Sabens Martial Arts Academy

Andrew D. Sabens, Instructor

About Sabens Martial Arts Academy

I welcome you to join our martial arts family where you can learn the arts in a safe, clean and friendly environment. It has been my goal for many years to provide Carbondale and the surrounding communities with the best Martial Arts studio available in the area. To make this goal a reality, I have traveled the United States to visit some of the most impressive Martial Arts gyms in the world; including Dan Inosanto’s Academy in Marina Del Rey, CA and the Gracie Academy in Torrence, CA. I guarantee that Sabens Martial Arts Academy can stand amongst them and provide you with a place to grow in your practice and become part of a family of dedicated martial artists.


What we Train

Phase Class: Lee Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts


Sabens Martial Arts Academy’s Jeet Kune Do program is a functional blend of Muay Thai Boxing, Filipino Kali, and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do training concepts. This program blends the explosive striking of Muay Thai, the craftiness of Filipino Kali, with the fighting concepts of the late Bruce Lee. Our program takes a technical approach to training with an emphasis on developing advanced stand up striking and stick/knife fighting fundamentals.


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


The Gracie family took the Martial Arts world by storm when they dominated the first wave of Mixed Martial Arts events held in the United States. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu originated in Brazil in the early 1900’s and is considered to be one of the most effective fighting systems in the world today! The goal of BJJ is to nullify the power and striking of an attacker by getting in close and taking the attacker to the ground. On the ground, the Jiu Jitsu practitioner seizes the power and speed of his opponent by patiently gaining a dominant holding position and setting up a flow of finishing locks and chokes. This gentle art allows the practitioner to end an altercation without throwing a single strike.


Private/Semi-Private Instruction


Expand your personal Martial Arts journey through private/semi-private instruction based on your interests and personal Martial Arts goals. Call 618/559-5239 to arrange an appointment.


About the Instructor

  • 1st degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under BJ Penn’s Jiu Jitsu coach and head BJJ Instructor at the Penn Academy in Hilo, HI, Renato “Charuto” Verissimo

  • Apprentice Instructor (2013) under the world renowned and training partner of Bruce Lee, Dan Inosanto (IAMA)

  • Achieved Instructor rank (2002) under the legendary Paul Vunak/Jack Mcvicker in Jeet Kune Do/Filipino Martial Arts with Progressive Fighting Systems


Competition Experience


  • World Jiu Jitsu Championships
  • Pan American Games
  • NAGA
  • EGO