Category Archives: Self Defense

Kickboxing at CageworX: Welcoming Coach Phil Beatty, 3rd Degree Black Belt

We’re very excited to welcome Coach Phil Beatty who is now teaching kickboxing at CageworX! Coach Beatty’s entire adult life has been devoted to the instruction of martial arts and fitness. He believes in putting all his focus on his client’s safety, results and a positive experience. Mr. Beatty is a 3rd degree Black Belt in American Freestyle Karate and KickboxinPhil Beatty Martial Arts Instructor in Port Angelesg with over 30 years martial arts experience, a certified Level III F.A.S.T. Defense™ instructor, and certified F.A.S.T. Defense For Children™ instructor. 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. During his time at Elite Training Center he helped design and instructed the fitness and motivation curriculum for the All Children’s Hospital Fit-For-All-Kids™ weight management program.

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.

Phil is the author and former certification director for the “National Association of Professional Martial Artists” Fitness Kickboxing™ program. From 2001 to 2004 he traveled and certified over 2000 professional instructors in Fitness Kickboxing™. During that time he also served as an international fitness and martial arts continuing education presenter teaching fitness product training seminars to fitness professionals for “Spri Products” fitness gear. He was also a video instructor featured on training videos for “Power Systems” fitness equipment company, teaching use and training drills for their boxing and kickboxing products.

Phil also proudly served his country with six years of honorable U.S. military service.

Kickboxing at CageworX: Coach Beatty’s Martial Arts, Self-Defense & Combat Training History

Phil Beatty started his formal martial arts training at USA Karate in St. Petersburg Florida 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 kickboxing and hand-to-hand combat available. Phil is certified Joe Lewis Kickboxing Instructor and has his 2nd Degree Black Belt under Joe Lewis as well as John Graden. 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). After opening Elite Training Center in 2003 Phil trained many of his students to Black Belt and trained many successful martial arts competitors. From 2009 to 2014 Mr. Beatty was a Florida State Athletic Commission Licensed Fight Trainer and coached many amateur and professional fighters. Phil has trained everyone from the most vulnerable in the general public to military personnel. He is pleased to offer his experience and training, teaching self defense, fitness and kickboxing at CageworX for recreational and fight training purposes.

New Classes and CageworX Schedule Changes

Read on to learn about the new schedule for the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes and the Sunday Yoga class for CageworX Gym Members. And please give us your feedback on scheduling a weekday Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class!

New Schedule for CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team at Chess on the Mat
There will now be two sets of classes for the Youth/Teens Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes: 3:15 to 4pm (age 5-8) and 4-5pm (age 9-14) on M/W/F.

We are excited to see how much our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes has grown since the move to 8th Street. The mats have been full of kids enjoying the classes and it is now time for us to ensure all of them get the best and safest possible training. With that goal in mind, as of Monday August 31st, we will be separating the youth BJJ classes into two groups:

1) 3:15 pm to 4 pm for children ages 5-8
2) 4pm to 5 pm for children ages 9-14

This change only affects the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. The Youth Muay Thai classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain the same, with one class at 4pm.

Sunday Yoga at CageworX for Gym Membersyoga-dude

Yoga is returning to the gym’s class schedule! Sara Shearer will be teaching a power yoga class every Sunday, 4 to 5 pm, for CageworX gym members. This class is included with your gym membership fee, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! It’s time to work on developing your flexibility and strengthening some neglected but important muscle groups that are critical for good balance and  Continue reading New Classes and CageworX Schedule Changes

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense

Saturday • July 25, 2015 • Noon to 3 pmCageworX Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women's Self-Defense Workshop

CageworX will again offer our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense Class at the end of July. Women of all ages* and fitness levels are welcome! You do not need any previous martial arts or self-defense training to participate.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s techniques are an essential part of self defense training because of its focus on using leverage instead of muscle. A smaller, weaker person can get away from or even overpower a larger, stronger attacker by using proper technique.

This three-hour workshop will include easy-to-learn fundamental BJJ techniques. Training sessions are slow paced with many Continue reading Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense

July 25, 2015: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense Class

[Please read on for Sept. 2015 schedule changes. For information on the Women’s Self Defense Class: Click here!]

Posted Sept. 1, 2015 – Learn about the new schedule for the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes and the Sunday Yoga class for CageworX Gym Members. And please give us your feedback on scheduling a weekday Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class!

New Schedule for CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

CageworX Youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team at Chess on the Mat
There will now be two sets of classes for the Youth/Teens Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes: 3:15 to 4pm (age 5-8) and 4-5pm (age 9-14) on M/W/F.

We are excited to see how much our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes has grown since the move to 8th Street. The mats have been full of kids enjoying the classes and it is now time for us to ensure all of them get the best and safest possible training. With that goal in mind, as of Monday August 31st, we will be separating the youth BJJ classes into two groups:

1) 3:15 pm to 4 pm for children ages 5-8
2) 4pm to 5 pm for children ages 9-14

This change only affects the Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. The Youth Muay Thai classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain the same, with one class at 4pm.

Sunday Yoga at CageworX for Gym Membersyoga-dude

Yoga is returning to the gym’s class schedule! Sara Shearer will be teaching a power yoga class every Sunday, 4 to 5 pm, for CageworX gym members. This class is included with your gym membership fee, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! It’s time to work on developing your flexibility and strengthening some neglected but important muscle groups that are critical for good balance and  Continue reading July 25, 2015: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense Class

A Successful Women’s Self Defense Class in Port Angeles

We wanted to share a few photos from our first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense workshop.

We had six participants whose ages ranged from their 30s to their 60s. Everyone had a great time and learned a lot of material, from ways to safely fall (break falls) to methods of escaping wrist grabs. The class was taught by CageworX Assistant Instructor, Jenn Lozada.

We plan on having another BJJ women’s self defense class soon. Please contact us if you are interested in learning this excellent method for developing strength, confidence and personal safety! Women of all ages and levels of fitness and experience are very welcome.

Street Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Women’s Self Defense Workshop

Saturday • April 11, 2015 • Noon to 3 pm

CageworX MMA in Port Angeles, WA will be hosting our first Street Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for Women’s Self Defense Workshop. Brazilian CageworX Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu womens self defense workshopJiu Jitsu (BJJ) is especially effective for women’s self defense. Its techniques allow a smaller, weaker individual to defeat larger, stronger opponents by using leverage instead of strength.

While tournaments for sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have become more and more popular, “street” BJJ focuses on what works defensively when the rules go out the window.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to learn some solid life skills and develop self confidence while having fun! This class is open to all women regardless of age, fitness or experience level. The cost is $30. During the three hours, there will be training sessions as well as breaks for refreshments and questions. Please wear loose comfortable clothing/regular street clothes. If you have any questions, please contact us!

To learn more, read this excellent short article about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self defense for women: 9 Rules for BJJ Self Defense.