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Systems Training Center in Hawthorne, CA is excited to offer a full training center for all of your workout needs.
Systems Training Center is Hawthorne’s premier MMA Training Center, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Self-Defense and Fitness gym in the South Bay. Drop the boring gym routine and join us if you want to get into the best shape of your life and have fun doing it too. We offer a wide range of classes covering: self-defense, fitness, weight loss, MMA training, and fighting.

If you are looking for self-defense classes in the South Bay, we offer specialized Krav Maga courses taught by our certified black belt, Marcus Kowal. Krav Maga is a martial art designed to keep you safe both in the gym and on the streets. You will learn practical self-defense techniques against single or multiple aggressors with them without weapons. Keep safe in Hawthorne with Systems Training Center’s Krav Maga self-defense courses. Lose weight and tone your muscles with our System Training Center fitness classes. We have various kickboxing for fitness and boxing classes to help you burn calories in a fun, high-energy environment. You will punch and kick bags, pads and mitts in a series of workouts involving partner drills and solo work. Show off your new beach body year round at Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach nearby.

Systems Training Center is home to Hawthorne’s premier gym. Our certified Fitness program comes complete with state of the art equipment located in the black room of our 5,000 sq. ft. facility. Systems Fitness combines high intensity interval training, body weight exercises, plyometrics, isometrics, olympic lifting, powerlifting and traditional lifting to provide the most comprehensive and functional fitness program in California.

Systems Training Center offer the South Bay’s top fight program consisting of MMA training, Kids, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Boxing. Our experienced professional trainers will help you learn the proven techniques of these arts, whether your goal is to one day fight in the UFC, or simply learn self-defense from successful combat athletes. We are also home to one of the best professional and amateur MMA fight teams in Hawthorne, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and all across the South Bay and Los Angeles area.

If you are looking for the best MMA training and fitness gym in the Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Los Angeles area that also offers Fitness taught by the best and most experienced professional trainers, then Systems Training Center is right for you. At Systems Training Center, we offer free trial classes so you can experience what it’s like to train with us! Please call us at 424-429-1337, visit us on Facebook and Twitter.



Marcus Kowal
Marcus Kowal

Marcus Kowal is a professional kickboxer, MMA fighter and boxer. He is also a 2nd degree black belt in Krav Maga, teaching self defense to civilians, military and law enforcements. He is also a Fitness instructor.

Marcus has over 20 years in the fitness and martial arts industry. He was also in the Swedish special forces (Rangers) before moving to the US. On top of teaching classes in the previously mentioned styles of martial arts, Marcus teaches private classes, focusing on self defense, weight loss, fighting and mental strength.

Locations: Hawthorne, Encino, Westwood


Fabio Trinidade is originally from Manaus, Brazil. Fabio is a very accomplished martial artist and professional MMA fighter.

He is a SJJIF BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) champion. 2 times No Gi SJJIF world champion. 3 times Brazilian National Champion (IBJJF), South American Champion (IBJJF), 7 times state Jiu Jitsu champion, Las Vegas Open IBJJF champion, Los Angeles Open IBJJF champion, FIVE grappling (GI and No GI) champion and 5 times NAGA champion!
Fabio teaches classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Kickboxing & Muay Thai, as well as Combat Conditioning. Fabio also teaches private classes at our Encino location.

Locations: Encino

Mishel Eder
Mishel Eder

With a ballet background, Mishel became passionate about yoga six years ago. She began teaching yoga in 2013 and quickly developed a mix of traditional yoga and mobility training from her formative dance years.

In 2014 she became Bag and Fitness Certified and began teaching high intensity interval training as well. In 2018, she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Business and became a certified nutritionist.

Locations: Hawthorne, Westwood, Encino

Dmitry “Dima” Gerasimov
Dmitry “Dima” GerasimovGeneral Manager, CrossFit, Kickboxing Coach

A professional fighter since 2012 with over 18 years of combined martial arts experience.  He is a two time MMA champion and a former Taekwondo champion.

