About Us 2017-11-02T14:35:49+00:00

ABOUT US

EVERYDAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY

AKA has been an established MMA academy for over 20 years. We currently train over 35 professional MMA fighters, including fighters like: UFC Light Heavy Weight Champion Daniel Cormier, UFC Middle Weight Champion Luke Rockhold, UFC Heavy Weight Champion Cain Velasquez, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Alejandro “Turbo” Perez and former Strikeforce Champion Josh Thomson.

MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world and AKA is a leader in our field. Our academy is known for its innovation and comprehensive curriculum. Our classes are designed for the beginner to the student who wishes to become a fighter. MMA is the ultimate in fitness, conditioning and it’s extremely fun.

We offer a variety of classes: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, Wrestling, Crossfit and more! We have a schedule that’s certain to meet your needs, whether you are training in the morning or after work. If it’s your first time learning a martial art or have been doing it for years AKA has something to offer. We have world class instructors that have either competed or trained professional fighters and martial artists. Our instructors focus their classes around fitness and teaching the correct form and technique.

AKA also offers classes for kids and juniors. Martial arts is a great way to teach self discipline while learning a great art form. If you’re nearby, stop in and see us. We encourage people to come in and check out the facilities, ask questions and try out a class. Whether your goal is to get in shape, learn a new martial art or continue learning a martial art, AKA can accommodate you.

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MEET OUR TRAINERS

Alex Khanbabian
Alex KhanbabianOwner

Alex has trained and taught Martial Arts for over 40 years. He’s held various championship belts in multiple kickboxing federations. He is also a veteran of Shooto and the WEC MMA organizations.

Alex is a 1st-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under David Camarillo. He is currently involved in the sports management and training of AKA’s stable of elite professional fighters.
  • 1990 Golden Gloves boxing Champion
  • 1995 USA Kickboxing Champion
  • 2000 ISKA Featherweight World Kickboxing Champion
  • 2004 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Champion
Mike Prudencio
Mike PrudencioBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Head Jiu-Jitsu instructor Mike Prudencio is a 2nd-degree black belt who started training with Ralph and Cesar Gracie. He earned his brown belt under Ralph Gracie and then was promoted to black belt in under Dave Camarillo in 2007.

Mike has competed and trained in Brazil and has close to 20 years of martial arts experience. He founded One World Jiu-Jitsu in 2006 & has been teaching at AKA Sunnyvale since 2010.
Anthony Do
Anthony DoKickboxing, Boxing, MMA & Kids Instructor

Anthony Do is a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Prudencio. Anthony is a professional MMA fighter and former Gladiator Challenge World Champion. He is a 3-time amateur kickboxing tournament champion.

He’s been training with AKA Sunnyvale since 2009 and since then he’s become a dedicated martial artist. Anthony teaches the kickboxing, boxing classes and helps teach the kids and juniors class.
  • 2016: Gladiator Challenge MMA World Flyweight Champion 125 lbs
  • 2014: Central Coast Throwdown flyweight champion 125 lbs
  • 2014: Gallus Flyweight Champion 125 lb
Vu Tran
Vu TranBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Vu started Jiu-jitsu in the summer of 2008, at the age of 19. Like many, Vu always wanted to try MMA in High School. He even started kickboxing at the original AKA San Jose location, however, stopped going because it was too crowded.

Prior to joining Sunnyvale, Vu had little to no martial arts experience; however, once he got started with Jiu-Jitsu instantly got hooked on the “gentle art”. Aside from being one of AKA Sunnyvale/One World Jiu Jitsu’s most talented competitors, Vu is a technical instructor and a great friend to many off the mat. He states that it is the people in the gym and just having fun on the mats that keeps him going. Sharing stories, techniques, and thoughts with the team especially after a hard day of training. Vu Tran is a black belt under Mike Prudencio. He teaches the Monday Gi class and the Tuesday No Gi class.

