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Sandy Hughes

Sandy is the owner of Iron Lotus Gym and Ernie Reyes’ World Martial Arts. She is a 7th degree black belt, certified personal trainer, registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), Jungshin, and tai chi instructor. Additionally, she is a certified Nutritional Therapist and has completed Dr. Josh Axe’s Institute of Nutritional Leadership. She teaches Kickboxing, Boxing, MMA, Yoga, Tai Chi and Jungshin at Iron Lotus Gym.

Sandy has been studying and teaching martial arts since 1993 and has the opportunity to teach thousands of students. She is a former top 10 national/world martial arts competitor (NASKA) and 1999 women’s regional champion.  Sandy has been honored twice by the US Martial Arts Association, once in 2006 as Program Director of the Year, and again in 2011 as the Most Inspiring Instructor of the Year. Her motivating teaching style encourages students to meet their fullest potential in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.


Melissa Venegas

Melissa was blessed to be one of KJN Sandy and KJN David's (Ernie Reyes' West Coast World Martial Arts, 9th dan) first martial arts students 27 years ago.  She started back with Sandy in order to get into shape in 2017 and fell in love with MMA and Fitness! She enjoys teaching and learning from the Iron Lotus environment and loves her tribe.  She is a 3rd degree black belt. She enjoys keeping fitness fun and entertaining while losing weight and reaching her goals. ​She is also a mother of 2 beautiful children, Kenzie and Christian.  

Sword HIIT, Kickboxing, Step & Pump, Black Belt Body Burn Bootcamp

Livia Szymanski

Yoga Instructor

RYT 200

Elizabeth Holmes

Kickboxing Instructor

Alicia Varble

Warrior Workout Instructor

Melanie Walker

Warrior Workout, Kickboxing Instructor

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