Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Sep 9th – Register Now

Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

Cora will be covering a range of practical self-defense techniques and real world applications.  This event is open to women of all fitness and experience levels. Space is limited so be sure to pre-register by clicking the link below to reserve your space. Check out some of the pictures and videos below from Cora’s past seminars.

Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar
Saturday, Sep 9th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Força Martial Arts & Fitness
900 West E Street, Russellville, AR. 72801
(Just off West Parkway near Stoby’s).
Click to register and reserve your space for this event.

Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar Saturday, September 9th, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Cora Wilson, co-owner of Força Martial Arts in Russellville and 2X International Kickboxing Federation Amateur World Champion hosts Free Women’s Self-Defense seminar to raise awareness, build confidence and empower local women. Cora will be covering a range of practical self-defense techniques and real world applications.  This event is open to women of all fitness and experience levels. Space is limited so be sure to pre-register by clicking the link below to reserve your space. Check out some of the pictures and videos below from Cora’s past seminars.

Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar
Saturday, Sep 9th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Força Martial Arts & Fitness
900 West E Street, Russellville, AR. 72801
(Just off West Parkway near Stoby’s).
Click to register and reserve your space for this event.

Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar
Saturday, Sep 9th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Força Martial Arts & Fitness
900 West E Street, Russellville, AR. 72801
(Just off West Parkway near Stoby’s).
Click to register and reserve your space for this event.

Team LDMA-Força Martial Arts & Fitness In Russellville wins big at State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament

Força recently contributed 14 competitors for an overall team points victory at the American Grappling Federation’s Arkansas open on July 22, 2017.  Força competitors took home 17 total medals, 6 being gold.

Team LDMA (Living Defense Martial Arts) won the honor of the overall team points at the state Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu open.  A team points winner is based off the number of times a member from the team reaches the podium.

Local academy owners and competitors Brian and Cora Wilson at Força Martial Arts each teach weekly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at their facility for youth, teens, adult and women.

Cora Wilson, who recently was a guest instructor at a Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event at Inferno Martial Arts in Bentonville, AR. taught self-defense techniques to a group of 37 women from throughout the state who train in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Mrs. Wilson will be offering a free women’s self defense seminar at her martial arts academy, Força Martial Arts & Fitness on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00pm.  All River Valley women are invited to attend.  Força Martial Arts & Fitness is located just off West Parkway near Downtown Russellville and Stoby’s at 900 West E. Street.

Free Women’s Self-Defense Seminar
Saturday, Sep 9th, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Força Martial Arts & Fitness
Russellville Fitness Kickboxing
900 West E Street, Russellville, AR. 72801.
(Just off West Parkway near Stoby’s).

School Supplies Drive – Drop off supplies at Força Martial Arts between August 7th and 11th, Most Donations Wins a Pizza Party Contest

School Supplies Needed! 

Drop off Donations for Area Schools at Força Martial Arts & Fitness Kickboxing in Russellville

Each August, Força Martial Arts donates school supplies to local area schools. Força Martial Arts & Fitness in Russellville in hosting a school supply drive.  Make your school supply donations at their facility August 7 through the 11th. 

Youth and Teen classes at the academy will be competing in a friendly contest to fill boxes with school supplies throughout the following week and then donate those supplies to area schools.  At the end of the contest the group with the most number of school supplies donated will receive a pizza party at our facility!

Força Martial Arts & Fitness is the home of Russellville Community Outreach program, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to the River Valley Community in as many ways possible.  Partnering with area schools to make school supply donations each year is one way that our organization can give back.

Drop off supplies at Força Martial Arts between August 7th and 11th.  We are located at 900 West E. Street here in Russellville just off west parkway near Stoby’s and downtown Russellville.  Drop by and check out our facility and donate your school supplies!  Thank you for the continued support from local area residents!

Free Car Wash Fundraiser the RPD Boxing Club Hosts This Saturday August 5th


ANNUAL BENEFIT AT RUSSELLVILLE FIRST ASSEMBLY

The Russellville Police Boxing Club will be having a FREE car wash this Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Russellville First Assembly of God Parking lot on Highway 7 across from the City Mall and Tropical Smoothie.

The Russellville Police Boxing Club has a long history of service to the River Valley Community.  The Russellville Boxing Club was founded in 1997 with one simple goal in mind; give back to the local community through a boxing centered outreach program for youth, teens and young adults.

