Our Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs are headed by CageworX Coach Cody Houston who holds a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the highly regarded Marcelo Alonso and is a Kru Yai in Muay Thai under Ajahn Suchart. The CageworX coaching staff have several decades of experience working with a wide range of students. We can help you whether you want a challenging workout and never want to compete, or you want to train intensively as an MMA fighter for the CageworX Fight Team.
Professor Cody Houston
Professor Cody Houston has been an avid student of the martial arts for over 20 years. Prior to his introduction to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA he spent years studying Kajukenbo, Kung Fu, Karate and Boxing with a variety of different dojos and instructors. Then after years of searching for something more he was able to find a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/MMA coach and team in Bend, OR. The date was Feb. 14th, 2000 and since then he has never looked back.
He spent 2.5 years training under Professor JT Taylor (Marcelo Alonso BJJ) and the Desert Dog Fight Team and it was also during this period that he was first introduced to Professor Marcelo Alonso (Carslon Gracie BJJ). Eventually he moved to Portland, OR to finish his college education and began his training period with Professor Matt Thornton and Straight Blast Gym International. He received his Blue and Purple belts in BJJ from Matt Thornton and also received an Associates Degree in Business Administration and Bachelors Degree in Marketing from Portland State University.
After three years of training and teaching in Portland, OR he moved to Bellingham, WA where he discovered that there was no place that taught BJJ or MMA at the time. He decided to take the plunge and opened his first gym (West Coast Fight Club). This was when he truly discovered his purpose in life and his passion for coaching athletes. While running the WCFC team in Bellingham he decided to re-new his affiliation and relationship with Professor Marcelo Alonso. Under Professor Alonso he received his Brown Belt and on April 9, 2011 he was awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.
During his time in Bellingham Houston also was the co-founder of Fight Night Entertainment (Pro/Am MMA Promotion) and spent years as a matchmaker. West Coast Fight Club eventually became Houston’s United Combat Sports (HUCS) which he ran out of a different facility.
In April of 2012 Coach Houston decided it was time for a change of scenery and not quite sure where he would start his next program he came to beautiful Port Angeles to visit family for a couple weeks. While in PA he met Dave Holden and visited the brand new CageworX Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA facility. A month later Holden offered Houston the Head Coach/Manager position at CageworX and within a year Houston and Holden created the CageworX Promotions LLC amateur MMA fighting series in Port Angeles as well as the CageworX MMA amateur MMA sanctioning body. In 2015, Cody Houston was given ownership of CageworX and the facility was moved to the current 8th Street location. Houston is currently a licensed MMA judge and matchmaker in the state of Washington and received his Kru Yai certification from Ajahn Suchart in December 2016. His next goals are to achieve a Black Belt in Judo and to continue competing in BJJ and Submission Grappling competitions.
Mr. Beatty is a 3rd degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate and Kickboxing with over 30 years martial arts experience, a certified Level III F.A.S.T. Defense™ instructor, certified F.A.S.T. Defense For Children™ instructor, and has served six years of honorable U.S. Military service. He is also a veteran fitness trainer specializing in Fitness Kickboxing, Adventure Fitness and athletic strength and conditioning.
From 2003 to 2015 he and his life partner, Donna Everhart, owned and operated the popular St. Petersburg Florida based Elite Training Center, an 8,000 square foot Kickboxing, MMA and Cross-Training fitness center. During that time Phil not only trained the general public but also coached professional fighters for strength, speed and endurance conditioning. Phil is also an avid obstacle course mud racer. He started and led his training center’s obstacle course mud racing team “Elite Training Warriors” through three of the notorious 12 mile “Tough Mudders”, four of the 8 mile “Savage Races” and numerous other obstacle course races since 2010.
At Elite he trained the general public as well as competitive fighters and was a Florida Athletic Commission Licensed Fight Trainer. Mr. Beatty also served as an instructor for All Children’s Hospital KidShapers™, a weight management and fitness program where he taught goal setting, fitness and fitness motivation to children and their families. He is also a loving father of three children.
Martial Arts, Self-Defense & Combat Training History
Phil Beatty started his formal martial arts training at USA Karate of St. Petersburg on January 6, 1985, under John Graden and achieved his Black Belt on March 23, 1989. USA Karate was also the training facility of the Legendary Joe Lewis, the man Black Belt Magazine named as “The Greatest Fighter of All Time.” The Joe Lewis Fighting System taught to Beatty is a combination of the most effective strategic full-contact karate and hand-to-hand combat available. The focus of Mr. Beatty’s training and specialized studies is in reality self-defense and empty-hand combat. Mr. Beatty is certified by internationally known combat and self-defense expert Bill Kipp, the chief instructor and creator of F.A.S.T. Defense™ (Fear Adrenal Stress Training). Mr. Beatty is a certified instructor in F.A.S.T. Defense™ for Level I (Stand-Up Aggression), Level II (Ground Aggression), Level III (Weapons Disarming), and F.A.S.T Defense For Children™ (stranger abduction and bullying prevention and self-defense).
Grant Gilliam has over 30 years of martial arts experience combining striking and grappling. He has competed in Shootfighting, Mixed Martial Arts, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, and wrestling. He has won and placed in national and international level tournaments in BJJ, Judo, and Submission Grappling. He is also a former Shootfighting Champion.
Grant is a dedicated Russian Sambo coach with over a decade of intensive Sambo training. Ranks Held: 5th Degree Black Belt in Nihon Ju-Jitsu and 2nd degree Black Belt in Judo.
Jake received his purple belt from Cody Houston in February of 2015. He is a professional fighter and teaches the no gi class every Thursday at 5pm. Visit Jake’s Facebook Page