About Us

We're a mixed martial arts gym and truly have something for the whole family! Here at The PIT Idaho, you'll learn practical martial arts while getting into peak physical condition.

Our training style is "old-school tough," yet effective, unique, and ever evolving. Most of all, the environment here is welcoming and fun. Our gym is family focused and you'll soon find out that being part of The PIT means being part of an extended family.

Whether you're looking to get in the best shape of your life, lose weight, learn how to defend yourself, earn a black belt, or just have fun, we welcome you to the Ohana!




Cruz Gomez

Owner/Head Coach
Hawaiian Kempo/BJJ


Cruz started training in 1998. Under the tutelage of Chuck Liddell and Scott Adams, Cruz began his fight career in Aug. of 1999. Cruz has had 31 pro fights throughout his career and has since retired and is now only coaching and training. He is a 4th Degree Hawaiian Kempo Black Belt under John Hackleman and Chuck Liddell. Cruz is also a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Luigi Mondelli of Kore Jiu-Jitsu and American Top Team.

Sophie Aaron

Hawaiian Kempo/Kids/Fitness


Sophie is a Black Belt in Hawaiian Kempo and a BJJ Purple Belt under Kumu Cruz Gomez and has been training under his tutelage for 9 years.  She's competed and won/podiumed several times in BJJ (Grappling X, Grappling Industries, Northwest Submission Challenge). She loves coaching and teaching, and brings her passion & enthusiasm to the mat every day.

Clayton Carpenter



Clayton is a Red Belt in Hawaiian Kempo and a BJJ Blue Belt and has been training both since early 2018. His favorite part of training is the consistent growth and improvement that it brings. Whether it's being in better shape and making life easier physically, or the mental aspects that make him more resilient, he loves all of it. He enjoys teaching students good self defense techniques and helping them work towards the best version of themselves!

Irie Borger

Assistant Coach


Irie is a Red Belt in Hawaiian Kempo and a 3-stripe white belt in BJJ. She has been training HK since June 2018 and BJJ since March 2020. Most of her time is spent at the gym but when she is not here she is doing art like drawing or painting. She is working towards pursuing a career as a forensic analyst in the future. 

Isac Harvey

Assistant Coach


Isac is a Green/Camo belt in Hawaiian Kempo on the road to black belt. He enjoys the physical and mental aspect of martial arts and building close relationships with his training partners along the way. He loves coaching the kids because he gets to share the benefits of training, toughness, and self-defense with all his students to create a stronger, safer, and healthier future for everyone.




Hawaiian Kempo

Belt progression focused on striking and grappling. HK is a mixed-style martial art created for self-defense.


Kids Hawaiian Kempo

Belt progression focused on striking and grappling. Kids HK emphasizes life-skills building such as confidence, mental toughness, and respect. And of course FUN.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Belt progression focused on  grappling and ground fighting using joint-locks and chokeholds.


Basic Kickboxing & Conditioning

Develop a foundation in basic striking while reaching peak physical shape.



"The PIT has been a tremendous addition to my life. Kumu Cruz and Sophie run a great operation and have created a family-like atmosphere where we can go and put the work in. The training is top notch, Kumu Cruz’s vast experience shines through every time he provides instruction helping us to get better every class. Training with this crew has been one of the best decisions I’ve made."

Brandon S.


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