Kansas City: Crawford's Mixed Martial Arts
I've trained at Crawford's MMA for going on 5 years now and I've seen the school go from humble beginnings, to a reasonably large space with a full cage, ring, and up to 40 students at a time during various classes.
Steve Crawford has been training fighters for combat sports since back when Pankration was one of the only ways you could hold MMA-like events in the midwest. His fighters have fought in the UFC, WEC, Cage Rage, and dozens of other local, regional, and international shows.
One of the best things about the school is Steve's approach to teaching. He's an extremely laid back, accomodating guy who can figure out your strengths and weaknesses in a fairly short amount of time.
The AJJ fight team is very close knit, and the school's best fighters are all great people who'll help out newbies just as much as they'll turn the heat on and throw down with each other. The atmosphere at the school really conveys that this is a family-run school.
Kids classes teach age-appropriate techniques based more on traditional Judo and Japanese Jujitsu, and reinforce practical approaches to the Martial Arts beyond just passing your kid through the belt ranks based on meaningless tests and demonstrations.
In Kansas City, there really is no other fight team like AJJ, which dominates local MMA events to such a degree that their fighters often find themselves matched up against those from a sister school. Notable fighters from AJJ include Curtis Stout, Rob Kimmons, John Cornett, Jason Teeman, Ron Jackson, Matt Cox, Dominic Brown and many others. Just about everyone who's anyone in the local MMA scene has trained with Steve.
Crawford's MMA / American Jujitsu
8819 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212