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Instructor Spotlight: Sifu Payton

Payton Karas has been training at Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts for four and a half years, starting at the age 10. She quickly progressed through the children’s program and took part in the Junior Instructor Program (2 years ago), which led to her current position as a full instructor in the children’s program (9 months ago).

Payton’s Favorite Style of Martial Arts: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

What Tri State means to Payton: Opportunity, Respect, Discipline

5 Random Facts about Sifu Payton:

  1. She loves spending her time with friends and family or shopping.
  2. Payton joins spending time out on the water on her Dad’s boat and tubing. 
  3. She has a dog named Katana. 
  4. Payton has been competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for four years -all over the US. 
  5. She has a 4 month old baby brother named Dawson.


Payton is currently a freshmen in high school. In the future, she plans to become a realtor directly out of high school and eventually open her own real estate brokerage. 


It has been a blessing to watch Payton grow in our programs. Her work ethic is off the charts- whether in school or in her training- she always gives it her all! She is a wonderful role model for our students. We are very excited to see what the future holds for her!

-Sifu Jeff Jones

_____________________________________________________________________________________ and Tri State Kickboxing Mixed Martial Arts has been a top martial arts school in the Lower Bucks County area for over 15 years.

Founded by Sifu Jeffrey Jones, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Adult programs offer training as a complete adult fitness and conditioning program, both mentally and physically. Designed for those who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment. Unlike a traditional gym setting, Tri State Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts offers the opportunity for learning a true art, designed to keep you mentally focused in the moment on your self discovery; while providing an outlet for daily stresses.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at or call directly at 215-273-9202 . You can also visit our website at

About Sifu Jeffrey Jones: Jeffrey has earned full instructorship under Guro Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kune Do, Jun Fan Gung Fu, and Filipino Martial Arts. He is also a full instructor for the Thai Boxing Association of the United States of America, under Ajarn Chai Sirisute. His instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto is one of three people appointed to teach at one of the Jun Fan Institutes under Bruce Lee. Jeffrey has over 30 years of training and experience in Mixed Martial Arts.


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