Head MMA Coach and Striking Instructor

Kids Martial Arts near West Hartford

Coach Russell Leak

The owner of Underdog MMA, Sifu Russell Leak began training Jeet Kune Do under Master Instructor Chris Smith in 2003. In the years that followed Russell honed his striking, grappling and weapons technique earning the rank of Full Instructor under Sifu Smith and Grand Master Richard Bustillo of the International Martial Arts and Boxing Academy (IMB) in Torrance, Ca. Sifu Russell is also a purple belt in BJJ under Professor Rafael Quinones and a USA Boxing Coach. As the head MMA coach for the fighters at the academy, Russell has coached many of the top local amateur and pro fighters in Hartford since the academy began, bringing multiple fighters to Bellator and the UFC. While his MMA fighters have gone on to win numerous championships, Russell is equally excited to train the recreational athlete and those more interested in self-defense. His teaching style is a perfect blend of street practicality and sport efficiency.

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