From Law School to MMA School, this is the story of Robot Fight & Fitness.
Robot’s roots began in 2006 at UCLA whenTim Peterson began teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu along with David Telfer. At 20 years old, Tim became the head instructor for the UCLA BJJ classes and head coach for the UCLA BJJ Team along with assistant coach David Telfer. Tim and David quickly developed a formidable program at UCLA and a competitive team that brought home medals from the World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships and Pan American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, establishing UCLA BJJ has a contender in the competive world Jiu Jitsu scene. After Tim and David graduated from UCLA undergrad and UCLA Law, respectively, they dropped their other careers and opened Robot in 2009.
Robot BJJ and Lotus BJJ
In addition, Robot is an affiliate of Lotus Club BJJ. Lotus Club has been a powerhouse in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for many years. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lotus has a strong presence in Southern California under the leadership of famed fighter Giva Santana. Among Giva’s many accomplishments as a Jiu Jitsu and MMA fighter, he won the Pan American Championships at black belt in 1999 and 2005. Furthermore, he has beaten the likes of Damian Maia and other Jiu Jitsu greats in various BJJ tournaments.
Robot and Lotus are competitive teams and have placed in all the large tournaments. Laercio Fernandes is the two time Brazilian National Champion and 2 Time US National Champion. Tim Peterson is the US National Champion and Bronze Medalist in the Pan Americans. David Telfer is a Bronze Medalist at the US Nationals and World No-Gi.
Other Robot fighters have medaled in numerous competitions including the World Championships, the Pan-Americans, multiple victories at the Copa Pacifica and the Best of the West.
Robot Muay Thai
Robot has worked hard to develop a top Muay Thai program in addition to its heralded BJJ program. The hard work has paid off and Robot now has the strongest Muay Thai program on the West Side of Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Whether you are interested in conditioning, ring fighting or MMA, Robot’s Muay Thai program has all the elements you need.
Robot’s Mission Statement
Robot has strived to keep up the reputation it started at UCLA for producing intelligent, compassionate and fierce fighters and creating unparalleled results for fitness. We pride ourselves on being a close knit community where we are friends on and off the mat and people of all colors, ages and orientations are welcomed.
- Tim and David
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