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Posted on 30, Aug | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

How do I start at The Pit Vegas?

There are several ways to begin your training. It all depends on several factors: your fitness level, experience, what exactly you want to get out of training, etc etc. See below for a number of options and choose what’s best for you!

1. Fill out a digital waiver HERE before attending class. All those under 18 must have a legal guardian sign.

2. If you’re already in good shape and/or have martial arts experience, then you can try 1 class for free.

  • Adults/teens can try CrossPit or Pit Yoga
  • Kids ages 3-6 can try a Pit Pee Wee class
  • Kids ages 7-9 can try a Pit Kids B class
  • Kids ages 10-14 can try a Pit Kids A class
  • Hawaiian Kempo/Pit Jitsu  is allowed AFTER trying CrossPit first; talk to your Pit Instructor to discuss further

Must contact us and RSVP a class time prior to attending. No unannounced drop ins accepted.

3. If you want personal attention you can sign up for Private Lessons with a Pit Vegas instructor.

 

4.Please fill out the appropriate questionnaire below:

5. Upon completion, A Pit Vegas staff member will be in touch with you to set up your first class!

If you want to jump into it and save a ton of cash, check out our Online 3 Month Special!

 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

I want to fight! Do you have a fight team?

No, not officially. We are not a “fight gym.” We have several students who compete (grappling, amateur MMA fights, etc) but they are special cases. If you want to pursue a career in fighting then click HERE and best of luck!

Is Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell there?

No, he’s in California…enjoying the sun and mild weather, probably drinking an iced tea.

Does John “The Pit Master” Hackleman teach there?

Not regularly and when he is in town he may teach a few classes depending on his schedule.

I want to roll! Do you guys teach jiu jitsu?

We are not a brazilian jiu jitsu school, though we do train No-Gi grappling in our Hawaiian Kempo and Pit Jitsu class. If you are looking for gi jiu jitsu or to become a high level jiu jitsu player and win IBJJF, NAGA, etc…click here, but if you’re interested in rolling with us, start with CrossPit then chat with your instructor to be invited to Hawaiian Kempo and/or Pit Jitsu.

What is CrossPIT and is it like Crossfit?

Simply, CrossPIT is very similar to crossfit except:

  • No traditional olympic lifting
  • Less emphasis on the competitive aspect of workouts
  • Striking heavy bags in longer periods of cardio

We actually share the gym with our partners Sin City Crossfit, though we’re two totally separate businesses. Check them out   if you want to get in a great crossfit workout!

Do I need to get in shape first to workout?

No! Jump right into a CrossPit class and if the only thing you can do is the warm up, that’s fine. You need to start somewhere! If you are really hesitant then we offer private lessons as well.

 

 

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CrossPit 24 Hour Challenge…COMPLETED!

Posted on 30, Aug | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

The CrossPIT 24 Hour Challenge

 

To test our mental and physical limits

To bond with our Ohana

To raise money for The Shade Tree

Mission: To provide safe shelter to homeless and abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity, and self-reliance. Donate and help!


A BIG THANK YOU

Danny, Michael, & Lisa Galan for the amazing catering

Catherine Ramos for the delicious cupcakes

Danny Aleman for your donation

Debbie Oliver for your donation

Kelly Meyers for the much needed massages

Kim Robinson for the moral support and refreshments


The Workout

workoutEach person does the above. Once finished you tag your partner in. Repeat for 24 hours.

The Teams

 

Team TBD: Josh Aguinaldo, Alexis Wakefield, Jeff Froehlich, Hunter Castaneda, Jake Russell

Ginger Power: Raymond Rivera, Jesse Reynosa, Noelle Morris, Wyatt Morgan, Kiley Morris

                            

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The Wrecked Crew: Erica Bohannon, AJ Shingoose, Simon Anderson, Thomas Robert, Kason Dow

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Team Insomnia: Anna Borja, Josie Blackwell, Landan Morgan, Shaun Martin, Mike Meyers

 

24 Hours Later

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The Results

5th – Team Drop In (31 reps…there were only 3 cut us some slack)

4th – Wrecked Crew (130 reps)

3rd – Team TBD (135 reps)

