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OUR ETHOS

HEART IN MISSION

Our Team strives to create a Culture of Inclusion. We accept all ages, weights, sizes, and body types. If you come with a passion to improve yourself, learn new skills, and have fun, you will fit right in. We are all about: Community, self-improvement, and having fun!   

     

SPIRIT IN STAFF

 

The Firestorm Team is made up of passionate Athletes and Coaches with unique and varying backgrounds: Gymnastics, Ninja Warrior, Parkour, Martial Arts, Acrobatics, and more. Each of our Coaches unique backgrounds in training allows new ways to understand, explain, and teach skills. We believe there are many different ways to teach skills, as well as learn them. Empowering each student to have fun, make the world their playground, and find their personal style of movement is our Mission.  

       

SOUL IN CULTURE

We are the Big Kids who never truly grew up. We are the Gamers who decided we could become our own favorite characters and heroes in real life. Our firm belief is that through hard work and perseverance, coupled with knowledgeable, encouraging Coaches, everyone can shape themselves into their own Hero. Every person is filled with unlimited potential just waiting to be tapped. Join us and unleash the hidden talents inside yourself. 

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MEET THE TEAM

JUSTIN TAYLOR

OWNER, HEAD COACH, PROGRAMS DIRECTOR

Coach Justin grew up in the world of competitive gymnastics from age 6-13 under the tutelage of Edward Azarian and Xiaoping Li, two former Olympic Medalists and World Champions. After gymnastics, Justin entered into the world of Competitive Cheer and competed for the PACE All-Stars for 3 years; His varsity team won two consecutive National Championships. During this time Justin earned the prestigious Eagle Scout Award after 13 years in Cub and Boy Scouts. After he finished Competitive Cheer, he spent high school and college competing in Spring Board High Diving, culminating in a first place finish at the 2007 California State Championships. That same year, Justin finished up his Aggressive Inline skating career with an 8th place finish at the AIL Skating World Championships in the non-sponsored category. After finishing his degree in Industrial Technology from CSU Los Angeles School of Engineering and Technology, Justin began training in parkour and freerunning as well as performing in trampoline, gymnastics, and stunt shows. Justin has always loved teaching children, which stems from his mother running a day care out of his house while he was growing up. After years of gymnastics training and a lifetime surrounded by children, Justin earned his first coaching position at the young age of 13 and has been coaching in gyms and on pool decks ever since. After 13 years of coaching, Justin grew dissatisfied with the restraints placed upon his teaching in mega sized gymnastics gyms. This led to his goal to open his own training academy that offers classes in any and all types of movement.

ALEX AZAD

GENERAL MANAGER - PRIME

A Southern California Native, Coach Alex attended Orange County High School of the Arts and has been with the Firestorm Community for 4 years. His Parkour training at Firestorm is also helping out with his preparation to join the police force. He also enjoys Country Line Dancing and long walks on the beach.

NICHOLAS FLORES

GENERAL MANAGER - ULTRA

Coach Flores started his athletic career before his first day of grade school. Before starting his Parkour/Freerunning training he had a successful career in team sports, which he continued into college. After graduating high school he found Firestorm Freerunning and Acrobatics, where his natural speed helped him progress at a rapid pace. Starting as a student, then volunteer, eventually Coach, and now the gym’s Manager, Coach Flores has always loved Firestorm and it’s community. After graduating from California State University, Fullerton he started working at Firestorm full time and has become one of it’s most integral pieces. He firmly believes that “The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” and is always proud when his students advance past what they thought was possible.

SUMMER SAMPILO

GENERAL MANAGER - GALAXY

Summer is part of the office staff here at Firestorm, but don't let that fool you. From a young age she has been always involved in a variety of activities to expand her horizons. A good part of her childhood she was an actress for television, movies, commercials, and theater. Throughout her years she has been involved in gymnastics, softball, soccer, archery, rock climbing, dance, golf, aerial silks, aerial lyra, ballet, tennis, horseback riding, paintball, music, and much more. 

ANGEL GRIFFIN

TALENT & ENTERTAINMENT MANAGER

Angel Griffin has had a passion for long term health and fitness from the age of 12. She studied team gymnastics at 8 years old, competed in her teens in rock climbing, and made it to the top 300 in the U.S. for Cross Country running at age 16. In college, she studied Sports Massage Therapy, Nutrition, and earned her B.A. in Japanese. While at the same time went on to win National Championships in Lindy Hop Swing Dancing and Salsa, studying the historical art under the tutelage of Minn Vo, and was hired to perform on shows like American Idol. She currently holds a black belt in karate and runs Firestorm Talent & Entertainment, Firestorm’s talent program that allows young athletes to become professional performers and book them professional acrobatic work.

