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About FACTION Combatives
& Combat Sports

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FACTION Combatives & Combat Sports is a training facility that brings you the best of both self-defense and fighting sports. At this Combat Gym you can prepare yourself for real world conflicts, Combat Sport competitions, or simply to get in amazing shape. The choice is yours and our instructors are here to guide you on the way to your goals!

FACTION Combatives is not designed to be a sport combat system, but is instead designed to utilize simple gross movements and strikes to help you survive a real world confrontation. Fact of the matter is, after you have had an adrenaline dump due to an attack, complex movements and fine motor techniques become near impossible to perform. This is why your response needs to be simple, explosive, and violent to survive the encounter. FACTION Combatives draws from systems such as Krav Maga and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Combatives. However, the primary influences of our Combatives are the street proven systems of Kembativz and Martial Blade Concepts. Our Combatives system is not a “dead” system as it is constantly evolving and pressure testing to fill any holes.

FACTION Combat Sports provides you the class options in various fighting sports. Whether your goal is to compete or simply to get in the best shape of your life, these classes have what you are looking for. Our Muay Thai program can develop your stand up fighting skills by training you to effectively utilize your hands, elbows, legs, and knees. This isn’t just boxing or kickboxing, Muay Thai fighters are known for their ability to deliver devastating blows and use versatile striking in and out of the ring. Not only is it great for competitions, but it is an amazing full body workout. If ground fighting is more your speed, our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program has you covered. You will learn how to effectively control attackers and deliver powerful submissions regardless of your size. Not only does our BJJ program develop your competition game, but it also teaches you how to effectively deal with strikes for street or even MMA use.

About Faction Instructors

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Kembativz: Michelle Washington & Kelly McCann (left) – MBC: Michael Janich (right)

About Steve DeArmond

Combatives Head Instructor

Steve has been a lifelong student of martial arts with more than 20 years of training and teaching thus far. After earning a Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts, including Taekwondo, Karate, Hapkido and Kung Fu, he turned his attention to more realistic combative systems, such as Krav Maga and Kelly McCann’s Kembativz. Shortly after beginning his Krav Maga training, he discovered Martial Blade Concepts and Kembativz and sought to learn all he could about them. Steve got the opportunity to train with Michael Janich on various occasions, including numerous trips to the Martial Blade Camp in Colorado. Steve is now a fully Certified Instructor in the Martial Blade Concepts system. In addition to this, Steve was given the chance to train with Kelly McCann in person at the Kembativz Instructor Course in 2017 and 2018. He was honored to receive an official recognition as a Certified Instructor in Kembativz. Currently, he is the only Certified Instructor in Kembativz and MBC in the state of Arizona.

Steve manages the FACTION Combatives system and is currently working to continually evolve the program. He is still continuing his training in numerous disciplines including MBC, Krav Maga, Kembativz, Muay Thai, and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. Steve continues to be a student of understanding violent attacks, practical self-defense, and the mechanic/physiology of the human body to further his ability to teach effectively and knowledgeably.

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About Maiston Hattery

MMA & Kid’s Program Head Instructor

Maiston Hattery is a talented and well rounded fighter that has been training for more than 17 years. He is a 2nd degree black belt in Sport Karate, and a black belt in TKD & Kenpo. Maiston has trained in boxing for 17 years and has wrestled for 10 years. His experience extends past standup Combat Sports. He has his Blue Belt (4 stripes) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has even achieved rank in Krav Maga. Maiston doesn’t just train, but competes both in stand-up arts and ground based competitions.

Maiston is more than just a skilled fighter; he has a real passion for teaching. You only need to spend one class with him to see how passionate he is about Combat Sports and how skilled he is at helping students become better. He always goes above and beyond to help people see great progression in their skills. He is not only a great instructor for adults, but is also phenomenal with kids. Having taught both kids and adults for more than 10 years, he understands how to communicate complicated skills and techniques so that children can understand. The kids that work with Maiston see great development in their abilities and fitness quickly. It even goes beyond just their physical capabilities, as Maiston has a keen skill in getting kids to have more focus, discipline and respect. Come try a class with Maiston and see for yourself.

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About Brenden Richardson

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Head Instructor

Brenden Richardson is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Gustavo Dantas (GD Jiu Jitsu/Nova Uniao) and has been competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1999. Brenden has won numerous Arizona State Brazilian Jiu Jitsu titles as well as placing on the National/International competition scene. In 2011, Brenden placed third at the IBJJF World Championships in the adult division as a purple belt. Brenden has also been an assistant wrestling coach at Sossaman Middle School as well as Basha’s Bear Club Wrestling. Brenden has worked as a Detention Officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and has been serving in a law enforcement capacity since 2008.

Brenden is our Head Instructor for the Faction Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program. By training with him you will not only learn how to compete, if that is your goal, but you will also learn the combatives use of BJJ. Due to his experience in Law Enforcement, Brenden understands the importance of being able to utilize BJJ not just for competitions, but for self-defense purposes. He makes it a point to teach his students the street use of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu so they can effectively defend themselves against strikes and other realistic attacks. Don’t be a one sided practitioner. Train with Brenden and you will be able to effectively utilize your BJJ skills on and off the mat!