Our Coaches and Instructors


Nelson Acosta, Head Coach
Certified Fitness Trainer, ISSA
Certified MMA Conditioning Specialist, NASM and NESTA

Nelson Acosta is the Head Coach at Rush Squad MMA and is oversees the fight team and all aspects of Conditioning.

Nelson is also the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Rush.  The conditioning program is intense and very methodical. It is a great program for anyone that is looking to get in shape, lose weight, sculpt their bodies or lose fat. It is also a great basis for fighters and athletes.

He also leads the Fighter Training Camp. He is certified as an MMA Conditioning Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and NESTA and  follows their Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model. In addition, The Fighter Training Camp incorporates many other methods and methodologies that are proprietary to his program. This program is specifically designed for fighters. It is a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted program that leads to a fight simulation scenario. We offer a 12 weeks, 8 weeks and 4 weeks out program. This is strictly a Strength and Conditioning program design for fight readiness.


Luis Nazario, Head Muay Thai and MMA Instructor

Luis is passionate about his art. He is a professional MMA fighter, instructor and coach. He has been teaching Muay Thai and MMA at Rush Squad since 2011. His students love him and demonstrate progress immediately. Some have even become fighters. He coached our first amateur fighter to our first victory as a school.

We now have a few fighters that will be competing in the near future. Luis trains and coaches them to develop the skills and technique in a very progressive manner. He gets our students prepared with the right skills.IMG_1140


Pablo “The Hurricane” Alfonso 


Pablo is our Jiu-jitsu instructor. He is also a Professional MMA Fighter and XFC Title holder. He is  a Strike Force veteran and holds a black belt in Jiu-jitsu.

Pablo has a very unique approach to teaching us and incorporates MMA scenarios in his style. Students truly learn what is most important and why they are performing each technique.




Danielle “Cage Conda” Gallagher

Danielle is an amateur MMA fighter and our Kid’s MMA instructor. She has more than a year of experience teaching group kickboxing and fitness classes for both children and adults. In addition to training and teaching at Rush Squad, Dani was chosen to represent for Florida in the 135 female division at the Fighters Source Amateur International MMA Tournament

Danielle "Cage Conda" Gallagher