Westside MMA

Instructors

Billy Robinson

Billy Robinson (born 1939) is a British professional wrestler and catch wrestling instructor.Coach Billy Robinson Robinson was well known in Japan where he has trained mixed martial arts fighters in catch wrestling. He is one of the few wrestlers who was successful in several continents (Europe, North America, Asia), winning titles in promotions nearly everywhere he wrestled.

As well as being one of the key influences on the shoot style movement, Robinson began training athletes in Catch Wrestling at the UWF Snake Pit in Japan. Robinson has contributed immensely in training several mixed martial arts legends including Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett. Currently, he trains up and coming fighters at Westside MMA.

Robinson was inducted into the International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.


Coach Matt "The Pink Leprechaun" Hamilton

Matt Hamilton, a native Arkansan, got his start in Martial Arts instruction in 1991.Coach Matt Hamilton He discovered Mixed Martial Arts in the mid-90s and excelled in the sport, becoming one of Arkansas’ first professional MMA Fighters. Matt has multiple MMA tournament wins including the 1999 MMA Amateur National Title (<155 lbs) and Dan Severn’s Danger Zone 135 lbs North American Title. Matt has fought along side UFC veterans in shows like AFC, SHOOTO, Superbrawl, & Extreme Challenge.

Matt is a first-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the first Arkansan to compete in ADCC, and coached the only Arkansan to ever medal in ADCC (Hillary Williams). Matt uses his versatile experience in his preparation with Westside’s Fight Team.

Aside from managing the day-to-day workings of the gym, Matt heads the kickboxing program and teaches and assists in the BJJ, Nogi, and Fight Team classes.


Rolando "The Crazy Cuban" Delgado

Roli Delgado got his start in combat sports during high school when he joined the wrestling team.Coach Roli Delgado Upon moving to Arkansas, at the time with no wrestling teams in the state, Roli discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. A TUF and UFC veteran, Roli is an active MMA fighter and oversees all the young fighters getting their start at Westside. Roli co-owns Westside with Matt Hamilton.

An advocate of well-rounded training, Roli is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt but consistently cross trains in Hayastan, Judo, and Catch Wrestling to complete his ground game. With 25 MMA fights, Roli is one of the most experienced instructors in the Mid-South and passes his knowledge on to his students at Westside.

Roli teaches the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Fight Team classes at Westside MMA.


Garrett Andrews Judo Black Belt

Coach Garrett Andrews Dr. Garrett Andrews is a 1st degree black belt with the United States Judo Association and 2nd degree black belt with United States Judo Federation, he also holds reciprocity black belt rank with United States Judo (USJI).

He received his black belt rank under Christophe Leininger and Dave Brin in 2001 while residing in Phoenix, Arizona. He also currently holds a blue belt rank in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Matt Hamilton and Roli Delgado.

Garrett is a multiple state judo champion; winning Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Arkansas state tournaments. He continues to teach, train, and compete at state and national level judo and jiu jitsu tournaments. In addition to his martial art background, Garrett is also a Neuropsychologist that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury.


Hillary "Duff" Williams

Coach Hillary WilliamsHillary Williams began training at Westside in 2006 without any previous martial arts experience. She quickly took to the sport and, under the careful eye of coaches Matt and Roli, began entering tournaments.

Just four years later, Hillary is Westside’s first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, a 6-time gold medalist at the Pan Championships, 4-time gold medalist at the World Championships, an ADCC medalist, and the 4th American in history to win the World Championships in the black belt division.

Fluent in English and Portuguese, Hillary has experience teaching seminars across the United States and Brazil. Hillary has visited over 70 gyms throughout the world, and brings her knowledge back to the students of Westside.


Borris Washington

Borris combines old school toughness with a big teddy bear smile to make the boxing classes at Westside fun while incredibly challenging.

Coach Borris Washington

Borris has over 25 years experience in Martial Arts, beginning with a black belt in Taekwondo before moving on to Kickboxing under former World Champion Lafayette Lawson. In the Kickboxing Ring Borris won the Arkansas State Heavyweight Title, US Heavyweight Title and was ranked as high as #8 by the I.S.K.A. After retiring from Kickboxing Borris became a staple of the local boxing gyms. Borris has trained with the top coaches in the area and logged countless rounds with the best that Arkansas has to offer.

Known as a ferocious puncher and conditioning machine he is still a top sparring partner for up and coming fighters in the area; at 40+ Borris is truly a force of nature in and out of the ring.


Mark Sniff

Coach Mark SniffMark Sniff got his start with Roli just over five years ago at his college’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club. Since then Mark has dedicated his life to the sport. A brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a green belt in judo, and a leg lock artist, Mark is one of the most well rounded grapplers in the gym and a fierce competitor.

Putting his ground skills to the test, Mark is 2-0 as an amateur MMA fighter, where he submitted his opponents with ease.

Mark assists in the Jiu Jitsu and Nogi classes, assists in preparing the Jiu Jitsu Fight Team, and helps us coach at local tournaments.




Bill Barton

Bill BartonBill Barton heads the Muay Thai program at Westside. Bill is a former WKA World Super-Middleweight Kickboxing Champion (won in 1993). After retiring Bill moved to Thailand and began training Muay Thai in 2008. Bill came out of retirement in 2010 by fighting Muay Thai in Thailand. Bill's current record is 19-6 (11KOs).





Zac Thompson

Zac is the main coach for the little Spider Monkey’s Program (3 to 5 years old). Zac also helps with the regular kids program as well as covers adult classes when needed. Zac is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu, and has competition experience in Muay Thai and MMA.


TJ Brown

TJ helps with the kids program at Westside. TJ is currently an aspiring MMA fighter that likes to give back by helping out the kids at the gym. TJ has competition experience in Boxing and MMA.

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