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Meet Our World Class Coaches!

Coaching Staff: Video

Sean Loeffler

Owner/Head Coach

  • Pro MMA Fighter – Bellator & UFC – 34-5 Pro MMA Record

  • King of the Cage World Champion

  • IFBL World Champion

  • CFC World Champion

  • NWBF World Champion

  • Gladiator Challenge World Champion

  • Neutral Grounds World Champion

  • BKBA World Champion

  • Tru Form World Champion

  • XFS World Champion

  • 25 Amateur MMA fights + 16 professional MMA & Boxing World Championships.

  • Pro Boxer – Record 52-11 amateur and then 8-1 pro

  • Fought on Showtime for the Roy Jones Jr boxing promotion.

3rd degree BJJ Black Belt under Rigan Machado and Bob Bass (who studied under JJ, Carlos and Rigan Machado for over 30 years, and the 1995 Overall World Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Coach Sean also won numerous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World and Tournament Championships from Lotus Club, Best in the West, Grapplers Quest, Grappling X, and Pan American Titles and medals.

Coach Sean is hands down one of the most informed, technical, as well as connected MMA coaches on the planet. He has the network to manage and coach you to the very top level of the industry. Any form of combat sports our head coach has the ability to help you accomplish your dreams. With one of the most effective, creative, and efficient teaching styles you will ever experience. Start your journey now!


Elj Portee

Assistant MMA Coach

  • Freestyle MMA Fighter

  • Trained and competed MMA in Hiroshima, Japan for 18 months

  • Competed in Nogi & Gi IBJJF Japan in 2014-2015 ×3 multiple gold finalist

  • Fought in multiple organizations (*Cali Cage Wars, *Camo, *Gladiator Challenge California and Hiroshima Japan, *Legacy Fighting Alliance).

  • Competed on UFC Fight Pass for pro debut in MMA

  • (9-2) Amateur Fight Record

  • Won Amateur World Championship

  • (6-4) ProMMA  record totaling

  • (24) total fight currently as of May 2022.

Eljeria will most definitely motivate you to bring your fight game to your very personal best. With an encouraging mindset he will be the one to give you the confidence to go out and get it done! Whether you're a man or woman, this coach will light a fire inside you.


Travis Teilans

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Travis was an exemplary wrestler in competition. With tournament victories as well as medals in nearly every single level of wrestling from youth to adult and beginner to advanced. Trav has successfully trained many athletes and fighters from amateur to professional to truly raise their grappling IQ and add a bigger toolbox of skills on the mat. He is personable and professional, reliable and loyal. Being a part of the Compound team for more than a decade the Compound owners, staff, and members all enjoy the energy and moves Travis adds to the gym. You will be very lucky to be mentored by such an accomplished wrestling coach!

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Siosefa Makihele

Head Boxing Coach

  • 5years competitive USA-Amateur

  • Northern Cal Golden Gloves Champion 03/16/1994

  • Diamond Belt Champion 11/11/1994
    Northern Cal Golden Gloves Champion 3/10/1995

  • Hispanic Chamber Champion 05/27/1995

  • 17-bouts Thursday Night Fights

  • Alaska State Champion 2000

  • Indiana Sweet 16 World Competition Champ 2001

  • Ceasar Palace World Championship Competition Las Vegas Runner-up 2002

  • Muay Thai bout 2006 Temecula

  • With an aggressive fighting style and positive teaching attitude Coach Sio is easily one of the best boxing coaches in the nation. If you want to be a pro or just a weekend warrior that wants to learn some boxing skills, he is your man! An excellent mitt man and very knowledgeable coach Sio will get you where you want to be.


Thiago Gaia

Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Graduated in Physical Education in Brazil, Black Belt of 3 Degrees in Jiu-Jitsu, IBJJF, received the Degree from Master Royler Gracie. 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo. Thiago Gaia Ja started to tribute on the Nova Uniao team where he trained with great UFC athletes like; Jose Aldo, Leonardo Santos, Victor Shaulin, Robson Moura, and many others. Then he was invited to join the GFTeam team, training hard with the great UFC athlete Rodolfo Vieira. Fought: Roger Gracie, Marcus Buchecha, André Galvão, Roberto Tussa, Antonio Braga Neto, Rafael dos Anjos, Fabricio Verdum, Bernado Faria, to name a few.