2nd – Ginger Power (140 reps)

1st – Team Insomnia (141 reps)


One of the participants' Fit Bit stats

One of the participants’ Fit Bit stats


The Stats

24 Pit Monsters in 24 hours accomplished:

172,200 straight punches

28,700 kicks

22,960 sit ups

17,220 push ups

45,920 hook punches

11,480 sprawls

28.5 miles bear crawled

13 miles of lunges


Congrats to all these Pit Monsters (and those who helped) in completing the first ever CrossPIT 24 Hour Challenge! It takes a lot of guts and discipline to accomplish such a daunting task. Some people are too scared, prideful, or physically unfit to test themselves like these Pit Monsters did. Nobody truly understood what to expect, yet nobody ever quit. Here is a challenge, an obstacle, a goal…do your best to crush it. Lose any and all excuses. Go out swinging, win or lose. Be grateful for what you have. Help those in need.

That is what it means to be a Pit Monster..

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Do some good in the world

Posted on 30, Aug | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

We are not just a “gym” or karate school. The Pit not only gets you in great shape but looks to help out the community and less fortunate in any way possible. Here are a few charities and organizations who we have supported. Be thankful for what you have and always help others!

 

Hosted two UNLV Fight Nights to raise money the Dave Rice Foundation

 

Self Defense seminars and several events to raise money for The Shade Tree

 

CrossPIT to raise money for Living Beyond Breast Cancer

 

Pit Yoga to raise money for Susan G. Komen of Southern NV

 

Hosted a couple events for the Nevada Police and Fire Games

Food and clothing drive for HELP of Southern NV

 

CrossPIT seminars for LV Metro

 

CrossPIT seminar for Army recruits

 

Several CrossPIT seminars for marine recruits

 

Pit class for local boy scout troupes

 

If you would like The Pit to support a local charity, cause, or fundraiser, contact us and maybe we can help out!
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Paxton Shafer is The Student of the Month!

Posted on 30, Aug | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

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Paxton Shafer has been training in our Pit Pee Wee program and recently earned his Yellow Belt! Paxton is one of the fittest kids in class, has great coordination, and grappling skills for a six year old.

Most importantly, Paxton is always well behaved and leads by example. Congrats Paxton we’re looking forward to watching you grow as a Pit Monster! Newly minted Yellow Belt AND Student of the Month? Dad, maybe he deserves that Christmas present!

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Kevin Dykstra is The Student of the Month!

Posted on 30, Aug | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

Kevin Dykstra

Kevin Dykstra is the SECOND student to ever join The Pit Vegas! He signed up before our school was even open, almost four years ago, and has been training with us ever since.

With a full time job, a family (that includes a new baby), and overcoming a couple injuries that set him back months, making it to classes regularly always posed a challenge. Yet Kevin could always make it to class somehow, sometime, and he never quit.

Kevin has gotten into great shape, finally earned his purple belt after years of training and NEVER complaining, and now has his wife working out as well in our CrossPit classes. Kevin is a fantastic training partner, possessing great technique and control when he could be steamrolling people with his size. He is a true martial artists and we are proud to have him represent The Pit Ohana!

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Eliana Aguilar is The Student of The Month!

Posted on 30, Jul | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

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Eliana is one of our star Pit Kids! She just earned her 2nd degree Yellowbelt and always works hard in class. Eliana leads by example, never complaining, whining, or giving anything less than 100% effort. Congrats Eliana and thank you for leading by quiet example for all the other Pit Monsters to follow!

 

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The Pit Vegas Instructors

Posted on 30, Jul | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

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Grandmaster John Hackleman is the founder of Hawaiian Kempo school, “The Pit” and is a 10th degree blackbelt. He has been studying martial arts for over 30 years, and holds two black belts. In addition, John has fought on the US Army boxing team, where he won numerous National titles. After turning professional, John fought the world’s best boxers and kickboxers winning many State, National, and World titles.

John has trained thousands of people into the best shape of their lives as well as  coaching many of the world’s best fighters, including former UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, Antonio Banuelos, Ramsey Nijem, Steven Siler, Glover Texeira and The Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee. John is sought out by professional martial artists from all over the world.

