Grand Master David Sheram is an 8th Degree Black Belt/Grand Master Instructor in Tae Kwon Do and Sung Ja Do (a Self Defense Combat System) and a 6th Degree Black Belt in Shinsei Hapkido. In addition Grand Master Sheram is skilled in Tang Soo Do, Aikido, Iaido and various Martial Arts weapons. He studied in Korea for his 1st Degree Black Belt, which he received in 1973. He taught in Japan for 2 1/2 years and has been to Korea for 3 of his Black Belt promotions. David is also a combat trained veteran who honorably served in the United States Air Force, during which he was stationed in Germany, Korea, and Japan. He has over 45 years of Martial Arts teaching experience and has competed in full-contact kickboxing matches.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Paul Shunnarah has always been an active, outgoing, and determined individual. In 2008, he graduated college from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Marketing/Entrepreneurship. Paul opened his first business, ‘Appearance Car Audio’, at the age of 18, and then a second venture, Overtime Grill & Bar, in 2009. After receiving several awards for both businesses, Paul was determined to further his career in health and fitness. So in 2013, he joined partners with Master David Sheram to open Gauntlet Fitness. Paul is a great asset to the Gauntlet Fitness Team and brings high energy and motivation to all of our clients.
In 2013, April Mack walked into a 4pm Friday Shark Tank Class (hardest class of the week) very intimidated but excited to see what Gauntlet is all about. Isn’t kickboxing for people that want to fight, get hit, and to teach you how to beat up someone?
Following the workout, April knew she had found something that she loved. It is very intense, but the trainers kept it fun and motivating. It became something that changed her life and allowed her to grow in every aspect of her fitness journey!
The assumption is that April has always been into fitness; the truth is that she was just another busy single mother that could not find time or the motivation to get in shape. In 2012, April was invited to do a 10lb weight loss challenge. Today she is 60lbs down and in the best shape of her life. In 2015, April was approached by members of the Gauntlet about becoming a Personal Trainer, to which she happliy obliged. Her story, motivation, and work ethic inspire Gauntlet members and trainers every single day.
Marcus has 8 years training as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Health and Wellness Coach. After multiple athletic injuries abruptly ended his athletic career, he pursued an education to help others build stronger bodies and help deliver empathetic encouragement during the rehabilitative stages. He has a passion for reading, traveling, sports and volunteering with youth in the community. NextUp Enterprise was established in 2015 and serves as an outreach for all of his passions.
Jamie is currently a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon do. She has studied in various other martial arts and self defense for almost 30 years, under the training of her father Grand Master Sheram. She enjoys teaching clients how they can use a few simple techniques, and everyday items, to defend themselves against an attacker. While doing ALL of this, she is a super mom to two kids! She loves teaching kickboxing classes at the Gauntlet! You can find her in the AM and early afternoon classes 🙂
Devin is from Memphis Tennessee and moved to Birmingham after graduating from Ole Miss! She’s always been into fitness and growing up always played various sports. She’s motivated and interested in bettering herself, and helping others become the best version of themselves!
She loves being a trainer at the Gauntlet to help teach others self defense, bring confidence to others, and push them to be a better version of themselves.