Training Experience :
Specialty : BJJ

A perpetual student, Gustavo joined Dynamix in 2015 to continue and expand upon his already extensive combat sports education. Gustavo received the second degree on his blackbelt in 2017. He uses his technical diversity and vast experience to coach students of all levels. Known for his friendly personality and patient demeanor, Gustavo Gasperin is an excellent representative of the team—possessing all the qualities of a high-level instructor. 

Born: Curitiba, Brazil.

Started training: BJJ in 1997, Curitiba, Brazil; trained Muay Thai, Karate, Judo and Capoeira before that. 

Accomplishments: Gustavo Gasperin was promoted to Black Belt in 2010 by UFC and BJJ World Champion Fabricio Werdum. Besides his impressive resume of 1st place finishes, he has placed in 16 other BJJ Championship tournaments between 2007 and 2016.

  • Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Fabricio Werdum
  • 3x IBJJF Masters World Champion.
  • Bachelor of Physical Education
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • 2009 World No-Gi Championship – 1st place
  • 2010 American National Championship – 1st place
  • 2010 World No-Gi Championship – 1st place
  • 2011 American National No-Gi Championship – 1st place
  • 2011 American National Championship – 1st place
  • 2011 World No-Gi Championship – 1st place
  • 2012 Long Beach International Open – 1st place
  • 2012 American National Championship – 1st place
  • 2012 American National No-Gi Championship – 1st place
  • 2013 American National Championship – 1st place
  • 2014 American National No-Gi Championship – 1st place

In his own words: “I want to keep improving my Jiu Jitsu through training, studying, and competing so I can help our students to improve their game. Also, improve my teaching skills. What I like most about teaching is seeing the students improving with my teachings, seeing them getting better, it brings great joy and a sense of accomplishment. I had low self-esteem and low confidence before I started jiu jitsu, and jiu jitsu helped me to overcome that over the years.”

Hobbies: He likes to surf, work out, and play with his daughter.

Goals: to keep improving my Jiu Jitsu through training, study, and competition so I can help our students to improve their game. Also improve my teaching skills.

Meet Other Trainers

Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas

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, IndiaStarted 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.”
Antoni Hardonk began training in kickboxing in 1990 in his native country the Netherlands at the Vos gym in Amsterdam. Antoni developed under the watchful eye of legendary trainer Johan Vos and world champion training partners Ivan Hippolyte, Ernesto Hoost and Jerrel Venetiaan.In 1997 Antoni started competing in professional kickboxing matches with great success. Antoni fought over 20 pro K1 rules fights against some of the best fighters in the world maintaining a record of 19-3-1. Antoni’s passion for martial arts also got him interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. With the desire to learn from the best, Antoni came to Los Angeles in 2004 where he started to train at the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Acadamy. It was there that he met Henry Akins who would become Antoni’s instructor in Jiu-Jitsu.As Antoni developed into a more well-rounded fighter by learning the ground aspect of fighting, he became interested in competing in MMA. After doing a few pro MMA fights in different organizations, Antoni signed with the UFC in 2006. It was then that he started training with Vladimir Matyushenko. The former Belarusian Freestyle Wrestler and expert in take-downs and take-down defense, helped Antoni to complete his MMA training and make him a very well-rounded fighter.Now as the head kickboxing and MMA instructor at Dynamix Martial Arts, Antoni wants to combine the techniques he has learned from the different martial arts and make it one complete system. He’s very excited to start sharing the knowledge that he has collected over the years of training and competing with the best in each of their fields.