At Elite Martial Arts of Brentwood, Tennessee, our Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) program teaches the skills used in MMA cage fighting but with a street defense mentality and without the “fighting gym” atmosphere. 95% of people who train in MMA gyms never enter the ring and don’t possess a street fighting skill set. We’ll teach you how to defend yourself inside and outside the gym using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Krav Maga.
To defend yourself while standing, we use Muay Thai Kickboxing and Israeli Military hand to hand. Muay Thai is a combination of western boxing with the use of knees, elbows, low kicks,clinches, and take-down defenses. The hand to hand techniques from the Israeli military effectively defend from all types of hand-to-hand such as bear hugs, headlocks, chokes and stick/knife attacks.
“Stand Up” martial arts is only half of the self defense game. We use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to control our opponent on the ground. Grappling skills are used to take an opponent down and submit them with a myriad of armbars, leglocks, armlocks, and chokes.
Daniel Klapheke, owner/instructor, has over 24 years of Martial Arts experience and more than 12 years of teaching experience. Mr. Klapheke is a 5th degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kenpo, a 2nd degree in Tae Kwon Do, a Black Belt in American Kenpo, and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is also a certified Krav Maga instructor, has extensive training in Modern Arnis (Filipino stick and knife fighting), is continually training in the Muchado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Masterclass, and is co-founder of the Mixed Martial Arts System, EM3. Always learning and bringing it back to his students, he has traveled the country to learn the latest fighting techniques from world renowned cage fighting experts.