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U.M.A. Brooklyn is an unparalleled training facility which offers students unrivaled martial arts training with highly experienced instructors in a variety styles as well as the opportunity to train in our functional strength training area. We will give our students all the tools they could need to perform and be at their best, shaping and strengthening body and mind while building the core fundamentals every martial arts practitioner needs: Perseverance, Self Control, and Indomitable Spirit! Read More »

U.M.A. Brooklyn – Mixed Martial Arts Training Facility

We’ll never say ‘We’re the best, but we’ll bring out the best in you.

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Interested in
martial arts?
Want to get fit
learn self-defense
gain confidence
while having fun and
making friends?

One Time Day Pass $20

8 Classes

$150/Month
  • 8 classes per month, per your schedule.

12 Classes

$175/Month
  • 12 classes per month, per your schedule.

Unlimited

$200/Month
  • Unlimited classes per month…

Kids Classes

$150/Month
  • Unlimited classes per month…
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The Arts

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Meet the instructors

Sifu Phil Cruz U.M.A. Brooklyn - New York Mixed Martial Arts Facility

Sifu Phil Cruz

“We’ll never say ‘We’re the best,” but we’ll bring out the best in you.”

About Phil Cruz

Sifu Phil Cruz is the co-owner of Unlimited Martial Arts in Williamsburg. He has been training and teaching martial arts for 20 years, and has achieved the level of 6-degree black belt in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts, and a fourth-degree brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

He trained under Sifu Dan Anderson at Anderson’s Martial Arts in NYC for 19 years, and will be the first black belt under Sifu Anderson to found his own martial arts academy.

Cruz has worked with Sifu Anderson to assist in coaching champion fighters, both professional and amateur, in boxing, Muay Thai, and mixed martial arts. He feels his highest honor was serving on the coaching staff of the USA team at the World Kickboxing Association world championships in Scotland in 2010, when the team won gold.

Following the advice of Sifu Anderson, Cruz has trained with other instructors in various arts as well, such as world champions Megaton Diaz, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, and Clark Gracie, who helped him achieve his jiu-jitsu rank. He has also earned his white glove (technical rank, fourth degree) in Savate under Professor Nicilas Saignac, who has the highest rank of this subject the U.S. In the Jeet Kune Do world, Cruz has trained with Sifu Paul Vunak and Tom Cruise of Progressive Fighting Systems, achieving full instructorship in both the street fighting system and edge weapons system. Cruz has also accumulated many hours under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto, and was awarded apprentice instructorship in Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts.

In addition to teaching and training, Cruz has also completed stunts and choreographed fight scenes for TV and film projects, including NBC pilot project “What the Fight,” a commercial for the History Channel titled “The Human Weapon,” and a segment titled “Bruce Lee Lives” for The King Fu Channel. Cruz also underwent military and law enforcement personnel training, and has a degree in criminal justice which allows him to better understand the legal ramifications of the use of force.

Anthony Fontana

Anthony Fontana

“There is no race. There is no mountain top… We are beyond belts…We are the artists working on the masterpiece we call our soul.”

About Anthony Fontana

Anthony Fontana has been a fitness enthusiast and student of numerous martial arts for almost 20 years. With the striking arts as his passion and strongest attribute, he realized the importance of being a well rounded martial artist as situations and tactics do change when a fight goes to the ground or if a weapon is involved.

The philosophy and concepts of Jeet Kune Do drove him to seek out a great master to train under, leading him to Sifu Dan Anderson. In his time training under Sifu Anderson, Anthony achieved instructorship in Progressive Fighting Systems, and recently achieved the rank of black belt in JKD / FMA, which is an incredible achievement being the 21st black belt in the 20 years Sifu Anderson has promoted rank in his systems.

Led by example to have quality and elite training under world renowned teachers, Anthony sought out to train under Peter Weckauf who is recognized all over Europe as a leader in superb training in combative systems. Anthony became the first instructor in NYC to teach Peters’ SAMICS concepts, and continues to become an expert in all the systems Peter offers.

With his strong lineage in martial arts, Anthony will uphold and offer quality teaching, as his masters did for him. He is also a certified personal trainer and has been the strength and conditioning coach for numerous athletes and law enforcement personnel.

Tim Hollenbeck

Tim Hollenbeck initially began martial arts over 20 years ago to learn how to defend himself against neighborhood bullies. His journey began with Seido Karate, but eventually led him to Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do.