Any donations received will directly benefit local youth and teens that participate in our program through providing them with equipment needed for training such as uniforms, boxing gloves, shoes and headgear.

Our Boxing Club is located here in Russellville at 900 West E. Street, Russellville, AR. 72801.  You can learn more about our community outreach programs, make a donations, or contact us through our website below.

Website:  http://www.RussellvilleOutreach.com
Email: Donate@RussellvilleOutreach.com
Phone: (479) 214-1245

Russellville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio to host special guest and Black Belt for workshop July 29th

Russellville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio to host special guest and Black Belt for workshop

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, Força Martial Arts in Russellville will be hosting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and avid competitor, Omar French for a 2-hour workshop.

Join us for this beginner friendly event.  Cost is only $35 and all proceeds are going to helping Omar on his quest to become a world champion when he competes at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master’s World Championship in Las Vegas this August.

Contact us with any questions concerning this or any upcoming events going on at Força this summer.  We are located at 900 West E. Street, Russellville, AR. 72801 just off West Parkway near Stoby’s and Arkansas Tech University.

Click below to register online for the event.  Pre-registration required for $35 entry.  Day of registration is $40.

Russellville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu studio to host special guest and Black Belt for workshop

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, Força Martial Arts in Russellville will be hosting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and avid competitor, Omar French for a 2-hour workshop.

Join us for this beginner friendly event.  Cost is only $35 and all proceeds are going to helping Omar on his quest to become a world champion when he competes at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master’s World Championship in Las Vegas this August.

 

Contact us with any questions concerning this or any upcoming events going on at Força this summer.  We are located at 900 West E. Street, Russellville, AR. 72801 just off West Parkway near Stoby’s and Arkansas Tech University.

Click below to register online for the event.  Pre-registration required for $35 entry.  Day of registration is $40.

3 New Black Belts at Forca Martial Arts & Fitness Russellville AR

It’s not everyday a student is awarded a black belt in martial arts. This acheivement takes hard work, dedication, commitment, and perserverance. Those are the qualities you can find being put to use everyday at Forca Martial Arts & Fitness in Russellville, AR. This past weekend the following students were awarded their black belts after undergoing a rigorous testing criteria that featured a panel.

Judo Black Belt

Brian Wilson
Judo Sensei Joshua McMillian and a panel of 6 black belts administered Brian’s rigorous Judo testing. Brian talks about his judo journey, trials and tribulations, and pays gratitude to his mentors and teamates below.

Black Belt, Inferno Combat Systems

Cora Wilson
A panel of black belts instructors placed Cora through a strict testing criteria. Cora earned her black belt in the Inferno Combat Systems developed by Professor Kaleb Plank of Inferno Fitness & Martial Arts. Several LDMA black belts were part of the certification process including Master Danny Dring.

Jr Black Belt, Inferno Combat Systems

Evan Edwards
Evan was also awarded a black belt under the Inferno Combat Systems program. Evan is one of the longest running students at Forca Martial Arts & Fitness. It’s taken him 6 years to get to this point in his martial arts journey. Check out highlights from his testing criteria below.

The Gentle Way.....

Judo wasn’t always the most gentle art for me. As a matter of fact, the very first judo seminar I ever attended I was thrown somewhat poorly and fell somewhat poorly and broke my collar bone. That was 2009 and the day after I received my blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What started as a humble study and a means to broaden my abilities as a mixed martial artists and a jiu-jitsu competitor, I began to study judo with an intense passion.

Had Mr. Dean not shown interest in teaching me early on, it is doubtful that what has been an incredible journey may not have ever begun. I am proud and honored to know this man and call him my mentor. Their are so many things he has shown me that I will never forget and I look forward to learning even more.

I learned pretty quickly that judo was more than just a collection of Throws, but an intricate art with overlooked obscurities that broadened many aspects of my martial arts.

I was fortunate enough to eventually run into Sensei Joshua McMillian who was a major part of giving even more roots to a judo program at our academy and my continued evolution on and off the mats. Thank you for believing in me and investing in me and continuing to pour your knowledge into me and the rest of our students. You breathed life into our judo program. I am proud to call you coach and friend.

It is an honor to receive every rank that I have tested for from this panel of black belts. It was my goal to showcase elements of judo that I had learned from everyone throughout the past 7 years. From team workouts and classes/drilling with Jeremy Bushong to having Stephen Gourley in for seminars and regretting it after the first time he threw me, your martial arts are forever preserved in our traditions.