  • Second place world champion – Las Vegas -USA

  • 2nd Place world champion 2006- Los Angeles -USA

  • Second place European Champion – Portugal-Europe

  • South American champion -Brazil-

  • First Brazilian Champion 2010 – Brazil

  • 3-time 3rd Place in the World Championship 2007, 2009 and 2014 – Los Angeles-USA

  • 2021 Heavyweight World Black Belt Silver Medalist

  • Selective Professional of the Champions League in Abu Dhabi 2014 and 2015.


Quantal Langford

Head Wrestling Coach

Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Quantal Langford has been part of the Compound MMA for 4 years now as their wrestling coach. Quantal brings a wealth of knowledge as a coach and competitor.  As a varsity high school wrestler he was a 3x Regional champ, 3x state qualifier, 2x state medalist and a state finalist.  Wrestling at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Quantal was a 2x Conference Finalist, Conference Champ and Div 1 National Qualifier.  As coach, Quantal assisted at Walker Valley High School, in TN, aiding multiple state placers and champions. Quantal also coached collegiately at NAIA power Campbellsville University in KY. Helping coach multiple All-Americans and National finalists.
Still competing and switching to other styles, he placed 3rd at a California Catch Wrestling Tournament and 1st in the Blue Belt Division at the Ross Miura No Gi Challenge. He is still training and looking to compete in the future events.
Aside from coaching, Quantal Langford runs a creative and digital media company called The Langford Studio consisting of multiple brands and creative properties under one roof. He’s also an inspirational speaker often speaking to his wrestling class after practices.
He is married to his wife of 17 years, Heather and has two sons and 4 grandchildren.


Tony Brown

Assistant Grappling Coach

Tony is the most positive down to earth team member and coach you will ever meet. He is straight forward, intelligent, and well versed in the grappling arts. Tony wrestled at Fresno State University and was an excellent high school wrestler from Vista, California. He has coached high school wrestling and college wrestling seminars as well. currently he teaches chemistry to college students and takedowns to the kid's and fighters as well. A purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and a 10-year coach of the Compound we are proud and lucky to have Coach Tony Brown.


Santiago Garcia

Assistant Wrestling Coach

Santiago is a young, excited Compound coach with a grinding freestyle, Folkstyle and Greco style of wrestling. Not one for an easy day Santiago is currently a star member and team captain of the Palomar College wrestling team. Helping with the kids and adults Santiago is our young gun!

-2x CIF Placer
-2020 SDS Masters Finalists
-24th ranked wrestler in CA 2020
-SCWAY Grade state champion
-7th at Battle for the Belt (3rd hardest tournament in CA)
- 2x outstanding wrestler award
-Finalist at D-Day on midway freestyle tournament
-11x tournament champion
-4x tournament finalist
- 10x tournament Placer
-Kids club coach for 3 years
-Varsity coach for Valhalla high school for 1 year
-Vista High School head freshman wrestling coach 


Zane Sisneros

Assistant Fight Coach

Zane is a great story all in one person. He originally took the Compound Kid's Classes 17 years ago. Now a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as a champion and gold medalist in numerous martial arts tournaments and fights, The Compound Loves Coach Zane.  Kid's, Ammy's, or Pro's Zane can guide you to become a better verion of yourself.


Liz Campbell

Yoga, Breathwork, and Stretch Coach

Yoga Instructor, Breathwork Coach and Hydration Specialist 
Liz is a yoga and breath coach who specializes in pain relief, holistic wellness, and superior hydration.
In 2012 she received her 200 hour teaching certification from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA.
She earned her 500 hour certification in Bali, Indonesia in 2013,
Studied Devanagari Sanskrit on the island of Kauai in 2014,
And in 2015, became certified in aerial yoga in Hollywood, CA.
After 5 years of teaching and managing Ritual Yoga in Laguna Beach, she co-founded the yoga studio of her dreams in 2018, which is still alive and well today as a rebranded studio in North Laguna Beach.
In 2018 Liz's studio became a registered yoga school through Yoga Alliance. She then co-lead multiple 200 hour teacher trainings and held specialized workshops and classes each week.
Between 2012 - 2022, Liz has taught well over 15,000 hours of yoga and breathwork classes.
Liz's aim as an instructor is to help others restore, strengthen & align the physical body, quiet the mind, and discover ultimate health & well-being at any stage of life.

Coaching Staff: Team Members
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