Ryan Clark

Owner, Head Instructor

Mr. Ryan Clark has been training since 1992 at the age of 15.  He began his training under Sifu Terry Grant in Eugene, Or.  His training has taken him to Japan, Brazil, Australia, Canada and numerous states, both to teach and learn.  Mr. Clark received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2006 and is a 2nd degree Black Belt registered under the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.

He is a Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) and Jeet Kune Do (JKD) under Guro Dan Inosanto and a Senior Instructor in JKD and FMA under Sifu Paul Vunak and Sifu Thomas Cruse.  Ryan is also a Khun Kru Instructor under Ajarn Surachi “Chai” Sirisute and is the Thai Boxing Association (TBA) representative for Central Oregon.

Chad Klien

Chad began his martial arts journey in Eugene with Coach Ryan Clark in 2012. Chad started with Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts, then adding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu about a year and a half later. He originally began studying martial arts for self-defense purposes. However, as his training progressed it has evolved into a lifestyle.

Training in the martial arts has become one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. “It has pushed me farther than I ever imagined, taught me so much about myself and has been a gateway into a community of marvelous, genuine people.”

Chad currently assists the Samurai’s Kids Program and is currently enrolled in the Coaching Program for both JKD and Kali at Clark’s University. Chad and his family have lived in the Bend area for 18 years. We are very proud to have him as a coach at Clark’s University Martial Arts.

Joseph Connoley

Joseph started training in 2001 in the Boston area. He currently holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has had experience in Krav Maga and Muay Thai. Joseph has competed and medaled in various Jiu Jitsu tournaments such as NAGA and Grappler’s Quest. Training started for Joseph when he was looking for a grappling art to complement his Krav Maga training. Joseph says he “mostly trains because martial arts training is a good escape from daily life. Jiu Jitsu particularly offers both physical as well as mental challenges. There is always something to work for. There are always short and long term goals.”

Joseph is in our coaching program and is the instructor for the Samurai’s Kids Program. He and his wife have lived in the Bend area since 2012. We are proud to have Joseph as a coach here at Clark’s University of Martial Arts.

Aaron Nelson

Aaron started his Martial Arts journey while living in Austin, Texas at the age of 16. He first began training in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. He has participated in Boxing, Jiu Jitsu and MMA events.

Aaron originally started training to help build confidence and discover his own capabilities. His dream is to teach and compete in the Martial Arts. Aaron currently assists with the Black Belt Kids Program and the Little Ninja’s Program. He has lived in the Bend area since 2013. We are very proud to have him as a coach at Clark’s University Martial Arts.

Lillian Sawyer

Lillian began her martial arts training in Bend in 2013. “Before that, my knowledge of martial arts was limited to poor Hollywood blockbusters and that karate class I had when I was six.”  However, as a firm believer of the ideology “don’t knock it till you try it” Lillian went to a Jeet Kune Do class with a friend.  “It took me less than an hour to become addicted”.

Lillian is one of the few students that participates in all the programs at the gym: Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Muay Thai, and Jiu Jitsu.  “I love the exercise, the discipline of the art, and the confidence I’ve gained.”

Lillian is currently enrolled in the Coaching Program for both JKD and Kali at Clark’s University. She has lived in Bend since 2010. We are very proud to have her as a coach at Clark’s University Martial Arts.

Quinn Payton

Quinn started Jiu Jitsu in 2010 in Corvallis, Oregon and currently holds a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu. Quinn is in our coaching program and is the instructor for the Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals class. Quinn says he really enjoys training because of all the benefits it provides. “I really enjoy both the physical and mental heath aspects of training.”

Quinn has lived in Bend since 2014. We are proud to have him as a coach here at Clark’s University of Martial Arts.

Alex Needham

Alex has been living in Bend since 1998. Before he started training in martial arts, he competed in Track and Field collegiality where he earned an All-American title in the 400 intermediate hurdles and a team championship.

After college athletics, Alex wanted to find something that would keep me in shape, and that is when he found martial arts. He began training in Muay Thai and later picking up Jeet Kune Do, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and the Filipino Martial Arts.

Alex is currently enrolled in the coaching program at Clark’s University of Martial Arts and regularly assists the Muay Thai class. We are very proud to have him as a coach at Clark’s University Martial Arts.

Jason Gybles

Jason Gybels began martial arts training when he was 24 years old. He is currently a Jiu Jitsu purple belt and has competed in numerous Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Jason has also been in the MMA scene and has had 8 professional bouts. He originally started training in BJJ/MMA to help build mental and physical strength then overtime fell in love with martial arts.

Jason is in our coaching program and is the coach for the Little Ninja’s program. He has lived in Bend, Oregon for 21 years where he has three children and a wife of 10 years. We are proud to have Jason as a coach here at Clark’s University of Martial Arts.

Matt Bohme

Matt started his martial arts journey in the art of Wing Chun. He began martial arts training as a way to become more active and healthy. In September 2013, Matt started Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts classes at Clark’s University and never left.

He is currently enrolled in the Coaching Program for both JKD and Kali at Clark’s University. When not at the gym Matt can be found working as a Software Engineer, spending time with his wife Kim and dog Lucy or participating in one of his many hobbies. Matt moved to Bend in 2010. We are very proud to have him as a coach at Clark’s University Martial Arts.