Head Coach Peter Zahran

Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing

Coach Peter Zahran is the creator of Central Combat Sports and the man that established the sports of MMA and Submission Grappling in the Windsor-Essex region. Coach Z is a Black Belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing and is considered by many to be one of the most insightful trainers in the nation. Coach Z is the current director of the World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Association and the national representative of Daniel Valverde Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Coach Z has an Honours Degree in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Windsor, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Education.

Coach Cedric Benn


Coach Cedric Benn is a nationally certified boxing coach (NCI Advanced Coaching Diploma) and right-hand to legendary Canadian Olympic boxing coach, Charlie Stewart. Coach Cedric splits his time between Central Combat Sports and the¬†Windsor Amateur Boxing Club where he trains Canada’s boxing elite, producing Olympic athletes and Provincial, National and World Champions. Coach Cedric is a former national competitor himself and can be seen regularly calling the action from ringside as a television and radio boxing commentator. Coach Cedric also works as a certified personal trainer for Refine Fitness Studio.

Coach Dave Orton

Strength and Conditioning

Coach Dave Orton is a sports performance specialist that has coached countless individuals and teams in strength and conditioning. With over 15 years of professional experience, Coach Dave’s areas of concentration are aerobic and anaerobic performance and sport specific development. Coach Dave is the creator of the Synergy Wellness and Performance, one of the country’s most innovative athletic conditioning, development and rehabilitation programs. Coach Dave is also a professional Cutman (Bellator Fighting Championship) that wraps hands on a world-class level.

Assistant Coach Goran Arnaut

Nogi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Assistant Coach Goran is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt, national grappling champion and undefeated MMA competitor. On occasion, Coach Goran teaches our Jiu-Jitsu classes.

Assistant Coach Darrin D'Amore

Youth Martial Arts

Assistant Coach Darrin is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt, multiple tournament medalist and amateur MMA fighter. Assistant Coach Darrin helps teach our Youth Martial Arts classes.

Assistant Coach Manny Aujla

Youth Martial Arts

Assistant Coach Manny is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt, multiple tournament medalist and amateur MMA fighter. Assistant Coach Manny helps teach our Youth Martial Arts classes.