Coaches

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Melissa Basch

Co-Founder / Senior Coach

At age 2, Basch was enrolled in her first dance class, and it has been an important part of her life ever since.  After being introduced to tricking in 2011, it quickly became a passion as well. She is currently enrolled in a degree program in health and exercise science, and enjoys supplementing her training with yoga, partner acrobatics, and various other athletic arts.

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Justin Carney

Co-Founder / Senior Coach

Justin first began his journey in movement with Martial Arts in 1993, inspired by Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. In 1998 he began competing in Martial Arts and incorporating flips and "tricks" into his routines.  Justin met Jaime Colon in 2002 and joined Team Furious Force (one of the first tricking teams including Jujimufu) the following year.  After years of growing up in this new emerging sport of tricking, Justin partnered with Melissa Basch to begin providing "trick class" for Hartford County in 2012. 

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Tricia Carney

Lead Coach / Art Director

Tricia came from the world of playing various sports every season, from childhood to well past her college years. Her acrobatic journey started with kung fu in 2005, where she met friends that started dabbling in the sport of Martial Arts Tricking. After a childhood full of Power Rangers, Xena Warrior Princess, Batman and other various superhero shows, it was the perfect mix of everything she had always wished she could do.

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Rhys Moore

Lead Coach 

In his early teenage years living in the UK, Rhys really struggled to find a sport to stick with. Bouncing around from football (soccer to US) to Ju-jJtsu to rugby and more. But never really sticking with anything for more than 6 or so months and went through a period of being quite inactive and somewhat unfulfilled. That is until around 15 years old, he started practicing parkour and freerunning, then discovering this unique, underground, and underrated sport of Martial-Arts Tricking. It was everything he loved about movement.

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Kevin Grassie

Lead Coach 

Kevin has his roots in American Isshinryu karate and has been training since 2002. After earning a black belt in 2010, he began independently teaching classes, running events, and helping to structure his school’s curriculum. In 2012, two disconnected events exposed him to Martial Arts Tricking: high school friends who did parkour at a local gymnastics gym, and Hyper videos shown to him by his Sensei. 

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Diego Pichay

Lead Coach

Diego Pichay started his free movement journey at a very young age with breaking, urban dance, and martial arts. His father exposed him to the world of bboying months after he was born and he started kung fu classes a few years after he was able to walk. As Diego began to train in dance and martial arts more, he discovered a passion for free movement. Upon finding this passion, Diego set out on a lifelong journey to improve his free movement skills and strengthen the connection between him and his craft. This journey eventually lead him to Trick Dynamix and the world of tricking. 

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Noah Pichay

Lead Coach

Noah has been into movement since a young age.  He, like his brother Diego, were both raised learning martial arts and break dancing from their father.  Noah performs for the CT dance group, Kursive, combining elements from both his martial arts and tricking training to add more dynamism to the group.  

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Junior Ortiz

Lead Coach

Junior has a background in martial arts, and found tricking from watching top competitors on the NASKA circuit like Sammy Vasquez and Danny Graham.  After years of tricking between 2006 and 2012, he shifted focus to becoming a monster power lifter, a fireman, a husband and a father.  In 2018, we came to Battle of Fury to watch the night show and was re inspired to start tricking again.

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Phil Simonson

Junior Coach

Phil was first introduced to tricking through taking martial arts at American Karate, where Justin Carney was his instructor.  Phil stopped karate, but continued his training on trampoline and flipping off of various heights into water.  When he came into the gym at age 12, he had a new found passion to excel in tricking.  He was asked to come on as a Junior Coach because of his rapport that he has with everyone in the gym.  

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Alex Perez

Junior Coach

With an extensive background in wrestling at a collegiate level, Alex has been working with the East Hartford High School wrestling team for the past 3 years. He was first introduced to tricking through an open gym session, tagging along with a couple friends from the gym.  He fell in love with the movement and the community and strives to spread the joy and euphoria that is attained from participating in tricking. 

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