Muay Thai – Full Instructor (TBA)
Jeet Kune Do – Full Instructor (Inosanto Lineage)
Filipino Martial Arts – Full Instructor (Inosanto Lineage)
Dog Brothers Martial Art Black Dog Tag / Full Dog Brother
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Brown Belt
USA Boxing – Certified Coach
Ryan Gruhn has been studying the combat arts for around two decades starting his training in 1993. In this time he has achieved instructor status in six different martial arts; Muay Thai, Filipino Martial Arts / Dog Brothers, Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing. He is the head instructor at Central PA Mixed Martial Arts teaching the Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA, Women’s Kickboxing, Reality Based MMA, and Youth Martial Arts classes.
He is the Central PA representative for the Thai Boxing Association and is the only certified Muay Thai instructor in the area. Ryan is the founder and head instructor for “Youth Martial Arts”, a system of multiple styles catered to children and young adults.
Ryan is a certified coach with USA Boxing, a certified Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts under Sifu Kevin Seaman, and less than fifty people who have obtained the rank of Full Instructor in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute. He is certified as a ”Teacher” in Dog Brothers under Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny and also a member of the tribe receiving the name of “Guard Dog.” CPAMMA is considered a “Den” of the Dog Brother’s Pack and goes by the name of “Guard Dog’s Den.” Ryan’s main instructor as a child into his teen years was Sifu Bill Gebhardt, owner of the State College Martial Arts Academy.
Ryan is currently a brown belt under Shawn Williams in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has competed in numerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments placing in the majority of tournaments he has attended.
Competitively Ryan has been fighting in Real Contact Stick Fighting events since 2005 fighting on a biannual basis in Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Canada.
He has fought at the following gatherings and tournaments:
October 2005 – Maryland Open Stick Fighting Tournament (1st Place)
November 2006 – Received “Dog”
April 2008 (Tribal Gathering)
April 2009 (Tribal Gathering)
September 2009 – “Received “C-Guard Dog”
2010 – BTCOOC
2011 – BTCOOC
February 2012 (1st Canadian) – Received “Guard Dog” (Full Dog Brother)
Ryan corners fighters, both male and female in Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Real Contact Stick Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts on a regular basis. He has led a number of fighters to successful competitive carriers in their respective style producing multiple Golden Gloves State Champions and title holders in Boxing, Muay Thai and MMA. Several of Ryan’s previous students have reached the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) which is considered the highest level of fighting in MMA. Ryan’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students have earned multiple tournament wins under Ryan’s guidance in white, blue and purple belt divisions. Ryan has also led multiple fighters to the Dog Brothers Gatherings some of which earning the title of “Dog” and “Candidate Dog.”
View what people are saying about Ryan’s classes – Testimonials
From Guro Marc “Crafty Dog Denny”:
Ryan “Guard Dog” Gruhn has been a private student of mine for several years now. With his 20+ years in the combat arts and the credentials he has earned along the way he brought considerable skills to our time together and this enables us to do good work. As a full Dog Brother he brings all the Real Contact Stick Fight experience that goes with such an honor and as a successful head instructor of a 450 student school who has coached many MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing fighters to good results (some have even gone on to the UFC or other professional expressions of their training with him) he knows how to teach so that your skills will be for real. Thus it is with confidence that I promoted him to “Black Dog Tag Instructor” and authorize him to teach seminars on my behalf for the Dog Brothers Martial Arts Instructors Association for the eastern half of the United States.
It is worth mentioning that Ryan is also a Full Instructor (Level V) under Ajarn Chai, Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do / Filipino Martial Arts under the Inosanto Lineage. He has been a Trainer/Coach to Muay Thai, Golden Gloves, Strikeforce and UFC fighters/champions.
Guro Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny
Dog Brothers Martial Arts