Combat Concepts Academy (CCA) came together with like-minded individuals wishing to bring high-level and competitive martial arts instructors to Central Arkansas while providing a safe and non-threatening environment for all students. We are the only World Champion Rafael Lovato Jr. Jiu-Jitsu affiliate in Arkansas and students get access to this systematic learning strategy on the first day. We are also the only US Judo Association Charter Club with a Certified US Judo Association Coach in the region. Our instructors have a variety of expertise in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Wrestling, MMA, Kickboxing, Boxing, Muay Thai, Fitness, and Nutrition. We strive to cultivate a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for all skill levels and ages and we have a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment of any kind.
Black Belt BJJ & Judo; Certified Rafael Lovato, Jr Jiu-Jitsu Curriculum Instructor; Certified United States Judo Association Coach; Fitness & Conditioning Coach; 2 x US National Judo & President’s Cup Gold Medalist; IBJJF American Nationals Medalist; Multiple IBJJF Open Gold Medalist; Fight2Win veteran; Fuji World Pro veteran; Respect Pro veteran; Subversiv team grappling veteran.
James Short, Youth Jiu Jitsu and Judo Instructor
BJJ Purple Belt, Judo Brown Belt, Kickboxing Instructor.
Multiple MMA fights. Multiple US Judo and IBJJF tournament medalist. United States Marine Corp Veteran.
Krystal Andrews, Assistant Judo and Jiu Jitsu Instructor
Judo Black Belt, BJJ Brown Belt, Striking Coach.
Veteran MMA fighter, a former top ranked amateur mid-south female fighter. Multiple US Judo and IBJJF medalist. Boxing enthusiast. United States Air Force combat Veteran.
Jared Friemel, Assistant Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
BJJ Brown Belt, Judo Brown Belt, Freestyle Judo National Gold Medalist,
and NAGA Champion. Grappling Superfight veteran, Fuji World Pro veteran. Avid runner with multiple completed marathons and super marathons.
Asia Brashear, Assistant Youth Jiu-Jitsu & Judo Instructor
BJJ Purple Belt, Judo Brown Belt, 2022 US Judo Nationally Ranked Competitor.
Ian Cooper, Assistant Jiu-Jitsu Instructor
BJJ Purple Belt and Judo Green Belt. No GI grappling and ankle lock enthusiast.
Richard Thompson, Assistant Judo Instructor
Judo Black Belt and competitor.
Andrew Healy, Wrestling Coach
BJJ Brown Belt, Current High School Wrestling Coach.
He was previously a varsity wrestler, winning the team state championship in 2009. He placed 2nd in state that year. He holds a brown belt in jiu jitsu and has competed in a number of tournaments earning medals in both gi and no gi divisions.
He is currently the head wrestling coach for Jacksonville High School.