Joe Cruz

Coach at Jackson Wink MMA Academy.

Background And Career Beginnings

Coach Joe Cruz, a native of Albuquerque, has made a significant impact on the local and international combat sports scene as both a coach and competitor. After graduating high school in 1996, he entered Mike Winkeljohn’s AKKA Kickboxing school and found his true calling. Embracing his passion, Coach Cruz embarked on a coaching career that has spanned over 20 years, earning him a reputation as a highly respected and accomplished coach. His extensive experience in combat sports, coupled with his wealth of knowledge, has propelled numerous athletes to the pinnacle of their careers.

Transition From Athlete To Coach

Coach Cruz’s journey commenced as a professional mixed martial artist, where his relentless work ethic and technical skill garnered recognition. Following his retirement from fighting, he swiftly transitioned into coaching, quickly establishing himself as a prominent figure at the renowned Jackson Wink MMA Academy. Over the years, he has provided cornering and support to fighters, accompanying them across the country.

Achievements And Athletic Accomplishments

Joe Cruz boasts an impressive competitive record, having participated in notable organizations such as the International Kickboxing Federation, National Amateur Championships, and IKF/TKO USA. He secured a Super Welterweight Muay Thai Title via TKO, showcasing his prowess in the ring. With an amateur record of 12 wins and 2 losses, he has demonstrated his talent and dedication. Additionally, Coach Cruz has ventured into professional boxing, accumulating five bouts. Beyond combat sports, he has completed multiple marathons and half-marathons, highlighting his commitment to physical excellence.

Coaching Style And Expertise

Coach Cruz specializes in various striking arts, including Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Boxing, with a specific focus on their application in MMA. In addition to training professional fighters, he dedicates himself to coaching at Winks JW Family Gym, where he guides students towards accomplishing their goals. Coach Cruz’s coaching style is characterized by consistency, work ethic, and a culture of hardnosed conditioning instilled in him by Coach Mike Winkeljohn during their extensive collaboration. His ability to merge technical expertise with a determined mindset makes him an exceptional coach.

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Our World-Class

Coaching Team

The coaching staff at Jackson Wink MMA Academy comprises a highly skilled and dedicated group of trainers and instructors who possess a wealth of experience and expertise in various martial arts disciplines, providing comprehensive guidance and support to athletes of all levels.