Russellville Judo Club seeks donations for Community Outreach Efforts

The Russellville Judo Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization that offers free weekly Judo classes to the Russellville and River Valley communities.

The Russellville Judo Club is attempting to raise funds for annual association, team uniforms, laundry soap and registrations for those attending judo classes at our academy.


Please click below to make a one-time or recurring donation to the Russellville Judo Club or another one of Força’s Community Outreach Programs.

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The Russellville Judo Club is located at 900 West E. Street in Russellville, AR.  Come by or call us at 479-214-1245 with any questions.

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

Russellville Martial Arts Academy Now Offering Free Judo Classes to the Community

Força’s Community Outreach Programs, a501c3 non-profit organization located in Russellville, AR. 
Now offers free weekly Judo classes for members of the River Valley communityThe Russellville Judo Club seeks to provide river valley residents with the confidence needed to face today’s challenges.  Judo offers an opportunity to develop physically, mentally and socially by practicing and competing as individuals and as a part of a team. Judo is an excellent form of self-defense and also serves to help one get in shape, improve their self-confidence and most importantly, have fun!  The Russellville Judo Club is now accepting new judokas starting at age 12.  Contact us to schedule your first class. 

The Russellville Judo Club is located at 900 West E. Street, just off West Parkway near Stoby’s and Arkansas Tech University.  We are looking forward to seeing you on the mats soon!

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Russellville Judo Club Offers FREE Community Workout

Russellville Judo Club Offers Free Community Workout

Come join us at Força Martial Arts for an afternoon of training and fun!  We will be hosting a free Judo workout at Força Martial Arts and Russellville Fitness Kickboxing on Saturday, November 19 from 1:00-3:00pm.  This will be a great event for those curious or interested in training self-defense or martial arts and especially beneficial for current members at our academy wanting to improve their balance and knowledge base. 

If you have been considering trying Judo this will be a fun and family friendly workout where Judo instructors from across the state share their experience and knowledge with all levels of practicioners in attendance.  We have two separate mat areas and multiple instructors to provide individual attention to everyone in attendance, especially beginners.


Our theme for this workout will involve a very high percentage Olympic judo throw and concept known as the Seoi-Nage (Shoulder Throw).  We will be studying various entries, variations, combinations and defenses to this throw, as well as awesome follow-up attacks.  We will also be covering several mat work techniques that will enhance your ability to defend yourself on the ground in a very common situation.

If you have any questions about this event or would like to RSVP with an instructor, feel free to contact us through our website at or via e-mail at  You can also call or text us at (479)-214-1245 for any additional information about our Judo or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs currently being offered at Força Martial Arts and Russellville Fitness Kickboxing.


Russellville Martial Arts Academy Testing Events for October, Kids, Youth, & Adults

Russellville Martial Arts Academy to Hold Youth and Adult Martial Arts Testing
Força Martial Arts/Russellville Fitness Kickboxing
Hosts Testing Events Throughout the Month of October

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This group of Russellville Martial Artists have been working diligently on our current material and are excited and prepared to perform their techniques and information at our next series of testing events this October.

There will be a mock testing and curriculum review on Wednesday, October 5 during normal class times for all programs. This gives instructors an opportunity to evaluate individual progress and retention and provide detailed feedback about student readiness. Students having issues with a particular technique or combination are encouraged to schedule a private lesson with one of their instructors. More event on this can be found here.

Our next Testing event will be an Adult Judo Testing held at our academy on Saturday, October 8. Formal testing begins at 1:00pm and will be administrated by a special guest panel of Judo Black Belts from across the state. The testing panel will provide individual student assessments and feedback to aid in continued improvement.

Later in October, we will be conducting our youth and adult Mixed Martial Arts testing from October 21-23. Our 5-7 year old kids MMA program will be testing Friday, October 21 at 5:30pm followed Youth and Teens the following morning at 11:00am. Adults will conclude on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 22 with a Kickboxing and Submission Grappling that evening at 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Check out our facebook event to learn more about testing week.

There will be a promotions and awards ceremony on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm for all students and families. Be sure and attend the ceremony to see a special performance by our Martial Arts Demo Team! There will be a make-up testing offered for non level/color changing students on Saturday, October 29 at 11:00am.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Jack Taufer Returns to Força Martial Arts in Russellville on October 14th

Southern California Black Belt Honors Local Arkansas Martial Arts Academy Owners with Special Gift

Brian Wilson and Cora Sanders, owners of Força Martial Arts & Russellville Fitness Kickboxing will be getting married on Saturday, October 15 in Clarksville, AR.  In honor of this special event, there will be a benefit seminar held at their academy in Russellville on Friday, October 14, 2016 with special guest instructor and BJJ Black Belt, Professor Jack Taufer.

Jack has been a great friend of our school and has made a profound impact on many of our students.  Already planning to attend the wedding, Jack has offered to generously donate all of the proceeds from his workshop to Brian and Cora in an amazing and humbling gesture of friendship.

There will be martial artists and students from across the state attending both events.  If you plan on attending the seminar with Jack, please contact us about registering and attending this awesome and exciting event. There is a suggested donation is $65.  Get your name on the list and reserve your space on the mats!

Special Jiu-Jitsu Seminar with Jack Taufer at Força Martial Arts/Russellville Fitness Kickboxing

900 West E. St, Russellville, AR. 72801 
Friday, October 14 at 6:00pm
(479) 214-1245

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