Outside the academy, Coach Daye owns and operates one of the most sought after landscaping-masonry businesses in Phoenix, Outdoor Paradise Landscaping, LLC. His mental strength allows him to work 10 hours a day outside in the AZ heat, and then hit the mats at night to train/teach MUAY THAI AND BJJ. He just celebrated 16 years in business, and uses his experience in the business world into our training as an example of what hard work and dedication can turn into.
Coach Daye, his wife Nicole of 18 years, their Daughter Taytum 18, and son Michael Daye JR 14, are all part of the team that makes the academy run. Nicole runs the front and trains full time in BJJ, son Michael Jr is the kids BJJ coach, currently holds the rank of Yellow, and Taytum who is a Varsity Basketball Player helps the kids strength and conditioning program. We believe family is the most important thing in life, and to operate as a family business is a daily blessing, we look at our team at Sentosa as family. Michael Daye Jr is one of the up and coming youth competitors in the state has medaled in nearly every tournament including the AZ State Championships, Southwest Classic, Numerous Naga events, and many more tournaments.
1998 All State Third Team Florida 6-A Basketball Team
2003 AZNJCCA All Conference Basketball
2005 NCAA California Athletic Conference All Conference
2 Year Starter Glendale Community College Baskebtall
2 Year Starter Grand Canyon University Basketball
Black Belt BJJ-Jerry Laurita and Joe Moreira Lineage
Brown Belt- IKKA Kenpo Karate
Golden Glover Boxer- Okaloosa County Florida
9 years Muay Thai Training- Jerry Laurita
Grappling Competition- A FEW OF COACH DAYES TOURNAMENTS
2007 AZ State Champion and Southwest Classic Champion-White
2010 AZ State Champion-Blue Belt
2009-2010 Desert Quest Champion and Silver Medalist Blue Belt
Silver Medal-2009 AZ State Bronze-2009 Southwest Classic-Blue Belt
2011 Naga Silver and Gold-Purple Belt
2011 AZ International Open Gold-Purple
2013 Pan American Silver Medal-Brown Belt
2017- AZ Masters Silver and Bronze Open Weight- Brown Belt
2017-4TH Place NBJJF Brown Belt
2018-3rd Place NBJJF Black Belt
Has competed in numerous other tournaments Grappling Quest, IBJJF opens, NABJJF events, Desert Quests, King of the Mats and more from White Belt to Black Belt.
Trained and Coached 2006 to 2019 BJJ and Thai at Sentosa Academy.
9-1 record OWCF Golden Glove Boxing Circuit
14-2 record IKKA Kenpo Karate Tournament Record
Head Basketball Coach and Trainer Next Level Elite Sports Academy- Trained hundreds of high school, middle school and college players.
BJJ Coach of Sentosa Martial Arts Academy -Coached adults and kids to hundreds of medals from World Championships in the GI and NO GI, State Championships, NAGA and more.
Professor Rick has over 16 years of Muay Thai Training, he holds the rank of Black Belt in Muay Thai and is also a High Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He served as a Marine, and has years of experience in many other forms of hand to hand combat and martial arts. Professor Rick has competed in numerous Muay Thai bouts and No Holds Barred Strong Man Bouts. His classes are high energy, and teaches with a passion you will not see anywhere. Sentosa is blessed to have Professor Rick as an instructor, and reputation as being one of the best instructors in the area.
Michael is the son of Professor Mike, and holds the rank of Yellow Belt in BJJ and Brown in MUAY THAI. Michael is one of the most exciting up and coming competitors in the BJJ tournament scene, wining the 2021 Southwest Classic at Yellow Belt as well as the NABJJF US Nationals. Michael is a key part of our kids program sharing his personal experiences and knowledge. At only 14 years old, Michael has years of growth ahead of him, and looks forward to continue to help his team improve.
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