If it doesnt challenge you

it wont change you

Veteran owned & operated

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family environment

About Us

Welcome to Patriot Combat sports

We continue to create innovative ways to enhance the physical & emotional well-being of our increasingly diverse membership base. 

We provide a wide-range of amenities and our highly trained staff, we provide fun and effective Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training for both self-defense and sports competition. Additionally, we offer USA Boxing, USA Judo, USA Wrestling programs. 

We also emphasize the importance of becoming physically stronger, healthier, through our fitness programs. 

We know that a healthy society depends on the well-being of all those in the community. Therefore, our emphasis is to meet the individual needs our members through our combat sports, self-defense programs and fitness programs.

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Our Testimonials

What they saY

Great place for training. The coaches are very helpful.
Mr. Henry
Mr. Henry
02:05 23 Nov 22
We have a very active 6 year old son and often times has challenges with behavior skills. We have enrolled him in a few extracurricular activities over the last several years, but still had our challenges. I heard about this one specific organization called “Combat Patriot Sports” that has an family-oriented atmosphere. From the first day of walking in the door to check out the facilities and for our son to participate as guest in the children’s class of Jiu Jitsu, Professor Leo welcomed us with open arms. It was hard to believe the patience and structure that he has put together with these kids ages (3-7). Professor Leo breaks every technique down into an understandable steps for the youth kids to understand. Did I mention that there is a balcony where you can observe the classes. It is obvious that Professor Leo is passionate what he does and the support of his students has developed an fun, family, discipline, and safe place for our son to grow and develop his skills.
jeff starnes
jeff starnes
00:22 05 Nov 22
Leo and Patriot Combat Sports are awesome.They can teach on all age levels & get personal in even the biggest of group settings.Great w/ Kids also...phenomenal job.Highly recommend.~Gary McKessy~
Gary McKessy
Gary McKessy
01:52 04 Nov 22
A friend of mine recommend I check out Patriot Combat Sports and so after checking out a couple of other places in town with my young son we decided to give PCS a try. I heard that it was in a church building and that Leo is a great guy who will work with you. I am so glad I visited because what I found was more than an awesome gym, I found a place we could call home and a great group of hard working, humble people who are willing to help a young family learn.As for Professor Leo, he has worked with my wife and our two young children and has made us feel right at home. The gym is clean and perfectly suited for participants and their families alike with a balcony for parents and young children to watch. Never thought we would be interested in getting my whole family involved in self-defense training, but Leo worked with us each step of the way answering all of our questions and made us feel very welcome.Thank you Professor Leo and Patriot Combat Sports for making my family feel right at home!
JoeCharlesLang
JoeCharlesLang
03:35 25 Oct 22
I have enjoyed my time learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Patriot Combat Sports so far. After about 3 yrs of not working out (and no jiu-jitsu background), I was very nervous to begin. However, the pacing has been great. Thankfully, the whole gym has thick mats, so falling or even getting flipped has been fun. Because of personal beliefs, my husband and I requested to only grapple with each other or each with our own gender, and we've been accommodated every time, which proves that Professor Aponte truly does care about making us feel comfortable in this new environment. I am also grateful that he has been very patient and knowledgeable in dealing with our small children. His patience has been truly refreshing! (I also like that the gym has a balcony for spectators, and that the women's dressing room downstairs has soft faux fur rugs. Nice touch.)
Mr. and Mrs. Lang
Mr. and Mrs. Lang
03:22 25 Oct 22
The environment and attention to detail is top notch. Leo is outstanding teacher of Bjj both for sport and self defense. And has brought in other high quality instructors to help. It might sound cliche but there really is a family atmosphere whenever you are training.
Alan Lowe
Alan Lowe
15:43 05 Oct 22
My husband and toddler son have recently enrolled at Patriot. First and foremost, the environment is very family-oriented and welcoming. The family classes where my husband and son can do the class together are so cool to watch. Coach Leo is exceptionally patient with my son, who is shy & reserved at first, but has been surprising us at how quickly he has come out of his shell. I strongly attribute this to Leo’s patience and love for teaching. He spends time with each child, getting to know them & their personalities. Leo genuinely cares for them and their goals in martial arts. He makes it fun for them and meets them at their level. We feel incredibly blessed to have found such a wonderful place with the kindest people to spend a lot of our time at.