Tim has achieved a second degree black belt in Jeet Kune Do and Kali under Sifu Dan Anderson. Tim has personally trained with Paul Vunak and is a Full Instructor in his Progressive Fighting and Edged Weapons Systems. Tim holds an Eskrimador Level 3 ranking with Grandmaster Atillo in his Balintawak Kali system. Tim is also a Green Glove in Savate under Professor Nicolas Saignac. He has over two hundred hours of training under the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto. He has trained with other notable instructors like Sifu Ron Balicki and Diana Inosanto and Sifu Kevin Seaman. In BJJ, he has trained with Rodolfo Amaro in Gracie Barra Jiu jitsu, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Clark Gracie, and he is currently working towards his brown belt under 9x World Champion Marcelo Garcia.

Tim has competed in both stick fighting and boxing. He has also trained in various Muay Thai camps across Thailand. He believes that martial arts is more than just a physical practice, it’s about tapping into your inner creativity and finding new ways to express yourself.

Kristen Cabildo

Kristen Cabildo’s martial art journey began 16 years ago when she decided to learn martial arts in college. She got fed up with women in her life being taken advantage of and wanted to do something about it.

This driving force fueled over a decade of training with some of the top instructors in the world. Kristen is an Apprentice Instructor under Paul Vunak in Progressive Fighting Systems. She holds Green Glove ranking in Savate under Professor Nicholas Saignac. She is apprenticing in Sayoc Kali, the Art of the Blade, under Guro Nick Sacoulas. She has also trained with Sifu Dan Anderson, Sifu Ron Balicki and Diana Inosanto, Sifu Kevin Seaman, Marcelo Garcia, and the legendary Guro Dan Inosanto. She is a certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and brain/body movement specialist.

Kristen has a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. She has worked with women in eight developing countries on human rights issues.

She is a firm believer that basic self-defense and the martial arts should be accessible to everyone. She attributes martial arts for shaping her positive self-image despite the messages women encounter daily. Kristen strongly believes that through the martial art journey, you will access your full potential in all parts of your life.

You can find more of Kristen’s insights in UMA’s monthly newsletter.

Fernando Restrepo

Coach Fernando “Reals” Restrepo has trained martial arts for over 15 years and has dedicated the better part of the last decade to his study of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After graduating from Binghamton University, w hile working on a Masters in the Science of Teaching at the New School, he dedicated himself to training diligently in Jeet Kune Do concepts. That is how he discovered the grappling art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that would become his lifelong passion. Through hard work and dedication he earned his Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Nova Uniao BJJ and MMA legend Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro and he is continuing to train under Shaolin to achieve his Black Belt in due time.

As an educator and proponent of Jiu Jitsu he has taught a course for adult and adolescent beginners for over four years at Bronx Jiu Jitsu and has taught adolescent BJJ classes for the past 5 years in public high schools throughout The Bronx through his social project ASCEND PS. He has also guest taught Jiu Jitsu and No Gi Grappling classes to practitioners of all ages at respected martial arts schools around the city such as Omni Martial Arts, Krav Maga Experts, and Central Park Tae Kwon Do.

Since becoming a brown belt Coach Fernando prides himself mostly on teaching beginners and coaching aspiring Jiu Jitsu athletes to compete. Most notably he coached the Bronx Jiu Jitsu competition team to a second place team trophy at the 2016 Big Apple BJJ Open. However, as a purple belt he competed and attained a gold medal at the CSBJJF fall 2014 tournament, a gold medal at the CBJJD-Mineirinho 2014 held at the world famous Tijuca Tenis Clube in Rio, and a silver medal at the IBJJF Boston Summer Open in 2012.

Testimonials

“Coach Fernando is passionate about Jiu Jitsu and it shows in every aspect of his coaching. Not only is he passionate about the art, but his compassion for his students is not easy to find in a coach. Fernando is able to read me and know when I need to be pushed, encouraged, or have just reached my max for the day. He takes this understanding and is able to break techniques down to the simplest steps, which I always need. He makes sure to explain every detail so you understand not just how to do the technique, but why it works, and why each step is important. His support and enthusiasm will encourage you to work harder and succeed.” ~ Amber Marriott, BJJ Blue Belt, Special Education Teacher

