Our Instructors

Our First Class Professional Instructors with over 35 years of combined experience.

Meet Our Instructors
Our Professional Instructors and Coaches

Tom Bolger

Tom Bolger Owner

Trained in Martial Arts for over 13 years
Specializing in Boxing and Jiu-Jitsu
Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu from Walt Bayless
Fought Pride Fighting Champion Dennis Kang and UFC Champion Eugene Jackson


Jeff Barney

Jeff Barney Kickboxing Coach

Head Kickboxing Coach & Kids Kickboxing Coach
Trained in Martial Arts for over 16 years.
World Combat League Fight Veteran (as seen on VS. Network)
7-4 MMA fights
2002 IKF Amateur National Championship runner-up
2x Kickdown Lightweight Champ
2x Fight Night Toughman Champ

John Etheridge

John Etheride MMA Coach

Head MMA Coach
Trained in Martial Arts for over 18 years.
Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
12-4 MMA Fight Record
Trained out of Salt Lake City and Randy Couture's "Extreme Couture" in Las Vegas
Utah State Wrestling Champion
John offers our most intense and realistic fight training class

Val Barney

Val Barney Kickboxing Coach

Kickboxing Coach
Kids / Beginning Kickboxing Coach
Fought Holly Holm on Pay-Per-View
6-1 Pro Kickboxing fights
5-0 Pro MMA fights, 5 Knockouts
19-0 Toughman Competitions
Coaches Women's Kickboxing

Paul Sullivan & Tom Sr.

Paul Sulivan and Tom Boger Sr.

Cardio Kickboxing Coaches
Paul and Tom have been involved in physical fitness for most of their lives
Both have earned the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belts in Muay Thai
They both offer a high energy, enthusiastic approach to teaching fitness-kickboxing, and enjoy helping their students to truly achieve their fitness goals

Mike Smith

Mike Smith Wrestling Coach

Wrestling Coach
Mike has been wrestling for most of his young life.
160-9 career record
12th 4x Colorado State Championship in Colorado history
2x Colorado Wrestler of the year
3x All American

Jeff Pe'a

Jeff Pe'a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach

Beginners Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Jeff has trained for over 1 year with legendary Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Renato "Charuto" Verissimo
Trained out of Hilo, Hawaii with BJ Penn, and his Jiu-Jitsu instructor Renato Verissimo
Purple Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
Jeff has a laid-back, patient teaching approach and works well with children and beginners

Robert Tate

Robert Tate Muay Thai Coach

Head Muay Thai Coach
Rob has been training for over 10 years with legendary Muay Thai Coach Master Toddy in Las Vegas
28-2 Amateur Muay Thai
Sheriff's Deputy
FBI Ground Tactics Instructor

Creston Glanz

Creston Glanz Muay Thai Coach

Muay Thai Coach
Creston has been training for 8 years.
7-1 Amateur Boxing
19-3 Amateur Muay Thai
Fought out of Tulsa, Oklahoma

P.J. Reilly

PJ Reilly Kickboxing Coach

Kickboxing Coach
2001 IKF Regional Champion
2001 IKF National runner-up
2001 IKF Fight Night Champion
2001 IKF Regional Champion
2002 2nd place Kick World Championships
2003 Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz Heavyweight Champion
2003 IKF National Champion

Dustin Jensen

Dustin Jensen Jiu Jitsu Coach

Jiu Jitsu Coach
Trained with Dan Henderson Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
5-1 Amateur
5-0 Professional
Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu

Kristopher Maurer

Kristopher Maurer Judo Coach

Judo Coach
Has been studying Judo for 15 years with Grand Mesa Judo Club
Currently holds one gold medal in the Colorado State Championships
4th in regional
4th in State games

Why Choose Us?

Experienced Instructors
Our professional instructors have many years of experience. They will motivate and inspire you.

Members are Saying:

"The 8th Street Gym is my second home. I train there, but it's more like a place to be myself. The staff is great and I feel wonderful."

Contact Us

Address: 1100 Pitkin Ave Grand Junction, CO
Telephone: 970-263-9122
E-mail: info@8thstreetgym.com