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Meet Our Team

Our team is full of experts that are here to help you achieve your goals.

Greg Jones

Head Strength and Conditioning Specialist
B.Sc. Physical Education & Nutritional Health EOU 2008
Certified Natural Trainer(CNT 1) Monkey Bar Gym
Nautilus Institute Accredited Coach
Three Sport Collegiate Athlete/National All Star in Football
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitor/Natural Bodybuilding Heavyweight Champion
NPC Double Nationally Qualified Nationals Classic Physique and Masters Bodybuilding competitor 2016-2017
Nov 5th 2016 Idaho Cup Champion Classic Physique and Master Bodybuilding Champion, 2012 Vancouver Natural Heavyweight Masters Champion

Carlos Sievert

2nd Degree Black Belt under Professor Marcio Feitosa and Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
Actively competing under the Gracie Barra banner regionally and and on the world stage
Recently placed 3rd in the 2014 Master World Championships in a bracket full of amazing competitors
Professor Carlos is one of the best competitors and instructors in the Northwest

Amy Montenegro

Nurse / Muay Thai And Pro MMA Fighter
A full-time nurse as well as a Muay Thai and Pro MMA fighter with a record of 7-2
Competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where she has earned two gold medals from The Revolution BJJ Tournament
Third gold medal from the Seattle IBJJF Open.
Amy is currently a signed fighter with Invicta Fighting Championships where she competes at 115lbs
No-Gi 2016 World Championships Silver Medalist
Program Director of Monkey Bar Gym/Gracie Barra Bellevue and CNT1 Certified Natural Trainer Monkey Bar Gym
Amy “The Resurrection” is also married to, teammate and pro MMA fighter, Dex Montenegro. They are the main subjects of the documentary Fight Fam

Rodrigo Lopes

Head Instructor
3rd Degree black belt under professor Marcio Feitosa and master Carlos Gracie Jr.
Certified black belt under Gracie Barra
Founding member of the Gracie Barra Seattle and Gracie Barra Northwest
His leadership has grown the organization to noe of the largest in Washington
Excellent professional instruction in a safe environment that is accessible for all levels

Dex Montenegro

Professional Mixed Martial Artist, Professional Boxer & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competitor
Professional Mixed Martial Artist
Professional Boxer & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor
He is originally from Lahaina, Hawaii but currently resides in Issaquah, WA
He competes in the 135lbs, 145lbs & 155lbs divisions
Dex has won a gold medals at the Revolution Submission Wrestling tournament and the Gracie Barra NW in-house tournament
Dex was also two-time Golden Gloves competitor with an Amateur boxing record of 25-5
He held held three Amateur MMA Titles at 155lbs & 145lbs
He’s the current Professional MMA 135lb Hawaii State Champion
Dex is also married to InvictaFC/UFC fighter Amy Montenegro
They teach kids and adults kickboxing class in Bellevue and Seattle
Their daughters are also active in the WA BJJ & USA Wrestling circuit Dex is one of the main subjects of the documentary Fight Fam

Corinne Messer

Personal Trainer, CPT
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer – National Academy of Sports Medicine
Exercise Science Nutrition Consultant, Precision Nutrition
Weightloss Specialist – Naturopathic Physicians Group
Bootcamp Instructor – Tabata Bootcamp
Yoga Instructor – Prana Yoga College (500hr)
Top Ten National ranking climbing competitor, US Climbing Association
Climbing Coach/Instructor/Guide, US Climbing Association

Alline Assis

Program Director

Kris Everts

Group Trainer

DaMarr Easton

Group Trainer
My name is DaMarr Easton. I have been a Certified Trainer and coach for more than 20 years. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, I am a former High School and college athlete. Having a love for fitness and sports performance is a great understatement for me. I am a sports enthusiast.

Having been in the best shape and the worst shape of my life, I understand the importance of having a solid foundation to work from. Being that guide or helper of many to reach and become the best versions of themselves has been my greatest desire.

Creating a fun and challenging atmosphere, welcoming all that come into Monkey Bar to experience the passion for life and well being. That’s my mission…..

Gregory Bowles

Yoga Instructor
Greg Bowles has been practicing the art of yoga since 2003. Trained to teach yoga by Iyengar trained Theresa Elliot and Katherine Payne of Pacific Yoga in Seattle. Greg then sought follow on Yoga training in meditation and Sanskrit via the author of The Unadorned Thread, Salvatore Zambito and further Sangha related to the Yoga sutras by Shree Patanjali. All the training aforementioned came after a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy from The University of Toledo.

From a corporate background in telecommunications and military intelligence with the United States Navy. A healing philosophy brings an emphasis on present moment awareness to each yoga class he teaches. As a private yoga teacher Greg excels at helping individuals
dissolve the physical and mental limitations of fully experiencing the Now. Build strength, flexibility and awareness by going more deeply into what states exist in the mind body in spirit already through clear and inspiring guidance.

Greg has also led 8 Yoga teacher training courses and certified 70 teachers in his 13 year tenure. This is in addition to his 11000 hours of private yoga instruction and 9000 hours of group class instruction and over 100 workshops and retreats, both locally and internationally.