“Coach Fernando is by far one of the best coaches I have come across for beginners like myself. Having taken several privates with him I can tell you that no question is too big or small (and trust me I ask a lot of questions). He has a deep understanding of how jiu-jitsu can work for everyone and anyone, overweight or featherweight, old or young – It doesn’t matter – personalized attention is his forte! Personally what I like is that he listens attentively and strives to help you understand whatever you need help with. Teaching is this mans passion and what he wakes up for everyday. This attitude and his humble demeanor have earned him many many friends for life in the jiu-jitsu community all over the world and when he has downtime from teaching you can catch Fernando and his family (his wife and son also train jiu-jitsu) in Brazil or another country learning new techniques and building new friendships. Get to know him, you’ll be glad you did!” ~ Daniel Hernandez, BJJ Blue Belt, HVAC Engineer

Press

Meet the Guy Hustling to get a Grassroots BJJ Project in The Bronx
http://www.flograppling.com/article/39592-meet-the-guy-hustling-to-get-a-grass-roots-bjj-project-in-the-bronx#.WH72pmQrLV0

Giving ‘Confidence to the Humble’
http://www.uft.org/feature-stories/giving-confidence-humble

Alex Foxx

Born In Florence, Italy on July 10th,1986. Moved to the US when I was 4, first residing in Dallas, Tx, and then when I was 7 my family moved to Brooklyn, NY. I have been studying martial arts since I was 7 years old. Received my 1st-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 under the US Tae Kwon Do Federation. Enlisted into the United States Army right after graduating high school at the age of 17 following basic training I volunteered for Ranger School, one of the Army’s premier and elite special operations units. Upon successful completion, I was deployed to Afghanistan. Served three years as an Army Ranger and then was recruited into Army Intel where I served another 3+ years.

Studied Krav Maga under civilian senior US Instructor and US Ambassador to the Israeli Krav Maga Federation David Khan while in Ranger School, and during my time in Army Intel under Sergeant David Elayshiv of the Israeli Counter Terrorism Ware Fare School.  The knowledge and skills of Krav Maga that my instructors bestowed on to me have saved my life multiple times both in combat and as a civilian.

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Schedule

Monday

12:30 – 1:30 Thai Boxing

3:15pm – 4pm Little Dragons

4 – 5pm FMA Empty Hand

5 – 6pm Battle Ready

6 – 7pm Boxing

7 – 8pm JKD

8 – 9pm BJJ

Tuesday

12:30 – 1:30 JKD

1:30 – 4pm Open Training

4pm – 4:45pm Little Dragons

5 – 6pm Battle Ready

6 – 7pm JKD

7 – 8pm Thai Boxing

8 – 9pm Battle Ready

Wednesday

12:30 – 1:30 FMA Weapons

3 – 4pm Boxing

4pm – 5pm FMA Empty Hand

5 – 6pm Battle Ready

6 – 7pm BJJ

7 – 8pm JKD

8 – 9pm FMA Weapons

Thursday

12:30 – 1:30 JKD

1:30 – 4pm Open Train

4pm – 4:45pm Little Dragons

5 – 6pm FMA Weapons

6 – 7pm JKD

7 – 8pm Thai Boxing

8 – 9pm Unlimited Fight Club

Friday

12:30 – 1:30 Boxing

3 – 4pm Battle Ready

4 – 5pm FMA Weapons

5 – 6pm FMA Empty Hand

6 – 7pm Boxing

7 – 8pm Krav Maga Street

 

Saturday

10 – 10:45am Little Dragons

11 – 12pm Battle Ready

12 – 1pm JKD

1 – 2pm Thai Boxing

2 – 3pm Krav Maga

3- 4pm BJJ

4-5pm BJJ Open Mat

Schedule subject to change

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Recent News

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I always start these interviews by asking people when their martial art journey began. Most people give me an answer that reflects when they were first introduced to a particular style of fighting either through a school or an instructor and what led them to seek it...

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UMA September 2017 Newsletter

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Martial Arts Research Systems (MARS)

We want to keep our linage strong in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do so our students know and train the concepts as a whole. Not just bits and pieces of JKD. We are members of M.A.R.S., and want to let those that are looking for a Brooklyn martial arts school that offers a wide...

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UMA June Newsletter

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UMA May Newsletter

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Open Mat

We want the martial art community to know that U.M.A. Is a school open for all to train with us. Today, March 25 after BJJ class we started our open mat class 5-6PM, and will continue every Saturday thereafter. We want to break the norm and have all systems welcomed...

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