Coach Plank has a lifetime of martial arts experience starting from his father who is a black belt in Judo and Karate. After home training with his father Plank began formal classes at age 6, from there Coach Plank began his journey through the traditional arts until his later teenage years when he discovered Grappling and Muay Thai, immediately after, he began focusing on MMA.
After years of traveling and training nationally and internationally with UFC, Pride and Strikeforce veterans he returned home and opened Inferno MMA. With his dedicated friends and training partners the group designed the new blend of traditional martial arts and mma for a curriculum that offers students the ability to choose their own path.
Coach Plank has black belts in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo, Aikido, Joe Lewis Kickboxing, a Brown Belt in Weeping Style Ju Jitsu and is the Ranking instructor of Inferno Fighting Systems. Coach Plank is a Certified Defensive Tactics instructor and has competed in MMA, Muay Thai, Gi and No Gi grappling tournaments nationally and internationally. He has coached professional fighters and amateur fighters since 2003 and currently has several high level fighters and produced World Champion Grapplers and Strikers.
Coach Page starting training as a teenager in Grappling, Muay Thai and Kali and soon took to blending the arts for more of an MMA influence. He traveled and trained regularly increasing his martial arts knowledge.
In the late 1990’s Coach Page began training with Coach Plank and Coach Sparks and they continued their martial arts growth together as they created Inferno MMA.
Coach Page has competed and won in several gi and no gi grappling tournaments. He placed 3rd at the Pan American Championship at Brown Belt. He is also a ranking instructor of Inferno Fight Systems and is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Coach Murdock began training in martial arts as a fighter before he was a student, competing in a local MMA event sparked his interest. After moving to Arkansas he began training in Aikido and Judo.
After training and competing as an amateur in MMA he became a professional. After a 2-2 record as a pro, Coach Murdock came to inferno MMA to start training like a true professional fighter in 2006.
Murdock now holds a title belt in the XFL at 145, Champions of the Cage at 145 and was a Battle on the Beach Champion at 145. He has over 20 professional fights and has Black Belts in Judo, Aikido, Inferno Combat Systems and is a Brown Belt in BJJ
Lindsey has been training with Inferno since 2013 and is currently an Instructor and Program Director for the Springdale inferno. Her family joins her on the training floor and you will always find her around the gyms! Lindsey is Currently a Sr. Brown in Inferno Fight Systems and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Coach Sparks began his martial arts journey at age 17 in traditional taekwondo, soon after receiving his black belt he began cross training in other arts such as Grappling, Kali, and Muay Thai.
Spending years traveling the country with his job he was cross training with some of the most well known names in the industry.
Upon his return to Arkansas he began training again with Coach Plank and Coach Page. Soon after that, Inferno was created, Sparks and the team were back on track training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai and MMA.
Sparks helped develop the youth program of Inferno to offer a higher quality martial arts experience and more diverse curriculum structure.
Coach Sparks has a black belt in Taekwondo and is currently a ranking instructor in Inferno Combat Systems. He has competed in Grappling and Kickboxing and currently is the Program Director of Inferno MMA.
Coach Keith is a 2nd degree black belt in karate and has granddaughters that have achieved thier own black belts in the Inferno program, he is an assistant instructor in the Youth program and is a mentor for many of the instructors and students.
Coach Plank’s wife Jennifer began training at Inferno MMA in 2007, she started in kickboxing to get in shape and try something new.
In just a couple months she began Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Jennifer then joined the fight team and became a serious athlete and competed in kickboxing.
She is currently a very skilled martial artist and leads our youth martial arts program.
Jennifer also has a 1st Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing.
Miranda has trained at inferno since 2013 with her family, she currently is an instructor at the Bentonville Inferno and is a Sr. Brown Belt in Inferno Fight Systems and is a blue belt in BJJ
Coach Hulsey started training in Taekwondo at age 11. After many years of training & winning competitions as a black belt he decided to focus on his role as an assistant coach to his competition team and then progressed to learning MMA and BJJ.
Mr. Hulsey is the head instructor for the Springdale location and holds a black belt in Inferno Fight Systems, Taekwondo, and is a Purple in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Joe has been doing Martial Arts and competing since 2006 and is currently a professional MMA fighter. Coach Pianalto started training with Inferno in 2008 as an amateur MMA fighter and accumulated over 15 fights and turned Pro. Joe is currently Coaching the Adult Program at the Springdale location.
Joe is currently a Black Belt in Inferno Fight Systems, and a Purple in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has a decade of experience in No Gi Grappling, Kickboxing and MMA.
Steve began training in martial arts in 1994 in Japanese Ju Jitsu in which he competed and cross trained in consistently. in 2004 Steve took up brazilian jiu jitsu after a motorcycle accident for rehab and has been on the mats ever since. Steve has been competing and training since the early 2000’s and is currently a Black Belt in BJJ. Steve is the BJJ coach for Inferno Springdale.
Chris started martial arts as a kid focusing primarily in Muay Thai, submission grappling and Kali. Later Chris went on to compete in Muay Thai, MMA, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Chris is a Black Belt in United Fighting Arts and a Purple Belt in BJJ.
Coach Wise grew up wrestling and gained an impressive winning record all through school in multiple weight classes. He began his martial arts training as a young child in Taekwondo and received his black belt as a young teen.
Once he was out of school he heard of a local MMA promotion looking for fighters, having a wrestling and taekwondo background he thought it couldn’t be worse than a serious sparring session. Once he was a few fights into his career he quickly learned he needed to be training seriously.
Coach Wise came to Inferno MMA looking to take his pro career more seriously and diversify his combat knowledge. He quickly rose to the top gaining a 6 fight winning streak with a Title Belt and got the opportunity to fight on Bellator Fighting Championships.
Coach Wise assists with the fighters and runs the wrestling program not only at Inferno MMA but also is assistant coach for Bentonville High School Wrestling. Coach Wise has a black belt in Taekwondo and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has over 14 professional fights in MMA and has competed in numerous Gi and No Gi grappling tournaments.
Jessica started training in kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2008. Coach Harmon has a Black Belt in Inferno Fight Systems and is a blue belt in BJJ. She has competed in kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA. Jessica is a certified group fitness class instructor. She currently is the Head Instructor of the Fayetteville Inferno. She is a fantastic instructor and loves teaching kids and adults.
Shonn has been training in kickboxing and BJJ at Inferno MMA since 2008. He is a highly skilled martial artist and a fantastic coach. He currently teaches kickboxing and also boot camps. Shonn is also our program director for Bentonville. For most students, Shonn is the first smiling face that they meet when signing up as a student.
Natalie has been training Martial Arts since 2012, she is a avid BJJ competitor and is currently a Purple Belt. She is an assistant instructor at the Springdale Inferno and is the lead instructor of Inferno’s Women’s Jiu Jitsu Program.