About Get Real Martial Arts

Tom Ridgeway — President

Welcome To Get Real Martial Arts

Tom Ridgeway, founder of Get Real Martial Arts has over 32 years of martial arts experience. Tom was in the early group of Americans to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (pre UFC). Some of Tom's training includes Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, the Filipino Martial Arts, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Greco/Roman Wrestling, Free Style Wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts.

Who Tom Has Trained With:

Tom & Robert Jones - PFS JKDC, Filipino MA, BJJ
Dan Inosanto, Paul Vunak, Craig Kukuk & Renzo Gracie

Tom (L) and Bob Jones (R)

Relson Gracie - Helio Gracie son, 9th degree Red Belt

Tom (L) and Relson Gracie (R)

Paul Vunak/Tom Cruse - Founder Progerssive Fighting Systems
Trainer US Navy Seal Team Six 4 years
Dan Inosanto, Rorian, Rickson, Royce & Royler
Tom Cruse - Paul Vunak's protege

Paul Vunak (L), Tom (Middle), Tom Cruse (R)

Dan Inosanto - Bruce Lee's best friend, training partner and head of JKDC
Bruce Lee, Machado BJJ Blackbelt, Johnny Lacoste, Chai Sirisute Thai Boxing and much more...

Dan Inosanto (L) with Tom (R)

Dan Severn - UFC Hall of Famer,  member of US Olympic Wrestling Team

Dan Severn (R) with Jim Lee Wilkerson (L)

Matt Thornton - Founder of Straightblast Gym International
4th degree Blackbelt BJJ, Boxer, JKDC, UFC MMA Trainer
Rickson Gracie/Chris Haueter, Army Boxer, Trained UFC Champions
Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson. Conor McGregor's trains
SBGI in Ireland.  The coach is John Kavanagh.

Matt Thornton SBGI

Others Tom has trained with: Burton Richard JKDU. JKDC Dan Inosanto, BJJ Blackbelt under Egan Inoue, Trained UFC fighter Chris Leben. Tony Engle JKDC/FMA, Edgar Sulite - Lameco Escrima, Scott Schultz BJJ Blackbelt, Luis Guttierrez, Eastcoast rep SBGI BJJ Blackbelt, Roy Harris BJJ Blackbelt, Wellinton "Megaton" Diaz BJJ Blackbelt,

Martial Arts Tom Has Trained In:

Jeet Kune Do
Jeet Kune Concepts
Western Boxing
Bruce Lee's Kickboxing
Bruce Lee's Wing Chun
French Savate
Muay Thai Kickboxing
Crazy Monkey Kickboxing
BJJ  Gi/NoGi
Submission Wrestling
Free Style Wrestling
Greco/Roman Wrestling
Mixed Martial Arts
Inosanto Blend Filipino Martial Arts
Kali/Escrima (Stick & Knife Fighting)
Dumog (Filipino Wrestling)
"Dirty Boxing" Panantukan & Pananjakman
Kina Mutai
Lameco Escrima

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Tom, I just want to thank you again for the outstanding training and hospitality you and all your coaches and students showed us at Get Real. From the moment I walked through the door I felt like I had walked into the home of a friend. Your wonderful spirit showed from the first time you greeted us, thanking us for coming. However, it is us, the students who should be forever grateful to you for sharing your extensive knowledge and working so hard to put it into a format that can be easily understood.


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