Bill Rose had never done mixed martial arts before stepping onto the mats at Supreme Sports Club. He knew martial arts would be a good workout, though — he’d done a few years of taekwondo in college, and he much preferred this kind of exercise over lifting weights or running.
This past February, Rose began taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing classes through Columbia Association (CA). The 24-year-old white belt from Columbia is learning by doing, both through instructor Alvin Chan and by “rolling” with his classmates.
“There’s this big mentality of allowing yourself to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, to tap out and to make mistakes, because that’s how you learn,” Rose said.
Chan, a personal trainer for CA, is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt and is a former member of the World Kickboxing Association’s U.S. Thai Boxing team.
“The experience and knowledge that he brings is astounding,” Rose said. “He’s been in every single position and situation and knows how to teach it. He’s like a walking encyclopedia.”
The classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at Supreme Sports Club, located at 7080 Deepage Drive in east Columbia. Classes are for all levels; no prior experience is required. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes go from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Muay Thai runs from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Classes are open to anyone 14 and up. Waivers for those 13 and younger will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Youth classes are expected to begin soon.
The cost for unlimited MMA classes is $125 a month for CA members and $135 a month for non-members. Included in that price is a plain white Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi — these classes train with a gi on Mondays and without a gi on Wednesdays. Regular gym attire is allowed at the Muay Thai classes. Groin protection is highly recommended for Muay Thai students.
To sign up, go to ColumbiaAssociation.org/login, call 410-381-5355 or visit Supreme Sports Club’s front desk. For more information, contact Chan at Alvin.Chan@ColumbiaAssociation.org.