JASON FARRELL / OWNER & HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Jason Farrell began his journey in Martial Arts when he was 6 years old in Bowie Maryland. Starting off in Tae Kwon Do, and eventually earning his Black Belt by the age of 12. Jason spent 3 of those 6 years in competition and was undefeated in all his matches. Feeling he had accomplished as much as he could at the time Jason moved on to trying many different Martial Arts over the years hoping to find one he could stay with forever, including Kempo, Kyokushin Karate, Silat, and even spent 2 years in Kendo. The one Martial Art that Jason would always seek out was Muay Thai. Over the years he would find many schools that “claimed” they taught Muay Thai, but after participating in the classes Jason always felt they were mostly Karate classes repackaged as Mauy Thai.
It’s important to Jason to find systems that flow naturally with each individual. You can not pigeon hole everyone into the same style, for two reasons. One, not everyone can fight the same way, you have different body types, different stances, different athletic abilities, etc. Also if your whole team has one style it can be figured out and beaten. Also, just in general there is not personality in the instruction, if every student that walks through the door gets the same thing you’re basically just a factory. It’s important that each student’s training is as special to me as it is to them. Being a student at Level Up doesn’t just bring you a healthy lifestyle, it brings you allies in seeing your goals met.
Jason began his Coaching career at an MMA gym in March 2008. Shortly after he was brought on to teach start the Muay Thai/Kickboxing program at another larger Mixed Martial Arts gym nearby as well. He would spend 5 years as a Coach at both of these gyms before opening up Level Up. Level Up would become one of the first All Striking gyms in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Although both of the programs he helped build became extremely successful financially, due to restrictions on competition he felt he could accomplish more on his own. Since opening Level Up, Coach Jason has lead his fighters in over 50 fights. A number thats close to double the amount of fights he Coached at the previous gyms in a 5 year period. Of those 50 plus fights, Level Up has produced
Undefeated Amatuer Heavyweight Boxing Champion
- 3 WKA National Champions
- 1 WKA Kickboxing World Champion
- 1 WKA Muay Thai World Champion
- 2 WKA Kickboxing World Silver Medalist
- 2 WKA Muay Thai World Bronze Medalist
- 1 Heavyweight Revolution Fight Series Muay Thai Champion
- Had 3 Fights on Lion Fight Promotions (3 Wins)
- Pro Debut MMA Fighter from a Wrestling Background Win By Knockout (Shogun Fights)
- Only Gym to have 3 Fighters at WKA Worlds in 2014 (All Double Medaled)
All these accomplishments have come in just under 16 months of opening the doors. Coach Jason is now one of the areas sought after striking coaches, many MMA fighters are now working with him privately to improve their abilities. He was one of the Team USA Coaches in 2014,for the Unified WKA/WTKA World Championship in Tuscany Italy. The Team would go on to bring home 16 Gold, 17 Silver, and 6 Bronze Medals, 6 of those Medals including 2 Golds belonged to Level Up.
“I’m a detail guy. To me its all about technique and strategy. I teach my students HOW to fight, I teach them how to be able to think and adjust in the ring. You can go to any Martial Arts school in the world and they can teach you every move there is, but if they can’t teach you how to put them together you are wasting your time.”
D’ANGELO KINARD / HEAD STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
One of the most sought after strength and conditioning experts in the country, Coach D has amassed more than 13 years of training experience. He has worked with a variety of clients including professional athletes, fashion models, SWAT team members, champion bodybuilders, NFL cheerleaders, musical artists, radio personalities, rehab/recovery patients, pre/post natal mothers, and several sports teams. His approach to training is innovative and comprehensive. Emphasis is placed on the mental component of health and wellness as much as the physical. The fresh perspective has set him apart in the industry.
A student of the martial arts for over a decade, D’Angelo was selected to become the Strength & Conditioning Coach for Team Lloyd Irvin, America’s top Brazilian Jiu-jitsu team. His work with some of the top martial artists in the world has created demand for his expertise around the country and internationally. Coach D has personally trained 5 BJJ World Champions, as well as many professional MMA fighters and veterans of the UFC/Strikeforce.
In addition to his experience in the martial arts arena, D’Angelo has also coached a number of Natural male and female bodybuilders, and female fitness competitors. He has designed training programs and diet plans that have propelled amateurs into the professional ranks in a matter of months. His recognized eye for symmetry and balance has created demand for his skills in physique sports.
Placing the needs of his clients first is the foundation upon which D’Angelo has crafted his brand, business, and reputation. Advanced Sports Performance operates by the mantra “Your Workout Is My Warm-Up!.” This philosophy espouses the creed of constant improvement, and never growing satisfied with the success of yesterday. Coach D maintains a sole focus, and that is assisting individuals in the achievement of their goals and helping them to define new ones.
“Health and Fitness is a process that must be adopted as a life change, not a short-term solution.”