Mixed Martial Arts simply refers to blending martial arts styles that incorporate long-range techniques (kicking), intermediate-range techniques (punching), close-range techniques (elbows and knees), ground striking skills (ground-launched punches, kicks, elbows and knees), and grappling (take-downs, ground control and submission fighting). Whether you plan on being the world's top MMA competitor, are looking to improve your self-defense skills or just want an exciting physical activity, we can fulfill your needs.
Our MMA Program is the very best fighting instruction available anywhere. Every angle and range of hand-to-hand combat imaginable is covered. You will learn Kickboxing, Muay Thai, stand-up and ground combat striking, submission grappling, conditioning and fight strategy, all thoroughly and completely taught by top experts in a positive and safe environment.
Our MMA classes are all technique, strategy and fight training. We don't waste your time doing exercises that have nothing to do with the MMA subject matter being taught because we have a full range of separate fitness and conditioning classes for that.
(Stand-Up & Ground Striking Instructor - Reality Self-Defense Expert)
Third Degree Combat Karate Black Belt Phil Beatty started his formal martial arts training at John Graden's USA Karate of St. Petersburg in 1985. USA Karate was also the training facility of the Legendary Joe Lewis, the man Black Belt Magazine named as "The Greatest Fighter of All Time." The Joe Lewis Fighting System taught to Beatty is a combination of the most effective strategic full-contact karate and hand-to-hand combat available. The focus of Mr. Beatty's training and specialized studies is in reality self-defense and empty-hand combat. Mr. Beatty is also a certified Level III F.A.S.T. Defense (Fear Adrenal Stress Training) instructor under internationally known combat and self-defense expert Bill Kipp. Phil Beatty is an expert in stand-up and combat ground striking.
(Muay Thai & Mixed Martial Arts Instructor)
Mr. Patrizzi has over 20 years martial arts experience and is a certified Muay Thai Instructor, 2nd degree Black Belt in American Kenpo, and holds high belt ranks in various martial arts including Japanese Ju-Jitsu. Mr. Patrizzi has also served six years in the United States Marine Corps. While serving as a Close Combat Instructor in the Marine Corps, he was a competition fighter for the Marine Corps Muay Thai/NHB Team, with a NHB/Vale tudo record of 12 Wins 2 losses, and an Amateur Muay Thai Record of 10 wins and 3 losses. Mr. Patrizzi has been stationed all over the world and has fought in both Thailand and Japan. He currently teaches and trains competition Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts Fighters.
(Kickboxing & Standup Fighting Instructor)
Mr. Graden is truly one of the most talented instructors and competitive fighters in the world today. With over 30 years martial arts experience, he holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in American Kickboxing under the great Joe Lewis, a 4th Degree Black Belt in American Tae Kwon Do, and was trained by four world kickboxing champions. Mr. Graden is the current "World Association of Kickboxing Organizations" WAKO Pro Super Heavyweight World Kickboxing Champion with a fight record of 31 wins - 4 losses, and is undefeated on American soil. He is also a 3 time WAKO National Champion, 2 time IASKA National Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Champion, 5 time member of the United States National Karate Team, and 2 time recipient of the "Pound for Pound Fighter of the Year" award from the Joe Lewis Fighting Systems. Mr. Graden also acts as the Director of Martial Arts Education Curriculum for the National Association of Professional Martial Artists.
Mr. LaPlante is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in karate and a Brown Belt in judo with over 18 years martial arts experience. Glenn started his training in 1989 at John Graden's USA Karate and achieved his Black Belt in a school record time of 1 year and 10 months. He entered his first full-contact kickboxing competition in 1991 and went on to be the 2 time National Kickboxing Champion with a full contact record of 9 wins-0 losses (7 wins by knockout). In 2000 Glenn became a professional boxer and has a pro record of 9 wins-3 losses-1 draw (6 wins by knockout). Glenn has also trained with martial arts greats Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace and Dan Inosanto.