How do I get started?
So you've checked out our site, reviews, social media and you're still thinking about giving us a go? Well gee, thanks, we like you too! Before we meet though, you need to do a few things.
What is hawaiian Kempo?
Hawaiian Kempo is the official style we practice, created by John Hackleman. While we have ties to Hawaiian Kenpo / Kajukenbo, we do not perform katas or weapon routines. We wear a black gi (karate uniform) not for grappling but to remind us that we are martial artists above all else. It can succinctly be described as the following:
"Hawaiian Kempo has a heavy emphasis on physical conditioning and includes striking and grappling that is effective for self defense and sport."
What's this Ohana thing you have plastered everywhere?
In the words of Lilo (or it may have been Stitch), "Ohana means family." The Pit Ohana is an ever growing family of people committed to improving their lives and that of those around them, and we all so happen to work out together, or punch each other in the face. When we're not at The Pit training or exercising, we're supporting local events to benefit the community, or we're supporting each others' outside interests. Come check us out to see what it's all about.
What is CrossPIT and is it like CrossFit?
Simply, CrossPIT is very similar to CrossFit except there is:
- No traditional Olympic lifting
- Less emphasis on the competitive aspect of workouts
- Striking heavy bags in longer periods of cardio
- You're highly encouraged to leave on your shirt
I want to fight! Do you have a fight team?
No, not officially. We are not a “fight gym.” We have several students who compete (grappling, amateur MMA fights, etc) but they are special cases. If you want to pursue a career in fighting there are no shortage of gyms in Vegas to attend.
Is Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell there?
No, he’s in California enjoying the sun and mild weather, probably drinking an iced tea.
Does John “The Pit Master” Hackleman teach there?
Not regularly and when he is in town he may teach a few classes depending on his schedule.
I want to roll! Do you guys teach jiu jitsu?
We are not a Brazilian jiu jitsu school, though we do train No-Gi grappling in our Hawaiian Kempo program. If you are looking strictly for jiu jitsu or to become a high level jiu jitsu player and win IBJJF, NAGA, etc, check out our good friends at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Las Vegas, chances are you might see a few of us there stepping up our game to be better training partners with our Ohana. If you’re interested in rolling with us, start with CrossPit then chat with your instructor to be invited to Hawaiian Kempo which entails no gi jiu jitsu.
Do I need to get in shape first to workout?
What came first, the chicken or the egg? What kind of question is that?! Of course you don't have to be in shape first to join us! If you don't believe these last few sentences with all the exclamation points, then ask the author's Dad, a 50-something school teacher with knee issues. Follow the steps in the "How do I get started?" section, and we'll take care of easing you into the rest. We all start somewhere, and we hope that you start with us.