Odessa’s Only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Vagabond Martial Arts & Fitness opened in 2014 as Odessa’s first BJJ academy.  There are many places here in Odessa that offer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but, NONE of them are led by a REAL BJJ Black Belt. Vagabond is led by Odessa’s first, legitimate Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt instructor, Professor Clay Hantz.

Due to the quality of instruction and strength of cirriculum, Vagabond has become a fixture in West Texas Martial Arts and is also home to Odessa’s only IBJJF World Champion!

What’s the difference?

Training martial arts can become a long road. It is probably a good decision to have a guide that has been there before and is an expert in the field. Don’t you think? 

Our Mission Statement:

Life & knowledge are invaluable. We will use the techniques in Jiu Jitsu to guide you to becoming a more fulfilled, more aware, all around, better human being. We are here to help create STRONG, HEALTHY, minds and bodies and a secure sense of self. Striving, EACH DAY, to be a better version of ourselves. We wish to impact our youth in a way that allows them to navigate the hallways of life with a plan and the confidence to execute it.  Through this we will continue to form positive habits that will help promote positive growth throughout life.

Our Professor 

Odessa’s BJJ Black Belt

Professor Clay is the most decorated Jiu Jitsu practitioner and competitor in Odessa!  A Black Belt and long-time student (longest in the US.) under Bruno Bastos, his teaching ability and understanding of the art is UNPARALLELED in Odessa. Because he has been a resident of Odessa for most of his life, he understands the people and way of life of the Basin. Coffee, spending time with his wife & kids and, cooking are a few things that are enjoyed outside of the academy! 

In BJJ:

Clay started training in late 2005 under the tutelage of K.C. Windham (3rd degree Judo Black Belt & Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros BJJ Black Belt) at West Texas MMA in Midland, Texas. He then moved to Dallas, Texas to train with Bruno Bastos. Finally, Finally reaching the rank of Black Belt  in 2016. When he received his promotion, he became Odessa’s only BJJ Black Belt.

After ending his MMA career in 2012, he moved back home to open his own successful Academy.

Lineage: 

Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis Franca > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Bruno Bastos > Clay Hantz

In Mixed Martial Arts (MMA):

Hantz trained at Octagon MMA team in Dallas, Texas where he was a student of Saiyf Saud for years. 

While training there, he earned the spot as team captain of the MMA team that housed many UFC, Legacy & Bellator fighters. Clay was first person from Odessa to be featured on National Television when he fought for Sharkfights 6 in 2009. 

He amassed a professional record of 7-4 (5 subs) and acquired 24/7 Entertainment’s welterweight title, and became Odessa’s first professional champion in 2011.

 Accolades: 

Rank: BJJ Black Belt

Academy: Vagabond Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Grappler’s Quest Champion Gi & NoGi

Multiple time NAGA medalist Gi & NoGi

2016 F2W Brown & Black Belt State Champion

Multiple time F2W Champion Gi & NoGi

2015 IBJJF San Antonio Open Champion

2015 IBJJF Austin Open Absolute Champion

Multiple time IBJJF medalist

Onnit Invitational Pro Veteran

F2W Pro Veteran

Grappling Grand Prix Pro Veteran

Professional MMA Record 7 wins & 4 losses w/ 5 subs

24/7 Entertainment – MMA – Welterweight Champion

BJJ Black Belt, Professor Hantz stands with a group of men and women that have just finished training jiu jitsu.