All classes are self-defense oriented and are conducted in a controlled, safe environment.
Kids MMA Class
This class focuses on a variety of MMA disciplines. Kids will have fun building self-discipline, strength, confidence and focus. Classes include exercises, drills, safety tips and realistic approaches to self defense situations. Students learn core life skills such as self control, respect and patience. They also develop better fine motor skills such as strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. These are fun & energetic classes!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Ernest Mendez has had an interest in martial arts since he was a kid. In 1984, he attended his first karate school. He was fortunate to have instructors that were world class kickboxers which started his interest in the science of boxing. In the 90’s, he trained with friends that were professional MMA fighters.
Ernest started his personal training career in 1990. He quickly acquired an amazing cliental working with business minds to professional athletes. He always enjoyed traveling, exploring and pushing the limits of life. He competed in numerous extreme endurance races and climbed some of the highest peaks in North America, South America and Europe.
Ernest has had great opportunities to train with and under well respected boxers, Muay Thai instructors and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu professors from all over the world. His passion continues to grow as he continues learning. He received his black belt in 2017 under Professor Eduardo de Lima, Gracie Barra out of Clearwater, Florida.
Ernest has the ability to bring his students to a better understanding of martial arts and fitness. Many of his students have competed in tournaments and medaled in their division.
He was born in Mexico, grew up in Dallas and has called the Roaring Fork Valley home since 2006.
I want to thank the following people for their passion, knowledge and teaching styles: Professor Eduardo de Lima, Alex Andrade, Joao Zeferino, Kenny McClure, Octavio Couto, Bruno “Longman” Ewald, Saekson Janjira, Jason House, Francisco Sanchez, Guy Mezger, Freddie Poole, Oleg Taktarov, Phil Sawyer, Kru Ting, Tim Kirby, Steve Sosa and William Beach. I appreciate and respect my students who have inspired me to continually strive to be a better instructor.