Thank you Nathan Murdock. I have always learned to much from you and your influence on me as a martial artist continues to this day. You are my brother. Thank you for always being there.

Danny Dring Ldma and Kaleb Plank without the time and patience you have both poured into me, my school, my students, Cora…it’s hard to imagine any of this being possible without the guidance and influence in this entire journey. I am forever grateful for mentors like these. These people have all influenced my art and my life in positive ways and I look forward to continuing my progress with such an awesome group of individuals helping light my way forward. Thank you for this great honor.

Black Belt Ceremony and highlights of Cora and Evan from this past weekend. Rank presented by Master Danny Dring, Professor Kaleb Plank, and Coach Brian Wilson.

Cora in action during her Inferno Combat Systems testing.

Thanks to everyone that helped take pictures and videos of the ceremony.
Keitha Wilson, Brandy Edwards, Jessica Williams, Taylor Heflin

Competition Results from Oklahoma State BJJ Tournament

RUSSELLVILLE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU COMPETTION TEAM

Competitors from Força Martial Arts & Fitness are training for upcoming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Tournaments in AR. & OK.

7 Adult and youth competitors traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, June 17 to compete in the American Grappling Federation’s Tulsa Open Gi and No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Our team came home with 3 gold medal, 3 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals.

Following their outing in Oklahoma this June, Força Competitors will be making a strong showing at the American Grappling Federation Arkansas Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in July.  This event will be held at the Conway Expo Center on July 22, 2017.  Last July Força contributed over 25 competitors on their way to winning overall team points for the day.

Força Martial Arts currently offers both youth and adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes.  Adult Classes are currently held in the mornings at 6:15am on Tuesday and Thursday, in the Afternoons at 11:30 on Monday and Wednesday and in the evenings at 7:30pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Special competition classes for serious students interested in competing in major tournaments across the United States are also offered on Friday mornings at 5:30pm.

Força Martial Arts & Fitness is located in Russellville, AR. at 900 West E. Street near Arkansas Tech University and Parkway Avenue.  If you are interested in learning more about our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program, then contact us by clicking the button below.  Say you saw this blog post and receive a free Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu private lesson with an instructor.

Free Private Lesson

Always a Student

From White Belt to Black Belt, the Martial Arts Journey

Whether you are a novice student training on the mats, a skilled fighter practicing routines, a world-class competitor preparing for a tournament, a coach mentoring others in the pursuit of perfection, or anything in-between, the most important lesson to remember is that, at any level, a martial artist should always be a student. Every time you train, individually or with others, you should always strive to exhibit the qualities of an engaged student.  This article will highlight several basic but important practices that all martial artists can leverage to demonstrate what it means to always be a student.

Drive

In reference to being a student of life, Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” This is certainly true for the martial arts life as well; however, not all students who regularly attend classes actually improve. Showing up is essential, but is it enough? Does anyone truly set out to be 80-percent successful in any walk of life? Should we be satisfied with giving 80-percent of our all in anything we do?

True success, for any goal, lies in that additional twenty percent, which requires more than just showing up: It requires showing up with the desire to learn and the will to develop. It’s in the twenty percent where true growth occurs, and that should always be the goal of a martial artist. While training, be sure to use class time effectively and efficiently.  It is imperative to stay physically and mentally engaged and to pay special attention to detail concerning the movements and techniques that are being taught in that particular lesson. Study, practice, improve, repeat. All these steps are imperative to growth, and they all lie within that extra 20 percent.

Focus

During class and training sessions, avoid the temptation to socialize instead of drill.  We all enjoy the social aspects of martial arts training – and they are important – but sometimes students will half-heartedly drill a technique a couple of times and then sit and talk with their partner until the instructor introduces the next technique.  This is a sure sign that a student has shown up content that day to be 80-percent engaged. This not only detracts from the student who is not focused on training, but it also denies the drilling partner the opportunity to learn and to improve.  Over time, this can also damage the overall culture of the academy by setting a precedent that being 80-percent successful is sufficient.  

A true student of martial arts – one who possesses the necessary desire and will – should never be satisfied with anything less than 100-percent effort. If you are a novice student, it should be your goal to exhibit maximum effort every time you train. If you are an experienced student, it is your responsibility to set the example that 100-percent effort is essential 100-percent of the time.

