Master Phil Ross - 7th Degree Black Belt
Master Phil Ross – 8th Degree Black Belt

Everyone involved in Martial Arts gains…. whether from the enjoyment of increasing one’s Athletic and Martial Arts Skills while learning The Science of Fighting, from the many health and appearance benefits of Physical Training and Fitness, from gaining The Mental Edges of Confidence, Discipline and Inner Peace, to the personal Challenges of Competition; if one chooses to do so in your studio, local tournaments or even the stage of Ultimate Fighting. No matter what aspect one desires, martial arts training is beneficial and attractive for anyone who desires to build their mind, body and spirit. – Saya Phil Ross

BGS, RKC, CK-FMS, CPT, Internationally Recognized Instructor, Trainer and Wrestling Coach with over 35 years of experience competing and training in the Martial Arts and Fitness.

Many people have asked me how and why I became an instructor. It can be summed up very simply. The Martial Arts and Fitness has become a way of life for me. Aside from the obvious health benefits, it has made me the man I am today. The lessons of hard work and discipline cannot be found anywhere else. The problem solving, the goal achievement and all of the dedication it takes to become successful has enabled me to overcome a multitude of adversities and reach levels of achievement and a belief in myself that would NEVER be possible without the rigors of training.

My personal, physical and spiritual gains have been so great, that I feel compelled to pass this knowledge onto others so that they too may experience what I have. There is no greater joy than to see someone persevere and achieve with the skills and knowledge that you have been able to pass onto them. I feel so strongly about the benefits of training that I have passed them onto to my family members. Witnessing my daughter attain the level of Jr. Black Belt, after 10 years of training, was one of the most memorable moments of my life. Having my son, niece and nephew training on my floor gives me great pride. I trained my younger brother for 22 years and my younger sister for over 12. It was incredible watching them grow, develop, achieve and change through their time with me. Now they are recognized internationally in the fields of Martial Arts and Fitness, respectively. It has given me great pleasure to have trained them.

There are many other very accomplished individuals that have trained and continue to train with me; The US Navy SEALs, UFC Fighters, Martial Arts School Owners, Professional Fighters, FBI Agents, DEA Agents, Police Officers, US Marines, Professional Athletes, Doctors, Attorneys, a High School Principal, Students with Special Needs, School Teachers, Computer Programmers, Wall Street moguls, moms and dads. The lessons that they learn are carried over into their everyday lives. It’s an incredible feeling to receive a visit from a college student as they relay a story to you about how the lessons you taught them had such a positive impact upon their lives. When the students that I have taught positively influence and guide others with the lessons learned from training with me, there can be no bigger thrill.

The people that I have met and the friendships that I have forged from my involvement in the martial arts and fitness fields is irreplaceable. The more people that share in the same joy and peace of mind that I enjoy, the better.

Master Ross was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and is a High School Wrestling Coach for an NJ State ranked team. He has had the good fortune of either training under and/or receiving ranks from:

  • Professor Jon Collins: East/West Martial Arts Alliance/Bando
  • Dr. Patrick Finely: Bando/Arnis & Shootfighting
  • Frank Shamrock: Shamrock Submission Fighting
  • Professor Mitch Coats: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Team Alliance
  • Dr. Maung Gyi: American Bando Assoc.
  • Shihan James Martin: Shotokan Karate
  • Guro Dan Inosanto: Arnis (Through Patrick Finely)
  • Tom Patire: CDT
  • Dr. Mike Evangel: Taekwondo
  • Chris Catalfo: US Wrestling Olympian
  • Dave Pruzansky: Pan American Judo Champion
  • Carl Cestari: Combatu Defendu Jujutsu
  • Cosmo Ferro (Grandfather) – Western Boxing, Silk City Gym, Paterson, NJ


Marine Corps Pyramid Workout.

 More Fit & Fifty!
If you have about 27 minutes today, try the Marine Pyramid. Our Boxing Coach Joe Rubino brought it in last night. I hadn’t seen it in quite some time. GREAT STUFF!

