Meet the Staff...
Doc & Amber Hendley - Owners
Doc and Amber Hendley are co-owners of Boone Docks Studios.
In 2014, they opened the gym. It was opened in the warehouse that his wife, Amber was using for her dance studio, High Country Dance Studio. He opened it with his children and the community of Boone at the backbone. He wanted a fun place for his sons to learn and interact with other kids their age. It also is a way for Doc to give back to the community and provide a safe haven for kids to exercise and put their energy to good use. Doc is also President and Founder of the organization Wine To Water and is also a professional public speaker and Harley enthusiast. Amber is also director/instructor of High Country Dance Studios.
Jason & Becky Zaragoza - General Managers
Jason and Becky Zaragoza are co-managing Boone Docks MMA.
Jason has been training in Judo and Mixed Martial Arts since 2010 and Jiu Jitsu since 2014. He is one of the founding members of Boone Docks MMA, which originated in 2010 in a small studio with several mats on the floor. It has since evolved into a full scale MMA gym.
Jason is currently a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu under black belt instructor Jeff Cope. He has a passion for bringing Mixed Martial Arts into the High Country for those at any level to train. He has assisted in establishing a gym where members can train at any level, from those who want to learn self defense to those who want to compete in competition. Jason, as well as his family, trains at the studio, where his 11 year old son, Dillon, has excelled in Jiu Jitsu, winning multiple tournaments, and has been awarded his Yellow Belt by our Black Belt Jiu Jitsu instructor Jeff Cope, under the direction of the kids Jiu Jitsu coach Spencer Reeves.
In addition to being the General Manager, Jason works at the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office as the Sgt of the Special Operations Division. Prior to working in Law Enforcement, Jason was enlisted in the Army assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, 1/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment as an Infantry Team Leader, holding the rank of Sgt. Jason has conducted 2 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Spencer Reeves - Manager/Instructor
Spencer Reeves is a manager and Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Instructor at Boone Docks MMA. Spencer began Jiu Jitsu in 2012, training with a blue belt friend and eventually moved up to an MMA school in Tennessee where he was able to train on weekends and occasionally during the week. After training with the App State Jiu Jitsu club and meeting a bluebelt from a school near Boone, Spencer began to train under Professor Jeff Cope from Ground Control BJJ in Winston-Salem, NC. It was under Professor Cope that he was awarded his blue belt, and given the honor of running Jeff’s affiliate school, Boone Docks MMA. Spencer has coached multiple competitors to gold medals, notably, at Grapplemania 2015 where the team swept 3 divisions in nogi. Spencer has been the head BJJ coach at Boone Docks MMA for a year and has, at a minimum, podiumed at every tournament he has competed in. Spencer’s goals for the program are to instill the passion for Jiu Jitsu that he has into every student and to maintain a playful and safe learning environment. Whether a student’s goals are to learn self-defense, compete, or fight MMA, our Jiu Jitsu program has something for everyone!
Professor Jeff Cope - Black Belt Affiliate Instructor, Owner and operator of Ground Control BJJ Winston Salem, NC
Jeff Cope graciously travels to the mountains for siminars at Boone Docks MMA every other Thursday. His lineage- Jigoro Kano > Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Rilion Gracie > Marcelo Araujo > Jeff Cope. Cope has been training almost 11 years. He has been with Marcelo Araujo for 7 years going on 8. Triangles & foot locks are his best moves. & he loves BJJ!
Christian Gray - Muay Thai Instructor
Muay Thai coach Christian Gray has been involved in the martial art for the last 8 years, and has been teaching for the last 4. Christian has a traditional style of Muay Thai due to his coach Matt Coleman and himself being trained by several Thai’s over the years including Joe Hongthongnoi who owns Hongthong Muay Thai, Sittisak who holds wins over Americans Kevin Ross and Chris Mauceri, and Master Cha who owns Thai Top Team USA. Christians style focuses a lot on kicks, knees, and trips.