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Martial Arts Finds New Home in Winooski at Combat Fitness MMA

By Elisha Neubauer

Vincent Guy, owner of Combat Fitness MMA in Winooski, VT, always had a passion for fitness. But, on a visit to Toronto, he found himself inspired to open his own center after visiting a facility which specialized in multiple disciplines. Seeing a space which had multiple training areas and that focused on only functional martial arts with a proven track record of being used by military, law enforcement, and MMA athletes, Guy was driven to launch his own facility in his area.

In January of 2010, he opened Combat Fitness MMA.

"The atmosphere is friendly and accepting of all age groups, gender identity, sexuality, and cultural background," he said. "We all train, sweat, and learn together and in doing so improve our cardiovascular health and self-confidence."

The Center offers a variety of programs for all skill levels. Programs include Muay Thai kickboxing, Thai Krabi-Krabong, Western Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Filipino Martial Arts. Combat Fitness MMA offers competition teams for amateur and professional Mixed Martial Arts (Men and Women). There is also a Golden Gloves Boxing team, IBJJF Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition team, and a Full Contact Weapon Sparring Group.

In addition to quality martial arts instruction, Combat Fitness MMA offers payment options to fit every budget, and an on-site pro-shop for any gear you might need. Perhaps the most well-recognized offering from Combat Fitness MMA is the Beat the Crap Out of Cancer event.

"Our BTCOC events happen twice a year and have raised thousands towards Cancer research," Guy said. "Martial Artists from all over come to challenge each other in friendly multiple-disciplinary rules based matches while others spectate."

One hundred percent of the entry fees for Beat the Crap Out of Cancer go towards the UVM Cancer Center.

"The premise is simple: we unite together as martial artists flying no colors or flags and raise money for an excellent cause," Guy said. "Along the way we also raise some bruises, welts, and the spirit of community in the martial arts."

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