Zack Fox, NAGA Cruiser-weight Champion

Zack Fox, NAGA Cruiser-weight Champion


Mennen Sports Arena, Morristown, NJ, April 20th & 21st; The North American Grappling Association: NAGA, 
held the the 2013 World Championships. There were teams from Poland, Brazil, China as well as the top US Teams from all over the country. Team Alliance, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Wilkes Warriors and even the US Naval Academy entered 17 Mid-Shipmen from their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition team.

Two of Phil Ross’s American Eagle MMA/Team Alliance BJJ students earned titles at the two-day event. Zack Fox from Wykoff won the Criuser-weight (190-199) No-Gi contest and 12 year old Julian Rigg from Allendale secured the Gold in Gi and a Silver in the No-Gi children’s competition. Zack’s Gold came after his NAGA National Gold in November.
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Zack Fox & Josh Lay pose with their Coach, Professor Phil RossNovember 17th, 2012, Newark, NJ: NAGA North American Championship: Essex County College was the site of the North American Grappling Association’s annual North American Championships. The Ho-Ho-Kus based American Eagle MMA & Kettlebell School entered two combatants, Zachary Fox of Wyckoff and Joshua Lay of Ridgewood in the nationally ranked tourney. Zach Fox was crowned the No-Gi Champion in the Cruiserweight Division (under 199.9) and in his first contest ever, Josh Lay took home the Bronze in the Light Heavyweight (Under 189.9) competition.

NAGA, along with Grappler’s Quest are two of the top grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu leagues in the world. This year alone, Master Phil Ross’ Team Alliance BJJ school member, American Eagle MMA, has had four (4) champions crowned at these prestigious events. The also competes in the regional, but highly competitive tournaments hosted by The Good Fight.

 

Coach Phil Ross with Zach Fox and Josh Lay

Coach Phil Ross with Zach Fox and Josh Lay at the NAGA North American Grappling Championships

November 17th, 2012, Newark, NJ: NAGA North American Championship: Essex County College was the site of the North American Grappling Association’s annual North American Championships. The Ho-Ho-Kus based American Eagle MMA & Kettlebell School entered two combatants, Zachary Fox of Wyckoff and Joshua Lay of Ridgewood in the nationally ranked tourney. Zach Fox was crowned the No-Gi Champion in the Cruiserweight Division (under 199.9) and in his first contest ever, Josh Lay took home the Bronze in the Light Heavyweight (Under 189.9) competition.

NAGA, along with Grappler’s Quest are two of the top grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu leagues in the world. This year alone, Master Phil Ross’ Team Alliance BJJ school member, American Eagle MMA, has had four (4) champions crowned at these prestigious events. The also competes in the regional, but highly competitive tournaments hosted by The Good Fight.

 

 

I was recently interviewed by Reggie Malz, a reporter for www.examiner.com. I urge you to view the site. They have a section dedicated to Combat Sports. That aside, following you wil find the interview. Happy Reading!

How old can children be when they start lifting with kettlebells?

I have trained a few children as young as 9, but they were the exceptions. They were National caliber wrestlers. Plus, I used relatively low weights. focused on body tension, form, body weight exercises & repetition. Generally, I would not start training a child until age 11 or 12. Standard weigh training, I would wait until they are 13 to 15, dependent upon their physical development. 

You may start training children with kettlebells at an earlier age than you do with standard barbells because the amount of weight that one trains with is generally a great deal less with the kettlebell than you need with a standard barbell. You get more out of kettlebell training pound for pound than you do with a barbell. It’s less taxing on the joints.

What type of training and activities do you offer through your program?

With my S.W.A.T. Kettlebell based training system we incorporate the kettlebell movements from the RKC Hard Style of training as taught by Pavel Tsatsouline, plyometrics, VO2Max (Maximum Oxygen Uptake), body weight, mobility and other speed and explosive power enhancing movements. Therefore, strength, endurance, flexibility, durability and athletic ability are all enhanced. 

In addition to Kettlebell training, we offer a full Martial Arts Training Program for children, adults and teens. We have martial arts for 3 to 5 year old children, MMA for those 6 to 12. That program includes our Kidjitsu grappling training. We also have a full MMA curriculum and No-Gi Submission fighting taught by me and a Boxing class instructed by Joe Rubino, a former North American Kickboxing and East Coast Boxing Champion and we are a certified Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Center with the #1 BJJ Team in the World – Alliance Jiu Jitsu.

What kind of sports would be great to use kettlebell training with?

Being Combat Sports orientated, my program attracts a great deal of MMA fighters, Martial Artists and Wrestlers. However, due to the nature of the athletic movements of the the kettlebell exercise and the body weight training, we have a substantial number of clients representing other sports as well, notably Track & Field, Volleyball, Baseball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Triathletes, Tennis and Basketball – to name a few. A great deal of professional and college teams employ the use of kettlebell training. Some of the first to do so were the Tennessee Titans, Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees. The Titans had 13 wins the year after they started KB training and both the Celtics and the Yankees won World Titles after they had started. Now virtually all of the major sports teams use Kettlebells. 

Not only does the training appeal to athletes. I have clients from all walks of life training at the center. Physicians – in particular surgeons, physical therapists and chiropractors all train with KBs. Kettlebells also appeal to Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters and Military Servicemen. Due to the both physically and mentally stressful occupations, the kettlebell training provides a fantastic means of stress release and full body conditioning. 

