Karasu Tengu Academy (KT Academy) is a mixed martial arts academy that specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Thai Kickboxing, boxing, striking and the combination of skills and physical conditioning to create well trained athletes at all levels.
Classes are offered for adults and youth at beginner, advanced, and professional levels.
KT Academy prides itself on creating an atmosphere of respect and acceptance for all while continuously pushing each student to work hard, excel, and achieve more every time they step foot on the mat.
What We’re All About
Coach Joey "KO King" Gomez is a Professional MMA Fighter and UFC veteran. Joey's career in the sport took off in Temecula, CA training and fighting for Team Quest under UFC Hall of Famer, Dan Henderson.
Joey made his debut appearance in the UFC with a 6-0 professional record with all finishes coming by way of knock out in the first round. His combined cage time was 12:18 seconds before signing with the UFC.
Joey is also a proud Marine Corps veteran who found MMA after his first tour in Iraq. His hope is to provide a positive outlet for others.
Head Coach, Walter Cotito, is a second degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under the Brazilian Top Brother's Team.
Walter discovered BJJ at the age of 17 while living in Ueda, Japan. Over the past 20 years, he has trained and competed in Japan, Brazil, and the US continuously seeking to learn and increase his skill level.
Walter began training Thai kickboxing, boxing, and competing as an MMA fighter in 2010, when he moved to the US with his family. As a professional fighter, Walter has fought for several national promotions such as Bellator, NEF, and CES.
Walter has coached and trained at many local gyms over the past 10 years. He has now taken the opportunity to build a highly skilled, disciplined, and competitive team of MMA and BJJ practitioners.
Head Coaches Walter Cotito and Joey Gomez bring a passion, energy, and work ethic to every training that is contagious.
They promote dedication, commitment, and discipline to self and team. Furthermore, they have competed and coached all levels of competitive athletes in local and national promotions for the past 10 years providing them a unique knowledge of what it takes to succeed.