Alyssa Johnson
Alyssa Johnson
00:31 28 Sep 22
My wife, son and I have been going here for a while now and absolutely love it. Amazing environment, amazing instructors, and amazing people.
Chase Toth
Chase Toth
21:54 27 Sep 22
Patriot Combat Sports is a family oriented school in Jackson area. Instructors have a great passion to teach. It's a must to train in the right environment to grow. I will say!! Patriot Combat Sports is the place to train at.Coach Tyrone GoodenVision BJJ Wixom
Vision Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Vision Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
16:33 27 Sep 22
Beautiful gym! Leo is a very talented and patient instructor, highly recommend for all ages! Our 7 year old attends his classes and enjoys each class! Great way to help boost confidence, teach discipline and life long skills.
Blair Huff
Blair Huff
01:22 27 Sep 22
Great instructors who teach very well in a group and put in the time with you individually, too. Professional and family-friendly. Clean gym with welcoming people! Our family loves coming here!
Courtney Kirkland
Courtney Kirkland
00:51 27 Sep 22
Patriot combat is a great family oriented professional knowledgeable gym to practice martial arts. I’ve had the pleasure of training with both Leo and Mike the main instructors for BJJ at other gyms and they never seize to teach me something new. They’re very friendly and welcoming as well as the other patrons of the gym. They each have a million and one ways to show moves to ensure everyone will understand. If you still don’t after everyone is ready to move on one of them will personally meet with you at the end of class to give one on one instruction. I would highly recommend anyone looking to learn self defense the art of BJJ or even just trying to get in shape to try out Patriot it’s a life changing family to be apart of!
Brendan Swartz
Brendan Swartz
00:40 27 Sep 22
Leo is a great coach. He has made a safe and fun place to learn for my kids and they look forward to going every week. The people he has working there and the other students all encourage each other which makes it a win-win for all.
jeremy milks
jeremy milks
22:57 26 Sep 22
Very clean and spacious ground level main gym as well as private room downstairs for lessons. Mens/womens restrooms and change rooms. Clever building choice.. The balcony inside allows a great aerial view for those waiting/spectating, and make for some great photos of your youngins training (yes even your kiddos can join!) My experience so far has only gotten better with every class. When I first signed up I was hesitant, I didnt believe I could do it. So far I'm 6 classes in and I have overcome that mentality through our great leaders, very humbling experiences coming from Patriot Combat Sports! 🙌 Much praise to the instructors who are consistently bringing something new and exciting to the mat as well! Very precise and striaght forward, and always carrying a great sense of humor! Overall 10/10 across the board, I am so grateful my dad roped me into this.. Definitely worth coming down and checking it out!1101 W Franklin St, Jackson, MI 49203
Phebe Bannister
Phebe Bannister
17:09 05 Sep 22
Looking for a gym with knowledgeable instructors and a welcoming community? Then, I highly suggest Patriot Combat Sports! I came into this with no Brazilian jiu jitsu experience at all, and after just 7 sessions, I feel stronger and more confident in the skills I am learning. Everyone is very supportive and there is something here for all types of levels. They also offer a variety of classes! The instructors will challenge you and will be there for you every step of your journey. You can tell they are passionate about both the sport and all who come to participate. Come check it out!
Jessica Finley
Jessica Finley
01:54 03 Sep 22
Random Ginger
Random Ginger
21:20 06 Aug 22
Highly recommend Patriot Combat Sports and it’s instructors! The instructors are very educated and teach the curriculum well. Every member is also very friendly and inviting. As a beginner, everyone has been so patient and willing to help out when I have questions or get lost on specific movements.
Lauren Dunigan
Lauren Dunigan
18:21 01 Aug 22
Took my 7 year old to intro to wrestling for his first experience ever wrestling. Not only did he learn the basics and love for the sport but he had fun and the environment was great. Excellent hospitality and instruction. Couldn’t have asked for more.
Daniel McCarty
Daniel McCarty
16:17 17 Jul 22
This is a great facility for combat sports. A very clean and professional environment ran by very knowledgeable staff. I would recommend this facility to everyone!
Matt Devlin
Matt Devlin
15:47 17 Jul 22
Best gym in town for learning & growing your Brazilian jujitsu skills. Leo is a top notch instructor!
Bryn Prough
Bryn Prough
10:36 11 Jul 22
If you are new to Jiu Jitsu, I highly recommend Leo and the guys at Patriot Combat Sports. Every class is broken down, and all the techniques are taught in a way that makes them easy to learn and understand. Everyone that attends is willing to help you understand as well. Definitely makes for a great experience learning a new sport.
Sean Toland
Sean Toland
16:04 01 Jul 22
I rarely review places. However, I just wanted to say that this place is awesome. It is a very welcoming facility with a lot of great people. Leo and Mike are amazing coaches. If you are looking for a place to train I would highly recommend stopping by and checking it out.