Communication

One of the most effective ways to improve when learning and developing any new skill is to ask questions and communicate with your training partners and instructors.  It is essential to seek clarification on any uncertainties you may have and to regard your training partners and instructors as valuable learning resources.  When you are working with a higher-ranked or more experienced student, be open to pointers and ask for guidance as you practice. More experienced students can help you refine and improve your technique. When you are working with a lower-ranked or less experienced student, be open to learning from them as well. They may have worked on a certain detail in the past that you may be seeing for the first time. If both training partners are open to learning from each other, regardless of rank or experience level, then each becomes a valuable resource.

Many students may feel anxious or inadequate when it comes to communicating problems or confusions when practicing a technique. Sometimes asking a question can feel like airing your own ignorance. This can be a toxic way of thinking that can stagnate your improvement as a student. Every Força member, including the teachers and coaches, began with nothing more than a drive to learn, and seeking guidance is essential to the learning process at all levels. It is very likely, in fact, that with any given problem you may be having with a certain technique, there is another student in the class experiencing the same confusion. Never be self-conscious about asking questions and seeking guidance – the best students always do. Asking questions and communicating your struggle with those around you is vitally important to your improvement and, therefore, just as vitally important to us.  

Journaling

Keeping a training journal is one of the most powerful tools that you have at your disposal.  Whether you use a print or electronic journal, documenting your techniques, strategies, and observations incorporates an academic approach to learning and retaining concepts. It’s a proven educational technique that helps students retain information – in effect, it queues your brain to transfer the information from short-term to long-term memory. The same concept applies to skills building as well. Including a journaling routine as part of your regular training regimen will help you retain important details related to technique and strategy so that they eventually become ingrained and function as a form of muscle memory, and in any skills or knowledge development, the most important muscle is the brain.

Note taking also provides students the opportunity to organize ideas into lists, mind maps and flow charts, which are other great ways for you to familiarize yourself with your own strategies and develop more refined and effective techniques.

Exposure
The willingness to travel, gain new experiences, and learn new information is an excellent way to continue to demonstrate the qualities of a good student while bettering your Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills.  Regular attendance of seminars and workshops and participation in classes taught by other instructors and students are also essential to continued personal growth and evolution of your technique.


Ultimate Fighter Veteran, former UFC lightweight contender, and Jiu-Jitsu black belt George Sotiropoulos recently shared his perspective on being a better student and his experiences gained through traveling the world in pursuit of better technique.  While discussing his many travels he stated that “there was always a goal in mind, something specific that I wanted to learn, so that is why I would go.  I always wanted to add to my repertoire.  It was always to add, not really invent or change, but to add.”  

According to Sotiropoulos, being a student is a life-long pursuit: “It never stops at black belt. It always continues. … When I look at my career, my improvement, I competed in everything, I always had an open mind, and I was always willing to learn.  White belt, blue belt, purple belt, brown belt, black belt, I was always on a learning curve and putting things into practice that I had learned.  The second you stop learning, you stop that improvement.  You have to put yourself in the mindset of a beginner.  If I am seeking out knowledge for a specific thing, I will travel to go get it.”

Competition
The trial-and-error process of competition will improve confidence and teach many valuable lessons that can only be learned on the competition mat.  Performance in competition is always a learning experience at any belt level.  The lessons learned through competition, whether the match ends in a win or a loss, are invaluable in a student’s growth in the martial arts.

According to world class Jiu-Jitsu competitor, multi-time World, Pan-American and ADCC Champion Andre Galvao in Rolled Up Episode 26-Jiu-jitsu Missionary: Andre Galvao, he discusses some of the differences between a competitor and non-competitor in Jiu-Jitsu: “The difference [between] the guy that never competes Jiu-Jitsu and the guy that competes all the time [is that] the guy who competes all the time [gets] better faster than the guy that never competes.”

True competition, as opposed to sparring or rolling, can be an intimidating experience as it can feel like a final judgment of one’s strength or weakness, but Dave Kama, a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and long-time competitor, suggests that students can better themselves in training by “forcing yourself into your weakest position.” It’s only through recognition and understanding of our own weak points that we can begin turning weaknesses into strengths, and competition is essential to that process.

