Martial Arts

New combined martial arts academy opens in Nook Brook for lovers to get their kicks

A man stands in a martial arts studio in a mall.
Ben Cox is a co-owner of and an teacher at Anchor Fight Academy in Nook Brook. (James Grudić/CBC)

Martial arts lovers on Newfoundland’s west coast have a brand new studio the place they will study, practise and spar.

Anchor Fight Academy is now providing courses in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and kickboxing. Lessons can be found for college kids ages seven and up and are open to all ranges of capability and athleticism.

The academy opened its doorways in Nook Brook’s Millbrook Mall on Jan. 2, and the courses have been extra fashionable than the house owners anticipated. 

“We have had a lot of individuals join. We began with 15 and now we’re over 70,” co-owner Ben Cox informed CBC Information.

“I believed we might have possibly 40 individuals join all yr, however we had 40 individuals on the primary day,” stated grappling teacher  and co-owner Colin MacMichael.

For the previous seven years the group taught and practised as Nook Brook Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one thing extra akin to a floating group than a proper academy. They’d meet on the Vine Place Group Centre in Dunfield Park, utilizing the gymnasium area rent-free.

A man wearing a gi stands in a martial arts studio.
Colin MacMichael is a co-owner of and head grappling teacher at Anchor Fight Academy in Nook Brook. (James Grudić/CBC)

However the casual nature of the group, mixed with a scarcity of devoted area, made it tough to promote, to accommodate new members and to host courses for kids and youths. 

The thought to start out a brand new academy included hope for extra members in addition to a extra comfy area to practise in. It additionally introduced alongside the dangers of beginning up a brand new enterprise.

“We have been so nervous. We weren’t positive who was going to enroll,” stated Cox. “Now it is beginning to really feel like residence.”

Head grappling teacher MacMichael, who has 12 years’ expertise and a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, says Anchor Fight Academy is filling a necessity within the space.

“I feel Nook Brook was actually hurting for one thing for this,” stated MacMichael.

“Different individuals have tried these types of issues, however I feel we will be the place for martial arts in Nook Brook.”

Two men talk while demonstrating a grappling technique for a martial arts class.
MacMichael demonstrates a way with a pupil whereas others watch. (James Grudić/CBC)

Academy member Junior McCarthy began coaching in martial arts at age 17 however fell out of shape for the previous three years. 

“I used to be playing around with it at residence, nevertheless it’s nothing like coming to class,” stated McCarthy. “Class is dedication.”

Now at age 50, he is donned the gloves as soon as once more as a pupil in grownup hanging courses. 

“It is my second day again and I’m so sore,” he stated. “It feels nice.”

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