We also service quite a few clients that simply want to lose weight and get stronger and healthier. The kettlebell is an extremely time efficient tool to achieve those goals. You can burn up to 1200 calories per hour with Kettlebell Training. This is extremely appealing to people form all walks of life.  

What kind of risks and injuries are associated with the kettlebells?

In my humble opinion, the Kettlebell is the #1 overall training tool. However, as with most ballistic type of training there is a significant amount of skill required to execute the the techniques both safely and effectively. Without proper training, you may expose your shoulders, backs. elbows, wrists and knees to injury. However with proper tension and form, one actually can heal many ailments and misalignments. The forearms can get overworked as well with all the grip work involved. So proper stretching and rotation of exercises is tantamount. 

Since there is a great deal of grip work involved in the the Kettlebell Training, Body Weight Training is essential due to the hand positions required for the handstands, crows, wall push-ups, standard push-ups and other associated exercises. These movements counteract the adverse effects on the forearms that one or the other alone would inflict.    

How much does the training cost?

OK – you asked – so I’m going to make some shameless plugs! From $0 to $1900. The cost varies and you get what you pay for. If you go to Youtube and base your training solely what you can download for free, be wary. Even though there is some good material on Youtube, there are some very poor examples of training and exercises. Only use Youtube once you have had some solid instruction. This will allow you to sift through the garbage and make an educated decision on what training is valid or not. You could also take and HKC ($599) or and RKC ($1995) Certification Course. The RKC is considered the Gold Standard in Kettlebell Training and I highly recommend the organization for the serious Kettlebell Enthusiast.

Private sessions vary from trainer to trainer and area of the country. I would recommend seeking out your local RKC Certified Instructor and setting up a set of sessions with them. All certified instructors are listed http://www.dragondoor.com/. Go to the Instructor Section and plug in your Zip Code.

At my studio, we offer an Introductory 3 week Special for Only $39. We are that confident in our program. I also offer an online Kettlebell Video Training Course with 12 Workouts, Warm-ups, Body Weight, Instruction on over 22 movements and a 37 page Electronic Manual for only $49. You may download this from www.kettlebellking.com

There are also workshops and seminars. I will be hosting a 5 hour Kettlebell Basics Plus Workshop on December 4th. The cost for that is $149. 

As you can see, there is quite a wide range of costs involved. But with the right instructor, it’s more than worth it. Your training will be much better and safer. 

Our Martial Arts training is available for anywhere from $79 to $169/month. We have a 1 month introductory special for $99 – that also includes a student uniform.  

How often should someone work out with the kettlebells?

That is another benefit to training with Kettlebells. Three times a week is all that you need. This will allow you to focus on training for your sport, instead of concerning yourself with “Leg Day or Chest Day, etc…” For the busy fitness enthusiast, you are able to hit your whole body with resistance, cardio and flexibility training in a relatively short amount of time.  

Anything to add:

There are many other methods of training available, many of them are fantastic. Is it possible to get the gains form the other methods as well? Yes, but it will take much more time and a plethora of equipment. I have not seen any single method that address all of the facets that Kettlebell and Body Weight Training do. By employing the use of your own body and kettlebell training, you replace barbells, machines, bands, ropes, hand grips, treadmills, elliptical trainers, sand bags, medicine balls, etc… The kettlebell is the most versatile training tool on the planet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 8th, 2012, Metuchen SportsPlex in Metuchen, NJ:  The Site of the Good Fight’s New Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships. The American Eagle MMA Fight Team entered 3 competitors and came back with 2 medals. Zachary Fox of Wyckoff took second place in the Heavyweight White Belt division, he’s been training at the academy for less than 2 months! Zachary Marvin of Mahwah placed second as well in the Ultra Heavyweight Intermediate Division, despite giving up over 40lbs to his competition. James Foody of West Milford competed for the first time in over two years. He had a pair of close bouts, but come up short.

American Eagle MMA is proud to be part of the World’s #1 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team, Team Alliance. Team Alliance has been the #1 BJJ Team in the world for the past & years running. The US Headquarters are in Atlanta.

For additional information on classes and seminars in BJJ, Mixed Martial Arts, Self Defense and Kettlebell training, visit www.philross.com or call 201-612-1429.

Master Phil Ross posing with Professor Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. Chief Instructor, Team Alliance BJJ after the Phase 1 Certification.

August 25th & 26th, Atlanta, GA: American Eagle MMA Chief Instructor, Master Phil Ross completed his Phase 1 Instructor Training with Team Alliance BJJ. AEMMA is now a Certified Alliance BJJ School. There were 12 Instructors from many states present at the training certification. Some of the instructors present were Professor Carlos Rollyson of Miami, BJJ Black Belt David Hurley from Orlando, BJJ Black Belt Noel Danforth from Gaithersburg, MD and Danny Nolasco of El Paso, Texas Jiu Jitsu.

The Instructors were trained in the full Phase 1 Curriculum of The Team Alliance requirements. Techniques, Strategies, flow drills and class structure were all addressed.

For more information about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, call 201-612-1429 or visit our FaceBook page at American Eagle MMA & Kettlebells.

See you on the mat!