John continually evolves and incorporates only the most effective training and fitness methods into his curriculum.  The Pit grows everyday, with branches throughout California and Nevada, in addition to the numerous Pit affiliates nationwide. On occasion he will pay The Pit Vegas a surprise visit and teach classes.

 

Eric Umali 

Eric Umali

Eric Umali began his martial arts career at age nine in Isshinryu Karate.  He attained the rank of 3rd degree blackbelt in addition to working as one of his dojo’s top instructors.   Eric also was an active competitor in statewide Sport Karate tournaments where he excelled at kata and point sparring, garnering many top finishes in over 10 years of active competition.

Over a decade ago, Eric was introduced to John Hackleman to teach The Pit’s kids program, which was new at the time.  Eric helped The Pit HQ grow, working as Kumu (Hawaiian for “teacher”) John’s Chief Instructor where he taught men, women, and children in group and private settings.  Along the way, Eric trained in Hawaiian Kempo and attained a Pit Blackbelt; enduring a rigorous belt testing in Hawaii under Kumu John and Pit Blackbelts Rick Metzler and Chuck Liddell.

Eric is currently a 3rd Degree Pit Blackbelt where he continues to learn and grow. He has competed in a handful of regional grappling tournaments and MMA smokers. Eric enjoys  keeping fit by training his students to compete in grappling competitions, amateur kickboxing fights, and MMA bouts.  In addition to his day to day duties overseeing The Pit Vegas, Eric is always looking to grow The Pit brand.

Steven Llamas

Steve LLamas

Steve hails from Texas where he earned a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a blue belt in Yoseikan Aikido. During his studies at Baylor University, Steve was an instructor for his campus’ Self Defense course. In addition to training with notables Relson Gracie, Daniel Moraes, and Scott Epstein, Steven continues to hone his skills in grappling and striking competitions. Steve is a dedicated member of our Hawaiian Kempo class and holds the rank of 2nd Degree Blue Belt.

 

Nick Paladeni

Nick Paladeni

Nick Paladeni was the very first student of The Pit Vegas.  Before his time at The Pit,  Nick was a lifelong scholar (attended MIT) and collegiate athlete where he played tennis at the University of Oregon.  Nick is a member of our Hawaiian Kempo class where he holds the rank of Green Belt.  He has trained at The Pit Headquarters under John Hackleman in California as well as with the amateur fighters at The Pit Elevated in Utah. Initially coming to The Pit Vegas out of shape and with a litany of health problems, Nick has improved his fitness dramatically and is one of the most loyal and hardworking members of the Ohana. Nick is an avid competitor, completing various fun runs, Half Marathons, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Bad Ass Dash, as well as the Red Rock Canyon Full Marathon.

 

Kim Robinson

 

Kim has been training non stop with us for over a year in our CrossPit program. While always lean, Kim has improved her overall strength, cardio, and coordination. Her technique improves constantly and she has shown great fighting heart sparring with other girls in two of our “Girls Can Fight,” fight nights. A lifelong Henderson resident, Kim’s bubbly personality is infectious. She continues to grow and was recently CrossPit Certified under John Hackleman directly.

Kelly Meyers

Kelly Meyers

Kelly Meyers teaches Pit Yoga and is a Certified CrossPit Instructor. She has been training with us for over a year and placed 3rd in The Pit World Kumite. Her classes are always upbeat and her enthusiasm is infectious. In addition, Kelly is also a licensed massage therapist. Check out her website here to book a great massage.

 

Scott Seelinger

Scott is a Purple Belt in our Hawaiian Kempo class and is one of our top CrossPIT instructors. He shows great attention to detail as he enthusiastically helps each student during class. Scott recently was CrossPit Certified by John Hackleman and he continues to constantly improve his game – whether it be sparring, grappling, or devising unique workouts. One of the first Pit Vegas students with his daughter Morgan and wife Katie, we are proud to always have Scott teaching and helping the Ohana.

