Cruz started his "formal" training Feb. 11th of '98. Under the tutelage of Chuck Liddell and Scott Adams, Cruz began his fight career in Aug. of '99. After only 1.5 years of Jiu-Jitsu, Cruz became the grappling instructor of SLO Kickboxing in San Luis Obispo, CA, and was its owner from 2011-2015, where it was known as The PIT SLO. Cruz has had 31 pro fights throughout his career and has since retired and is now only coaching and training. After moving to Boise in 2016 Cruz reopened the gym as The PIT Idaho. He is a 4th Degree PIT Black Belt under John Hackleman and Chuck Liddell. Cruz is also a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luigi Mondelli of Kore Jiu-Jitsu and American Top Team.
Sophie is a PIT Brown Belt in Hawaiian Kempo, and a BJJ Blue Belt under Kumu Cruz Gomez and has been training under his tutelage for 8 years. She's the Kids and Peewees coach, and coaches most of the Fitness Kickboxing classes. She's competed and podiumed several times in no-gi jiu jitsu and BJJ (Grappling X, Grappling Industries, Northwest Submission Challenge), including 2 silvers and 1 gold. She plans to make her MMA debut with her first amateur fight in 2019. She loves coaching and teaching, and brings her passion & enthusiasm to the mat every day.
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