Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.
Whether a client's goal is to lose weight or prepare for a professional mixed-martial-arts competition, the instructors at Lakeland Delariva Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have the knowledge and experience to help. They teach more than 20 weekly classes and open-mat sessions, demonstrating techniques that range from boxing to the submission- and grappling-based maneuvers of Brazilian ju-jitsu. After group warm-ups, kids and adults?both men and women? wearing traditional gi uniforms, shorts and T-shirts, or full suits of armor learn how to defend themselves against attackers. The team also hosts live sparring sessions where students can apply their skills in real-world scenarios.
The attacker lunges in and throws a punch. Before that punch lands, it's blocked with a forearm and a series of counter strikes are already disabling the assailant. At Downtown Lakeland Martial Arts, a team of highly trained instructors teaches this close-combat self-defense system. It's called wing chun kung fu. On day one, students begin to learn these fighting techniques, building toward a defensive strategy that works in real-world scenarios. Instructors incorporate a variety of combat styles, from krav maga to judo to ninjitsu and more. They even train students the quick-striking tactics necessary to overcome an attacker wielding a knife or gun. Whatever the situation, students are instilled with the skills, discipline, and focus needed to safely protect themselves as well as those around them.