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Welcome Head of Boxing at Paradigm Southwest, Leroy Fountain

Leroy Fountain has been involved with boxing as a competitor and coach for over 25 years. Leroy won Golden Gloves in 1994 and was the Pennsylvania State Champion in 1995. He went on to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region in the 1996 Olympic Trials were he reached the semi finals in 139lb weight division. Leroy turned pro in 2001 and finished his career with a professional record of 11-2. As a coach, Leroy is passionate about developing young fighters and his students have had success in both Jr. Olympics and Golden Gloves competition.

 

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New MMA Coach, Leroy Vazquez

We are so excited to announce Leroy Vazquez as the Coach of Paradigm's MMA Program. Leroy has long been a leader on our team and now will formally step into the roll of Coach!

See a statement from Coach Leroy below:

"I have a passion for mixed martial arts. I started competing in MMA well past my athletic prime which meant I usually fought quicker, faster, and younger opponents. Fortunately with age comes wisdom so I prepared myself by working as hard as I could and I utilized all of the resources, classes, teammates, and coaches available to me at Paradigm Training Center. I went 6-1 as an amateur and finished my amateur career as the Cage Combat lightweight champion. As a professional I am currently 2-0. After 5 years actively training and competing based out of Paradigm Training Center, I feel I have learned what it takes to be successful in this sport. I look forward to a new chapter in my career as a coach, and having the opportunity to help my teammates and a new generation of Paradigm fighters to achieve their goals.

There are several keys to success in the game of Mixed Martial Arts: striking, Grappling, Wrestling, cardio and physical conditioning, among others. I am by no means an expert in all of these areas. I see my role as MMA coach as being a leader and helping to guide our athletes to leverage all of the resources we have at Paradigm and put them together with an effective strategy. This is the recipe for success that worked for me, and I am certain it will work for others!”

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Part II of 5 Tips for Wrestlers Transitioning to BJJ

 

Technical Strengths (and Opportunities)

The five tips listed above focus primarily on how the right mindset can improve a wrestler’s chances to successfully transition to BJJ and submission grappling.  But, it is also important to be aware of the wrestler’s technical skills that are going to help in jiu-jitsu, and the tendencies that can be weaknesses if not corrected.

 

1.     Mental Toughness

This isn’t really a “technical” strength, but it is worth giving wrestlers credit for their work ethic and tenacity.  Wrestling culture embraces relentlessness, where jiu jitsu (the “gentle art”) is often praised for enabling technique to conquer brute force. Never-the-less, the wrestler’s grit is a great asset.

 

2.     Take Downs

It is no secret that wrestlers are good on their feet.  Today, many BJJ practitioners are training wrestling and Judo to improve their takedowns.  But, it is very difficult to completely close the gap with wrestlers who have spent years honing this specific skill. Once swept, however, a wrestler’s tendency to go to his belly, exposing his back, can be a deadly mistake.

 

3.     Solid Base

Wrestlers are also known to have terrific top control.  Experience holding an opponent down to prevent his escape gives wrestlers good balance and scrambling ability. A watch-out here is that wrestlers tend to keep their hips high, which allows space for the opponent to recover guard

 

About the author: Reed Shelger is the owner of Paradigm Training Center in Houston, TX.  He was an NCAA Division-1 wrestler at UC Davis.  He was the IBJJF World Champion in the Master Purple Belt division and is a regular competitor in the Texas BJJ scene.

 

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Now Offering Strength & Conditioning on Friday Evenings

Come try out our New Strength & Conditioning Class on Friday Evenings at 6:30pm at our South Rice location! Kevin Warren, will be leading this class. You can check out Kevin's fitness Blog at https://the9to5athlete.wordpress.com

 

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5 Tips for Wrestlers Transitioning to BJJ

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5 Tips for Wrestlers Transitioning to BJJ

The skill sets involved in wrestling and BJJ are very similar, so why don’t we see more former wrestlers competing in BJJ?  With such a massive talent pool, one would expect to see wrestlers dominating jiu jitsu in America. But, while many wrestlers have dabbled in some form of submission grappling, the reality is that very few successfully make the transition.

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Cage Combat 23! Get your Tickets NOW!

Come out and show your support for Paradigm teammates, Itzel Esquivel, Sebastian Storm, and Tim Cormier. It is going to be an exciting night for Team Paradigm!! Get your tickets NOW at Paradigm Galleria.

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Legacy 50 Kickoff Party

Join us this coming Friday, January 22nd as we kick off Legacy 50 with a Pre celebration!

In support of our fighters Itzel and Dulani, the gym will CLOSE early at 7pm.

We will still have Judo at our normal 5:30p, but our Kickboxing class, normally at 6:30, will be CANCELLED.

Hope to see all of you there!

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