Ioannis (Yanni) HronakisOwner/Head Instructor

Ioannis (Yanni) Hronakis is the head instructor of Up Top Martial Arts Academy. Yanni started his martial arts training at the age of 8 in the art of Tae Kwon Do under his instructor George Sernack. As an avid student of the martial arts, he has continued to expand his training to include other arts such as Muay Thai Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Through his training he has earned a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from his instructor George Sernack as well as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Jamie Cruz (Renzo Gracie Black Belt).

At the age of 16, Yanni started assisting in classes and found his gift for teaching. By the time he was 18 he started teaching full classes and really started to hone his craft. As a competitor, Yanni continues to compete alongside his students on a regular basis and you can see him on the podium regularly. In addition, his students have found a lot of success in local tournaments as well as international level competitions. Yanni makes it a point to try and be at every tournament to provide the coaching his students need to get to the next level. You can see Yanni on the mats 7 days a week helping students of all ages achieve their goals through martial arts training.

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