Coach Yee is a Master Instructor / Professional SAG/AFTRA Stunt Performer. Yee is one of the southwest’s most qualified martial arts instructors: he has been training in martial arts since 1980 and teaching since 1998. Yee is proud to hold the following certifications:
Certifications and Accomplishments
9th Degree Black Belt in the Filipino Arts of Kali-Silat-Eskrima-Eskrido-Pangamot under Grandmaster Christopher Petrilli (Founder of Filipino Martial Arts Academy/Filipino Martial Arts Association, Petrilli is a 10th Degree Black Belt under the late Supreme GrandMaster Cacoy Cañete)
5th Grade Black Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima / Eskrido (Blended system of Eskrima-Judo-Jujitsu-Aikido-Wrestling-Boxing) under the late Supreme GrandMaster Cacoy Cañete (12th Degree Black Belt) founder of Cacoy Doce Pares and one of the original founding members of Doce Pares Eskrima)
Instructor in Muay Thai under Grand Master Surachai “Chai” Sirisute (Founder of Thai Boxing Assoc of U.S.A & Founder of World Thai Boxing Association)
Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s Protege and the only man ever to receive all 3 certifications from Lee and only person ever to be certified in Jeet Kune Do under Lee)
Instructor in the Inosanto Blend of Filipino Martial Arts under Tuhon Dan Inosanto (Founder of the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, Founder of IIMAIA and Living Martial Arts Legend)
Instructor in Wing Chun Gung Fu under Sifu Francis Fong (founder of the Wing Chun Association of the USA)
Coach in the arts of Combat Submission Wrestling ( Muay Thai, Savate, Jun Fan Kickboxing, Judo, Freestyle Wrestling, and Greco-Roman Wrestling with techniques and submissions from Shoot wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, and Catchascatchcan.)under Professor/Sensei Erik Paulson (Founder of Combat Submission Wrestling and is the first American to win the World Light-Heavy Weight Shooto Title in Japan)
Instructor in Savate (French Kickboxing) under Professor Nicolas Saignac
Instructor: in the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do Concepts – Filipino Kali – Maphilindo Silat – Muay Thai Kickboxing under Sifu/Guro Christopher Clarke (Founder of Northwest Kali / JKD Association and Full Instructor under Si Gung / Tuhon Dan Inosanto)
Instructor in Real Kickboxing Bag Workout (TM) Orange County Kickboxing & MMA
Instructor for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in the areas of Defensive Tactics, Impact & Edged Weapons, Empty Hand Combat & Ground Control
Luttrell / Yee MMA & Fitness: Co-Founder / Master Instructor & Head Striking Coach
Albuquerque Kickboxing & MMA: Founder / Master Instructor
Albuquerque Kickboxing Academy: Founder / Master Instructor
Defensive Tactics Consultant/Edge & Impact Weapons Specialist: APD (NM)
Albuquerque Martial Arts Academy Founder / Chief Instructor
Defensive Tactics Trainer: NMNG WMD-CST (NM)
Regulatory Enforcement Agent: U.S.G.R.C. (WA)
Law Enforcement Officer: U.S.I.T. (WA)
Kickboxing Coach: Gold’s Gym (WA)
Defensive Tactics Consultant: WCSO / BPD (WA)
Self Defense Instructor: Whatcom County Rape Crisis Center (WA)
Director of Security / Surveillance F.C.G.C. (WA)
Assistant Instructor: Northwest Kali /JKD Academy (WA)
Kickboxing Coach: Kent Women’s Club (WA) *Yee was the only male instructor ever to have worked for this prestigious health club.
Owner / Trainer: Northwest Body Sculpting (WA)
Fitness Trainer: World Gym (WA)
Competition Experience 1980-2001
Coaching / Training Experience
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (WEC-UFC), John “The Magician” Dodson (UFC), Jordan “The Gamer” Espinosa (UFC), Damacio “Angel of Death” Page (WEC_UFC), & Claudia Gadelha (UFC), just to name a few.
So who exactly is Chris Luttrell?
Well, he’s the man who talked Greg Jackson into doing MMA in the first place.
