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Amateur Sports: A New Wave of Philadelphia Fighters

Amateur Sports: A New Wave of Philadelphia Fighters

Philadelphia is a fighting city. And as the sport of boxing continues to fall in popularity, a new crew of fighters are earning their stripes in a different discipline: jiu jitsu. Fighters like Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder, who holds a 12-3 record in his 15 professional fights. Felder trains under Daniel Gracie, owner of […]

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Amateur Sports: Five Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Helping Lead the Craze

Amateur Sports: Five Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Helping Lead the Craze

From “Rocky” to the Blue Horizon boxing venue to Front Street Gym in Kensington, this city has always been a fighting town. But as boxing gyms and venues close around the city, mixed martial arts is gaining in popularity. Training, cage fighting and dance are becoming more common as a rich Brazilian MMA scene is forming around the city. At […]

 

Center City: Want Authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu? Visit Balance Studios

Center City: Want Authentic Gracie Jiu-Jitsu? Visit Balance Studios

Tucked away at the intersection of Ionic and Bonsall streets sits Balance Studios, a martial arts center specializing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, mixed martial arts and yoga. While numerous studios in Philadelphia teach the aforementioned arts, it’s Balance’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu program that makes the facility truly world class. Brazilian jiu-jitsu (also known as Gracie […]