Wyatt Morgan

Wyatt is one of our top Hawaiian Kempo students and holds the rank of Green Belt. When he’s not assisting with the children’s classes he helps make everyone better with his always improving jiu jitsu and sparring skills. He wrestled Varsity for Foothill High School where he was Champion of the Southern Nevada District. He has won the Teen Middleweight Title at the National Kickboxing Circuit’s Championships and won 1st and 2nd at FightBlok’s Grappling tournaments. Wyatt recently won his first MMA fight at King of the Cage via 1st round TKO.

Other Instructors (more info coming soon)

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

Jesse Leeb 

Jesse Leeb

 

Josie Blackwell 

Josie Blackwell

Kaipo Dumaran

Kaipo Dumaran

 

 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on 30, Jul | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

I want to fight! Do you have a fight team?

No, not officially. We are not a “fight gym.” We have several students who compete (grappling, amateur MMA fights, etc) but they are special cases. If you want to pursue a career in fighting then click HERE and best of luck!

Is Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell there?

No, he’s in California…enjoying the sun and mild weather, probably drinking an iced tea.

Does John “The Pit Master” Hackleman teach there?

Not regularly and when he is in town he may teach a few classes depending on his schedule.

I want to roll! Do you guys teach jiu jitsu?

We are not a brazilian jiu jitsu school, though we do train No-Gi grappling on Tuesdays (mainly technique) and Fridays (free roll). Fridays are invite only. If you are looking for gi jiu jitsu or to become a high level jiu jitsu player and win IBJJF, NAGA, etc…click here!

What is CrossPIT and is it like Crossfit?

Simply, CrossPIT is very similar to crossfit except:

  1. No traditional olympic lifting
  2. Less emphasis on the competitive aspect of workouts
  3. Striking heavy bags in longer periods of cardio

 

We actually share the gym with our partners Sin City Crossfit, though we’re two totally separate businesses. Check them out   if you want to get in a great crossfit workout!

Do I need to get in shape first to workout?

No! Jump right into a CrossPit class and if the only thing you can do is the warm up, that’s fine. You need to start somewhere! If you are really hesitant then we offer private lessons as well.

 

Other questions? Contact us today by clicking here!

 

 

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The Pit World Kumite 2

Posted on 30, Jul | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

The Pit World Kumite 2!

Kelly Meyers (Pit Vegas), Pit Master, and Kelly Coyle (Pit Austin) from the first ever Pit World Kumite in March 2013

Who?

The Pit World Kumite is our second in house tournament open to ALL of The Pit Ohana! We want to see competitors from every Pit here at The Pit Vegas!

The Pit Headquarters – Arroyo Grande, CA

The Pit North – Atascadero, CA

The Pit Malibu – Malibu, CA

Academy of Self Defense – San Jose, CA

The Pit Arizona / Kaju AZ – Mesa/Gilbert, AZ

The Pit Indiana – Kokomo, IN

The Pit Austin – Austin, TX

The Pit Elevated – Orem, UT

Force 5 Training Center – Palmdale, CA

The Pit SLO – San Luis Obispo, CA

Texas Kickboxing Academy – Katy, TX

 

What?

A friendly, yet spirited competition amongst The Pit Ohana that revolves around events that cater to The Pit’s brand of fitness and martial arts. Trophies and/or medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division.

The competitor with the best overall showing in ALL divisions (must compete in all respective events) will be awarded the Grand Championship BELT:   “THE ULTIMATE PIT MONSTER”

CrossPit Workout

A workout composed of striking, body weight movements, and/or other movements found in the CrossPit class. Workout will be for reps and revealed day of!

CrossPit Obstacle Course

Start at point A and finish at point B in a course designed in and around The Pit Vegas. The CrossPit Obstacle Course will be revealed day of!

No Gi Submission Only Grappling

No points. Submit your opponent in the allotted time frame. Submissions earn 1 point. If no submission when time expires both competitors get a 0. If you are submitted you get -1 point. Most points after all matches is declared the winner. Specific rules, time limit, and submissions will be announced later.

Beginner = less than 6 months grappling experience 

Novice = 6 months to 1 year grappling experience and/or experience in 1-2 grappling tournaments

Intermediate = 1-2 years grappling experience and/or experience in 2-5 grappling tournaments

Advanced = 2+ years grappling experience and/or experience in 5+ grappling tournaments

**This is a subjective division and weight will be considered. Even though age and weight are not perfectly aligned, the biggest determining factor will be skill level which will be discussed with their instructors.**

MMA sparring

Controlled point sparring that includes takedowns and submissions in our octagon. Shinguards, head gear, MMA gloves, groin protector (males), and mouthpieces are required. Specific rules, time limit, and submissions will be announced later.

