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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Jeet Kune Do
Founded by legendary martial artist Bruce Lee in 1967, Jeet Kune Do (JKD) is a hybrid martial art that focuses on using tools that cause maximum amount of damage with minimum amount of effort. Sijo Lee (Sijo = founder) believed real combat was spontaneous, and a martial artist cannot predict it, but only react to it, and a good martial artist should "be like water"—moving fluidly without hesitation. JKD is a philosophy and concept developed for street combat where rules and weight divisions are nonexistent. A JKD practitioner would seek to attack the direct line to the target and continue to attack using limitless amount of techniques and the most effective tools until the fight has been terminated.
Known widely as “the art of eight limbs” Muay Thai (the Kickboxing and Striking Art of Thailand) is one of the most devastating and vigorous forms of martial arts. One learns how to adapt in range of combat keeping the opponent at bay with kicks then bridging the gap with punches, and engaging in close quarter combat using elbow and knee strikes. Whether your goal is to train for the ring or just to stay fit burning 700 - 1000 calories, Thai Boxing will be a great class for you.
FMA Empty Hand
FMA is an acronym for Filipino Martial Art, which is one of the most combative, sophisticated, and deadly martial arts systems in the world. Filipino Martial Arts were developed by the indigenous people of the Philippines to defend them selves against foreign invaders and local tribes with key motivation being self-preservation. FMA Empty Hand focuses on the non-weapon technics such as and not limited to Panantukan, Dumog, Silat and other Mano Mano (Hand to Hand) systems which incorporate punches, kicks, elbow, knees, headbutts, finger strikes, locks, leg sweeps, and leg stomps.
The weapons aspect of the Filipino martial arts are considered by many to be the most advanced, evolved, and devastating cold weapons (weapons that does not use fire or explosives) in the world. The weapons used in the Filipino martial arts include Edged, Flexible, Projectile, and Impact weapons. Traditional weapons are no longer carried by normal civilians, but sticks, machetes, and knives are commonly used in street fights and in the field. Therefore having the ability to use or disarm these weapons or to turn any ordinary item into a lethal weapon is an important tool one learns from training FMA which makes the art one of the most practical towards military and street combat.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has proven superiority as the premier ground fighting martial art countless times through Mixed Martial Arts competitions such as the UFC. Created by Helio and Carlos Gracie with roots in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will help you develop the skills needed to control an attacker through body manipulation, leverage and apply joint locks and submissions. Sparring or “rolling” puts your skill and endurance to the test and it is here that you will understand that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can help a smaller person defend them selves successfully against a much bigger and stronger adversary.
A Military Based Close Quarters Combat, offers Essential and Real World techniques to defend against all manner of unarmed attacks as well as knife and fire arm defenses. Simple and Logical in conception, practical in application, and lethal when properly executed, Krav Maga utilizes combat ready and tested principals of defense. You will train Continuous Combat motion utilizing empty hands as well as improvised weapons and firearms and knives.
There are many benefits for having your child practice martial arts such as promoting physical activity, self-confidence, respect and discipline. In our UMA Little Dragons program we hope to instill through martial arts, that with perseverance and determination, it is possible to conquer any obstacles that are in front of them. UMA Little Dragons program uses methods and techniques from various martial arts styles including our own Bulletproof Program. Our mission in the UMA children’s program is not only to teach your child martial arts, but to help guide them to become young adult that carries themselves with determination, dedication and discipline.
The circuit based training in this class will have you train like a gladiator preparing for battle in the arena. We developed this program through our experiences in prepping fighters for the ring. This class offers you the benefits of fight camp, but doesn’t have the risk of injury or contact of sparring. These group classes are designed to be fun and challenging while offering you a unique, full body workout.
Meet the instructors
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.
“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 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’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.
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.
“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
Meet the Guy Hustling to get a Grassroots BJJ Project in The Bronx
Giving ‘Confidence to the Humble’
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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