DANNY DRING PROMOTION AND RANK REVIEW AT FORCA NOV 2ND

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.

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 Hosts Final Testing in December, Date & Info Here

As we approach 2017 we are preparing for our final testing of the year for our Martial Arts programs December 15-17 at Força Martial Arts & Fitness Kickboxing.

We will begin by testing students from our Judo program on Thursday evening, December 15 at 6:30pm.  Regular evening adult Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Project Warrior Grappling classes will be cancelled in order to facilitate this event.  All students not participating are invited and encouraged to attend in support of your teammates.

Our team Judo workout on November 19th will offer students an awesome opportunity to review our current information before testing.  We will be also be offering a mock testing review for all classes on December 7-8 during normal class times.

On Friday, December 16th we will test our Little Ninjas from our 5-7 year old program at 5:30pm.  Plan for testing to take right around one hour for this group.  Our Youth and Teen program  testing will kick off on Saturday morning, December 16, at 11:00am.  All students please remember to bring your weapons and sparring gear.  If you are a green belt or above and you are color changing, you are required to attend the regular group testing in order to advance.

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Our Adult MMA program will test Saturday evening with Kickboxing at 4:30pm and Grappling at 6:00pm.  Intermediate kickboxers that are level changing are required to spar.  Please remember all of your gear and to wear your current rank t-shirt testing.

Our awards and promotions ceremony will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm and will commence with board breaks followed by a performance by our Martial Arts Demo Team.  We will be doing a group photo with all testees after we hand out belts, t-shirts, certificates and awards.

There will be a make-up testing offered will be held for students below senior orange or students testing for a stripe/senior rank at intermediate or advanced (Green-Brown) on Saturday, December 31 at 11:00am.  Please register at the front desk for testing or make-up testing at your earliest convenience.