Will Toland
Will Toland
15:26 01 Jul 22
My experience with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Patriot Combat Sports has exceeded my expectations in every way! The gym has a great community, fellow students are very supportive. Instructors are outstanding and take the time to get to know you and what you are looking for from the training. The lessons are fun and the moves are presented in a way that is easy to follow. I only regret that didn't sign up sooner. If you are on the fence about taking classes, believe me it is worth it.
scott west
scott west
22:39 21 Jun 22
Great gym with very welcoming students, incredibly helpful instructors. Family atmosphere. Also the highest level Jiu Jitsu you’ll find in the area, and very welcome to beginners as well.
Ben Thornton
Ben Thornton
15:28 09 Jun 22
The first day I entered Patriot Combat Sport I was greeted with so much kindness and compassion from everyone and coaches, I was recommended by a great friend and I’m so glad I went. Everyone is friendly which makes it a comfortable environment to learn. Coach Leo and Coach Mike are amazing black belt coaches with many years under the belt who truly care about you and help you reach your goals, their way of teaching and techniques have made me improve immensely. If you’re interested in improving yourself or skills I would highly recommend Patriot Combat Sport!
Adam Smigielski
Adam Smigielski
03:58 08 Jun 22
I had my first Jiu Jitsu classes here for two trial classes, Leo was a great instructor and made things easy to understand. The other people of the gym were very friendly as well. Good, clean, environment.I would highly recommend giving it a try, whether you’re experienced or just starting.
Seth Dawson
Seth Dawson
02:33 03 Jun 22
Such a fun, safe family environment. I have worked with another martial arts studio in the past, but Patriot Combat Sports is by far the best place I’ve been to. Leo is one of the best instructors that I have had the privilege to work with! Highly recommend this place!
Faith Boulter
Faith Boulter
02:16 17 May 22
Such a unique, inviting facility, that has been well thought out on its usage and functionality. Leo and his team run a great family friendly program. They will take the time to figure out your goals during your consult, and will help you make an informed decision on the best plan of attack on accomplishing them. Thanks for having our group, and we're looking forward to seeing you all again next week!
Lee Miles
Lee Miles
04:27 15 Apr 22
Patriot Combat Sports offers a safe, family oriented environment for individuals to train. The instructors are helpful and able to help their students grow no matter what experience level someone may start out in. The instructors are patient and emphasize the importance of a safe training environment. This gym offers a variety of classes that you can choose from to fit what you’re looking for. My husband, three of my children and I train on a regular basis and it has been a life changer.
anna ranae
anna ranae
14:55 06 Apr 22
Molly Devins
Molly Devins
14:53 06 Apr 22
Coach Leo and his team are amazing! He is very knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the techniques. For newbies (me), he is quite patient. If Jiu Jitsu isn't your thing, don't worry about it! The personal protection/boxing classes are also extremely helpful. This may be the best investment I've made this year.
Amanda Grimes
Amanda Grimes
14:41 06 Apr 22
I have years of martial arts experience. One of the best instructors, ever. Leo is a teacher, his purpose on this planet is instructing. I am privileged to be a participant and team mate.
Don Williams
Don Williams
14:36 06 Apr 22
Great place,very clean and super friendly people there.
Sharon Schleif
Sharon Schleif
18:31 28 Feb 22
Coach Leo Aponte is a PHENOMENAL instructor. We trained with him for months and love the way he teaches. He breaks everything down into very understandable steps and patiently answers every question you have. He is a black belt who puts careful thought into lessons. One month in particular he showed an entire series of attacks, sweeps, and defenses from a single starting position, each lesson building upon the prior one. We loved it. Beyond that, he is a tremendous, down-to-Earth friend, with a great sense of humor! It was great fun getting to know him and hearing his stories after classes, whether chatting on the mats or meeting for chicken wings at the local pub. Coach Leo represents all that’s wonderful about the jiu jitsu community. No matter your skill level, whether you come for one class or train until you’re a black belt yourself, you will be welcomed and you will have a great time.
Patrick Thomas
Patrick Thomas
00:10 10 Jan 22
Very professional this is the place to go if you want to learn technical Brazilian jujitsu you’re not just signing up for self-defense class you’re going to be mentored throughout learning Brazilian jujitsu and you will have a BJJ family If you’re interested stop in and ask for Leo
AJ LaFountain
AJ LaFountain
02:54 01 Jan 22
Unique, beautiful, and optimally-ran facility. Leo is an exceptional teacher and martial artist who does a great job of emphasizing and enhancing the fundamentals of all combat sports! Highly recommend this place and the people it hosts.
