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Within the realm of combat sports, I firmly believe that evolution is the cornerstone of success. Through my diligent study across diverse disciplines, I discern the winning strategies prevailing at the pinnacle of world championship competition. Anchored by the profound ethos of perpetual learning, I embody the essence of humility and growth, embracing the role of an eternal student over that of a stagnant master. For me, the journey towards mastery is an unending pursuit, a relentless quest fueled by curiosity and a steadfast commitment to progress. In the pursuit of excellence, I find solace in the enduring mantra: ‘Never stop learning.’ -Sal Ram

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Teaching Our Students MMA Since 2008.

Clinch MMA is located in Port Coquitlam, B.C., consisting of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai Kickboxing. Clinch MMA incorporates conditioning, submission fighting, combat training, grappling techniques, judo throws, boxing, and self-defense. At Clinch MMA, we aim to be the Best MMA Gym in Port Coquitlam.


  • Experienced Referee / Judge / Official with 40+ years of experience in combat sports. Recognized for ensuring fair play and impartiality, maintaining safety, and upholding the integrity of the sport. ABC Licensed Official and Judge with a record in prioritizing safety while effectively managing high-pressure situations and maintaining a professional and controlled match environment. Interacts seamlessly with fighters, coaches, and event officials. Licensed Official, including Room Supervisor, Referee, and Judge / 20+ years in each position

    • Coached numerous amateur athletes to step up to professionals and world champions
    • Member of a panel of hand-selected Officials to develop COVID-19 Safety Plans to enable professional combat sports to safely resume. Since January 2021, The BC Athletic Commission has run several successful Pro Boxing and Pro MMA events utilizing these Safety Plans
    • Lead and Chief Supervisor helps coordinate events, prepare and deliver regulatory responsibilities, including the assignment and oversight of officials / BTC, Empire Boxing, BFL and MMA
    • Successful candidate in the recent RFP issued to build capacity in contracting staff and ensuring the BCAC could simultaneously manage multiple events province-wide
    • UFC Vancouver Room Supervisor, Aug 27, 2016
    • UFC Vancouver Timekeeper, Sept 14, 2019
    • Referee UFC 289 Vancouver June 10, 2023
    • Judge UFC 289 Vancouver June 10, 2023
    • Officiated and judged 500+ MMA bouts

    • Senior Muay Thai Official for B.C. Athletic Commission 2021
    • Head Official for Muay Thai B.C.
    • Head Referee for Muay Thai B.C.

Oswaldo Alves came into Daniel’s life when he moved to Rio de Janeiro and began training with the legendary coach. Daniel earned his brown and black belt (2001), from Master Alves. A few years later, Daniel travelled to America. After establishing himself as an elite competitor and World Champion, Daniel reconnected with his old friend, Rodrigo Nogueira, who by that time had become an MMA superstar.Rodrigo would later ask Daniel to be his grappling coach for Seaon 8 of the hit reality TV show, The Ultimate Fighter . Duriing the filiming of the show, Daniel traded harsh words with one of the contestants, Jiu-Jitsu Champion, Vinny Magaihaes. The rivalry was eventually settled through a Jiu-Jitsu super fight where Daniel defeated Magaihas despite giving up close to 30 lbs and having very little time to prepare.


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