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Our Instructors

Our instructors offer a professional and safe learning center for all of our students. Read about them below or visit the Coaches and Instructors page.
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    Abe Stem

    Black Shirt in Zanshindo
    Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
    Licensed MMA Cornerman/Trainer

    About Abe Stem

    Abe has been training at Beaufort MMA since 2001 and has been an instructor since 2003. He has competed an trained in many different venues and is the lead instructor at Beaufort MMA. He has extensive training in striking and grappling and offers students a dynamic and creative curriculum that helps them develop in multiple areas simultaneously. Abe enjoys teaching youth students as well as teen and adult students and has coached many fighters to success in amateur and professional competitions. He also dedicates his time to working with military and law enforcement and has trained several close combat and MCMAP instructors from Parris Island as well as with local Fire and Police Departments. Abe's first focus for students is to make sure that they are equipped to defend themselves from any number of threats from one on one altercations, to physical or verbal bullying, to multiple attackers, and even from an opponent in a competition. Because of this he offers many free or low cost seminars for women's self defense, military and law enforcement martial arts seminars, and bully prevention courses for children that are the victim of bullying. If you are interested in Abe speaking or teaching your group, please contact him below.
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    Brittany Stem

    2nd Degree Black Shirt in Zanshindo
    Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    About Brittany Stem

    Brittany is a strong part of our instructing team at Beaufort MMA. She is gifted with working with children and is a great instructor for the Tiny but Tough class and the youth martial arts program. As an experienced grappler and striker, she is comfortable instructing any class at Beaufort MMA, but is especially beneficial for women looking for instruction in how to deal with a larger or stronger opponent. She has taken a few years off of classes due to having and raising her 3 children, but is dedicated to progress in her martial arts career.
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    Jack Geren

    2nd Degree Black Belt Zanshino
    2nd degree Black Belt in Chun Kuk Do
    Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    About Jack Geren

    Jack E. Geren, III, is a skilled 2nd degree Black Belt in the art of Chun Kuk Do, a 2nd Degree Black Belt in ZanShinDo and holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jack began his martial arts training in 1990 studying Chun Kuk Do at Club Karate under the instruction of Master Chuck Elias (currently a 7th degree Black Belt). In January of 2005, Jack expanded his training regimen and began training at Beaufort Martial Arts Academy, a submission fighting school that teaches Zanshindo.  [···]
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    Chris Abell

    Licensed USA Boxing Trainer
    Licensed SC MMA Cornerman
    Certified Personal Trainer

    About Chris Abell

    Chris has been involved in martial arts for much of his life. He learned traditional martial arts as a child and as he matured, Chris focused on boxing and mixed martial arts. Although a supported of the mixed martial arts program and assistant cornerman for the MMA team, Chris finds that his true calling is as a boxing instructor. After having competed in amateur boxing himself, Chris brings his experience and passion to the forefront when coaching his local Beaufort fighters. As a licensed USA Boxing Trainer, he is also able to corner and train amateur boxing competitors as well.