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Alex Yablong

Coach Alex Yablong grew up in Winnetka, IL, playing competitive hockey and baseball. He studied at the University of Denver, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. When he isn’t coaching or training at Easton, he loves to snowboard and splitboard in the…

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Amal Easton - BJJ Black Belt

Amal Easton

Professor Amal Easton began his martial arts journey over 30 years ago with the study of Muay Thai under the tutelage of Ajarn Chai Sirasuti and Kru Doug Pandorf. He has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu extensively since 1992. After earning his degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine,…

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Mike Tousignant - BJJ Black Belt

Mike Tousignant

Professor Mike Tousignant grew up in Chelmsford, MA, and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been the General Manager of ETC Boulder since 2009, and received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Amal Easton in June of 2014….

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Shae Smith

Coach Shae Smith moved to Colorado when he was 16 years old from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when his oldest brother began attending CU Boulder. His hobbies outside of work include hiking, biking around town, drilling the Berimbolo, and learning about the cosmos. Shae had been interested…

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Patricio Rodriguez

Patricio was born and raised in Boulder Colorado. He started training in Jiu Jitsu at Easton not long after graduating high school. Outside of the world of BJJ, Patricio enjoys the outdoors and dining out with good company. Patricio was first drawn to Jiu Jitsu…

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Kilian Beggan

Coach Kilian Beggan has been a part of the Easton Training Center family since she was just 11 years old. She attends the University of Colorado Boulder. When she isn’t training or coaching Tigers Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai classes, she spends her time studying and…

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James Strater-Smith - BJJ Black Belt

James Strater-Smith

As a child, Coach James Strater-Smith dreamt of growing up to be a Ninja Turtle. Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that The Secret of the Ooze was only a movie and not a reality, so he settled for the next best thing: being a full-time…

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Foster Bailey - BJJ Black Belt

Foster Bailey

Professor Foster Bailey was born in Louisiana and grew up in Fort Collins. He attended CU Boulder, where he studied history and competed in mogul races on the freestyle ski team. After graduation, he coached the team for five years. He found that coaching mogul…

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Eliot Marshall - BJJ Black Belt

Eliot Marshall

Professor Eliot Marshall started his martial arts training after seeing The Karate Kid for the first time. At the age of six he began training in Soo Bahk Do under the instruction of Grand Master Hwang Kee and Michael Garaguso. Eliot achieved the rank of…

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