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  • Member of the Month, October 2020 - Sam Perez

    Member of the Month, October 2020 - Sam Perez

    We are very excited to announce October's Member of the Month, Sam Perez. While Sam hasn't been a member at Underdog for very long, he has certainly made an impact on all of the instructors that he has worked with here, as well as the members in the classes he has attended. While Sam can be a little bit quiet at first, spending the time to get to know him is rewarding. He is an exceptionally kind and thoughtful member with a strong heart. Congratulations on your spot as Member of the Month, Sam! We are very happy to have you here at Underdog. Memberof theMonth – October, 2020: Sam Perez How long have you been at Underdog? I’m going on my third month. How ....

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  • Member of the Month September 2020 - Amina Huric

    Member of the Month September 2020 - Amina Huric

    It's been a while since we've posted a Member of the Month. Needless to say, the past year has been a little crazy. Like many of you, we're still getting our bearings, but we wanted to get back to recognizing all of our amazing members. Amina certainly deserves this recognition. Lately, she has been attending not just her usual Strength and Conditioning classes, but has invested a tremendous amount of time and energy into the Striking program as well. On top of that, she has also been spotted attending Wrestling classes and learning some grappling. We love to see students dipping their toes into all the pools here, and it's even better when they show the energy and enthusiasm that Amina ....

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  • National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    February 5th is National Girls and Women in Sports Day! Started in 1986, this day was founded to inspire girls and women of all ages to play and be active, to realize their full power and potential. Here at Underdog, we've got a bunch of strong women in all three areas of our facility. The confidence, strength and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls and women need to become strong leaders in sports and life. Whether it's lifting weights or doing pull-ups, locking in arm bars or tightening chokes, throwing punches or bobbing and weaving, the ladies at Underdog show what it means to be strong every single day. We are happy to take any opportunity to ....

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  • Underdog Members of the Year - 2019

    Underdog 2019 Members of the Year: As we embark on the beginning of a new year, we would like to take some time to honor the members who stood out the most in the last year for their efforts. This gym is full of many excellent members, and so compiling this list was no easy task. It’s no coincidence that all of these members had previously been selected as Member of the Month: they’ve been doing it right for a while now. Without further ado, we bring you the 2019 Members of the Year. Striking – Erica Valentin The Valentin family is a strong and constant presence at Underdog Mixed Martial Arts. Erica’s brother and cousins have all fought under the Underdog ....

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  • Member of the Month - November 2019: Nick and Gayle

    Member of the Month - November 2019: Nick and Gayle

    This month, we have a husband and wife pair! Nick and Gayle have both been excellent members here at Underdog, and both of their kids train here as well. It was a blast to interview them and learn a little about their lives as well as their love and connection to the martial arts. Membersof theMonth – November, 2019 Nick Polit and Gayle Klein How long have you been at Underdog? Since February of 2017, almost two years. How long have been involved with Martial Art/Fitness Training? N: I’ve been involved in some kind of fitness training since doing sports in High School. I remember getting a pass to a local rec center when I was that age. I ....

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  • Fight Updates - Jessy Miele and Johnny Lopez

    On October 25 th and 26 th , two of our own fighters fought on one of the biggest stages in professional MMA at Bellator 231 and 232. Jessy Miele overcame a phenomenal grappler in World Champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Talita Nogueira. She improves to a 9-3 record and is now ranked as the #1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the Northeast/New England and 6 th in the entire country. Jessy is an incredible inspiration to female fighters not only at our gym but across the United States. The womens side of the sport has just begun to blossom over the last few years, and Jessy has proven herself as one of the best. Johnny Lopez also overcame a tough opponent in Dan Cormier, ....

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  • Member of the Month - October 2019: Joe Pizzuto

    Member of the Month - October 2019: Joe Pizzuto

    We are very excited to announce our October Member of the Month, Joe Pizzuto! Joe competes often in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and trains that along with Wrestling and Strength and Conditioning here at Underdog. Joe is often one of the hardest working people in the room, always responds excellently to coaching feedback, and leads by example. Memberof theMonth – October, 2019: Joe Pizzuto How long have you been at Underdog? A year and three months. How long have been involved with Martial Art/Fitness Training? Jiu-Jitsu has been an almost three year journey for me, and I’ve been wrestling for around thirteen years. I started lifting seriously around ....

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    Welcome To Our New Website! We’re Proud To Serve West Hartford with Kids Martial Arts!
    At Underdog Mixed Martial Arts, we are working hard to go above and beyond for every person who walks through our doors. And you could be next! We are offering West Hartford a hands-on approach to Kids Martial Arts. And you don’t need any prior experience to succeed! Come visit us at Underdog Mixed Martial Arts and see for yourself what makes us the best Kids Martial Arts facility in town. Just fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! And don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! ....

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