“I had met Greg Jackson’s top student at a judo club, and he said why don’t we go and roll? I went in and met Greg and hit it off with Greg, and I said, well Greg you need to meet Mike. So I introduced those two and right away we kind of figured out we wanted to do the MMA thing.”
After talking with Jackson and learning about the principles of Gaidojutsu, a martial art founded by Jackson which loosely translates to “technique of the streets”, Luttrell quickly came to the conclusion that Jackson and Winkeljohn needed to meet. Both had seen the future of combat sports in the form of mixed martial arts and had begun training their students to master multiple skills and arts. Where Jackson’s strong suit was submission grappling, Winkeljohn was the master of standup (kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai), and Luttrell completed the trifecta with his American wrestling and Judo background. Together they came up with a belt system for Gaidojutsu, and in 2000 Luttrell was the first Gaidojutsu black belt to come out of Jackson’s.
For the last 15 years, Luttrell has been teaching MMA, coaching and cornering each student with equal attention, whether it be the big names in the UFC like Frank Mir, Johnny “Bones” Jones and Carlos “Natural Born Killer” Condit, professional fighters for smaller promotions like Shark Fights or Evolution, amateur fighters just getting into the sport, or perhaps one of his favorites, boys and girls from his kids’ class.
An experienced hand at multi-tasking, Luttrell continues to teach, coach, and corner fighters all over the United States and other countries around the world (Japan, Russia, Australia, to name a few) including coaching the USA wrestling team in Sweden. He is inundated with requests for cornering, but if there is any way he can make it, he WILL be there, with no preference given based on fame or experience. In fact, he tends to prefer the smaller promotions where “you see people just putting their hearts and souls into the sport.” He is frequently asked to put together entire camps for fighters, such as Carlos Condit for his UFC 143 appearance, and if he is able, he agrees, usually consulting with Jackson and Winkeljohn, as well as many other gifted coaches and instructors at both gyms to put together the best camp for each individual. Luttrell was a coach for “Suga” Rashad Evans during Evans’ TUF Season 2 appearance and Luttrell has also worked with several fighters from Mean1 and has cornered them at their appearance at Evolution 2.
Coach Chris Luttrell is a member of the Albuquerque Police Department Gang Unit, mentor and role model, and family man. Graduating from Manzano High School (winning State three times 1980-82) he went on to obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from UNM. In 1995, he became a Reserve Deputy for Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office where he stayed until 2000, where upon he went over to New Mexico State Police full time. He served the state in that capacity until 2007, when he moved over to Albuquerque Police Department where he has been ever since, and a little over a year ago he became a member of the APD Gang Unit and now he is opening a new gym in Albuquerque where anyone can train; including top fighters from around the nation.
This hometown hero balances a tough and dangerous job in public service, teaching, coaching and cornering, and on top of all that, he is a husband and father of four children who hold his highest priority. “After my family, there are two things I love: my job and MMA. I’m so blessed! I work with the best, most highly-trained police department in the Southwest, and train the best fighters at Luttrell’s MMA. I love what I do!”
- Texas Vale Tudo Champion 1995
- Arizona Grappling Champion 1994
- Grablefest Champion 1997
- Three time State wrestling champ
- First Black belt in Gaidojutsu
- Notable fighters trained and coached by Chris Luttrell
- John Dodson
- Rashad Evans
- Carlos Condit
- Jon Jones
- Frank Mir
- Tim Kennedy
- Andrei “The Pit Bull” Arlovski
- Brian Stann
- Diego Sanchez
- Holly Holm
- Rustam Khabilov
Listed below are the ONLY valid & certified instructors under ABQKB-MMA or it’s represented Associations, Federations or Branches. All certificates issued by ABQKB-MMA or it’s represented Associations, Federations or Branches must be renewed yearly based on continued education, loyalty, honor, courage, discipline & community.
INSTRUCTOR: BLACK BELT 1ST cGRADE (2008) DOCE PARES ESKRIMA-ESKRIDO (Blended system of Eskrima-Judo-Jujitsu-Aikido-Wrestling-Boxing) under Grand Master Cacoy Cañete
INSTRUCTOR: BLACK BELT 1ST GRADE (2010) FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS – GM PETRILLI’S FMA ASSOC. OF USA