Team LDMA founder and head coach Danny Dring was recently awarded his 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Maceio, Brazil from his Instructor Toni DePontes Emanuel.

Master Dring is a life long Martial Artist and holds the ranks of 8th degree Black Belts in Taekwondo and with Bill Wallace in the Superfoot System. Mr. Dring also holds the ranks of 7th Degree Black Belts in the Joe Lewis Fighting System and in Weeping Style Jujutsu.

Master Dring was also the first Arkansan promoted to the rank of black belt in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has since grown Team LDMA into an association of martial arts academies spanning across the United States.

Força Martial Arts traces their lineage through the Inferno Martial Arts System to Master Dring.  Força head coaches, Brian and Cora Wilson, both hold rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Dring and Mr. Kaleb Plank, owner of Inferno Martial Arts in Northwest Arkansas.

Master Dring will be leading the next rank review at Força Martial Arts on Thursday, November 2, 2017.  Team LDMA Rank Reviews are not a formal martial arts testing but a review and demonstration of knowledge facilitated by instructors and led by all the ranks in attendance

Kids will begin at 5:30pm followed by adults at 7:00pm on Thursday evening.  All youth and adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes will be cancelled, but Fitness Kickboxing and Youth MMA and Boxing classes will be held at their normal times.  Please let your instructor know if you will be attending this team event.

Interested in learning more about our martial arts program? Contact us to get started.

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).

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


On November 5, 2016, a total of 17 competitors from Força Martial Arts in Russellville competed at the Conway Expo Center in the Arkansas State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships.  Kids, teens, men and women of all ages and experience levels represented their community with class and sportsmanship on their way to earning over 20 medals.

Força Martial Arts is a proud member of the Team LDMA association, which stands for Living Defense Martial Arts.  This is an affiliation of gyms that come together for workouts, seminars, events and are a part of our extended martial arts family. 

Team LDMA Head Coach and 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Danny Dring is headquartered out of Sherwood, AR and coached his team to another spectacular victory at the State Championships.  Team LDMA won team points in all categories including both kids and both adult divisions, as well as overall team points.


This past July, Força had a record showing with 30 competitiors at the American Grappling Federation’s Arkansas Open bringing over 30 medals back to Russellville.  The Arkansas State Championships are an amazing close out to another awesome year of competition for Força Martial Arts, having traveled all over the United States competing in in the sports of Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts. 

You can learn more about our programs by visiting our websites www.forcamma.com or www.russellvillefitnesskickboxing.com, you can call or text us at 479-214-1245 or reach us by e-mail at Instructor@forcaMMA.com.  If you are interested in scheduling a free intro lesson for yourself or your child at Russellville’s fastest growing martial arts academy, please contact us about scheduling!