Danie Neff
Danie Neff
03:27 22 Dec 21
Coach Leo helped me with my Jiu Jitsu early in my training. And the lessons and phrases he ties in with technique has stayed with me throughout my development. I hope to continue to learn from him at his new facility Patriot Combat Sports and I hope to see plenty of new faces who appreciate Coach Leo's teaching style as much as I do!
Nik Sciortino
Nik Sciortino
14:11 21 Dec 21
I met Leo when he was instructing at Freedom Fitness in Brighton. I always enjoyed when he was teaching class. Leo has a way of breaking things down to help us beginners understand the basics of a technique while also being able to layer in some the more nuanced aspects helping the upper belts also continue to work and get better in every class. He stresses safety and I can still hear his voice saying "be careful and don't break your toys!" 😄 If you don't get the phrase, you will after training with him. He pushes you to get better in a patient and always thoughtful way. I highly recommend Leo, if you're fortunate enough to live in his area and can attend his facility, you won't be disappointed in what you find.
Dan Bender
Dan Bender
15:16 20 Dec 21
Where to begin! Coach Leo is an amazing instructor. Not only is he very knowledgeable but the way he conveys his lessons is very easy to digest and retain. He breaks down techniques down to the smallest nuanced detail to help you understand how to apply them with the most effectiveness. One of the biggest things that I noticed throughout the many classes I’ve taken is that Coach Leo can make classes interesting and applicable to students of all skill levels. Whether you are a brand new white belt or a seasoned upper level belt, his lessons are worthwhile and applicable. No matter where you are in your martial arts journey, Coach Leo finds where you are individually and helps take you to the next level.Aside from being an excellent professor, Coach Leo is just an overall great and caring person who emulates his passion. He treats all adults and children with kindness and respect. As a US Veteran himself, he makes us service members and veterans feel welcome and appreciated.Take your skills to the next level with Coach Leo, you will not regret it!
Jim Kinsey
Jim Kinsey
16:55 19 Dec 21
Professor Leo is one of my favorite instructors I've trained under. I've trained at 3-5 different schools in 12 years and my time with Leo is one of the most advanced learnings I had. Great attention to detail, structure and environment. You will definitely get your moneys worth and make new friends and experience personal growth with a supportive team!
Julian B
Julian B
03:05 19 Dec 21
Coach Leo does an outstanding job. He was my children's coach years ago and we were very excited to have him back in Jackson. He explains to the kids how to do moves properly but also why they are taught this way. You feel the true compassion for not only his love of what he is instructing but also how much he cares that kids understood. We highly recommend Patriot Combat Sports
Shannon Murray
Shannon Murray
02:51 19 Dec 21
Beautiful place and reasonable rates for his experience. The instructor is very kind and does great at one on one or group instruction. He continues to educate himself and define his craft. Well done.
Amanda Ganzhorn
Amanda Ganzhorn
00:42 19 Dec 21
I’ve trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu for over five years bouncing from gym to gym. From gyms right down the road to traveling 45 miles, finally landing at Patriot Combat Sports. Coach Leo is hands down one of the best out there. He brings his teaching background to break down each specific movement in the technique he’s teaching. He makes the workouts fun and enjoyable. Workouts that are fun and enjoyable? It’s definitely worth checking out whether you’re looking for a self-defense class or just an enjoyable workout.
Jack Morris
Jack Morris
00:21 19 Dec 21
Leo is an amazing instructor. He's able to breakdown advanced techniques into simple to understand steps. The gym location and setting is great, and it's hard to beat mat space the size of a basketball court!
Jeff Petack
Jeff Petack
23:36 18 Dec 21
Coach Leo is a fantastic instructor. He has come to our gym multiple times and is an awesome educator. The way he instructs makes it easy to understand.Check him and his gym out, I'm sure you'll be impressed.
Doug Miller
Doug Miller
23:03 18 Dec 21
Brand new clean facility. Excellent course curriculum structure from a over qualified instructor. In my time training under Leo my Jiu-Jitsu game went to the next level. He also offers a variety of other services at this facility. Give them a shout to find out more!
James Shaheen
James Shaheen
22:11 18 Dec 21
Dedicated, knowledgeable, trustworthy are a few qualities that come mind right off the bat.
CHRIS NALLS
CHRIS NALLS
21:32 18 Dec 21
Gerald Knowles
Gerald Knowles
21:23 18 Dec 21
Very friendly and professional coach, good people this place is bringing community back i love it
Fidel Ps
Fidel Ps
21:18 18 Dec 21
Patriot combat sports is worth the value. Leo Aponte is a school teacher, so he works wonderfully with children. He coached wrestling at the schools for years. He is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is very good at breaking things down for new people and those experienced alike.
Mike Lauer
Mike Lauer
21:14 18 Dec 21

