Walking into Balance MMA for the first time was an unexpected homecoming for me. Over the years I’ve trained and taught at many gyms and I’ve developed good relationships with many of the students as well as instructors from those gyms. With that being said, I was still stunned by the amount of warmth I enjoyed from the instructors and students at Balance.
If I had to sum up my impression of Balance in ten words or less I would say, “Very laid back, sans politics, lots of laughter.” Nevertheless underneath that relaxed atmosphere, real work is taking place, with an intensity befitting a gym with the lineage of Carlson Gracie. No matter which style of martial arts you’re here for, the expectation is the same for everyone; be consistent, help your fellow students, and hone your technique. There is a lot to live up to, and I’m looking forward to bringing my years of experience as a fighter and a coach.
The style of training I was brought up on is based on hard work, with a strong emphasis on clean technique, power, and conditioning. Over the next six months I look forward to building a team of competent practitioners who posses an ingrained understanding of Muay Thai fundamentals.
Advice for new students: Take your time. Ask lots of questions. Get lost in the beauty of your technique, because function follows form. And a message to all of my team mates: I look forward to the months ahead; more importantly I look forward to growing together.
Train hard and I’ll see you all at the gym.
Balance MMA is breaking new ground today by becoming the first and only academy in Toronto to offer classes in Russia Sambo.
Sambo is a martial art that was first developed in the 1920’s by the Red Army in the Soviet Union and was a mixing of what were considered to be the most effective martial arts at the time. In that way, Combat Sambo is a precursor to modern-day mixed martial arts as it combines both striking and grappling. It has recently seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to notable practitioners like former Pride Heavyweight Champion, Fedor Emelianenko and current UFC Lightweight contender, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The Sambo classes at Balance MMA are taught by Coach Riccardo, a former Swiss Sambo champion who has trained under the likes of Oleg Taktarov and Fedor Emelianenko.
Sambo classes commence January 8th and are held every Monday at 6PM and are 60 minutes in duration.
Our new website has been launched! Due to our growing roster of awesome coaches and the growing need to provide clear and concise information to our students and to our prospective students we have launched BalanceMMA.ca 2.0.
On our website you can now find detailed profiles for each of our coaches. An easy-to-read and up-to-date class schedule along with lots of information about our academy and our training philosophies. Additionally you can follow this space for the latest news, upcoming events and training tips and musings from our coaches.