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Head Instructors

Combat Submission Wrestling Chris Mize

Coach Chris Mize Head Instructor

"The Human Catalyst", founder of Heroes Martial Arts Academy is one of the most experienced reality based martial arts instructors in Alabama. Starting his training in early 1984 in Judo, he has been on a journey of self discovery and technical refinement ever since. After the urgings of training partners he opened the first Mixed Martial Arts gym in the State. He has been referred to as "The Godfather of Alabama MMA", having directly or indirectly trained a majority of the prominent MMA Instructors in the area. His experience goes well beyond combative sports. Having trained Military Special Operations Units and Civilian Law Enforcement officers in Combatives and Special Tactics. Technical expertise aside, Chris' greatest strength is his ability to "connect" to his audience. Whether that is a group of 4 year olds or Navy SEALs, he is "The Man"


  • Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Master Pedro Sauer

  • Lead Instructor - Total Defense

  • Coach Level 2 in Combat Submission Wrestling under Sensei Erik Paulson

  • Lead Instructor - C-Tac 


Assistant Instructors

Trussville Martial Arts

Steven Brown

Steven Brown started training with Pedro Sauer affiliate in Mobile, Al with Pat Langan He recieved his blue belt from Master Sauer in December of 2009 and after relocating to Birmingham for business, started training with Shris Mize and the instructors at Heroes Martial Arts Academy. After five years as a blue belt, Steven was promoted to purple in October of 2014. Steven has a strong technical influence and has attended seminars and trained with Ryron Gracie, Royce Gracie, Pedro Sauer, Allen Hopkins, Rener Gracie, Ralek Gracie, Kron Gracie, Rickson Gracie,Kid Peligro, Royler Gracie and many others. After starting jiu jitsu at 248lbs and getting down to 200lbs in just 6 months, Steven has dedicated himself to a pursuit of a healthy lifestyle through the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

  • Brown Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu 


Karate in Trussville Alabama

Robby Eaton

Robby Eaton has 14 years of experience the martial arts. He first started traditional Japanese karate at the age of 12 in the Style of Wado Ryu at IJKA under Sensei David Pope. Robby holds ranking of 1st degree black belt in Kyokubugei at UMA Karate under Sensei Paul Rhodes and Sensei Don Monistere. He has competed and placed in many full contact fighting and Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Robby currently holds a purple belt in Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu at Heroes Martial Arts Academy under Chris Mize. Robby also trains in Total Defense, CSW, and C-TAC. He has experience teaching age groups ranging from 6 years old to retirees and helping individuals reaching their goals. He has an emphasis on personal integrity and mutual respect for one another.


  • Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu 


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