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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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U.M.A. Brooklyn 1 Year Anniversary Intro Special

Sign up now to receive 1 month of UNLIMITED classes for just $150.

  • This offer requires that the student select a membership (Eight, Twelve or Unlimited) upon first visit. Contract Required.
  • Private training not included.
  • Price subject to change after March 6

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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 Sifu 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

Sifu 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 Sifu Anthony Fontana

Anthony Fontana has been a fitness enthusiast and student of numerous martial arts for almost 20 years. For the past decade, Anthony has been training exclusively under Sifu Phil Cruz in Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, and Muay Thai. Throughout the years, their bond as brothers in the martial arts grew; they decided to combine their talents and make their dream of opening an academy a reality. Their mutual desire to inspire self-growth in others through the martial arts is one of their primary goals as instructors.

Although the striking arts is Anthony’s passion and strongest attribute, he realized the importance of being a well-rounded martial artist as situations and tactics change when a fight goes to the ground or if a weapon is involved. Inspired by Bruce Lee’s philosophy stating, “Research your own experience. Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is essentially your own,” Anthony sought out world renowned teachers to enhance his training and to find his own unique expression of the arts.

Anthony is now the first instructor of SAMICS concepts in NYC under Peter Weckauf, the leading European instructor in combative systems. Anthony represents the M.A.R.S. curriculum under Guro Ron Balicki and Diana Inosanto.

With his strong lineage in martial arts, Anthony upholds and offers 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.

Guro 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 is a third-degree black belt Associate Instructor under Sifu Phil Cruz. Tim has also achieved a second-degree black belt in Jeet Kune Do and Kali under Sifu Dan Anderson. Tim is also an Apprentice Instructor under Guro Dan Inosanto. He 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. Tim holds a Level II Apprentice ranking in Sayoc Kali, the Art of the Blade, and currently trains with Guro Nick Sacoulas. He is an instructor under Guro Ron Balicki and Diana Inosanto in their Martial Arts Research System (M.A.R.S.). He has trained with other martial art experts like Sifu Kevin Seaman. Tim is a purple belt In BJJ and has trained with Rodolfo Amaro in Gracie Barra Jiu jitsu, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, and Clark Gracie.

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.

Guro 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 in
Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts under the legendary Guro Dan
Inosanto. She is honored to be Sifu Phil Cruz’s first student to be
awarded a Black Belt at UMA. Kristen is also 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 Ron Balicki and Diana
Inosanto, Sifu Kevin Seaman, and Marcelo Garcia. 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 Restrepo

Coach Fernando “Reals” Restrepo is a Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt. He has trained in 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, while 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 belt in November of 2017.

As an educator and proponent of Jiu Jitsu he has taught Brazilian Jiu Jitsu throughout the city most notably, through a social project for public school students in The Bronx since 2011 and he came to lead the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at Unlimited Martial Arts after teaching the BJJ fundamentals course and helping grow a successful competition team at Bronx Jiu Jitsu for four years. He is excited to do the same here in Brooklyn.

Coach Fernando prides himself mostly on teaching beginners, helping grow a love for the art, 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, he has competed a bit himself and as a purple belt he 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.

Sgt. 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 – 1:30Thai Boxing

3:15pm – 4pmLittle Dragons

4 – 5pmOpen Training

5 – 6pmBattle Ready

6 – 7pmBoxing

7 – 8pmJKD

8 – 9pmBJJ

Tuesday

12:30 – 1:30JKD

1:30 – 4pmOpen Training

4pm – 4:45pmLittle Dragons

5 – 6pmBoxing

6 – 7pm JKD

7 – 8pmThai Boxing

8 – 9pmUNLTD Fight Club

Wednesday

12:30 – 1:30 FMA Weapons

3 – 4pm Boxing

4pm – 5pm FMA Empty Hand

5 – 6pm Battle Ready

6 – 7pmFMA Weapons

7 – 8pm JKD

8 – 9pmBJJ

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 MMA Takedowns/Cage

8 – 9pm Muay Thai

Friday

12:30 – 1:30 Boxing

3 – 4pm Open Training

4 – 5pm FMA Weapons

5 – 6pm FMA Empty Hand

6 – 7pm Boxing

7 – 8pm S.W.A.T. (invite only)

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Saturday

10 – 10:45am Little Dragons

11 – 12pm Battle Ready

12 – 1pm JKD

1 – 2pm Thai Boxing

2 – 3pm SAMICS

3- 4pm BJJ

4-5pm BJJ Open Mat

Schedule subject to change

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