He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Pedro Munoz, and is a Fitness coach.

Locations: Hawthorne

Christos Giagos
Christos GiagosCrossFit, HIIT Fit, Kickboxing Coach

Coach Giagos is a multiple time champion in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling.  A purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and over 9 years of experience, he is currently competing as a professional in the UFC lightweight division.

In addition to his competitive accomplishments, he is also certified as a Fitness coach.

Locations: Hawthorne

John Robles
John RoblesBoxing, HIIT Fit Coach

Fighting professionally since 2010, coach John has competed under the banner of MMA’s largest promotions. He’s also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu having placed in many tournaments Including Gracie Nationals and North American Open.

John is avid trainer specializing in boxing and conditioning.

Locations: Hawthorne, Westwood

Antonio “Juninho” Roberto Crivelari Jr
Antonio “Juninho” Roberto Crivelari JrBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Junihno is a 4th degree black belt under Leo Viera and current Pan America BJJ champion. He’s trained with top level UFC athletes including Demian Maia, Sheymon Moraes, and McKenzie Dern.

His long list of accomplishments include:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2017 Master 1)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2018 Master 1)
  • IBJJF South American Champion (2016 Master 1)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2017 Master 1)
  • IBJJF European Open No-Gi Champion (2017 Master 1)
  • IBJJF São Paulo BJJ Pro Champion (2017 Master 1)
  • IBJJF Rome Open Champion (2017 Master 1)
  • IBJJF European Masters 2nd Place (2017 Master 1)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Los Angeles 2nd Place (2016 Adult, 2017 Master 1)
  • IBJJF World Masters 3rd Place (2018 Masters 1)
  • CBJJ Brazilian National 3rd Place (2013)
  • IBJJF South American Masters 3rd Place (2017 Master 1)

Locations: Hawthorne

Sheridan “Cherry” Lopez
Sheridan “Cherry” LopezAssistant Manager, Kids Coach

Cherry is an active competitor in BJJ and amatuer MMA with over 7 years of experience.  She holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is also a Fitness/Weightlifting enthusiast and has a B.A. in Kinesiology.

She heads up our kids program, actively manages the kids competition team, and instills confidence and discipline in the Systems kids.

Locations: Hawthorne

Angel Diaz
Angel DiazKids, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Angel is a purple belt and amateur fighter.  While helping head up the kids program he also runs BJJ and kickboxing classes.  A long with Angel’s martial arts credentials he is also Explosive Fitness and Performance Certified.

Locations: Hawthorne
Sandy Yeghikian
Sandy Yeghikian

Coach Sandy is a mother of two who knows all too well how important staying in shape and healthy is in life. She’s trained in level 3 Krav Maga, a brown belt in Taekwondo, a certified personal trainer, and has led multiple Fitness classes for all types of people, male and female for several (2) years now.

She is very passionate about her work in training each of her clients and students. And to provide the knowledge to reach their different fitness goals. Weather its strength, agility, stamina, endurance, or overall health and fitness goals.

Coach Sandy makes working out fun and different. It’s never the same workout with her. She is always thinking of new ways and moves to keep your workout fun and fresh and deliver results. With her amazing personality and contagious smile, training with Coach Sandy will take you to the next level in your fitness goals.

Locations: Encino

Rodney Martin Jr.
Rodney Martin Jr.CrossFit, HIIT Fit, Olympic Lifting Coach

Rodney is a marathon runner turned Olympic lifter.  His long list of athletic experience includes GCU Ex-Collegiate, Triathlete, Marathoner, Cross Country Runner, Track & Field Runner.

Fitness Competitor, Olympic Lifter and Yoga Advocate. He’s certified in Exercise Science, USA Weightlifting Coach, Sports Performance Coach, Kids USAW Coach, Student’s Run Los Angeles Coach, and he also coaches strength and conditioning at a local high school.

