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Combat Sports

Get ready to sweat! Our combat sports instructors will help you achieve your goals all year round. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to take your skills to the next level, our combat sports programming has something for everyone.

Our Philosophy

We are firm believers in mental discipline and a hard work ethic. Combat sports deliver just that through our multidisciplinary approach providing classes for people of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels. Be the master of your goals - whether it be for sport and exercise purposes or if you are looking to learn the skills necessary to confidently defend yourself in the streets.

The St. James Difference

A true championship mindset. Acquire exceptional skills while achieving a great workout at The St. James, where we cover combat sports from every perspective for both newcomers and elite competitors of all ages. The St. James features authentic Gracie Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and Self Defense within our world-class training complex. Come and enjoy:

  • Private and semi-private coaching customized to every age, position and skill level
  • Developmental programs focused on teaching technical skills, self defense and striking
  • Camps and seminars targeting specific skill development, winning tactics and competitive scenarios
  • Year round training for athletes seeking an edge
  • Holistic training with science, nutrition and psychology
  • All level tournaments


BJJ is the Brazilian form of Jiu-Jitsu derived from the original Japanese martial art. The BJJ system of self-defense and grappling was primarily developed by the Gracie family. After training with Mitsuyo Maeda in the early 20th century, the Gracies helped demonstrate the effectiveness of the art when Royce Gracie won the first, second and fourth UFC tournaments against a wide variety of fighting styles. The principles of BJJ focus on using frames and leverage in the application of force to address threats, improve positioning and finish fights without having to throw a punch. While BJJ provides a complete self-defense system of responses to attacks involving strikes and weapons, BJJ competition rules generally prohibit striking, and BJJ matches are scored based on takedowns, positional control and submission holds such as joint locks and chokes.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a sport originating in Thailand. It adopts a traditional kickboxing base, and also allows the use of knees and elbows. Muay Thai training can also be used as a great addition to high intensity interval training.

Mixed Arts Defense

Learn the best defensive techniques and strategies from a variety of disciplines. Get in shape while learning to defend yourself with a mix of Boxing, Submission grappling, and Judo/Jiujitsu techniques. These classes will help you reach your fitness goals and give you the confidence to stand up for yourself In any given situation.

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movement agility game basics

Our EXPLORE programs focus on the most fundamental skills, with an emphasis on body movement and agility. Athletes learn the basics of the game and begin their lifelong love for the game.

Meet our coaches

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Bryant A. Lovelace

Program Director

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John Kermon

Combat sports coach

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John Franklin

Combat sports coach

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