NATHAN ROMERO

MEDIA DIRECTOR

Nathan's job is to make all of us weirdos at Firestorm look really, really cool. In high school, he presented the idea to his principal of including parkour as a PE class. Ultimately this suggestion was turned down and Nathan pursued his media craft. Fast forward 6 years of  countless days of freelance work, Nathan found Firestorm and his passion was re-awoken. After sending us a cold email he began creating the Firestorm window banners and the rest is history. Nathan now runs Firestorm's social media, updates the website, films and edits all the videos, and creates all the posters and graphic designs. No, we aren't sure if he is human!

SEBASTIAN CONVERT

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER - PRIME

Bio coming soon!

DAVID SANCHEZ

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER - ULTRA

Bio Coming Soon!

RICHARD "FREELOVE" YOUNG

COACH

Coach Freelove was never one of the Team Sport kind of athletes. Growing up he hopped from extreme sport to extreme sport. He spent time training in water polo, swim and springboard diving in the pool and skateboarding, BMX, dirt biking, and snowboarding on the land. It was through playing with friends on their backyard trampoline that Freelove began to develop a love for flips and spins. This interest in individual movement set his path for a focus on parkour and freerunning as his training sport of choice. Recently, he has begun to rediscover his love of trampolines using the Olympic Aussie bed trampoline and trampwall at Firestorm.

GABRIEL "GABE" PADILLA

​COACH/OFFICE STAFF

Bio Coming Soon!

ALYSSA ROUSSEL

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Alyssa's favorite foods are sushi, ramen, and ice cream. Coaching wise she has experience/training in gymnastics, diving, and powerlifting all from professional or previous Olympic athletes. Herr favorite thing about Firestorm overall is the friendly environment and amazing attitude presented by the entirety of the staff!

RON "WEASEL" DURAN

COACH

One of the newest Coaches to join the Firestorm Family, Coach Weasle recently moved to Southern California to continue his Breakdance training. He has competed in Cyphers (Breakdance battles/competitions) in multiple states before moving to SoCal.. Weasle has a background in Taekwondo training and performers on the weekends in stunt shows dressed as one of the Ninja Turtles or the Green Power Ranger.

MICHAEL "HAKU" AIKENS

COACH

B-Boy Haku (like Hakunna Mattata) is our resident Freestyle dancer , performer and entertainer . He has a diverse background in dance ranging from HipHop street performances to performing in a ballet rendition of The Nutcracker. The addition of his several years of parkour experience make him a well rounded athlete and coach.

ANDY DANG

COACH

Andy Dang became interested in Parkour/Freerunning from watching Urban Ninja video on YouTube in 2005. He became inspired into learning parkour by how the athletes can move so fluidly like ninjas. First started martial arts training in 2004, he currently holds a 4th degree black belt in the Korean martial arts style Hwa Rang Do which translates to “The Way of the Flowering Knights” and currently still trains. Andy is hoping to apply his knowledge in hopes of showing the martial arts side of Tricking.

QUINLAN "Q" YOUNG

COACH

Extreme sports has always been what Quinlan wanted to do with his life. He always wanted to run away and join the circus. So he honed his skills as a child, always practicing something in his back yard. Being a home schooler for all of grade school, That was alot of time out there. He joined martial arts at 8 years old with dreams of being a power ranger. A sporty lad, he joined basketball in high school and started parkour/freerunning at 18 when he met Justin at Newhope gymnastics (before Firestorm was built). The humor flowed and a bond was formed. when Firestorm opened it was the thing Quinlan had been waiting for; a circus that doesn't move. With an interest in so many things: parkour, juggling, balancing, tumbling, martial arts, it's a perfect fit. "I was lucky enough to hear the wisdom; make your self good at what you love until you can get paid for It. Now I get to do what I love with people I love everyday, it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of firestorm.

SEVEN PERIN

​COACH/OFFICE STAFF

Bio coming soon!

TYLER AANONSON

​COACH

Bio coming soon!

HALDEN SEIERUP

​COACH

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SARAH SANCHEZ

​COACH/OFFICE STAFF

Sarah is a high school student who found Firestorm through her older brother, David Sanchez. She started dancing in 2nd grade with hip hop but learned many different types from Ballet to Bollywood, however her favorite thing to do was always tumbling. Sarah loves reading, musicals, and learning many new tricks with her two brothers here at Firestorm.

NATHAN ABELLO

​COACH

Bio Coming Soon!

KENDRA HOISINGTON

​COACH

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JOHN DELOZIER

​COACH

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JACOB DEMMIN

​COACH

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