Give me you best and I’ll show you YOUR true potential.Ryan Bow

Ryan Bow is the founder and head instructor of Fight Gods Mixed Martial Arts Academy. Also known as “Kaminari”, Ryan competed in professional MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Submission Grappling events worldwide from 1999 to 2009; during the years Combat Sports fought for mainstream acceptance.

Ryan is a veteran of more than 30 MMA fights. Since retiring in 2009, he has been coaching the sport to martial athletes of all ages, including professional fighters who have gone on to win championships in well-known organizations.

Furthermore, in 1998, Ryan earned his black belt in Judo at the prestigious Kodokan in Tokyo, Japan. It was in Japan that Ryan began training in MMA and competing on the amateur circuit. At the time the sport had a strong catch wrestling influence.

Upon returning to the U.S., Ryan went on to train in MMA under 5x former UFC champion Frank Shamrock at the famed American Kickboxing Academy, in San Jose, CA. before making his professional debut in 1999.

Ryan parted ways with Team Nogueira Dubai to pursue his dream of opening his own school, Fight Gods Mixed Martial Arts Academy and coach the next generation of both professional athletes and hobbyist alike.

MMA / Catch Wrestling Lineage

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Lineage

Championships and Accomplishments

  • 15+ years of experience as an MMA instructor and as a professional MMA fighter
  • Former Head MMA Coach at Team Nogueira Dubai in the United Arab Emirates
  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt
  • 2012 NAGA (North American Grappling Association) Expert Division Champion
  • Former #1 World Ranked fighter in 2004 under the World Shooto rankings
  • Former American Kickboxing Academy Fighter (AKA) who trained under 5-time
  • UFC Middleweight Champion Frank Shamrock and trained along side UFC fighters such as Cain Valasquez, Josh Koscheck, Luke Rockhold, and Josh Thompson
  • Fought on cards with current UFC stars: Anderson Silva (Shooto) and Chael Sonnen (BodogFight)
  • Trained under former Chute Boxe and Brazilian Top Team Coach, Sergio Cunha and trained alongside Judo Olympic Gold Medalists Yoshida Hidehiko and Takimoto at Yoshida Dojo in Japan
  • Awarded Judo Black Belt from the Kodokan, the world headquarters of Judo in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1999 Hawaiian Super Brawl Tournament Champion
  • Trained Muay Thai in Thailand under the former Lumpinee Stadium Champion, Santien Noi
  • Authored an MMA book, Tunnel Visions: Memoirs of a Mixed Martial Arts Champion(2013)
  • Authored an comic book, Black Samurai: The Misadventures of a Black American MMA Fighter in Japan (2016)