After Taking Gold At The IBJJF ATL Open, Melanie Looks To Start Her MMA Career!

Melanie dominated her wight class at the IBJJF Atlanta Open this weekend using strong Jiu Jitsu and positional dominance to bring home the Gold Medal in her division.   After a college wrestling career, a strong run in BJJ tournaments and a win in Kickboxing, Melanie now plans to jump head first into MMA.  Melanie is a super hard worker and a fierce competitor.  She has the all of the tools to make it to the top of the sport!

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Anthony Gets Gold In His Brown Belt Debut At The IBJJF Atlanta Open!!

Champion Training Center‘s Anthony Harris showed a ton of heart and determination in his Brown Belt Debut at the IBJJF Atlanta Open.  After a strong opening, Anthony fell short in his division losing on points in the finals and taking silver.  He regrouped, refocused and attacked the open weight division.  In the Open Division, Anthony cut through the competition using heavy pressure and a strong passing game.  After working his way through the division, he found himself in the finals against the competitor that beat him in his weight division.  This time, Anthony used strong top pressure and guard passing to win on points and take home Gold!! This was a great warm up for Anthony as he is prepping to win his second IBJJF World Title.

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What Should You Look For When Trying To Choose A Martial Arts School?

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With the amazing growth of MMA it seems like a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA schools are popping up on every corner. With extreme growth, very often, the product becomes watered down. So called experts, looking to make a quick buck, have attempted to capitalize on the popularity of Mixed Martial Arts. Every day it seems that another fraud is exposed for trying to con the public with a fake resume and fabricated accomplishments.

Do your homework before choosing an academy and entrusting an instructor to lead you on your martial arts journey. Here are a few things that you should look for when choosing an academy:

1. Does the head coach of the academy you are looking at “walk the walk”?

A lot of instructors out there love to talk the talk but how many actually walk the walk? How can an instructor prepare you for BJJ, MMA or Kickboxing competition if they have never been through the rigors of a training camp? If an instructor has never had to overcome the nerves and stress that every competitor deals with, how can he/she help you push through and become a winner? If a coach has no idea what it takes to be a champion, he is going to have a hard time instilling the qualities of a champion in his/her students.

2.  Does the instructor produce successful students?

Results speak for themselves. Does the instructor create champions or does he consistently make excuses for why his students don’t succeed. If an instructor consistently produces top level competitors then he is probably doing something right.

3. Does the academy have a high attrition rate?

If you walk into an academy and you only see lower rank students there may be something wrong. Conversely, if you see a mat filled with white, blue, purple, brown and black belts you can assume that the instructor has invested a lot of time in helping his students grow into successful martial artists. If the academy has a high attrition rate and very few students stick around to reach the upper ranks, that is a sure sign that something is wrong.

4. Is the instructor and his students upstanding members of the community?

Martial arts are much more than being successful in competition. It should also be the goal of an instructor to produce upstanding individuals. The qualities of a champion include discipline, a never give up attitude and a work ethic that is unrivaled but a martial artist should caring and focused while also having a strong sense of ethics. If an academy is filled with criminals and bullies you should run the other way.

5. Does the instructor train with his/her students?

If you observe a class at an academy and the coach refuses to get on the mat and train with his students, that is a huge red flag. How can an instructor motivate his students to push hard through tough training if he is always sitting on the sidelines? A coach should lead by example.

6. Has the instructor changed associations multiple times but demands loyalty from his/her students?

I’ve personally witnessed instructors that have received every belt rank, from white to black, from different instructors. Every time you look up these instructors are flying a different associations flag. It is these same instructors that demand loyalty from their students. There is something to be said about going from white belt to black belt under one instructor and focusing on a style and training philosophy until you reach a black belt level. You never truly learn a system without loyalty, dedication and focus. It’s hard to truly learn an art if you change instructors like underwear.

These simple steps can help you find a great academy and help you have an awesome martial arts journey. I hope you find an academy that helps you reach all of your martial arts goals!

Good luck!!

Coach Muhsin Corbbrey

Champions Training Center’s William Wheeler is the 2018 Georgia Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion!!!

After a dominant performance this past weekend at the 2018 Georgia Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Macon, GA, William Wheeler was crowned the 2018 Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion!

In Will’s first bout, he dominated early getting a 2nd round TKO stoppage. This bout earned him a spot in the finals. In his finals bout William started fast with hard combinations and a relentless pace. In the 2nd round he stumbled his opponent with a hard right hand and continued the onslaught. In the 3rd it was more of the same and after the final bell William earned an Unanimous Decision victory over a tough, durable opponent.

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CTC Athlete Spotlight: Carl Crawford

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Champions Training Centers Carl Crawford is one of our monsters that has had success in multiple martial arts disciplines. Carl is a WKA Muay Thai National Champion and WKA World Team member. Further, in 2015 Carl was voted “Best Male Thai Fighter” in Georgia. He is also a ranked amateur MMA fighter and an IBJJF Jiu Jitsu medalist.

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Carl has taken a bit of time off to focus on BJJ competition but will be returning to the cage in 2018. Look for carl to do big things in MMA, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!!!

Check out Carl dominating the competition at the WKA Nationals 

 

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Champions Training Center’s Josh Blyden Signs To Fight In Bellator!!!

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Champions Training Center’s Josh Blyden will be stepping up to the big leagues on March 3rd as he headlines a Bellator event at the World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Josh is by far one of the hardest workers in the gym and he is proof that hard work pays off.

When Josh walked into the doors of Champions Training Center he weighed close to 250 pounds and was simply looking for a fun way to get in shape. Josh signed up for Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and started his martial arts journey.

Josh before and after

As Josh’s weight came down, his skills increased and he soon started participating in Jiu Jitsu tournaments and prepared to make his amateur MMA debut. Josh had an amazing amateur career winning titles and being voted fighter of the year in 2013. In 2014 Josh burst onto the Pro MMA scene with a 1st round TKO finish over a much more experienced opponent. After winning his first pro title, Josh is currently the #2 ranked featherweight fighter in the state of Georgia.

On March 3rd Josh plans to show that he is one of the most talented fighters in the country with a big win in one of the biggest MMA organizations in the world.

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Follow Josh on Twitter at @joshblyden, on instagram at @joshblyden_145 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/josh.blyden.

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Flashback Friday: CTC’s Anthony Harris Brings Home Savannah’s First IBJJF World Title!

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On today’s Flashback Friday Champions Training Center would like to give a big shoutout to Anthony Harris for his AMAZING performance at the 2017 IBJJF Masters Worlds. Anthony had a great run in his division winning a silver medal after coming up a bit short in his final match.  After his final match, Anthony regrouped and signed up for the Absolute Division.
Anthony came out like a man on fire and dominated every match of the absolute division becoming the 2017 IBJJF Purple Belt Masters World Champion.  Anthony is back at Champions Training Center preparing for the 2018 season and is ready to win another gold medal as a Brown Belt!
Check out Anthony’s Gold Medal match at the 2017 IBJJF Masters Worlds:

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Watch Wes Barnes Win The NFC Lightweight Title In 21 Seconds

Wes has been out nursing an injury but we expect him to make a return to action in 2018.  Undefeated since his drop to 155 lbs, Wes is an absolute terror to any opponent that he faces.  We firmly believe that Wes is 1 or 2 fights away from a major contract and we look forward to more exciting fights this year as he works towards that goal.  Until then, check out Wes’s last fight against previously unbeaten Brandon Longano.  Brandon is a monster and continues to make waves in the MMA.  This fight is an example of how explosive and powerful Wes is. Check it out:

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