American Kickboxing Academy

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American Kickboxing Academy
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Est. mid-1980s
Founded by Javier Mendez
Primary owners Javier Mendez
Primary trainers Javier Mendez
Bob Cook
Leandro Vieira
Current titleholders
Daniel Cormier (UFC Light Heavyweight Champion)
Liam McGeary (Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion)
Prominent fighters
Cain Velasquez
Jon Fitch
Gray Maynard
Mike Swick
Josh Thomson
Daniel Cormier
Luke Rockhold
Todd Duffee
Khabib Nurmagomedov
Bethe Correia
Training facilities San Jose, California, U.S.

The American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) is a martial arts gym Based in San Jose, California. It is one of the pioneering schools of mixed martial arts (MMA). AKA headquarters is located in South San Jose. In 2014 AKA opened AKA Thailand Gym in Phuket Thailand. Prominent trainers include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Leandro Vieira, Bob Cook, Derek Yuen, Javier Mendez, and Andy Fong. Within the facility, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling and Boxing classes are taught. Additional programs include conditioning and circuit training with TRX Suspension and Combat Circuit. American Kickboxing Academy is one of the top professional MMA training camps.

Dispute with the Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In 2008, the AKA was involved in a brief dispute with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White over the exclusive license rights for a UFC video game.[1] Members of the AKA who were signed with the UFC, including Jon Fitch, Christian Wellisch, Josh Koscheck, and former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, refused to sign an exclusive lifetime contract for their video game likenesses over to the UFC, causing them to be cut from the UFC's roster. Within 24 hours, the dispute was resolved and all fighters signed back into the organization.[2]

Notable fighters[edit]

Mixed martial artists[edit]








  • MMA
    • 2015 Gym of the Year [3]


  1. ^ "Jon Fitch, Christian Wellisch and possibly others cut by UFC". November 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ Martin, Damon (November 20, 2008). "24 Hours Later; Jon Fitch Back with UFC". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  3. ^ "2015 Gym of the Year". Mmajunkie. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 

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