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

Local Boxer Tim Amerson takes 2nd at Midsouth Golden Gloves Event

Tim Amerson of Dardanelle, age 17, competed at the Midsouth Golden Gloves in North Little Rock this past weekend taking second place in the novice 165lb division.

Tim began training at Força Martial Arts with the Russellville Police Boxing Club in 2016.  Having no prior boxing experience and weighing over 200 pounds, Tim has turned his life around by dedicating himself to boxing and now trains daily.

Tim’s parents attend practices and have witnessed both Tim and his younger brother transform their confidence through self-discipline and dedication to the sport of boxing.  Tim’s mother has commented on how his involvement in the boxing club has positively influenced his motivation at school and at home. His grades are higher and he has finally found his passion.

The Russellville Police Boxing Club is currently accepting boxers ages 8 and up.  Boxing classes are free to members of the River Valley Community.  Youth and Teens under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian before practicing.

The Russellville Police Boxing Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization and exists to serve the local community.  Contact us below to learn how you can help a local youth or teen like Tim find their passion. 

Community Outreach

You can make a difference.  Your donation will instantly help transform the life of a local youth or teen in our program.

Community Outreach

You can make a difference.  Your donation will instantly help transform the life of a local youth or teen in our program.

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.


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.

New Kids Martial Arts Classes Now Being Offered in Russellville, AR

Força Martial Arts Academy is now taking new Enrollments for students ages 5-7 and 8-12. 

Click Here to Schedule a Free Intro Lesson Today

Since moving to our ALL NEW state of the art training facility in April, our martial arts academy has continued to experience massive growth. It has been our goal to raise awareness about self-defense, physical wellness, confidence, positivity and bullying in our community since we first opened in 2012.  We are so happy to be working with so many awesome members from the River Valley community.  Our martial arts, self-defense and group fitness programs are truly are for everyone to enjoy.

We are currently offering new sections for our kids and youth martial arts classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:15-4:45.  Our ALL NEW Little Ninjas class is geared toward kids between the ages of 5 and 7 and instills focus, confidence and self-discipline in students from the very first class.  Our staff of instructors is here to help your child learn about hard work, respect and other important life skills associated with our character development program.

Contact us below to schedule an intro lesson for this ALL NEW class time.  During the first intro lesson, your child will learn many of the fundamental white belt moves and martial arts etiquette and will be given the opportunity to earn their white belt at their second intro lesson!  We are also enrolling for this section on Monday and Wednesday for the 4:00pm time slot as well as a newly opened class with 10 opening still available for youth between the ages of 8-12 from 4:45-5:30 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Click here to schedule your child an intro lesson for one of our programs.  You can also call or text at 479-214-1245 or e-mail us at instructor@forcamma.com.


7 Benefits of Kids Martial Arts at Forca Martial Arts & Fitness in Russellville, AR

Martial Arts offers more than just the ability to learn how to defend yourself. Regardless of your age, gender, and physical skill set, it teaches us to become better people. Russellville, AR has always been home to Forca Martial Arts and we're proud to be able to teach kids, youth, and adults. Forca Martial Arts and Fitness in Russellville offers intro classes that will give you an opportunity with no obligations to learn more about the benefits of martial arts. 


  • Confidence
    Building confidence starts at the very beginning of our kid’s martial arts program. Confidence will improve social skills, thought process, and increase your well-being.

  • Discipline
    Every kid needs direction, guidance, and the opportunity to grow. Martial Arts teaches your kid that discipline is important and rules are there for a reason. Martial arts has taken some of the most undisciplined people and turned them into world champions. Martial arts is a lifestyle that will positively affect your life in all areas. We've taken unruly children and turned them into some of the most disciplined and respectable kids in Russellville, AR.

  • Self-Defense
    Our program is based around real world techniques that can used to defend you. Forca Martial Arts in Russellville has a bully prevention system that all students will become experts in. Self-Defense will empower you to have the tools needed to defend yourself and family if the situation ever arises.

  • Teamwork
    Our foundation is built around taking care and trusting one another. Your training partner is your most valuable asset in any dojo or academy. We do drills together, grapple together, workout together, and compete together. 

  • Physical Fitness
    Martial arts offers a challenging yet fun workout that will have you in the best shape of your life. We promote a healthy lifestyle and our students are proof that martial arts and a healthy lifestyle improve your overall fitness. Our classes such as brazilian jiu jitsu, taekwondo, wrestling, fitness kickboxing, judo, offer a full body workout.

  • Respect
    Being a Martial Artist isn't for everyone. Our students are taught from the beginning that respecting one another is part of the martial artist creed. Respecting your lienage, instructor, teammates, and facility is a big part of our kids martial arts program in Russellville, AR. 

  • Well Being
    At Forca Martial Arts, our program is designed to improve your life, psychological, and physical well being. The benefits include reduction in stress, longer attention span, boosted self-confidence, good decision making, improved motor skills, better social skills, and long lasting friendships. 

To learn more about Kids Martial Arts and it's benefits, stop by Forca Martial Arts in Russellville, AR at the address listed below or give us a call. 

Forca Martial Arts & Fitness | 900 West E Street Russellville, AR 72801 (479)-214-1245