Eric Umali has been teaching and managing The Pit full time since 2011. He is a 3rd Degree Pit Black Belt under John “The Pit Master” Hackleman, a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Casey Halstead, as well as a 3rd Degree Isshinryu Karate Black Belt. Eric is also an Instructor and one of the Founders of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Downtown Las Vegas.
Eric has over a decade of sport karate experience and has competed in amateur kickboxing & MMA bouts. He has top place finishes in NABJJF, NAGA, Grappling X, and Fight Blok grappling tournaments.
While at the helm of the only Pit school in Nevada, Eric has revamped The Pit’s Mixed Martial Arts Strength & Conditioning program. He created the new Mitts, Blitz, Endure, and Strong classes, to join the existing CrossPIT class.
Always looking to improve, Eric has also evolved The Pit’s Hawaiian Kempo (“MMA”) program into a more systematized and well rounded approach that blends striking and grappling.
In addition to heading all aspects of class programming, Eric oversees retail, marketing, and events. Through The Pit Vegas, The Pit 702, and 10th Planet Downtown, he has completed over twenty events for a variety of causes.
Originally from San Luis Obispo County, CA, Eric was a Film & Television Executive in Los Angeles for six years prior to moving to Las Vegas. He graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production.