   Marine Corps Pyramid Routine
Chin Ups   Dips   Push Ups   Sit Ups   Squats
4                    6         15                25              15
6                   8         20               30              20
8                  10        25               35              25
10                12         30             40             30
12               14          35              45            35
10               12          30            40            30
8                  10         25            35             25
6                8             20          30             20
4                6             15           25             15
Totals:  68            86          215          305           215

No rest between sets

30 seconds rest between exercises


Welcome to Master Phil Ross’ YouTube Channel. Please feel free to take advantage of this opportunity to view one of the World’s Foremost authorities on Martial Arts & Fitness: FREE OF CHARGE! Have fun and expand your training knowledge with the posted workouts, movements and Defensive Tactics.

Master Phil Ross poses with Kettlebell

Master Trainer Phil Ross poses with Kettlebell

I was recently interviewed by Reggie Malz, a reporter for 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 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

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. 

The Re-Evolution of the Martial Arts:  We are not speaking of a “Revolution, but a “Re-Evolution”. It is quite evident that the Martial Arts have, on a whole, become fragmented. I say “have become” because at the inception of the arts, all warring (martial) arts included the employment of a full arsenal of weapons. The military practiced kicking, punching, blocking, striking, throws and submission holds. As different instructors taught the arts, they had a tendency to focus on what they personally did best or what techniques and methodology suited their particular area. That’s a quick summation of Martial Arts evolution.


For decades there were always countless arguments on who would win a fight: boxers, wrestlers, kickboxers, Judo players, Taekwondo or Karate practioners. There were several attempts in the 70’s to uncover the best art. The infamous fight between Mohamed Ali and Japanese Wrestler Antonio Inoki and Aaron Banks hosted a tournament in Madison Square Garden that pitted boxing vs. Karate, Taekwondo vs. Judo, etc… None of it ever caught on, until the emergence of the UFC.


MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) had its rocky beginnings and then almost fell by the wayside a few years back. Now it is on the upswing. As testimony to the popularity of Spike, UFC, Pride and Strike Force, to name a few, MMA is becoming more and more mainstream. It’s the boxing of the future.


15 years ago, anyone who taught a “Mixed Martial Art” was chastised for not being a purist. Now, if you do not include some type of reality or ground fighting in your system people will overlook your school. Beware of simply adding a few chokes or locks into your system; it is not enough. You must adopt a full curriculum in order to apply the techniques in a useful manner.


I have had the pleasure of working with Frank Shamrock. His system, SSF (Shamrock Submission Fighting), is a complete system that has abided by the Tao of Bruce Lee: “Absorb what is Useful”. The validity of his material as presented eliminates unnecessary movement, training methods and philosophies. The manner in which he presents the transitory fighting application is very succinct and direct. Moving from kicking to striking to takedown to submission, demonstrate why he is such a successful fighter.


You will soon discover that in order to finish an opponent, positioning is the key. If you have ever seen a couple of dogs fight, the one who wins the scramble, wins the advantage. Your movement must be perpetual and purposeful. SSF teaches you the submission positions and the transition from one range to another, as well as one position to another. These skills are developed through a series of drills and games. The drills and games are not only fun, but they develop the skills necessary for positioning during combat. As we all know, position yields control; not only ultimately of your opponent but more importantly of yourself.


Embracing the modern method of fighting and training is essential to your (and your students’) growth as a martial artists. Open your mind to integrating elements of MMA into your curriculum. Your students won’t be disappointed.

