Titan MMA


I am a UFC veteran. I know what it cost in energy and time to reach your goals. I don't just preach a healthy lifestyle, and self defense I have lived it for over 10 years. This is why Titan MMA is able to help our clients meet their fitness goals, learn self defense and are educated in the process. We're looking to help you maintain your results and skills for the long haul.

A bit about myself:

I have always been involved in sports throughout my life. Later I pursued a fighting career and realized the importance of healthy food and a healthy lifestyle altogether. I always enjoyed teaching and found a passion in being a personal trainer and coach.

I have tons of experience working with a wide variety of people with different fitness levels and goals. I specialize in:

General Fitness

Endurance training

Weight loss (simple nutrition)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Women's Self defense

Kid's Bully Defense Instructor

Child Abduction Prevention Instructor

Boxing/Kickboxing/Muay Thai (for cardio and competition)


NESTA Certified Personal Trainer

MMA Condition Association Certified

National Force Training Academy (NFTA) Women's Self-Defense Instructor

National Force Training Academy (NFTA) Kid's Bully Defense Instructor

National Force Training Academy (NFTA) Child Abduction Prevention Instructor

Brazilian Top Team Black Belt

UFC Veteran

I gauge the success of my business not by how many clients I have at one time but by how many clients I have helped reach their goals. I don't look to just train you. I teach the art of training so you can train and be proficient. I offer a wide variety of pricing options to fit anyone's budget.

So if you're ready to take the first steps and start the change now?

Contact me so we can get started today!

I enjoy seeing my students excelling and hitting their goals. Most people start off just wanting to learn an art then as a vehicle for fitness, others want to use it as a form of self defense and some eventually want to compete. I have seen the evolution in many people and love when they "move the goal post." On top of all that, I feel accomplished as a coach/trainer when people have more confidence in themselves that bleeds into their day to day bettering their lives as a whole.


Hired 17 times
1 employee
8 years in business
Serves Santa Ana , CA

Payment methods

Credit Card, Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Square, Apple Pay, Zelle, Bitcoin

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Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old

Disciplines interested in

I can make a recommendation, Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing or Muay Thai, Tai Chi Chuan, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Judo, Aikido

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


For self defense, Building strength and confidence, Developing discipline, Improving physical health

Class type

Private training, Group classes

Number of students

1 person, 2 people, 3 - 4 people, 5 or more people

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  • Reviews

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    Mehdi B.

    Great experience working with Ernest. I recommend him for anyone interested in boxing or self defense. I learned a lot from him.
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    March 08, 2024


    joanne M.

    Fabulous. Still with him. Getting better each day. I came in knowing absolutely nothing about boxing, with a bit of trauma to boot, and Im having a wonderful time.
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    December 16, 2023

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    sai santosh R.

    My trainer Mr Ernest Chavez has been one of the best in the business. His competency coupled with his interpersonal skills pack a tough punch. He pushes you to be better than you can imagine and has become a dear friend/mentor. We have had great conversations ranging from movies to politics to values and everything in between. Fully recommend him for a wholesome experience with a guarantee to continue training with him for as long as you can. Please try this, it could change your life, it definitely has changed mine.
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    August 11, 2023
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    Bobby D.

    I have been working with EJ for about 6 months now and it has been one of the best decisions of my life. As someone who started with no background in self-defense and fighting, I have learned a lot from EJ in a short amount of time. He is mindful about your strengths and weakness and will make sure you overcome any deficiencies with his approach to MMA. He is patient, punctual, and professional. I encourage anyone who is thinking about training in martial arts to do so with EJ, you will not regret it.
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    February 10, 2023
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    Roger H.

    Relatable, great techniques, and dedicated.
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    January 27, 2023
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    Angel C.

    Ernest is awesome! He works with clients to produce the best outcome. He provides excellent instruction and examples. As an older client, I like the fact that the workouts are suited for my individual needs. I definitely recommend him.
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    January 26, 2023
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    Frequently asked questions

    I generally designate an hour and a half for our first session. We discuss your goals, assess your current fitness or skill level, and determine a plan for our training sessions. I believe it's important that your learning style meshes well with my training style to achieve maximum results.

    First, and most important, I maintain my CPR and BLS current at all times. I have been trained in boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and Krav Maga for over 15 years. I am a UFC veteran and a BJJ black belt. I maintain my NESTA personal training certification as well as MMA Conditioning Association. I've recently found a passion teaching self defense to women and children and received my certification through National Force Training Academy for Women's Self Defense as well as Kid's Bully Defense & Abduction Prevention.

    My pricing is dependent upon several factors. I offer discounted rates if you purchase a package of sessions. I also offer group seminars and classes. Get in contact with me to go over all the options!

    Throughout my life, I have always been heavily involved in sports. During my 20's and early 30's, I pursued a professional mixed martial arts career. Upon retiring from the UFC, I realized the importance of maintaining my nutrition and fitness level as part of a healthy, well balanced lifestyle. Now I'm looking to pass on the knowledge

    After decades of training, I have vast experience working with a wide variety of individuals with different fitness levels and goals. I specialize in: -General Fitness for all ages (from child to seniors trying to stay mobile and functional) -Endurance Training -Weight Loss -BJJ -Women's Self Defense -Children's Self Defense -Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai (for cardio and competition) -MMA (for self defense and competition)

    My current passion is teaching Women's Self Defense. I developed a seminar circuit throughout Southern California for my self defense training and recently became certified in Kids Bully Defense and Abduction Prevention. Developing a seminar circuit for children as well. I am also filming instructional videos on MMA. You can check out the link to my youtube.

    Make sure the trainer has proper qualifications as well as a passion for what they teach. Individuals who are passionate about their work generally go above and beyond to make sure their clients are meeting the set goals.

    -What are your goals? -What is the timeline you're setting to achieve those goals? -How many times per week are you willing to dedicate to these goals?

    Services offered

    Mixed Martial Arts