Our Team

John Cook
Owner
John Cook is the owner of Evolve Performance Fitness.  With almost 20 years experience training athletes of all ages he has personally worked with thousands of clients.  John has used the Evolve method of training with great success to help individuals unleash their true potential.  His fundamental and common sense approach to physical development has helped people take their performance to the next level. A standout athlete his entire life, John has competed in Wrestling, Power lifting, Mixed Martial Arts, Grappling and Jiu Jitsu.  Coach Cook is also a World Silver Medalist in Brazilian Jiu JItsu and currently holds a Purple Belt from Professor Jay Nance.  He has always believed that in order to be successful at coaching it is very important that you have also competed at a high level.  You must have a true understanding of what is really necessary to be optimally prepared to compete. "I believe that you must first instill confidence in someone before you can really tap into their potential.  Physical and mental conditioning must be a staple of the training program, if an individual is not strong and in excellent condition, they will never have confidence in their ability.  So many trainers today focus too much on the technical aspect of training, they forget the importance of teaching fundamentals and hard work"
Shaun Hinssen
Head Performance/Fitness Manager
Shaun has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Akron. Growing up in Cincinnati, Shaun played baseball and basketball at the high school varsity level and continued his athletic career at the University of Akron playing baseball from 2001-2005. He has been a trainer here at Evolve since 2006. Hinssen has experience training athletes, special populations, and those just looking to get fit.
Ben Sina
Sports Performance/Fitness Coach
Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree from DeSales University in 2012 and his Master’s degree from East Stroudsburg in Exercise Science in 2014. In addition to his schooling; Ben has been coaching since 2006, beginning with martial arts and transitioning to strength and conditioning in 2010. He has worked in both the collegiate and private sectors with a wide array of clients. Coach Sina is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and holds a USA weight lifting Level 1 certification through USA Weight lifting. He Played soccer throughout high school as well as trained in martial arts. He continues to train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and currently holds a Purple Belt under Professor Jay Nance . Ben’s training specialty is with athletes, however, he is very familiar with training those who are looking to simply improve their health and fitness.
Matt Miller
Sports Performance/Fitness Coach
Matt graduated from The University of Akron with a bachelors in Exercise Science with a Strength & Conditioning / Coaching Concentration. He played 4 years Varsity Baseball for Firestone High School in Akron. After playing baseball and leaving the world of sports, Coach Miller found that he wanted to continue in the field of coaching and training and he decided to coach for 3 years for the West Akron Baseball Youth League. Matt has a passion for helping others achieve goals and reach new heights in physical abilities, so he knew becoming a strength coach would allow him to do just that. Matt Miller's interests include; sports, drumming, healthy foods, the outdoors, and playing with his dog.
Jessica Zomcik
MMA Manager / Youth MMA Instructor / Pro-Fighter
Jessica has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and Muay Thai since 2008. She is currently a Purple Belt in BJJ and holds more than 30 Gold medals and 3 championship belts in grappling tournaments. Jessica earned her brown belt in Thai Kickboxing at Evolve MMA Academy. She is a Professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and holds a 2-1 record, and is 12-4 overall. She has won seven of her eight last fights. Coach Zomcik is the MMA Manager at Evolve MMA in Medina Ohio, and runs the Youth MMA program, Cardio Kickboxing, and Women’s Only BJJ. Her ultimate goal is to be a world champion in the UFC. Jessica earned a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising and enjoys sewing and spending time with her two pitbulls.
Amanda Mosteller
Personal Trainer
As a personal trainer, Amanda truly enjoys watching her client's progress to levels of fitness that they maybe thought they could achieve. She's certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as TRX Certified, Senior Fitness Specialist, and Golf Fitness Certified. Amanda is an expert regarding the challenges of weight control and dieting. A big part of her training success comes from designing custom programs for each client, that makes it fun to get in shape so clients enjoy their workouts. Amanda is an active biker, hiker and life long resident of the Akron area.
Jay Nance
Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Jay Nance discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) in late 1997 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jay insists BJJ is more than a martial art - it is a lifestyle you take with you in your every day walk. After two years training in Nashville with Shawn Hammonds he moved back to Ohio and met Eduardo Barros in 2000. For the next twelve years Jay trained with Eduardo Barros, a Brazilian Nationals 4 time champion and Nova Uniao Black Belt. After several tournament victories and competing at the Copa Do Mundo in Sao Paulo Brazil (finishing 8th in a bracket of 160) Jay was promoted to purple belt. As a purple belt Jay won two bronze medals at the Pan-American tournament in California. In 2008 Jay was promoted to his next belt. As a brown belt he won silver medal in the New York Open. In 2010, after 12 years of consistent training, Jay was promoted to Black Belt by Eduardo Barros. Some of the highlights Jay remembers most are training for six weeks in Rio in 2004, having a class with Carlson Gracie Jr. and training with legends such as Mario Sperry, Murilo Bustamante, Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro and Andre Pederneiras. Jay maintains his love for BJJ and its native land Brazil where he traveled four separate times. His biggest influences in the sport came from Eduardo Barros, Shawn Hammonds, Chris Chard and Ricardo De La Riva. His current passions are his family, students and passing along the BJJ lifestyle for those that want to learn it.
Dmitry Fuhrman
Assistant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Dmitry started judo at the age of 8. He started wrestling in high school and continued through college. He spent 10 years working as an investigator, and after 9/11 joined the army, where he was deployed to Afghanistan. Dmitry separated from the army after 10 years of service. After leaving the military, he and his wife settled in Medina County where they enjoy their children, pets and traveling. Coach Fuhrman is a Certified Level 1 Coach in boxing, wrestling, and jiu jitsu. Dmitry has been a life long student of the martial arts.

