The first gym was in his backyard. When he moved to Arroyo Grande in 1990, he continued to train in his backyard, in a 500sq ft gym. As it grew, so did his gym. In 2001 he opened it to the public and allowed kids to join. He now operates The Pit in Arroyo Grande CA.
John started The Pit because he wanted people to learn a no nonsense martial arts and conditioning program. He combines his 50yrs of Karate/Kickboxing experience to teach a blend of simple, yet effective fighting and training techniques.
John along with his instructors, teach beginners to advanced martial artists. Our adult (ages 14+) programs include Hawaiian Kempo, Jiu Jitsu and CrossPit. Our kids (ages 3-13yrs) programs include Hawaiian Kempo, and Grappling. We stress mental and physical conditioning, power and discipline. Our classes are upbeat and fun, yet very tough.