Master of Sports - Pavel Tsatsouline & RKC Level 2 Instructor Phil Ross

Master of Sports - Pavel Tsatsouline & RKC Level 2 Instructor Phil Ross

Master Phil Ross after training with MMA Superstar Jeff Monson

Master Phil Ross after training with MMA Superstar Jeff Monson
Master Phil Ross with Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell
Master Phil Ross with Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell

Top Ranked UFC Fighter Mike Massesnzio and Master Ross

Top Ranked UFC Fighter Mike Massesnzio and Master Ross

UFC Fighter Mike Massenzio with MMA Madness Editor Hector Castro

UFC Fighter Mike Massenzio with MMA Madness Editor Hector Castro

Team Massenzio Pre-Fight UFC 92 in Las Vegas

Team Massenzio Pre-Fight UFC 92 in Las Vegas

Weigh-ins for UFC 92 Mike Massenzio & CB Dollaway

Weigh-ins for UFC 92 Mike Massenzio & CB Dollaway

Master Phil Ross with UFC Legend Matt Hughes
Master Phil Ross with UFC Legend Matt Hughes

Master Ross training with 5x UFC Champion - Frank "The Legend" Shamrock

Master Ross training with 5x UFC Champion - Frank "The Legend" Shamrock

Post Training Photo with UFC Legend Frank Shamrock, Master Phil Ross and Martial Arts Hall of Famer Ernie Reyes

Post Training Photo with UFC Legend Frank Shamrock, Master Phil Ross and Martial Arts Hall of Famer Ernie Reyes

Master Phil Ross with the "Italian Bad Boy" Chuck Zito

Master Phil Ross with the "Italian Bad Boy" Chuck Zito

Master Ross with Martial Arts Legend and UFC Champion Maurice Smith

Master Ross with Martial Arts Legend and UFC Champion Maurice Smith

The Shamrock Fight Team after Frank's return to the ring victory over Ceasar Gracie

The Shamrock Fight Team after Frank's return to the ring victory over Ceasar Gracie

Master Phil Ross with American Top Team Coach Ricardo Liboro

Master Phil Ross with American Top Team Coach Ricardo Liboro

Master Phil Ross after training with UFC Superstar Thiago "Pitbull" Alves

Master Phil Ross after training with UFC Superstar Thiago "Pitbull" Alves

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Are you embarrassed to start the Martial Arts because you do not know any moves or you are not in shape?

Is there a lack of schools in your area that appeal to you?

Are you afraid of being attacked?


Defensive Tactics & Fitness Professional Phil Ross’ S.A.V.E. ™ Self Defense Workout Video Series.

What is S.A.V.E. ™ and Who is it for?


The S.A.V.E. ™ Program (Survive A Violent Environment), is a unique workout designed to develop the skills necessary for Self Defense. By following the guidelines and practicing with the instructional/workout video the practitioner will enhance the skills as learned through taking the course or as an adjunct to their current Martial Arts training program. The basic level skills included in the program are necessary for fitness and for survival in a violent environment. One needs to be physically fit, have developed muscle memory, and possess knowledge of practical defensive tactics in order to effectively defend oneself, if attacked. This program addresses all of the aforementioned. Once this has been accomplished, “IT” (Instinctive Technique) has been developed. Once “IT” takes over, thought is removed from the process and the potential victim reacts to the external stimuli instinctively.

Who is S.A.V.E. ™ for? The program is designed for everyone. Whether you are a novice or non-martial artist looking to get in shape or a seasoned black belt searching to add to your current repertoire or teach a new class at your studio, this high energy, low impact workout is the answer.

S.A.V.E. ™ is a unique Self Defense and Fitness Program. The techniques and methodology employed were developed by Philip G. Ross, from his more than 30 years of experience in the martial arts, fitness and security fields. The system is comprised of defensive tactics and develops a mindset that enables virtually any person regardless of age and ability, to learn how to defend his or herself while getting in shape. The program is broken into three basic categories:

1) Heighten Awareness: Introductory 1 hour Lecture/Demonstration. Makes people aware of what to avoid and how to identify potentially hazardous situations. Also alleviates the feelings of helplessness by demonstrating what can be done.

2) Increase fitness and development of “IT” Instant Technique: Taking the Level 1 certification course and practicing regularly with a partner or the S.A.V.E. video will enable the practitioner to develop an instantaneous response when attacked.

3) Share the knowledge: At the higher levels, S.A.V.E. is designed to develop instructors. This will enable those interested in teaching the self defense and fitness method to anyone who is willing to learn.