• BA Political Science
• Retired Army Captain / Afghanistan Veteran
• Instructed Spec Ops in Hand to Hand Combat
• IBJJF Certified Brown Belt
• Certified instructor of Russian Martial Art, Systema
• Black Belt Japanese Jujitsu
• Black Belt Kodokan Judo
• Free style Wrestling Canadian National Team Member 1992
• Olympics 1992
Ryan Arce
Boxing Coach
With ten years combined experience, Ryan started out with only a boxing background. He is now developing into a complete mixed martial artist with improved wrestling, and vastly improved Brazilian jiu jitsu skills. Coach Arce is also a brown level Muay Thai Kickboxer under Steve Traczyk as well as an assistant striking coach. Ryan has an amateur boxing record of 8-1 and an MMA record of 6-4.
Robert "Coach Moses" Jacobs
USA Boxing Certified Trainer
• Amateur Record 89 Wins & 13 Losses
• 1995 National Junior Olympic Gold Medalist
• 1996 National Silver Gloves Gold Medalist
• 2004 Olympic Trials Bronze Medalist
• Summit County Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Coach Moses is one of the top boxing coaches in the midwest. During his boxing career he compiled an impressive amateur record of 89 wins and 13 losses. After retiring from boxing he began his career as a USA Boxing Coach and Trainer. Moses has worked with some of the top young talent in the area including 2014 Junior Olympic Gold Medalist Travail Fain and 2015 Regional Silver Gloves Gold Medalist Carlos Johnson. Moses was added to the Evolve coaching staff in 2015 to head up our boxing program and work with Evolve's MMA Fight Team. Moses is a highly talented coach and brings over 20 years of experience to our already Elite level coaching staff.
Josh Rohler
Wrestling Coach
Josh graduated from St. Vincent- St. Mary High School in 2006. He has a double Bachelors degree in Communications and Public Relations from Notre Dame College. Coach Rohler has had the privilege to work with the best wrestlers in the sport, hands down, and knows what it takes to become a champion and loves sharing knowledge of the sport. He has coached multiple state and national placers. Josh is a professional MMA fighter and has worked with some of the best fighters and coaches in the area and in the sport. "Jesus Christ is my Lord and savior!"

WRESTLING - 22 Years Experience
• 3x Ohio High School Wrestling State Placer
• NHSCA Junior National Champion
• NHCSA Senior National All-American
• 2x Fargo Greco-Roman National All-American
• Ranked #1 in the Country at 152 lbs in 2006
• 2x Ironman Placer
• Reno Tournament of Champions
• 3x Beast of the East Placer
• Dapper Dan Award Recipient

BOXING- 4 Years Experience
• Akron City Championships
• 2x Ohio State Fair Championships
Brian Hauser
Wrestling Coach
Brian was born on the East side of Cleveland in South Euclid Ohio. He's been playing sports all of his life. Coach Hauser started playing baseball, basketball and soccer when he was about 3 years old. He started playing travel baseball when he was 7 and played through high school. Hauser started wrestling when he was 13 in the 7th grade (best decision of his life). Brian is a big fan of Dragon Ball Z and The Walking Dead TV series. His favorite athlete is Usain Bolt. When he's not in the gym he works on improving the lives of kids who have had troubled childhoods on the west side of Cleveland.

• 2009 Preseason State Champion @103lbs
• 2009 Division 1 State Runner up @103lbs/Brush High School
• 2009 Senior Nationals Runner up @106lbs
• 2012 NCWA Conference Runner up @125lbs/Notre Dame College
• 2012 NCWA National Qualifier @125
• 2013 NCAA Super Region II 5th Place @125lbs
• 2013 NCAA National Alternate @125
• 2014 NCAA Super Region I 3rd Place @125lbs
• 2014 NCAA National Qualifier @125
• 3 year starter for Notre Dame College
• (4X National champions/NAIA,NCWA,NCAA2)
Jeff Hughes
Striking / Muay Thai Coach
Jeff is a Pro Fighter who currently holds a record of 4 - 0. He started wrestling in High School, setting the stage and giving him a background in MMA that would eventually lead him to his pro career. In 2011, he was the Amateur National Heavyweight Champion. He is a current practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and holds a black belt in Muay Thai. Coach Jeff is the Fundamental Muay Thai instructor, helping spark an interest in anyone who steps into his class.