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I started training in roughly '92 after watching 1 too many Ninja Turtle cartoon and JCVD movie. I thought a man had to be ready for a nunchuck fight in a dark alley so I was looking to learn.
It wasn't difficult to get started, I just had limited choices. I started with Taekwondo as that's what was available in the small town where I grew up. I didn't get into Muay Thai until '99 after I moved to Calgary.
CCMA is the club to go to for Muay Thai for the super supportive atmosphere as well as the variety of instructors and their different experiences.
Beginners should expect to be challenged both physically and mentally. They will be in a very small group for their first 5 sessions and be taught very basic movements. They'll learn skills they can apply to all aspects of their life, not just "self-defense". For myself, Martial arts is a life-long journey of self discovery and character building.
Speaking on behalf of my daughter Melissa Fryer, I can say with confidence that being involved with Champions Creed has been a hugely positive factor in Melissa’s life and has greatly contributed to who she is today.
Melissa started Brazilian Ju-jitsu when she was 6 years old, over 8 years ago back when Champions Creed was known as BDB. For the last 8 years Melissa has been actively competing and training in Brazilian Ju-jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai kickboxing and MMA.
Through the mentorship of her coach and role model Shelia Bird and the Champions Creed family of students, teachers and peers at the club, she has developed what I would call a “Martial Arts Way of Life”. Training, diet, discipline, respect, honor, commitment and determination are all things that now make up who she is as a person. She will carry these qualities on throughout the rest of her life regardless of the career path she ends up on.
As a parent, I have full confidence that Melissa is in good hands anytime she is at the club. Their focus on a safe and friendly atmosphere where anyone can develop as a martial artist at their own pace, under the direction of professionals, makes the decision to continue to be part of the club an easy one.
I have trained Jiujitsu with Brian since about 2001. I can say with confidence that his instruction and coaching is world class. He teaches with an attention to detail like very few others. I always felt confident when Brian was in my corner. By using a methodical curriculum, Brian's students are enabled to learn, and then teach and share techniques with their teammates. This in turn creates an environment of a strong team and a strong family. I am always proud to say Brian Bird is my Coach and Champions Creed is my team.
I have been involved in Martial Arts basically my entire life. I have done (by alphabetical order) Hapkido, Kali, Karate, Kempo (twice), Tae Kwon Do (twice) and Wing Chun.
Before going any further, I must point out that I am not a fighter, never was and never will be. I have never been involved in any fisticuff, not even a shoving match. Never even competed, although there was a time when I did enjoy sparring with friends. I have never felt the need or urge to compete, not that competition is wrong. I did not take up Martial Arts for self defence. For me, it was simply just a way of life. All I want to do is to be better today than what I was yesterday and hopefully, will be better tomorrow that what I am today, both as a martial artist and as a person.
In 2006/2007, I was at a crossroad. I was getting older and slower but more importantly, I was getting tired of punching, kicking, blocking and breaking stuff. There has to be more that martial arts than breaking bones and boards. I started searching high and low for alternatives, taking up yoga, spin classes, steps, circuit training etc. I had no idea what I wanted to do and was willing to try anything. I knew, however, that any new place I was looking for to train should have the 4 things that were, and still are, very important to me. Safety in training, respectful environment, first class facility and top notch instructors who not only have the credentials but are also passionate about teaching. I joined BDB in the fall of 2007 and it is the best decision I have ever made. I can honestly say that if it were not for BDB/CCMA, I would most certainly have quit Martial Arts by now. It has the 4 prerequisites I was looking for in a gym plus a nice extra something that is very rare to find elsewhere. That extra something is now the biggest draw for me. CCMA is also a ‘social club’ of sorts. There is a certain dynamism in the gym that is tough to explain. The interaction of the members is truly a thing of beauty. They are very quick to help each other, not just on the mat but also off the mat. But it is not always fun and game. When you show up for class, get ready for a good heavy workout. After 7 years, I still have trouble finishing a class most of the time. I would love to keep up with the young bucks but I am perfectly content doing what I can, when I can and forever long I can.
And one more thing. Check your ego at the door when you come in. Remember, a bruised head hurts a heck of a lot more that a bruised ego.
My name is Guillermo me and two of my daughters joined Champion's Creed Martial Arts back in February 2011. I was 35 years old and weighing 240 lbs. My daughters wanted to learn a martial art, and suggested that I should join as well. So I did, but we first joined a different gym. We were at that gym for one month and we felt that we hadn't learned anything, except how to take a beating and there were a lot of those. So after a month of not being able to walk very well we quit that gym and healed our bodies. After the holidays we decided to look for another gym, my daughters enjoyed Muay Thai and I have to admit so did I, except for the not being able to walk part. I found the Champion's Creed website on line, and called them for some info.
I talked to Sheila Bird and she seemed very open and welcoming. I explained our situation, as far as what we went through at the other place, she told me not to worry, the instructors at Champion's Creed were first class and that we were welcome to try the classes for one week free! Well, we thought how bad can it be one week of learning or... more beatings. I'm happy to say everything was as advertised, the instructors are the best, you have some of the best in the sport teaching you, they take time to help every student, whenever it's needed. I'm so happy to have found this school, my daughters are exited for every class and they're learning to defend themselves.
The other students are great . As for me I've lost 40 lbs and still going