Daniel "The Machine" Hernandez is a martial artist, workout enthusiast, Certified Personal Trainer – National Council of Strength and Fitness, Group Fitness Trainer - American Council Exercise, Fitness Nutrition Coach – National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, and Youth Fitness Specialist - International Youth Conditioning Association. He earned the nick name "The Machine" from former training partners due to his relentless drive and determination both inside and outside of the gym.
Daniel has over 10 years of mixed martial arts (MMA) experience. His primary martial arts are American Kenpo Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, American Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also has experience in Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kodokan Judo, and Shoot Wrestling. Daniel's Journey into martial arts began when he was only 3 years of age and his father, who was a 4th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and a brown belt in Kodokan Judo, introduced him to the amazing world of martial arts. Since that time, Daniel has taken breaks from training and explored various styles, but he has always returned to the martial arts in one way or another. He has trained consistently without a break since he completed graduate school in 2007.
Daniel’s vision is to use mixed martial arts and Kickboxing to help individuals get the results they desire through a fun, dynamic, and non-traditional workout. He believes in promoting total body fitness which includes improving endurance, strength, speed, agility, balance, coordination, range of motion, and flexibility. Daniel utilizes multi-joint, functional movements that maximize calorie expenditure and improve the body's performance in athletic as well as daily activities. His training style is supportive and motivational and he relies on muscle confusion and interval training to promote health and fitness in an intense but relatively short training bout.
Carmen Cuevas, Assistant Instructor
Carmen hails from New York City and was introduced to martial arts when she was 15 years old. She has years of experience in Capoeira, a Brazilian style of martial arts that rhythmically fuses dancing with fighting. Carmen began training at Ultimate MMA Fitness as a member and demonstrated a passion for learning and teaching from the start. She rapidly progressed to Assistant Instructor aided by her background in martial arts along with her ability to learn quickly and communicate effectively.
Carmen’s desire to teach and train others, has led her to pursue a personal trainer certification. Additionally, she is actively involved in learning components of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai. In her sessions, she advocates proper technique and correct body mechanics to maximize power and reduce the risk of injury.
Carmen aspires to reach out to the community and show people that fitness can be fun, and health and wellness are achievable for everyone, regardless of size, age, or experience.
Delaney Weaver, Assistant Instructor
Delaney is native Texan. She is originally from Houston but has lived in Austin since 2001. Delaney is a Dental Hygienist but her passions lie in art though gardening, painting, dance and many different forms of sport. She has always made physical activity a part of her life, and throughly enjoys learning new things.
Throughout childhood and adolescence she participated in swimming, diving and gymnastics. As an adult she became more interested in Dance and Choreography. Delaney has trained in all forms of dance for over 10 years. She has produced various modern dance pieces, solo and group.
For the past year Delaney has been studying circus arts at Sky Candy in Austin, TX. She really enjoys aerial silks, trapeze and recently received handstand training. Delaney is very kinesthetically aware and interested in helping others achieve their fitness goals. Her training session concentrate on strengthening and stretching to achieve more ideal postures in everyday living and during exercise.
Glenn Haley, Senior Instructor
Mr. Glenn Haley has over 27 years of experience training in the martial arts. His training in the
martial arts started at the young age of 12 years old where he first studied a form of
five animal based Kempo Karate. He began his training in American Kenpo Karate when his
family moved to California in 1986. He currently holds the
rank of 4th degree black belt and Senior Instructor in American Kenpo Karate and is a member
of the AKTS under Master Sepulveda. Mr. Haley has a healthy point-fighting and
sport karate background. He has fought as a member of the John Sepulveda USA Fight
Team in Denmark (1999) and Ireland (2001). He has competed at countless tournaments and
placed several times at the famous International Karate Championships when it was held in
Long Beach, CA. In 2009, Mr. Haley attended the Kenpo World Meeting and Championships in
Guadalajara, Spain and secured a 1st place International win in his Black Belt Mens
Heavyweight kumite division.
Mr. Haley has also actively focused on competitive kickboxing for over a decade and has
trained with some of the best kickboxing coaches in the Kenpo community including Mr. Larry Beltramo
and Gil Acosta. In 2003, he was ranked 6th in the world as Light Heavyweight by International
Kickboxing Federation (IKF) with an official kickboxing fight record of 5-3-1 (w/ 4 KOs)
under his belt. Some of the most notable fights have included bouts at the IKF World Championships
in 2008, IKF US National Championships in 2003, two separate bouts for the California State
Championship title, and an appearance in "Strikeforce" Kickboxing as seen televised on ESPN2.
Mr. Haley has also attended several seminars with notable instructors such as Frank Shamrock,
Rafael Cordiero, Bill Wallace, and Ajarn Nelson Siyavong. He also frequently receives instruction
in Muay Thai from Adam Ganshirt who certified under Ajarn "Chai" Sirisute of the Thai Boxing
Association of the USA.
Mr. Haley has experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under
Dwayne Weikum and Royce Gracie. In 2008, Mr. Haley began increasing his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
and submission grappling focus by cross training at several gyms. In 2010, he resumed his
formal training under Sean Cooper within the Cleber Luciano and Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lineage.
Mr. Haley has placed in Gi and No-Gi grappling divisions at the NAGA tournament and was awarded
the rank of Blue Belt in early 2011. With a desire to compete and develop his effectiveness in MMA,
Mr. Haley has begun his formal Boxing instruction under Xavier Cepeda and added training with the
Cedar Park Judo Club to his weekly training regime. In early 2012, Mr. Haley was a cast member
and fighter on the MMA Reality TV series "Cage Quest" which aired in March 2012 on the
Mr. Haley is a strong believer that a martial artist must be well-rounded with training in
multiple disciplines. Although, he considers American Kenpo to be his base system, his
cross training in Karate, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, and Judo gives him a unique perception
to ensure self-defense effectiveness. Although still very active competitively, Mr. Haley
also believes in giving back to the arts. He is the owner and Sr. Instructor at Ultimate
Academy of Martial Arts where he teaches several hours each week. In addition, he trains
and coaches several amateur fighters for competition and occasionally instructs at seminars
and camps nation-wide.
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