Classes

Mixed Martial Arts Classes

As seen on competitions such as UFC and Pride, Mixed Martial Arts is a full-contact combat hybrid consisting of martial disciplines such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, wrestling, judo, and various other practices. Since the sport hit the mainstream in the early 90’s, there has been vast improvements in relation to how competitors are trained and the safety involved in matches. The sport no longer resembles Vale Tudo, or “anything goes,” style bouts. There are strict rules as to what behaviors are allowed in a match. Modern practitioners blend several forms of martial arts to win tournaments, but also to defend themselves in a match and on the street. It can be argued that MMA is less dangerous than boxing, a popular American pastime, because much less blows are aimed towards the head and competitors have a diverse way of defending themselves.

Wander Braga Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu is the ultimate ground fighting martial art because it allows a smaller fighter to defend themselves against larger and more powerful fighters by using grappling techniques such as chokes and joint-locks. Wander Braga BJJ has applications in martial arts, competition, and real world self defense. Here at Upland MMA we teach our students a plethora of grappling techniques, whatever their interests may be. We offer gi and no-gi classes every week. Come roll with us!

Muay Thai Kickboxing Classes

Muay Thai is the ultimate form of striking combat. Instead of the traditional Two-point contact system found in boxing, or the four-point system found in kickboxing, Muay Thai uses nearly every part of the body in an eight-point system. Effective Muay Thai combatants make effective use of their hands, shins, knees, and elbows. Another aspect that differentiates this martial art form from traditional boxing are the clinches. Fighters use clinches as an opportunity to throw knees to the body. Our trainers and fight team are both well versed in the use of this form of kickboxing and are eager to pass on their knowledge.

Youth Martial Arts Classes

Team Braga also offers Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes to youths. We strive to maintain a positive atmosphere in our gym and everyone, young and old, male and female, are welcome to come train with us. Our youth competitors have extensive success in the tournaments that they participate in. If you or your children want to learn martial arts the proper way, then Pimpit is the best place to begin.

Age Requirements for Classes

Kids Classes: ages 5-12

Adult Classes: ages 13 & up

About Us

Upland MMA is home of the Pimpit Fight Team & Team Braga. We are the leading Wander Braga Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy in North America. We have classes in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling & Pankration. For more information on classes or joining the Pimpit Fight Team feel free to contact us below.

Instructors

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Jerbo Nerney

Professor
Black Belt
Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt under Wander Braga Roku Dan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu Over 15 yrs experience in Muay Thai Retired MMA fighter 7-0 record 4 yrs Eskrima Accomplishments: 2012 Pan Ams Bronze Medal Masters 4 Brown Belt 2012 American Nationals Silver Medal Masters 4 Brown Belt 2013 Long Beach Fall Internationals Silver Medal Masters 4 Black Belt 2014 Pan Ams Silver Medal Masters 4 Black Belt 2014 Las Vegas Spring Open Double Gold Medals Master 4 Black Belt 2014 Las Vegas Summer Open Double Silver Medals Master 4 Black Belt 2014 American Nationals Gold Medal Master 4 Black Belt 2015 San Francisco Open Double Gold Medals Master 4 Black Belt 2015 Las Vegas Open Gold Medal Master 4 Black Belt 2015 American Nationals Silver Medal Master 4 Black Belt 2016 Atlanta Winner Open Double Gold Master 5 Black Belt
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Ricky Bello

Coach
Brown Belt
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Red Heard

Coach
Brown Belt
Black belt from the American Judo Federation, brown bel at WB. B.S degree in Criminal Justice. P.O.S.T certified “Master Instructor” in defensive tactics. P.O.S.T Certifications: Supervisor, SWAT, defensive tactics. Competed in NHB and MMA matches in Russia, the Ukraine, Japan, Brazil, and New Zealand. 1st foreigner to win a Vale Tudo Tournament.
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Kevin

Coach
Purple Belt
Kevin The Boom Bostick is a professional Mma fighter and a regular jiu jitsu competitor. With over 6 years of fighting experience and 18 professional and amateur fights. Kevin is a certified assistant instructor under Wander Braga and Jerbo Nerney. Kevin is 1 of the instructors of the kids pankration classes and loves to share his knowledge of the sports he loves with others.
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Iggy Sanchez

Coach
Blue Belt
High School and College Wrestling background Training Muay Thai for over 10 years. Head Muay Thai instructor at Upland MMA 2014 Jiu Jitsu World Champion 2015 Gi and No-Gi All American Champion 2015 LA OPEN International Champion 2015 WA Revolution Champion 2015 National Champion 2015 Worlds Silver medalist in Gi and the Open division
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Jose Flores

Coach
Blue Belt
Wrestling Baldwin Park HS 3 yrs, Mount San Antonio College 1 yr. Coached Baldwin Park HS Wrestling Team 3yrs. Braga Jiu Jitsu 3 Stripe Blue Belt. 2014 Los Angeles International Jiu Jitsu Open 3 gold, 2015 3rd Pan Ams and 2016 All Americas Jiu Jitsu 2 gold.
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Nathaniel Raney

Assistant Coach
Nathaniel Raney, is the assistant instructor of the Muay Thai and kids classes. He has had a love of martial arts since he was child after watching the Jean-Claude movies and old Ramon Dekkers fights. He began his training under Professor Nerney in late 2010. Nathaniel is a four stripe white belt under Professor Nerney and hopes to earn his blue belt soon to also make his amateur kickboxing debut in the near future.
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Adrian Villalobos

Assistant Coach
Blue Belt

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