BJJ, MUAY THAI & MMA INSTRUCTORS

Our strength is our instructors. We are not a chain and never will be.

OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE LOVED ON YELP!

TIM PETERSON (BJJ BLACK BELT - FIRST DEGREE)

Tim Peterson is the head instructor and owner of Robot Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Tim is a black belt under Giva Santana (One Jiu Jitsu & Fitness) and has competed and placed in local, national and international levels of competition. Tim began training in various martial arts at the age of four but then switched his focus exclusively to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15.He became the head of the UCLA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program during his Sophomore year of attendance.Under Tim’s leadership, the UCLA Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and team swelled with new members and excelled in competition. Tim graduated from UCLA in 2009 and continues his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey at Robot.  As the head instructor at Robot, Tim has gained an increased familiarity with modern strategies for physical therapy and strength and conditioning, including mobility and movement patterns, the art of learning, and psychological motor skills acquisition.

Tim has fought Gi and No Gi Champions in and outside his weight class including matches against Johnathan “JT” Torres (World Champion in 2013 and 2008), Rodolfo Vieira (Heavyweight World Champion in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 / Absolute World Champion in 2011), and Theodoro Canal (World Champion in 2010).He has beaten and submitted in competition Joe Camacho, Steve Rosenberg, Sean Roberts, and Nathan Mendelsen.Below are some of his numerous accomplishments:

  • 2011 Silver Phoenix Int’l Open
  • 2010 US National Champion
  • 2010 Silver at US Open
  • 2010 Bronze at Pan American Championships
  • 2010 Gold at Fabio Santos Open
  • 2010 Silver at American Cup
  • 2010 Silver at Copa Pacifica (gold went to fellow Lotus fighter Evan Cathey in coin toss)
  • 2010 Gold Tinguinha Annual Tournament (absolute weight)
  • 2009 1st Place at Grappler’s Quest
  • 2007 Bronze at Pan American Championships
  • Wins in numerous Superfights

LANCE DIXON (MUAY THAI)

Lance Dixon is the head instructor of Robot’s Muay Thai program.  Lance began training Muay Thai in 2010, discovering his love for Thai boxing as a student under David Huerta.  Since then, Lance has compiled an impressive record of 15-0.  He is passionate about both teaching and competing in Muay Thai and strives to pass on to others the art that has done so much for him.

Robbie White (Intro, Kids)

Robbie White started training when his brothers did. He felt that he couldn’t let his younger brother be able to beat him up so he started taking classes in 2008. He is currently a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is undefeated in Muay Thai with a 3-0 record. He has competed extensively at high levels; some of his titles include winning the 2015 Songkran (Thai New Year) belt, winning the 2011 IBJJF National Title, and placing 2nd in the 2012 IBJJF NOGI World Championships. His love of the sport, the coaches, training partners and upcoming fights keep him motivated to train. There’s nothing more motivating than knowing your opponents are out there trying to out work you.

Leo “Domo” Imai (Muay Thai, Kids)

Leo “Domo” Imai originally started training MMA when his family took an interest in Judo. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is currently undefeated in MMA with a 5-0 record, and has a record of 3-1 in Muay Thai. He is the SparStar MMA featherweight champion. In addition to being a fighter, he is also a Kinesiology major at CSU Fullerton. His ultimate goals are to be the best fighter he can possibly be, to see how far he can get in the sport and to pass on knowledge that he’s learned throughout the years.

Alex Leavitt (MMA, Wrestling)

Alex Leavitt has been training martial arts since he was 5 years old in San Pedro, CA. He received his black belt in Tang Soo Do at the age of 15 before switching his focus to wrestling during his freshman year of high school. He quickly fell in love with the sport and continued training at ASU with Jeff Funicello and transitioned into MMA with an Olympic style wrestling focus.  Under Jeff, he had two MMA fights and won both before moving back to LA after college. He was soon introduced to Robot Fight & Fitness and began training BJJ under Tim Peterson and Muay Thai under David Huerta. Since joining Robot, he holds a 7-0 Muay Thai record and a 1-0 MMA record. Alex currently teaches the wrestling and MMA classes at Robot.

Zara Dickinson (Creative Director)

Zara #1Zara Dickinson started boxing three years ago while home in San Jose for summer vacation. After moving to Los Angeles, she eventually fell in love with Muay Thai, which she declares is the only form of exercise that she is always excited for. Because of her passion for the sport and her strong desire to be involved in the MMA community, she started working at Robot while she was a still a student at USC. She has now graduated with a BA in art, and she currently works on design and branding for the gym.