meet our staff

our coaching beliefs

Since 1999 KMAA has been providing high-quality martial arts and fitness instruction to the people in and around Knoxville, TN. In that time, our coaching staff has grown from just Coach Eric to now include many instructors and assistant instructors. We have done this because it is our belief that making a great team involves believing, becoming, and belonging. It is bringing together a group of people with diverse skills, beliefs, and attitudes in a way that they wholeheartedly give themselves to the team in order that both the individual students and the team may reach their full potential. Our Coaching staff is dedicated to the proposition that no matter who comes through the door we are dedicated to helping them improve their life in some way. 


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ERIC TURNER

OWNER / HEAD COACH

Co-Founder of KMAA with Coach Joey Zonar
- MMA Coach for more than 20 years.
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blackbelt
- 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Judo
- 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Hapkido
- 2nd Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
- Significant Experience with Inayan Eskrima (5 years)

joey Zonar

OWNER / HEAD COACH
PERSONAL TRAINER

Co-Founder of KMAA with Coach Eric Turner
- MMA Coach for more than 15 years.
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
- Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Marketing (University of Tennessee)

taylor turner

OWNER / HEAD COACH
PERSONAL TRAINER

- Professional MMA Fighter
​- Bellator MMA veteran
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
- ACE (American Council of Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition, Exercise, & Sociology (University of Minnesota)

Nick Gehrts

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU, KICKBOXING, & MMA COACH
PERSONAL TRAINER

- Professional MMA Fighter
- Bellator MMA veteran
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt

JASON King

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU, KICKBOXING, & MMA COACH
PERSONAL TRAINER

- Professional MMA Fighter
- Bellator MMA veteran
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
- 4th Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
- NCEP (National College of Exercise Professionals) Certified Personal Trainer
- Certified Lockhart and Leith Dietician & Weight Cut Specialist
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology (East Tennessee University)

    Emilee King

    BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU COACH
    CHILDREN'S INSTRUCTOR (Little Dragons)

    PERSONAL TRAINER

    - Professional MMA Fighter
    - Invicta FC veteran
    - Bellator MMA veteran
    - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt

    - 4th Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
    - 1st Degree Blackbelt in Judo & Hapkido
    - NCEP (National College of Exercise Professionals) Certified Personal Trainer
    - Registered Nurse

DRE Miley

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU COACH, KICKBOXING, & MMA COACH

CHILDREN'S INSTRUCTOR

PERSONAL TRAINER

- Professional MMA Fighter
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt
- NCEP (National College of Exercise Professionals) Certified Personal Trainer

DAVID OGLE

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU COACH

- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
- Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)

DR. TIM JACKSON

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU COACH

- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt
- Doctorate of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering (University of Tennessee)


    CHRISTINA ADCOCK

    CHILDREN'S INSTRUCTOR (Little Dragons)

    PERSONAL TRAINER

    - Professional MMA Fighter
    - Invicta FC veteran
    - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt
    - National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP)
    Certified Personal Trainer
    - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)

JAMES Adcock

BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU & MMA COACH

- Professional MMA Fighter
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt

CHASE WENDER

CHILDREN'S INSTRUCTOR
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU, KICKBOXING, & MMA COACH

- Professional MMA Fighter
- Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
- Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)

    MORGAN FARMER

    MMAX FIT COACH
    PERSONAL TRAINER

    - Professional MMA fighter
    - Invicta FC veteran
    - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue belt

Chris Wolff

HEAD COACH KMAA PIGEON FORGE
PERSONAL TRAINER

- Professional MMA Fighter.
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt
- Assistant Wrestling Coach Sevier County

WEEKLY SCHEDULE


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TUES

WED

THUR

FRI

SAT

9:15 AM

MMA MAX

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MMA MAX

* PRO PRACTICE

MMA MAX

MMAX BJJ (GI)

10:00 AM

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MMAX KICKBOXING

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MMAX KICKBOXING

Cell

OPEN MAT BJJ

10:30 AM

MMAX BJJ (GI)

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MMAX BJJ (GI)

Cell

MMAX BJJ (GI)

MMA MAX

12:00 PM

MMAX STEP

Cell

MMAX STEP

Cell

MMAX STEP

Cell

5:00 PM

MMAX YOUTH

LITTLE DRAGONS

MMAX DANCE

MMAX YOUTH

LITTLE DRAGONS

MMAX FITNESS

MMAX YOUTH

MMAX DANCE

MMAX YOUTH

LITTLE DRAGONS

MMAX FITNESS

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Cell

6:00 PM

MMAX BJJ (NO GI)

INTERMEDIATE BJJ (NO GI)

KICKBOXING

MMAX BJJ (GI)

INTERMEDIATE BJJ (GI)

KICKBOXING

MMAX BJJ (NO GI)

MMAX KICKBOXING

MMAX BJJ (GI)

INTERMEDIATE BJJ (GI)

KICKBOXING

OPEN MAT BJJ

KICKBOXING

Cell

7:00 PM

MMA MAX

INTERMEDIATE MMA

* PRO PRACTICE

MMA MAX

INTERMEDIATE MMA

* PRO PRACTICE

MMAX YOGA

MMA MAX

MMA MAX

INTERMEDIATE MMA

* PRO PRACTICE

MMAX YOGA

MMA SPARRING

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