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Jose de la Rosa Jr.

MMA Instructor, Hammer XFit Instructor

For 4 years and counting, Jose has continuously dedicated himself to becoming a well-rounded Mixed Martial Artist. Jose is the head instructor for Hammer Training & Fitness’s Youth MMA Program and one of the main instructors of the Hammer XFit class. Jose has competed in several grappling tournaments, MMA fights, and Kickboxing bouts. You can always find Jose training or teaching at Hammer Training & Fitness. He is always willing to spar or roll, answer questions, or show you a new technique.

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Rodney “Sledge Hammer” Guignet Defends Title

At 47 years old, there are many people and state athletic commissions that would say Rodney “Sledge Hammer” Guignet is too old to fight in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). But like the last Rocky movie, Guignet does not let that stop him. In August 2011, he brought home the Barbarian Fight Club Light Heavyweight Title from Virginia. At that fight, his opponent, who was about half his age, took Guignet for granted. Guignet proved him wrong by finishing the fight in the first round with a north-south choke submission. After his impressive and devastating victory, he earned the respect of a lot of fighters in the Virginia area and many were afraid to fight him, so he has never been asked back to defend his title there.

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A Real Life Rocky: Can He Win a Trifecta?

At 47 years old, there are many people and state athletic commissions that would say Rodney “Sledge Hammer” Guignet is too old to fight in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). But like the last Rocky movie, Guignet does not let that stop him. In August 2011, he brought home the Barbarian Fight Club Light Heavyweight Title from Virginia. At that fight, his opponent, who was about half his age, took Guignet for granted. Guignet proved him wrong by finishing the fight in the first round with a north-south choke submission. After his impressive and devastating victory, he earned the respect of a lot of fighters in the Virginia area and many were afraid to fight him, so he has never been asked back to defend his title there.

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Michael Manion

MMA Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor, Isshin Ryu Karate Instructor

Michael Manion has been studying Isshin Ryu Karate since 2003 and is a member of the Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (OIKKA). Over the years, Michael has had the opportunity to train with Master John Devine, Hanshi N. Morgan Woods, Kyoshi Dayne Walz, Renshi Rodney S. Guignet and Sensei Rebecca Pizzolatto. Also during this time, Michael was active in regional martial arts tournaments. Michael placed very often when entering competitions including a grand championship and many other first through third places.

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Rodney S. Guignet

Owner, MMA Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor, Grappling Instructor, BJJ Instructor, USA Boxing Coach, Hammer XFit Creator & Instructor, Isshin Ryu Karate Instructor, Self-Defense Instructor

Rodney S. Guignet has over 30 years of training, starting with high school and college wrestling. He received his Fifth Degree Black Belt in Isshin Ryu Karate in August 2004. Rodney S Guignet has been a member of the Okinawan Isshin Ryu Karate and Kobudo Association (OIKKA), the International Association of Martial Artists (IAMA), the National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA), and the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA). Rodney is an instructor level in American Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Rodney holds a Black Belt in Hammer Submission Grappling, which he has developed. Rodney has also been certified by USA Boxing as a coach and corner. Rodney has been licensed as a corner in MMA, Boxing, and Kickboxing on both the amateur and professional levels.

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