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The Standalone Team

Where Champions are made

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Jason Pietz - Founder

Jason made the Lion’s Den team on October 13th 1996, when it was THE Elite team in the world and one of the first MMA teams in the world! Jason trained under Ken and Frank Shamrock, lived with Mike Burnett, Pete Williams, Frank Shamrock, Jerry Bolander and Matt Rocca. "We lived and breathed training, we were not even allowed to go out and do personal things during the week". Then from 2000 to 2006 Jason trained with the American Kickboxing Academy. Training with some of the best names in MMA such as Mike Schwick, Bobby Shouthworth, Paul Buenatello, Josh Thomson, John Fitch, Josh Koshcheck and Cain Velasquez all under the tutelage of Crazy Bob Cook and MMA guru Javier Mendez.”

Jason has been teaching and training fighters as well as the general public in Submission Grappling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing and MMA since 1998.

Jason has been mentioned in both the Jens Pulver’s and Forrest Griffin’s books and been featured in Ken Shamrock’s book (Beyond The Lion’s Den). He have since cornered over 100 professional and amateur fighters to a slew of victories and two professional world championship titles under the banner of StandAlone Mma

Brandon Ricetti

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Head Instructor 

Brandon Ricetti began his martial arts journey with wrestling, which spanned from his formative years through early adulthood. Upon moving to Chico to pursue a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and minor in Nutrition he sought out grappling. While earning his degree, he began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai to complement his years of wrestling. After graduating, Brandon was deep into his Professional MMA career, becoming both the West Coast and IFC lightweight champion. In 2018 he became a blackbelt in BJJ under the prestigious Tanner Rice with whom he continues to train under religiously. In 2019 he traveled to Thailand to train with professional fighters from around the world and with the world-renowned Lerdsila. Since then he has continued to hone his craft, training to become a World Champion in BJJ and be the best coach he can be, helping the next generation achieve their goals, whether it be getting fit, helping find their inner strength, learning to defend themselves, making friendships, or starting their own quest towards their world titles in MMA, BJJ or Muay Thai.

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Stephen Jay

Youth Martial Arts Instructor 

Stephen has been training at Standalone MMA since 2013. Stephen came to Standalone as part of a physical education course paid for by his high school. After a few years of training he began to realize the confidence and discipline that martial arts had given him and he wanted to help others find the same. As the gym expanded in 2019 Stephen started coaching the youth Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team and has led them to many gold medals! Stephen has a passion for showing people how awesome martial arts can be for your life, and it shows with his ever expanding youth program! He is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Brandon Ricetti and has being training Muay Thai 3 years under Jason Pietz and Brandon Ricetti.

Alicia Almader

Fitness Instructor

Alicia Almader is a senior at Chico State studying Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. She has been training Brazilian jiu-jitsu since 2017 in the Monterey Peninsula and joined the SAMMA family in January 2022. On her free time, you can find her bartending downtown, studying, or hiking in Upper Bidwell. Her passion for health and goofy personality make her Fit to Fight classes equally fun and difficult.

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