basis to ensure that his martial training was authentic and effective.
Bill is an accomplished BJJ practitioner and was promoted to purple belt under the esteemed Luis Gutierrez, NAGA 2003 Instructor of the year, who is one of the world's foremost experts on not only Brazilian jiu jitsu but self-defense, as well, with the ISR Matrix system.
Bill became a subject control instructor trainer for ISR Matrix in 2016, again under Luis, having been certified in subject control since 2007. Bill is currently the Canadian director for ISR Matrix and a fixture at yearly summits for the organization, as well as travelling the world assisting in course instruction and content delivery.
Bill began teaching non-abusive restraint techniques to youth workers in 2004, and also worked with at-risk youth for over a decade. Additionally, he has taught crisis intervention since that time with both respect for the changes that have occurred in the field over the years and the increasing liabilities that have accompanied those changes.
He is fully aware of the difficulties that come with adult caregivers placed in positions of guardianship over youths struggling with disabilities, addictions, and disorders. Bill has a keen insight into those challenges and remains closely aligned with the issues that often arise in use-of-force situations that do not give themselves over to easy answers.
Bill's full-time employment as a disability manager affords him a keen insight into risk management as it pertains to training and competing in the martial arts. He is source of best practices to all those around him on how to train students coping with injuries or infirmities, whether sports related or not, and understands adaptive needs for people who still want to be participate.
Dr. Gary Chee Seng Oh, BSc Hon Neuroscience, MD
Beyond his martial arts training, Gary brings a wealth of practical medical and sports experience to the team of trainers. With proven results, he has been serving communities, training athletes, and studying a diverse range of topics in various locations throughout North America. Gary uses a unique, clinically integrative approach between neurosciences, body, nutrition, athletic performance, and mood to achieve improved health outcomes for the people he works with.
As early as three years old, Gary's father taught him martial arts; specifically, traditional judo and karate teachings from a proud family history. In Canada, he was awarded provincial wrestling champion status in junior high, and cross trained in boxing and karate at the legendary Panther Gym for much of his youth. Gary's love of martial arts led to Thai kickboxing training during his high school, university, and medical school years as well as a transition into Brazilian JiuJitsu and mixed martial arts with Straight Blast Gym as an adult. He has also attended the Vancouver Police Judo Club under the instruction of its current lead, Sgt. Hinton, and maintains a keen interest in all of these arts.
He is a co-founder of Hard Target, an award winning crime prevention program with the Edmonton Police Service, created in 2010. Through the incredible feedback and popularity of that program, it continues as a standalone seminar series under the Untapped brand. With Hard Target, Gary taught and helped hundreds of students in self-defence and risk management techniques directed at reducing victimization and criminal behaviors.
Gary has worked closely with a broad spectrum of clientele, from the very young to the elderly, keeping both groups healthy and engaged as they pursue their fitness and safety goals. His own experiences have served him well, allowing Gary to pass on a wide range of insight and expertise to all his clients with nothing but the best of intentions.