FAQ

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A specific part of our preschool and kids martial arts classes at Patriot Combat Sports in Jackson is teaching respect, and teaching when to use their new self defense training and when to NOT use them.  We find that our students become more confident to stand up to bullies.  And have more humility and kindness to others though their martial arts lessons.

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons.  We love parents getting involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our fitness & martial arts classes for adults.   You’re kids will love that you have something in common.  It will build a strong family bond!

Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

No, not at all!  We find that people start at varying fitness levels.  But, you will find that you do get fit by doing our Jackson fitness & martial arts classes.  Isn’t that the point though? A fun workout that gets results!

Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one.  Everyone can progress at a different pace.  There is no judgement on students for how long it does take.  What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE! 

The self defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self discipline lead to life-long success.

You will find that your Instructors at Patriot Combat Sports in Jackson are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.

We do only have a certain amount of space in our fitness & martial arts training area.  To take advantage of our limited time offer…. The fastest way is to fill in form . 

Additionally, you can always call us, we would love to chat with you about what we do, and if our Jackson fitness & martial arts classes would be a great fit for you and your family!

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes you can do sport in!  Not really suitable to practice kicks in a skirt.😳

Be sure to bring a water bottle to your fitness & martial arts classes.  You will find Patriot Combat Sports in Jackson have fitness & martial arts classes for kids and adults that are a great workout and lots of fun!  Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of the class.  I am sure you will be too!

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our adult fitness & martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our very experienced fitness & martial arts Instructors, are trained to keep their teaching simple.  So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills!  Come see for yourself!