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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.

What is THE PIT MMA?
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.

Age Requirements
All PIT MMA participants must be 16+ years old.

Gear Requirements
Mouthpiece, Groin Protection, MMA Muay Thai, or Grappling Style Shin Guards, MMA Gloves, 16 oz. Boxing Gloves

What is PIT MMA


Kennedy Uy

Kennedy is a Bay Area native that started his martial arts journey over 10 years ago. Once he started training he quickly found a true passion for martial arts. He has trained and continues to train in San Shou Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Muay Thai, and MMA. This led him to compete in multiple kickboxing bouts, grappling tournaments, and C.A.M.O. MMA fights. Through his training and competition, he also found a love for fitness and health that set him on a path to obtain his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine® (N.A.SM.) and gave him a career in health coaching. With all of his experience, Kennedy strives to create effective learning environments that are engaging and fun. 
Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine® - Certified Personal Trainer. CPE/AED certified – American Red Cross.

No matter what kind of training or program that you are looking for, the Academy of Self Defense is sure to have something that you will enjoy. To get a better idea of what program(s) that you like the most, we are offering you a FREE TWO WEEK TRIAL! Take as many classes you want during your two weeks!