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Getting To Know Victory MMA And Fitness

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In the Pacific Coast of California, San Diego sits the 22,000 sq. ft. Victory MMA and Fitness.
Originated in 2007 with over 140 classes a week, Victory MMA has established itself as one of San Diego’s very best facilities.

Not just for adults, Victory MMA gives children from 4 to 15 incredible self-defense training that can change their lives, from highly qualified black belts and coaches.

Meet the Victory MMA and Fitness Coaches

Victory MMA and Fitness

Owned by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and 20-year veteran Navy Seal Jocko Willink, it is home to eight World Class level BJJ Black Belts. The list includes co-owner UFC veteran and three-time Abu Dhabi World Champion, Dean Lister.

Under his watchful eye are top-level Black Belt Instructors such as James Nilsen, Greg McIntyre, Craig Baker, Adam Mazin, and Eric Uresk, many of which have been with Jocko since the very beginning with their white belts.

The gym also houses Muay Thai specialists including a champion who earned six titles in four weight divisions.

Affiliated Fighters

Many top-level professional MMA athletes train out of or have spent a considerable amount of time at Victory MMA. Let’s take a look at some of the top-named fighters.

Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens

PFL Lightweight and former UFC fan favorite with a record of (29-20-0) 1NC, is known as a fearless striker who has traded with the biggest names in the sport. Boasting a BJJ purple belt Stephens is looking to make his name at PFL.

Chris “The Crippler” Leben

A former coach at Victory MMA and UFC veteran who recently holds a BKFC win over Quentin Henry, with a record of (22-12) Leben fought the biggest names at Middleweight with a decision loss to UFC HOFer former Champion Michael Bisping and wins over Wanderlei Silva and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Dominick Cruz

Dean Lister, Dominick Cruz and Jocko Willink

One of the greatest Bantamweight in the history of MMA Dominick Cruz holds wins over P4P great Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, Urijah Faber, and T.J.Dillashaw.

The 37-year old former UFC Champion will be returning to the octagon in August of this year against Marlon Vera.

Jocko On BJJ

In an interview for BJJEE Jocko stated:

“I was in the military. I was in leadership positions in the military, always in combat leadership positions in the military… So, trying to learn how to maneuver elements on the battlefield, as also trying to learn how to work with people, trying to learn how to overcome obstacles.
And I sort of had ideas on how to do all those things – and then I started training Jiu-Jitsu. I really started training Jiu-Jitsu all the time.

What I realized is that which you learn in Jiu-Jitsu, the mindset of Jiu-Jitsu… That it translates into everything you do in life.
Because, if you’re on a battlefield and the enemy has a super strong position – you don’t attack that position. You might distract them from that position, you come around from the other side, you come from the flank. It’s just like in Jiu-Jitsu. If I want your arm, I don’t attack your arm – I attack your neck. And then I get your arm.

If you’re my leader and you have a big ego, I don’t attack your ego. No, I actually make your ego feel good. Because if I attack your ego, you’re going to defend it.

So, for me, Jiu-Jitsu connected the dots in all these different things. Jiu-Jitsu gave me everything. Jiu-Jitsu gave me everything.”

For more information on Victory MMA and Fitness check out their website where you will find a plethora of information regarding classes, fees, and coaches, what more could you want from a facility check out Victory MMA.

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James Rees is host of ReesTalks Podcast and a Football, F1 and MMA writer, who strives to bring you the best content aswel as bringing you interviews with some of the sports top stars.