THE PIT Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was designed by legendary trainer John "Pit Master" Hackleman in 1985 in Woodland Hills, California. John is known by most as the trainer of UFC Hall of Famer and former Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell, and his appearances on The Ultimate Fighter TV show. Currently the Pit Master is known for training UFC fighters Glover Teixeira, Court McGee, and Ramsey Nijem.

THE PIT is designed for adults of all ages, experience, and fitness levels. Classes are "old school" tough yet upbeat and fun in a friendly environment where adults can learn a blend of simple, yet effective fighting and training techniques.

Curriculum designed by the "Pit Master" is followed for each class covering aspects of standup and ground fighting. Hawaiian Kempo includes aspects of Boxing, Kickboxing, Jujitsu, submission grappling, and wrestling skills with a mind-set of "use what works, get rid of what doesn't." Individuals looking to learn martial arts in a fun and safe environment, get a great alternative workout.The program can also be utilized to develop new skills to incorporate into existing Martial Arts training.

Age Requirements

All CrossPIT participants must be 16+ years old.

Gear Requirements

MMA Gloves, Boxing Gloves, Muay Thai or Grappling Style Shinguards, Groin Protection, Mouthpiece, Towel.

Meet the PIT MMA Instructors

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Joey Munoz

PIT MMA Instructor

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Kennedy Uy

PIT MMA Instructor

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Rueben Dasalla

PIT MMA Instructor

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