A chance encounter between Victoria Santana and Adrian Gutierrez nearly a decade ago brought them together to create a family and to create American Vintage Society, which celebrated its grand opening March 25 at 17020 S. I-35, Buda.

American Vintage Society specializes in authentic Muay Thai, mixed martial arts, jiujitsu, self-defense classes and more.

“The way we train here, the knowledge that we give, the skill set that we give is the same, if not better, than going to Thailand,” Gutierrez said of Muay Thai. “Yes, it’s a sport, but this was made for war. Muay Thai [was] used in war. It’s one of the top three martial arts that translates to a self-defense situation.”

The business has been in the works since 2018, and the couple began building out their garage to offer small group and one-on-one lessons when COVID-19 hit. They eventually got the keys to their facility in 2021.

Both have plenty of experience with fitness; Santana has a degree in kinesiology and exercise science, and Gutierrez served in the U.S. Air Force for a decade. For his training, Gutierrez learned various forms of martial arts and self defense.

The duo also work to partner with other local businesses and build a community of health.

“One of the things we started last year was recovery days, offered free to the community so anybody can come in and get a bunch of services from local businesses that offer chiropractic work, massage therapy, ice baths, cryo, cupping, dry needling ... pretty much a health and wellness day,” Santana said.

The American Vintage Society space is two stories with punching bags, mats and other gear and equipment for the variety of classes offered.