Exercise Should build a skill.
Otherwise, we're sorta wasting time.

Here at NJ Personal Training and MMA, we teach you how to beat the crap out of your opponents... and simultaneously get you into ridiculous shape.  

After all, why not build powerful MMA technique while you build your abs and such?

I don't know what brought you here, but if you're feeling crappy when you look in the mirror, or if you question your ability to defend yourself, you have come to the right place.   

In fact, let’s look at my 'before' picture, and laugh at my expense! That should be fun…

I found that first pic on the left on an old hard drive not too long ago and thought it might be a good way to show you that when it comes to completely overhauling your body, I do have methods that work... and they will work for you.

Together, we will make a program that systematically helps you accomplish your goals. 

(And we will punch and kick some stuff)

So take a moment and think of your goal... what do you want to achieve?  Hold it in your mind for a second...

Do you need to burn off some fat to get there?  Or build muscle?   Perhaps you want to learn how to beat the crap out of people while simultaneously burning fat and building muscle?

Your training should be tailored to your goals,

just as your fighting style should be tailored to your body type...

Even your diet should be tailored to the task at hand.  

(Despite my clear meat-headishness, I so have a nutrition degree from UPenn, so I know a thing or two about the food game.)

In short...

1. We  take proven exercise science to push your body quickly into adaptation.

2. We combine this with the most effective mixed martial arts technique for you and your body type. 

3.  We start paying attention to the stuff that you put into your mouth.

...and after building a few simple habits, we turn you into a warrior freak. 

On top of this, we will work towards any secondary goals that you have... depending on who's Instagram you've been following. 

You want a bigger butt?  

Great.  We will build it, and it will be breathtakingly awesome... and then we'll take pictures and put it up on this website.  What!?  That's right.  I said it.  

Moving on...

I'm no web guru, but after constant pressure

I have assembled this web-portal, just for you!

(If anything is broken, please tell me so I can
scratch my head and eventually forget about it.)

You can scroll down a bit to learn about my preferred styles of martial arts and the types of training in which I am specialized.

The 'blog' contains both articles that I have written to teach you some stuff and to inspire thought. 

Sometimes, its a pile of word salad that I flung together in an effort to make Google think I'm relevant.   

If you want to read more about how / why I became a trainer, and the kind of place we run here... you can click here and keep reading but I will question your judgement.


west chester pa boxing

Boxing is should be the fundamental groundwork upon which your entire striking style should be built.

Too many fighters get distracted by the power of Muay Thai strikes and forget to build the footwork that actually sets them up!

You want to punch well?  Boxing.  You want to be able to effortlessly dodge every punch thrown at you?  Also boxing. 

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west chester PA muay thai

As far as 'stand up' arts go, this is the most brutal fighting style that there is. 

Instead of fancy moves that look pretty, Muay Thai focuses exclusively on the cutting impact of elbows, the muscle deadening blows dealt by shin bones, and the ridiculous brute force that can be generated by your knee caps.  

When it comes to women's self defense, this is the most effective standing style.


jiu jitsu in west chester pa

Jiu Jitsu (directly translated “gentle art”) is a fairly complex grappling style that has garnered a lot of respect in over the years.

With the foundation of the UFC, Jiu Jitsu was seen be be an  virtually dominant martial art, and should be a staple in all self-defense related styles.  

Instead of bashing your opponent's head with your fragile fists, you can gently choke him to sleep.

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rowan lifting downingtown personal trainer

Whether you want to build strength or muscle mass, resistance training is non-optional.  Our goal is to get your muscle to adapt, and specific goals will require specific training.  

While the majority of our training will NOT revolve around resistance training, this remains to be the best supplementary exercise for additional goals.  

Rehabbing injuries, building bigger butts, developing arm muscularity... it all comes back to pushing through  resistance

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yoga training in downingtown pa2

I'm no Yoga master, but I am fairly skilled at meditatively breathing through extremely uncomfortable physical situations... which is probably the most valuable gift that you can receive from this practice.  

(I suppose the flexibility is nice too, especially when you need to tie your limber legs around someone's neck in order to choke him.)

Nevertheless, this is one of the training methodologies that we employ when a combination of strength, flexibility, and meditative skill are required. 

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Pilates is a form of core training that is designed primarily to build the 'transversus abdominus,' which is a subset of neglected abdominal muscles that span across your abdomen.

The inventor theorized that if you can make these muscles strong enough, they can overcompensate for weakness elsewhere in the body, and allow you to heal.

