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American Kickboxing Academy

7012 Realm Drive

The American Kickboxing Academy was established by Javier Mendez in 1985. Just as Mendez was starting his pro career, he held training sessions at the Capital Glass Shop during after hours with a small contingency of students. Mendez later started training at the West Coast Institute Of Tae Kwon Do facility run by Strikeforce founder, Scott Coker.

Mendez officially opened the first San Jose AKA in 1995. In 1996, after Mendez helped him improve his kickboxing, Brian Johnston became the first fighter out of AKA to enter the UFC. Frank Shamrock then joined AKA in 1997 and would be under Mendez's tutelage all they way through to his first retirement. Soon, AKA would see more and more interest from others who, through the attention of Shamrock, were interested in greatly improving their striking. This included BJ Penn, who would go on to win his first three fights by knockout; Bobby Southworth, Josh Thomson, Mike Swick, Paul Buentello, Jon Fitch and Mike Kyle.

In 2005, Mike Swick and Bobby Southworth were picked up for a new reality TV show from the UFC called The Ultimate Fighter, which brought major exposure to the sport of MMA and the AKA team. Through the partnership of manager and trainer of Team AKA, Crazy Bob Cook, and DeWayne Zinkin; a collegiate wrestler himself, AKA saw an influx of wrestlers joining the team, notably starting with Josh Koscheck.  Eventually, the stable would grow to include Daniel Cormier and current UFC Champion, Cain Velasquez.

When long time MMA fan and former NFL star Herschel Walker decided to train full-time and become a pro MMA fighter, he went to AKA. After joining the team and attending every session, Herschel went on to win 2 consecutive pro MMA fights in the Strikeforce organization before retiring. Walker credits MMA as the world's most difficult sport and AKA as the place to train should you choose to pursue a pro career.

In 2008 a second AKA facility was created in Sunnyvale, headed up by Bobby Southworth and Alex Khanbabian. Then in 2011, the new 27,000 square foot AKA Headquarters opened its doors, featuring weight training, a cardio facility, dedicated BJJ, MMA and Kickboxing areas, lap pool, racket ball and an onsite chiropractor and rehabilitation specialist.

Currently Team AKA consists of: Josh Thomson, Jon Fitch, Cain Velasquez, Mike Swick, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Mike Kyle, Gray Maynard, Phil Baroni, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Noad Lahat, Davin Clark, Ron Keslar, Gabriel Carrasco, Tyson Griffin, Trevor Prangley, Kyle Kingsbury, Paul Buentello, Bobby Southworth, Herschel Walker, Justin Wilcox, Nate Moore, Riki Fukuda, Todd Duffee, Rich Crunkilton, Germaine de Randamie, Marius Žaromskis, Travis Johnson, Derek Yen, and Billy Evangelista.

Fighters that have previously trained at AKA include: Frank Shamrock, BJ Penn, Fedor Emelianenko, Tito Ortiz, Fujita, Ogawa, Andrei Arlovski, Phil Davis, Kid Yamamoto, Tony DeSouza, Don Frye, Takanori Gomi, Mark Coleman, Dan Henderson, Brian Ebersole, Akihiro Gono, Anthony Johnson, Josh Koscheck, Bobby Lashley, Brock Larson, Cung Le, Lyoto Machida, Sean Sherk, George Sotiropoulos, Ronaldo Souza, Miesha Tate, and Brandon Vera.


alfredo almario

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
I cannot express how happy we are that we chose AKA for our son to learn Brazilian Jiujitsu and MMA a little more than a year ago. He has the best coaches and is learning more and more everyday. The coaches really care about each and every student Coach Ron, Coach Wayne , Coach Felix and all the assistant Coaches are awesome with kids. Best part is this place trains world class UFC fighters but they still make time to treat us and our child like family. If you want your child to be safe and learn self defense skills you need to go to AKA and become part of the family. Joanna and Javier and sons really know to make you feel welcomed. Just come in and you can see for yourself. They will let you tour the facility.

Timur Izmaylov

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017
Nicee place 😎and of course Khabib with u guys !!! Say hi to him from Nalchik 😎😎😎

Jacob Ronaldo

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
One of the best training facility I been to and you get to train with ufc and Bellator champions and u can become a champion

Italias Shop

Friday, June 23, 2017
My daughter is 4 and loves it here, the coach is amazing with kids. She is always excited to go back. She gets a great work out, and is always learning new things . Friendly staff and cool AKA gear.

smash crooks

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Khabib tried to kill me but survived thanks khabib

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