AJ Barnala was literally Dynamix’s first student and has been training with us since the gym’s grand opening in 2010. From the start, AJ has immersed himself in all aspects of MMA—training Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling—while at the same time also focusing on personal development. The gym has grown quite a bit since the early days, and not only has AJ grown alongside the gym, but has also played a big role in the growth process. He was amongst the first group to receive their Blue Belt in the Dynamix Striking System, and the first to be trained to teach the Dynamix Striking System under head coach and the system’s founder, Antoni Hardonk.
- Dynamix MMA’s first student/ Longest
- Blue Belt in Dynamix Kickboxing
- Purple Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
Born: Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Started training: At the age of 12
Competition experience: Muay Thai tournament
Accomplishments: AJ Barnala moved from India to the US when he was only 23. On his own, he made a life for himself in CA. He was promoted to Purple Belt in BJJ in July of 2019 and has been an instructor at Dynamix MMA since 2013.
In his own words: “I want to keep improving as a martial artist and want to continue to compete. I enjoy teaching because it allows me to see the growth in my students. I’ve had an opportunity to train under the greatest coaches in kickboxing, BJJ, and wrestling and I would like to pass that onto my students.”
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