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a fitness center for the whole family
Are you ready to take control of your health and well being, and relieve the stress of the daily routine of work? Muhammad’s Boxing and Martial Arts Center (MBMAC) could be the answer the public has been looking for. Punching your way into shape, and starting a new and enriching lifestyle that will ultimately lead you to mental and physical self-improvement, may be the answer many fitness enthusiasts have been looking for.
Located on the main stretch of the business end of King George at 7979 Kings Highway, the center is easy to find. For the past seven months, men and women of all ages have embraced the idea of staying in shape, while learning the finer aspects of self-defense.
Owner and MBMAC instructor Yusuf Muhammad’s short-range business goal was to educate the public on the science of staying in shape while focusing on self-defense. “It was important to me that I make my facility inviting for everybody.” Muhammad said. “I didn’t want the old gym images of spit buckets and people using foul language. I want my clients to be comfortable here, and I want to keep it clean. I demand that everybody respect one another.”
Noteworthy as an accomplished martial arts expert, Muhammad’s qualifications speak volumes about his dedication. He spent 35 years as a law enforcement officer, which included being police chief in the city of Glen Arden, Md. For 10 years, he served as a defensive tactics officer, where he trained police officers on the basics and advanced officer training levels.
During his teenage years, Muhammad realized he needed direction and purpose to his life. Rather than head down the downward spiral of being on the other side of the law, he utilized martial arts as a source for focus. “After taking up boxing and martial I realized it was making a significant difference in my life—and now I feel a strong desire to do the same for people in the King George community,” Muhammad said.
Whether you’re five or over seventy years old, MBMAC has a tailor-made-plan just for you. As for the four to six-year-old “Little Ninja Program,” the idea is to teach eight fundamental skills which provide discipline, coordination, control and focus memory. “We’ve found through studies that these are the fundamental skills that a child needs to grow physically and psychologically. We focus on one skill per day, and build on those skills. At the end of each class, the student receives a skill stripe from eight different character stripes - and once they receive eight character stickers, they get to test for the next belt,” Muhammad said.
As for the seven to 13-year-old-group, the curriculum becomes more advanced, as participants are introduced to the “Pit System.” The Pit System martial arts program revolves around the self-defense technique of Hawaiian Kempo mixed martial arts. Hawaiian Kempo combines northern kung fu, boxing, kajukenbo, kickboxing, judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling and extreme fitness ala cross-fit/cross-pit.
The 14 to adult classes are more advanced where students are required to wear uniforms, and they are placed in a program to earn belts.
A yoga fitness program is now featured at MBMAC. Muhammad has spared no expense to insure that his 3,000-foot facility allows the public the opportunity to explore all of their fitness interests. “It’s not as easy as people think,” Muhammad said. “It’s a lot of work involved in yoga, and it’s challenging—but the first time I finished a workout, I felt so relaxed and stress-free.”
Presently, MBMAC is organizing a fight team that will include males and females of all weight classes. Most recently, a youth from KGHS experienced his first fight in Spotsylvania. Coming in January - a boxing match is planned for one of Muhammad’s lady fighters in Spotsylvania.
Also, MBMAC will soon offer defensive tactic classes specifically for law enforcement. “Based on my law enforcement background, and being a defensive tactics instructor, I plan on tailoring a program just for law enforcement—and specific to encounters they will encounter on the streets,” Muhammad said.
MBMAC is an affiliate school with “The Pit,” which is a mixed martial arts school that originated out of California. Currently “The Pit” has affiliate schools throughout the United States. The most famous student of “The Pit” is former mixed martial arts heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
“One resolution at the top of a lot of people’s agenda is getting back into shape,” Muhammad said. “This isn’t step aerobics or cycling—this is something that relieves stress, and you truly learn how to defend yourself at the same time. One of the things that is important to me is the motto, which is this is a fitness center for the whole family.”
For general information about classes or joining the center’s fight team, call (540) 775-7555; also go online to www.boxingandmartialartscenter.com.
Leonard M. Banks