With more than a half-century of martial arts experience, Trainers Elite owner Grandmaster Ron Van Browning has taken his share of hard knocks. But with every punch to the gut or high-impact kiss on the cheek he sustained, he refined his approach to fighting a bit more, too. Today, he and his team of instructors teach a streamlined form of fighting. Eschewing fancy flourishes, they instead teach practical techniques rooted in self-defense that apply to each of the studio's
jiujitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA classes. Inside, the area is spacious enough to hold a 20-foot octagon, heavy bags, and offers plenty of practice space?yet
classes stay small to give each each student lots of attention.