The Premier Training Center for Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian JiuJitsu, Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training and Strength &
Conditioning in Long Island City, NYC!
Whether you’re looking to learn Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for fitness, fun, or competitive fighting – Hinds Combat is the place to be. Our Muay Thai program is headed by Sean Hinds – a professional Muay Thai fighter and experienced instructor with multiple fights and championships and our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program is head by Dominyka Obelenyte – a black belt from Marcelo Gracia and 4x Black Belt WORLD CHAMPION!
Born in London, England, Owner and Head Coach Sean Hinds moved to New York city over 20 years ago. A mainstay of the North American Muay Thai community, Sean is credited as being one of the handful of fighters instrumental to the dramatic rise in popularity of Muay Thai in the United States.
Sean began his training in Thai boxing under the tutelage of Edge Brown, world champion kick boxer and fellow Englishman. While training with Brown, Sean studied the Dutch/English style of Muay Thai. Sean also trained with Coban, a five-time world champion in Muay Thai. Coban’s Thai style added a new dimension to Sean’s fighting repertoire.
Sean’s Muay Thai career spans over 20 years. He has had over 30 professional fights, fighting in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Denmark, Canada, and the United States. Known for his hard kicks, heavy hands, tight clinch, and all-around arsenal of Muay Thai, Sean is an exciting fighter to see in action.
During the course of his long and illustrious fight career, Sean discovered his love for teaching and has extensive experience training and coaching students of all ages, as well as seasoned amateur and pro-fighters. Sean is committed to mentoring teenagers and young adults, and firmly believes that practicing martial arts can help build the self-esteem and self-confidence necessary to carry them in the future.
Sean is a WKA Super Middleweight Champion, three-time WBL Super Middleweight Champion and FNF Middleweight Champion.
Dominyka was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and first moved to the United States when she was 6 years old. She began training at the ripe age of 9 years old in a Gracie Humaita Affiliate in New Jersey. Though her introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was rocky, she eventually found her way. She transitioned to training with Team Lloyd Irvin a few years after she began, so she could experience training with challenging female competitors that were around her size.
Dominyka eventually discovered that World Champion Black Belt Emily Kwok was teaching near her neighborhood and began taking classes with her, noticing an immediate improvement in her technique and mental fortitude within the sport. It was Emily who first brought Dominyka to the Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York. She began competing seriously under MGA, and became a consecutive Worlds gold medalist, winning blue belt adult Worlds at 14, purple belt Absolute at 15, and two brown belt medals at ages 17 and 18.
It was at Marcelo’s Academy that Dominyka earned her belts from blue all the way to black. She was promoted to black belt in January of 2015 at the age of 19, becoming one of the few people to receive such a high rank at such an early age. That following Summer, Dominyka went on to win her weight and absolute in the IBJJF World Championships, becoming the first rookie black belt to double gold, as well as the first and only European.
- 4x IBJJF Black Belt world Champion
- 10x Overall World Champion (Black-Blue belt)
- 2x Black Belt Pan American Champion
- 4x Overall Pan American Champion (Black-Purple)
- European Champion and Absolute Medalist
- Abu Dhabi World Pro Silver Medalist
Dave Wai May
Dave Wai Moy started martial arts at a very young age, and has over 15 years of Muay Thai experience.
-2004 3rd Place in Pan American San Shou
-2009 New York State Muay Thai Champion
-2010 North Eastern Muay Thai Champion
Trained under Kam Chan, Enn Fairtex, Master Toddy, Greg Ardon and Aziz Nahib.
Coach Mike has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 8 years with a focus on Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts and self-defense and has competed in several Submission Grappling tournaments. With an intention to enter the world of sport Jiu-Jitsu with the gi, Mike recently began training under world-renowned Black Belt Murilo Santana. Coach Mike has over 20 years experience working with kids beginning as a health and Physical Ed. counselor at the United Way Boys and Girls Clubs in 1997. Currently, he runs the after-school Jiu-Jitsu program at The Clinton School in Manhattan and is the founder of Varsity BJJ, a non-profit Jiu-Jitsu program for underprivileged teens beginning summer 2018. Mikes philosophy with young Jiu-Jitsu beginners is to teach gross motor movements and progress toward refining techniques and to facilitate a balance between learning and play.
Joey has been training Muay Thai for over 6 years. He is still actively competing, training and teaching. Joey is also a 2x Amateur Muay Thai Champion.
Luciano has been training Muay Thai for over 7 years and teaching for over 2 years. He is the resident Pad Holder extraordinaire!
Kit has been practicing martial arts since 2008. He has a background in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has competed in amateur Muay Thai and MMA competitions.
Long and arduous are the two words that come to mind when describing my road to being physically fit. Life as a severely obese high school student made me popular with the football team but presented many other challenges on a more social level. As a result, I’ve always been on a quest to be in the best shape that I could. Some times with great results, some times, not so much. I can still fully appreciate the hardships of a person who struggles with his/her weight.
In 2000 I discovered Muay Thai, an intense sport from Thailand. To date, it still ranks as the best work out I’ve ever had, and I base most of my training with clients on the things I’ve learned while training myself. With that said, it’s pretty obvious that most of my clients have no desire to ever step in the ring, so I complement their workouts with a balanced program of free weights, flexibility training and cardio vascular exercise. Like most people who start training Muay Thai, I had no desire to get into the ring, six years later that all changed, when I decided to enter the World Kickboxing Association’s national tournament. Taking second place in a field of eight was very rewarding but left me with regrets. I have continued fighting on an amateur level and amassed a record of 2 wins with 2 KO’s and 2 losses.
One of the things that has helped me immensely in my training has been my work as a Muay Thai instructor and my work as a personal trainer at various fitness clubs in NYC. Teaching Muay Thai has helped me learn how to realize and correct my clients and students mistake and more importantly realize and correct my own mistakes, not to mention helping my clients/students who want to fight get in the ring and perform at high levels. In January of 2010, I decided to escape the cold of NYC and spend time traveling and training in Thailand. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I trained twice per day for roughly three hours per session with some of Thailand’s best Thai boxers. The closest thing I can compare it too would be like going to spring training with the NY Yankees. It was a great way to shore up some of my old techniques and learn some new skills, but most importantly it left me feeling highly invigorated and motivated to get my students/clients into the best shapes of their lives.
I’m really excited to announce a new chapter as I begin teaching classes with the team at Hinds Combat Sports.
My name is Mackenzie Fingerhut. I was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I have been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for seven years but I have been doing martial arts for more than 14 years. I started in Tae Kwon Do when I was six and quickly began rising through the ranks. I received my black belt when I was twelve and my coach introduced me to Jiu-Jitsu. I fell in love immediately and began training to compete. I moved through almost every child belt in jiujitsu until I received my blue belt in July 2015. I left my New Jersey gym when I was 16 to train with Dominyka at Marcelo Garcia Academy. I received my purple belt in May of 2017. I stayed and trained there for three years and then switched to Hinds Combat Sports to continue training with the best female Jiu-Jitsu practitioner on the planet. I am currently a junior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in creative writing.
- Gi World Champion-Blue Belt
- No Gi World Champion- Blue Belt
- 2x Pan American Gi Champion (weight class and absolute)-Blue Belt
- Pan American No Gi Champion-Blue Belt
- 2x Pan American Silver Medalist (weight and absolute)- Blue Belt