About Us

Sensei Lawrence Patrick

  • Owner / Head Instructor

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  • Shin-jitsu Black Belt 8th Degree

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt 7th Degree

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  • Kenpo Karate Black Belt 2nd Degree

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  • Tae Kwon Do Black Belt 5th Degree

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  • 26-0 Professional Kickboxing Record

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  • 1996 Olympic Tae Kwon Do Team Member


He began training in 1981 in striking arts (Boxing & Kickboxing). Realizing that these arts were one dimensional, he supplemented his skills by learning Jiu-Jitsu and Judo to become a more complete martial artist. To test his skills as a fighter he fought as a professional kickboxer and retired undefeated with a 26-0 record (24 wins by k.o.). He has also won hundreds of submission grappling matches in his career. In January 2002, Lawrence was honored by being the first inductee into the Freestyle Fighting Championship's Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Never being one to remain stagnant in his learning, he is constantly continuing his education and refining his craft to this day. For this reason he will always be a student of the Martial Arts.

Instructor Troy Kilgore

Troy has been a member of Gold Dragon MMA since 2006.  He is a former boxer with Garden City Boxing in San Jose, California.  Troy also had a successful career 

with Gold Dragon MMA and currently holds a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Troy is our resident hard ass that will push every studentto their full potential.  He is instrumental in getting fighters prepared for upcoming  fights from conditioning, to technique, to weight cutting, to mental readiness.  He gives 100%  commitment to the fighters on a daily basis.  

 

Instructor Billy Stockstill

Billy Stockstill is a product of Gold Dragon MMA, having been training since 2007.  Billy has competed in MMA as well as Jiu-Jitsu and currently holds a brown belt.  Billy brings a tough-love approach to the gym, pushing youth and adults alike to reach their full potential.  He doesn’t tolerate excuses, but expects 100% effort from all he coaches.  In addition to coaching, Billy is also an avid student of martial arts, studying and cross training, and always looking to bring new techniques home to Gold Dragon. 

Instructor Clay Combel
Clay Combel is a husband and father of two.  He is considered a spiritual leader at Gold Dragon.  Clay started training at the age of 7 in the art of Kung-fu under Larry Haik.  He then went on to train in amateur boxing for 4 ½ year out of Hub City Boxing in Hattiesburg, Ms, primarily training with “Baby Face’ Curtis Johnson.  At the age of 18, Clay began training in Jiu-Jitsu with Brian Fulmer and catch wrestling under Dr. Milton Wheeler.  During this time, he also trained in Kenpo Comba-Tai and earned his purple belt. In 2011, after looking for an MMA gym, a friend recommended Gold Dragon MMA.  He was thrilled to find one place that combined all the different disciplines that he is passionate about.  While a student, he enjoyed an undefeated amateur MMA career, and currently is ranked as a brown belt.  His instructing emphasis is on Jiu-Jitsu and striking.  He works patiently with his students by breaking down techniques in a fun and digestible way that aims to encourage students in their journey. 
Instructor Travis Gallodoro

Travis has a wrestling background with about 13 years of competition and coaching. He went to the World Team Trials for the Olympics in Freestyle Wrestling. He has three years of competition experience in Jiu-Jitsu, winning national titles in two separate weight divisions.  He has now been an instructor of the youth classes at Gold Dragon since 2015. 

Instructor Derek Arcement

Derek has been training with Gold Dragon MMA since 2006 and currently holds a 1st degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. Derek is a current professional MMA fighter and was the #2 ranked amateur featherweight by the International Sport Combat Federation (I.S.C.F.) Derek is a gifted instructor that specializes in Jiu-Jitsu and conditioning.

Instructor Joseph Abercrombie

Joseph has been a member of Gold Dragon since 2007 and currently holds a 1st degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu. He was a professional MMA fighter that has held the Renaissance MMA featherweight title as well as the USA-MMA featherweight title. He has also won first place medals in several Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. He has been nick-named Joe-Jitsu by Sensei for his grappling skills.

Instructor Josh Abercrombie
Bio coming soon
Instructor Ryan Gauthier
Bio Coming Soon
Instructor Tammy Tucker

In 2008, Tammy was desperate for a change in her fitness level and getting her weight under control.  She knew typical workouts were not for her.  She wanted something that would hold her interest. About that time, her son started at an MMA gym for kids, taking their Jiu-Jitsu class. It just so happened that they had a women’s striking and defense class at the same time.  She thought how great he could do his class and she can work out without having to worry about him.  This turned out to be the best decision ever!  Not only did she lose weight, she built up muscle and improved her cardio.  She also learned confidence and how to defend herself. So that’s what she hopes to pass on in the striking fitness classes: strength, power, and confidence. 

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