By Chris Tataryn
The Brandon Academy of Mixed Martial Arts has started a program at the Ki-Rin Tae Kwon Do Club, located in the basement of 126 10th Street, and Head Instructor Chris Kading encourages people of all ages to come try it for themselves.
"Mixed martial arts would be the best program I've personally ever been involved in for personal conditioning," said Kading.
"It's great for your health, and the best part is that anyone can jump right in. If you stick with it you will see dramatic body changes for the positive."
The MMA club is offering courses in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and American Wrestling, all staples in competitive MMA.
"I've been actively involved in MMA for 12 years now," said Kading.
"I started training in 1999, and I was always interested in self defence. I really enjoyed it and got the opportunity to compete, something I had never really planned on, but it was a great experience and fuelled my passion for the sport even more."
Kading has been teaching programs at various locations for the last few years, but thanks to cooperation from the Ki-Rin club he now has a more permanent location.
"The room we are using is gigantic, it could easier take up to 70 students every class," said Kading.
"So that's why we are letting anyone come in and have their first class for free."
Classes run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m., as well as 8-10 p.m. on Monday night, 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday night, and 2-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The first one is free, individual classes are $10 or $75 for a full month.
"This is the perfect introduction opportunity, both for people interested in taking up a new sport and getting in shape, and people interested in starting with serious competition," said Kading.
"Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and American Wrestling are three of the major staples on all competitive MMA athletes' resumes, and are a great place to start."
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