The Pit was started in 1985 in Woodland Hills Ca. by John Hackleman. John started The Pit because he wanted people to learn a no nonsense martial art and conditioning program. Some of the world’s best fighters have trained at The Pit. John never lets the lack of money come between you and Kempo. All he asks is that you give Kempo and The Pit the respect, and loyalty it gives you. Confidence, loyalty, and humility are what he expects from all Pit Monsters.
John now operates The Pit in Arroyo Grande, CA. and Henderson, NV. John, along with other instructors, teach beginners to advanced Martial artists. He stresses mental and physical conditioning, power, and discipline. His classes are upbeat and fun, yet very tough. He combines his 25 years of Karate/Kickboxing experience to teach a blend of simple, yet effective fighting and training techniques.