Locations: Hawthorne

Vinicius Borba Zani
Vinicius Borba ZaniKickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Vinny  has over 20 years of experience teaching and fighting experience.

He’s boxed and worked with some of the best coaches around the world including boxing in Mexico, Muay Thai in Thailand, and BJJ and MMA in Brazil, China and the US. Vinny also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is currently signed with Bellator MMA.

Locations: Hawthorne, Westwood

Donovan McKiver
Donovan McKiverKickboxing, Boxing Coach

He’s lived and breathed Muay Thai and Boxing since he could walk. Coach Donovan has been training Muay Thai since he’s been 6 years old and competing since he was 11.

Donovan imparts that passion for the striking arts on adults and kids alike. He’s worked with some the of top pro Muay Thai, Boxing, and MMA athletes and currently holds 2 titles including the U.S. Muay Thai Championship.

Locations: Hawthorne, Inglewood

Lorenzo Orozco
Lorenzo OrozcoKickboxing, Boxing Coach

Coach Lorenzo is a multiple time Muay Thai Kickboxing champion who is currently studying Kinesiology and Nutrition at El Camino College.

He is also a Kettle Bell and Battle Rope certified instructor so you’ll never get a boring workout from Lorenzo. When it comes to our youth programs, Lorenzo’s passion and enthusiasm provide a positive leadership example for your child.

Locations: Hawthorne, Inglewood

John Garcia
John GarciaKickboxing, Boxing Coach

John has been training since he was 9 and has over 4 years of coaching experience in both Muay Thai and Taekwondo.

He is a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, a Muay Thai champion, and has experience boxing as well.

Locations: Inglewood

Jose Zamora
Jose ZamoraKickboxing, Boxing Coach

Jose is a professional boxer with a 10-1 record and the current GBO super-featherweight champion. He’s also had 10 amateur Muay Thai fights.

He enjoys incorporating strong elements of boxing into his Muay Thai classes and says, “A lot of the work I get to do as a professional, my students get a taste of it.”

Locations:  Westwood, Inglewood

Virgil “Mark” Hollins
Virgil “Mark” HollinsBoxing Coach

Coach Mark is a former NBA player and amatuer boxer. He had 20 amateur fights and coaches boxing classes and runs the striking program of the Systems fight team.

Locations: Hawthorne
Kirby Israelson
Kirby IsraelsonKrav Maga Coach

Kirby is an artist, self-defense advocate, and veteran Krav Maga instructor.

Locations: Hawthorne
Riley Ali
Riley AliKrav Maga Coach

Riley has been training Krav Maga since the ripe age of five and he’s the youngest Krav Maga black belt in California.

He started teaching Krav Maga at Systems in 2016. He’s currently active in kickboxing and MMA as well.

Locations: Hawthorne, Westwood

Anthony Garcia
Anthony GarciaAssistant HIIT Fit, Olympic Lifting Coach

Anthony is an avid Fitness and Olympic lifting competitor, having competed on the big stage in Vegas.

He brings his knowledge and experience as an assistant fitness and lifting coach.

Locations: Hawthorne

Danny Lozano
Danny LozanoAssistant Kickboxing Coach

Assistant kickboxing coach and standout talent. Danny has over 4 years of experience teaching and training kickboxing.

Locations: Hawthorne

Jade Ross
Jade Ross Assistant Kids Coach

Jade is a young up and coming Muay Thai fighter having fought numerous times despite her young age.

She assists the kids program instilling the same focus and drive she shown in her own martial arts journey.

Locations: Hawthorne, Inglewood

BJJ and HIIT Coach

Sam is a very accomplished martial artist, originally from Iran, where he was a member of the judo national team for 10 years.

Sam has won the World cup, the Grand Prix, the Asian championships and the US open in Judo as a black belt. Sam is also a world champion as a blue belt in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and a world No Gi double gold champion, as well as a Pan Am double gold world champion as a purple belt.
Sam teaches BJJ, Judo and HIIT (High Intensive Interval Training) classes, as well as private training.

Locations: Encino

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