Despite being considered a 'girly exercise' system, there is massive athletic benefit... besides just just making your stomach look good.  In fact, I wrote and article about it, and you can click here to...

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Being flexible allows you to kick people in the head.  It also makes you more resistant to injury.

I've had trainees who have left a lifetime of pain behind them, simply be restoring the natural range of motion to previously damaged muscles.  

Sometimes, the way to make progress is simply by getting your body out of its own way. 

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While destroying the bag with a flying knee is not technically a 'plyometric', it does demonstrate what you can do with the explosive power that they build. 

This form of jumping exercise will actually trick the muscles in your lower body into contracting more violently than they would in other forms of exercise. 

As such, it's essential for any athlete who needs speed in any capacity. 

They also make your butt and legs look good...

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Being able to take people down, and being able to defend takedowns means that YOU control where the fight goes. 

If that guy knows Jiu Jitsu... stay on your feet!

If he's a boxer... take him down! 

If your goal is to be a truly well rounded martial artist, this is one of those things that we need to build.


mma training in downingtown pa

I'm literally only making this page because I have 9 pages... and that means the Takedown page to my left would be sitting here asymmetrically all by itself.

As such, I will use this ground and pound image, and write the crappiest article that I've ever written in my entire life to go with it. 

Read more... if you insist.

Let's Train...


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Regarding money and stuff, I have no interest in making you sign a contract or having your credit card automatically billed. 

Training folks is sort of a hobby for me.  I don't charge much.  I just try to find people that I like working with.

This entire 'career' has been completely accidental. 

I played football at the University of Pennsylvania for a while but walked away from the sport to fight professionally. At the time, there weren't too many fighters walking around campus or hitting the heavy bags in the gym... so people sorta started taking note.

One random day, my classmate Bari asked me if I would teach her how to fight... she hated normal exercise, and wanted to be able to beat the crap out of her foes.

I don't judge. 

I had never taught fighting before, despite having done a whole lot, but I’m a logical guy and it can't be THAT hard.  Plus, I knew a billion exercises and had extensively studied the science behind training and physical development (I was sort of an exercise science bookworm.)

Anyhow, we started training at the campus gym, and we were interrupted constantly by other people who wanted to learn.

Within weeks I had a dozen clients and after several months I was teaching and training out of my apartment almost full time. I was happily surprised by the response but also a little confused.  

Within a few months, I had my own personal training business, and my Ivy League education became completely useless. 

Now I just help people achieve their physical goals and learn how to fight like warriors. 

Perhaps you and I are somewhat alike... 

Its not hard for me to understand what it’s like to take a look at yourself in the mirror and feel a little 'meh'. The trick is to use that feeling as inspiration, to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and truly be confident that you are going to do what it takes to get there.

If I was a sales person, I would tell you that it was easy, and that everyone and their grandma can breeze right through the process if they just train with me. Just buy the biggest training package that you can buy!

(I don’t actually have training packages.)

The truth is, it's not easy, and you already know that. In the process that I went through, I certainly didn’t feel great all of the time. I had moments of discouragement and doubt, but this kinda thing is to be expected. Success is earned. Pushing through those moments will help to define who you are.

It took me four or five months to lose 60 lbs. After a year I had lost 80. Long after, just by keeping the same practices and habits loosely in mind, I haven’t put a pound of it back on. Or maybe a few. I don't weight myself anymore. I just wait for my clothes to start fitting poorly, and make changes when necessary.

Nevertheless, developing good habits and incorporating them into your lifestyle permanently is the key to long term success in the physical realm. These are habits that we can build together.

I will to put something new in your mind each time you enter my gym and teach you how to apply the principal on your own time.

Sometimes this may be a new exercise concept. Other times, it could be a martial arts technique. This all depends on you, and the goals that you have... but it will always be well designed, functional exercise.

If you want to learn how to fight, you will learn something new about MMA every time you step foot in my dojo. I'm a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I've been both boxing and kickboxing for more than 2 decades.

But again, I will build a fighting style tailored specifically to YOU. Your size, and your skills / abilities.

While we achieve this, I will push you to work beyond a level that you would have reached on your own.

If you get to the point that you no longer need me present to accomplish what you need to accomplish, I am happy to release you into the world as an educated athlete. You will be free to do what you wish with the techniques that you have learned (especially if that means writing me a testimonial).

You can spread the ways of the warrior that you learn here, to any who will listen.

You just have to find people willing to listen to you I guess.  That's always the hard part. 

Thank you for reading this!  I don't even remember why I wrote it, but it's here now and I'm not deleting it.