Spearheaded by veterans of the competitive combat scene, Apex MMA & Fitness aims to put a unique spin on guiding others through the journey of martial arts. In the modern era of mixed martial arts (MMA), it has become more accessible to learn and appreciate technique, yet the core human values through practice have been ignored. Whether it is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, or Boxing - growth as a practitioner is enhanced from the inside out. Without a stable mental foundation, a martial artist can find himself running in place despite years of practice. Our instructors understand this through years of hard fought battles at the highest level, and aim to help anyone (regardless of endgame) reach their personal APEX.
Easily the millennial-world’s most polarizing martial art, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu holds its origins in Japan - where top Judo artists like Mitsuyo Maeda were sent to demonstrate the power of Judo across the world through challenging other arts from different countries. Upon landing in Brazil in 1917, Mitsuyo Maeda met a boy named Carlson Gracie through one of his demonstrations at a theatre in Belem. Carlson began his lessons without hesitation, and eventually began passing the knowledge onto his brothers. One brother in particular, Helio Gracie, gradually developed this art as a practical adaptation from judo that focused on ground fighting, since Helio was unable to perform many of the techniques due to his smaller stature. The teachings were passed on from generation to generation, and parts of the Gracie family moved to the United States in the 1970s. In 1993, the UFC was co-founded by Rorion Gracie - and history repeated itself. Royce Gracie dominated many other arts from boxing to wrestling in a single-elimination tournament format, representing the flag of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu along the way. Through time, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been proven to be an essential aspect of combat, and easily the most accessible art for anyone to practice.