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Mission Statement

Heroes Academy is one of the premiere teaching facilities for reality-based self defense, martial arts, and personal safety in Alabama. We service Birmingham, Trussville, and the Clay communities. We do this through a variety of course offerings including mixed martial arts, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW), Heroes Kids Classes, and our newest offering, Ares. We also offer private instruction for those that have challenging schedules or want to compete professionally and work on certain skills.


We inspire the Heroic Mindset by providing the very best training methods for self protection and overall fitness through group classes and private training. We educate our people to be aware of the things that go bump in the night, and when necessary, teach them to effectively bump back.


About Coach Chris Mize

Chris Mize, founder of Heroes Martial Arts Academy, is the most experienced reality based martial arts instructors in Alabama. Having trained Law Enforcement and Military Special Operations while in the past functioning as a fighter, promoter, referee, coach and even fight medic/cut-man, he has seen and done it all. A Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Master Pedro Sauer and Coach under the legendary Erik Paulson, Chris continues on a daily basis to learn and improve his technical ability to better serve his students on meeting their personal and training goals.


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