Beginner = less than 6 months sparring experience

Novice = 6 months to 1 year sparring experience and/or experience in point sparring tournaments

Intermediate = 1-2 years sparring experience and/or experience in 1-2 smokers

Advanced = 2+ years sparring experience and/or experience in 1 or more sanctioned amateur MMA fights

**This is a subjective division and weight will be considered. Even though age and weight are not perfectly aligned, the biggest determining factor will be skill level which will be discussed with their instructors.**

**To ensure fairness, if you are competing in Grappling/MMA sparring you MUST compete in AT LEAST the CrossPit Workout or Obstacle Course, or both. This is to prevent a fresh competitor VS a competitor that is tired from completing the CrossPit/Obstacle Course divisions. Time will be given to rest after the CrossPit/Obstacle Course divisions**

When?

Saturday February 14th

Yes, we realize this is on Valentine’s Day but 1) take your date out at night…in Vegas. 2) It’s President’s Day Weekend so most should have Monday off to travel. 3) last time I checked The Pit > Valentine’s Day…so don’t give us that shit. 

8am – Check in, weigh ins, and registration

**Yes this is same day weigh ins so be smart about your weight; no extreme cutting. You should be closest to your natural weight**

10am – Rules meeting

11am – First heats begin

TENTATIVE ORDER OF EVENTS:

Kids followed by Adults:

CrossPit Workout

No Gi Submission Grappling

Obstacle Course

 MMA Sparring

2pm – Awards and closing ceremony

Where?

Accommodations / Social Activities

These are the closest and cheapest casino hotels to The Pit Vegas. If you need specific directions, accommodations, flight information, help with pick up, or don’t mind camping inside our gym – please let us know in the “Comments” section on the sign up form below!

Fiesta Casino

Sunset Station 

For those planning a getaway after the Kumite, here are some cool things to do around town!

Why?

To promote healthy competition catered directly for The Pit students. The Pit is unique in that we aren’t geared for full on jiu jitsu matches, sport karate tournaments, MMA bouts for children, or Crossfit events. By competing in areas with rules we are inclined towards will allow our students to be on an equal playing field with their fellow competitors.

How?

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WAKO USA National Kickboxing Championships!

Posted on 30, Jul | Posted by Pit Vegas Administrator

A handful of Pit Monsters competed at the WAKO USA National Kickboxing Championships held at the Mr. Olympia Expo, September 19th and 20th, 2014!

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Josie Blackwell, Jesse Reynosa, David Lane, and Wyatt Morgan all fought their hearts out against tough competition. WAKO is the biggest kickboxing organization in the world and this was their first US tournament.

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Everyone overcame a lot of obstacles but each performed with HEART and fighting spirit, win or lose.

  • Jesse was incorrectly scheduled to fight Friday instead of Saturday so he made a u-turn, got his gear and battled against a tough ex-college football player coached by the Team USA Kickboxing Head Coach.
  • This was Josie’s first martial arts competition of any sort…and to think she was only in PIT KIDS a few years ago. She had a tough match against a skilled girl who hailed from the same academy of WAKO USA’s President.
  • Wyatt had his nose busted open in the first minutes of BOTH fights…but earned a tough victory in his preliminary match before losing a close fight in the championship.
  • David’s fight was pushed to Saturday and then was told his opponent pulled out just an hour before their bout. Two replacements refused to fight so David wasn’t expecting to compete. Then they found him a fight against a tough guy who had a 4-1 record…to which David accepted and had a tough battle, barely 10 minutes later.

These are not excuses, rather, a display of the mental strength and heart that our Pit Monsters possess. We are not a fight gym, we did not specifically train for this competition outside of our regular classes. They wanted to fight…so they fought, plain and simple.

Congrats to Wyatt, Jesse, Josie, and David for putting on great performances. They are all true martial artists and we are proud to have them representing THE PIT!

 

 

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