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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.

Thai Boxing

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.

FMA Weapons

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

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.

Krav Maga

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.
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Little Dragons

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.

Battle Ready

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.
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OUR INSTRUCTORS

Sifu Phil Cruz

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.

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

Sifu Anthony Fontana

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.

“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.”

Guro Tim Hollenbeck

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 an Associate Level 3 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

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 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.

Guro Yeydy De La Cruz

Guro Yeydy De La Cruz

Yeydy De La Cruz started training Jeet Kun Do under the direction of Guru/Sifu Dan Anderson in New York City. Under Sifu, Dan Anderson; Yeydy De La Cruz has been exposed to the principals and philosophy of Jeet Kun Do, Philipino Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Savate, and Silat. He obtained his black belt under Sifu, Anderson. Yeydy trained with Karab Karim and obtained the rank of Kru under him. Later, he was introduced to Capoeira and trained under Mestre Preguisa one of the students of Mestre Bimba creator of the Reginal system, and Mestre DiMola. Yeydy De La Cruz is a qualified Martial artists of varied instructional experience who uses his creativity and resourcefulness to enhance students’ performance.

Skills and area of expertise:
Apprentice Instructor – Under Guro Dan Innosanto
Thai Boxing Instructor (Kru) – Under Karim Karab
Jeet Kun Do Instructor – (Black Belt) Guru/Sifu Dan Anderson
Capoeira Instructor – (Green Belt) Under Mestre Preguisa and Mestre DiMola
JiuJitsu (Brown Belt) – Under Guru/Sifu Dan Anderson
Philipino Martial Arts Instructor – Under Guru/Sifu Dan Anderson
Instructor Weapon Edge System – Sifu Paul Vunak
Instructor Progressive System – Sifu Paul Vunak

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SCHEDULE

Monday

12:30 – 1:30Thai Boxing

3:15pm – 4pmLittle Dragons

4 – 4:30pmAdvanced Juniors

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 – 7pmMMA

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 – 4:45pmLittle Dragons Sparring

5 – 6pm FMA Weapons

6 – 7pm JKD

7 – 8pm Thai Boxing

8 – 9:30pmCapoeira

Friday

12:30 – 1:30 Boxing

1:30 – 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

11:15 – 12pmHIT Battle Ready

12 – 1pm JKD

1 – 2pm Thai Boxing

2 – 3pm SAMICS

3- 4pm BJJ

Schedule subject to change

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