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Brian B.



Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Allentown, PA

Organizer since:

November 29, 2011

What made you want to join this group? Is your primary goal increasing your physical fitness, learning self-defense, preparing for a competition, promoting self-growth, or something else (or possibly all of the above)?

I created this group to give people in the Philadelphia area a chance to train martial arts in a more friendly, inexpensive "club" atmosphere as opposed to the more rigid hierarchies of the karate dojos & the super-expensive & sometimes intimidating MMA gyms. Personally, I never liked all the bowing & belt tests & ridiculous "grandmaster" titles of a lot of the traditional martial arts schools, and I'm also not a big fan of all these new MMA gyms that are cashing in on the UFC craze & charging an arm & a leg for half-assed instruction. I hope this group can be a meeting place for other "ronin" like me who love to train martial arts but haven't yet been able to find a good home in Philly.

What martial arts experience - if any - do you already have?

* Jeet Kune Do Concepts: brown belt level, trained for 6 years * Muay Thai (TBA style): trained for 3 years * Shootwrestling (Erik Paulson's CSW): trained for 3 years; competed no-gi at NAGA & Grappler's Quest * BJJ (De La Riva & Almeida affiliates): trained briefly - about 1-1/2 years total - under 2 different BJJ instructors; blue belt level skills * Wrestling: never wrestled scholastically, but trained 2 semesters at Ken Chertow's Home Training Center

If you could fight any historical figure, who would it be?

Teddy Roosevelt - the only President to train boxing, wrestling & jiujitsu in the White House - he'd be a game opponent for sure!

Do you promise to leave your ego at the door, to learn, to train hard, and to help your fellow fight club members grow?

Hell Yeah!


Hey everyone! I'm Brian - the group's founder. I've been studying martial arts since 1997. I started with Jeet Kune Do, then Muay Thai, then Shootwrestling & BJJ, then a variety of modern self-defense systems. I look forward to training with you!

What Brian B. is saying about this Meetup Group

(Full Disclosure: I'm the organizer, but I'll try to stay objective). This meetup is certainly unique, since there's surprisingly very few martial arts meetups in the city or even the Philly area. It's basically a mix of various kickboxing styles with some self-defense thrown in. The classes here follow a more free-form, collaborative "club" format instead of the traditional top-down curriculum you'd typically find at a commercial martial arts school. That's great for active learners and those with decent kinesthetic awareness who tend to pick up new techniques fairly quickly. However, it's probably not the best option for passive learners or those who want a slower, more orderly progression.

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