Private lessons
Engaging in private lessons is another excellent way for students to expand their Jiu-Jitsu education and refine their skills. Seeking out mentors, other top-level instructors, and seasoned competitors for private lessons and personal training sessions will do nothing but speed the growth of a student.  The best students will always seek out those who can help them attain their goals. Ultimately, success is not only the result of a student’s hard work and determination; it is also built upon the foundation of excellence established by those around that student, ones who have embraced the role of a lifelong student of the martial arts.  They are some of your best resources. Learn from them.

Research (Books, E-Books, Magazines, Articles, Video Breakdowns)
It is very important for students to stay engaged by learning about the history and culture of the art and forming guided opinions concerning their own personal analysis of facts.  Learning first-hand is essential to developing as a martial artist, but don’t overlook the value of learning secondhand as well.  Exposing yourself to the insights, struggles, and achievements of those who previously navigated the path you now tread can be instrumental in helping you forge your own path.

Online publications like BJJ Eastern Europe or magazines like Jiu-Jitsu Magazine and Black Belt Magazine are a great way to stay in touch with jiu-jitsu culture.  Publications offer a martial artist a chance to see industry related products, learn from others at the pinnacle of the art or sport and expand their overall knowledge of martial.

Fortunately, we live in a digital age in which information can be accessed from your smart phone or smart TV via social media platforms, YouTube and other creative methods of visual delivery.  Online Jiu-Jitsu academies like MGInAction, Art of Jiu-Jitsu and the Grapplers Guide are becoming more and more popular among grapplers looking to see what the best of the best at the pinnacle of the sport and art have to say about technique, training and strategies for on and off the mat.

Competition breakdowns and highlights are a great way to see techniques in action against a live and resisting opponent.  YouTube has become a great source for mixed media channels like BJJHacks and BJJScout, which showcase elite level Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and competitors from all over the world.  YouTube is also home to one of the most popular documentaries on the site, “Choke”.  Other documentary series like “Rolled Up” are also a great way to get in touch with Jiu-Jitsu culture.  

Whether you are a casual student, a competitor, coach or even a black belt, everyone can continue to improve in his or her martial arts journey through focus, drive, communication, exposure to higher level ideas, techniques and individuals, as well as putting in the time traveling, doing private lessons and investing time off the mats by keeping a journal and accessing widely available digital information.  

Give Back to the Community Through Our Russellville Outreach Programs

Força crew, thank you! Despite non-cooperative weather, our yard sale fundraiser last month helped to provide some much-needed funds for our Community Outreach Program. We could not have done it without all those who contributed to the cause with their donations or their time. It makes us proud to know that our members share our mission to provide gear, training, and mentorship to those in need all across the River Valley.


As our outreach in the community grows, so too does the need for funding. We get a lot of help from our awesome corporate sponsors, and we will hold more fund raisers in the future as well, but we wanted everyone to know that there are multiple ways to support our Community Outreach mission at any time. If you would like to donate to our cause, here are some great ways you can help:

  • Amazon Smile: We have partnered with Amazon’s charity organization to allow members to donate to our Russellville Police Boxing Club simply by shopping on Amazon. It’s super easy whether you already have an Amazon account or not. Simply login to www.smile.amazon.com and search for Russellville Police Boxing Club to select it as your chosen charity. Then, a portion of every eligible purchase you make will come straight to us. Just make sure to always log in through smile.amazon.com so that every time you shop, you’re helping support the RPBC.
  • Direct donations: You can make a direct donation to our Community Outreach Programs through our website, www.forcamma.com. From the Programs menu, click on Community Outreach, and you will see a Donate option. You can choose a one-time or a recurring monthly donation, either of which is tax deductible. Any amount, large or small, is truly appreciated and will be put to good use.
  • Scholarship support: From the same Community Outreach page on our website, you can support an area youth through a 3-month, 6-month, or 1-year scholarship to provide full gear and training for a selected individual.
  • Sponsorship: Also from the Community Outreach page, you can choose to sponsor a boxer, a martial artist, a veteran, or a competing athlete, and you can even choose whether to apply your sponsorship to gear or registration fees.
  • Volunteer: Not all donations have to be monetary. We are always in need to volunteers in the gym to help with training, mentoring, or facility upkeep. Sometimes, giving of one’s time is the best gift of all.

The Força Community Outreach Program was born from a desire to give back to a community that has been so good to us and what better way than to share the love of our sport? As the great Bruce Lee said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” In essence, that is the core concept of Força’s Community Outreach Program, and “where there is a will, there is a way.” Thanks for all you do to help us get there.