Jake Bell
Jake BellBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Jake’s grappling background traces back to his roots in Hawaii where at the tender age of 17 he undertook Judo. He states that he always favored “newaza” or ground techniques, which made the transition to Jiu-Jitsu feel very natural.

Being a black belt at Pearl City High under Roy Kawaji, Jake ultimately went to the world-renowned San Jose State University’s Judo program. It was while going to SJSU that Jake’s journey into Jiu-Jitsu began. At first, he went to the original American Kickboxing Academy (on Camden), going once a week after SJSU Judo practice. It wasn’t until 2009 that Jake started taking Jiu Jitsu seriously and, along with pool of talent from SJSU, would ultimately call One World home. Jake is renowned for his heart and is one of One World Jiu Jitsu’s fiercest competitors. At the same time, in the traditional “808 style”, Jake always remains mellow, calm, humorous and generous with his knowledge on-and-off the mat.
Jake Bell is a black belt under Mike Prudencio. He teaches the Wednesday Gi class and the Thursday No Gi class.

John Cardenas
John CardenasKickboxing, Boxing, MMA & Kids Instructor

John Cardenas is a Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Prudencio. John is a professional MMA fighter. He wrestled in High School and decided to pursue his dream of becoming an MMA Champion at AKA.

He started at AKA in 2010 and was successful in several boxing, Kickboxing, and amateur MMA events. He is also a NAGA grappling Champion.  As a professional MMA fighter, John is Currently undefeated at 2-0.

Clinton Cronin
Clinton CroninBrazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor

Clinton is a black belt under Mike Prudencio and he started training in 2006 and has been with AKA Sunnyvale since the day it opened. Clinton had some martial arts experience before getting into Jiu-Jitsu and also had wrestling experience before getting started.

Clinton was instantly captivated with the art and trains virtually every day. He’s the driving force that reinvigorated our early Jiu Jitsu morning training. He’s on the mats 8 times a week. If he’s not there, the gym is closed. Clinton has spent a considerable amount of time training in other countries like London, Singapore and trains yearly in Brazil. He also attends a lot of seminars taught by high-level jiu-jitsu practitioners and keeps adding to his knowledge base. Clinton has taken his passion for martial arts to the podcast world and has been traveling and training with some of the best in the world.Clint has since branched out and found success in the broadcasting world with his podcast “The Clint Cronin Show” on iTunes, Google Play Music, and YouTube. Clint teaches the early morning program at AKA Sunnyvale 6:30AM Wednesdays and Fridays and is available for private lessons. You can view Clint’ website for more information.

  • US Open 2015 Brown Belt Super Heavyweight Division Master 1 Gold
  • US Open 2015 Brown Belt Absolute Division Master 1 Silver
  • US Open 2016 Black Belt Super Heavyweight Division Master 1 Gold
  • US Open 2016 Black Belt Absolute Division Master 1 Bronze
David Mitchell
David Mitchell Wrestling Instructor

David started wrestling in junior high. He went to San Lorenzo Valley High School where he was a multiple CCS placer and California High School State Qualifier. He also competed in Freestyle and Greco-Roman style wrestling.

  • Master World Championship Medalist – Brown Belt
  • JJWL World Championship Gold in Division and Absolutes – Brown Belt
  • Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu Champs League Open weight Open Belt Silver
  • US Open Gold
  • American Cup Gold
  • Jiu Jitsu by the Bay Multiple Gold in Division and Absolutes
  • NAGA Belt winner 3x

David qualified for the National Championships and also represented team California in the National Dual Team Tournament. David is a Brown Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Mike Prudencio and competes often in both gi and no-gi competitions. David focuses not only on high-level technique but also on conceptual understanding of posture, position, and movements. His philosophy of interconnecting moves and concepts provide a method for learning that will assist in personalizing toward each individual’s style. The goal is not to just teach you a technique, but to teach you how to learn better more effectively. David Teaches Wrestling/Takedown Class on Thursdays at 7:30pm. You can see his video reviews of moves covered in classes at: YoutTube.

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