Archive for February, 2012
Monday, February 27th, 2012
LA Boxing (Baton Rouge) has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards. Based on the nominations received, LA Boxing has made it onto the final ballot in the 2012 Best Martial Arts School Central United States category.
Between February 22 and March 21, our readers will be voting for their favorites, and winners will be announced on March 30.To learn more about the awards program visit [About.com Readers' Choice Awards]. To learn more about the overall awards program visit awards.about.com.
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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
The “All-American Kid” Prepares for War
Night of Champions 3 at The Cajun Dome
Grinning through his ‘American Flag‘ mouthpiece, Matt Boyd hops from the ring following his last six minutes of the round robin; a training method he and his teammates at LA Boxing Baton Rouge often use in preparation of an upcoming fight. By rotating in a fresh fighter every few minutes as one remains in the ring, their goal is to push the individual to the brink of total exhaustion.
“I felt pretty good that last round,” Boyd reassures me. Sweating profusely from head to toe, a bruised face, and shirt nearly ripped to shreds, those were the last words I expected to hear uttered from his mouth.
In a sport that can take all and give nothing, Matt Boyd is pacing his career as a future, professional mixed martial arts fighter one step at time. His good-natured personality and lighthearted attitude were a far cry from my first impression while watching him trade punches round after round.
“I really don’t try to think too far ahead of myself. It’s about what I’m doing now. I won’t even think about the fight until the moment before I walk out. A lot of guys attempt to plan out their career and push themselves into fights too fast. One mis-step will ruin their whole mindset and sometimes destroy their future. I try to focus on improving myself just a little each day.”
And improving is exactly what the young fighter is doing. Under the guidance of local standouts such as veteran Thomas Webb, UFC’s Tim Credeur and Dustin Porier, world-class kickboxer Dustin Johnson, and Jiu Jitsu specialists Andrew Sall and Josh Mancuso, Boyd seeks to continue his dominance after finishing his last two fights in the first and second round.
“I’m no one special yet. I just work hard.” Humble goes a long way.
A commercial service technician by day and Personal Trainer at LA Boxing Baton Rouge by night, Boyd is no stranger to sacrifice. His days begin well before sun up and end in the late hours after squeezing in time to train with his team.
“I run a few basic classes at LA Boxing. It’s actually a lot of fun. My focus is to push members through challenging workouts and teach them skills they may need to use some day. A lot of members ask me what keeps me motivated and I think it should be about finding something you enjoy doing and learning to push yourself.”
Find your motivation – a phrase that Boyd adopted since childhood and continues to follow to this very day.
“I was never into the traditional team sports as a kid. [I] never tried out for basketball or football in highschool. It just didn’t motivate me. I was mostly into skateboarding. Rather than having to go to practice and having to follow specific rules from a coach, I would get on my board and motivate myself to get better. It was always more fun that way.”
Although landing a few tricks on a skateboard does not necessary parallel to punching someone in the face, Boyd finds the same passion in mixed martial arts. “I look at training the same way I look at skating. I enjoy doing it so it’s easy to push myself to get better.”
In contrast to being purely self-motivated and sufficient, Matt agrees that fighting takes an entire team to prepare properly. “I strongly believe it takes a full crew of training partners and coaches to make someone in this sport successful. I’m always looking to learn everyone’s strong points and mimic their style.” This form of adaptation often separates mediocre competitors from the elite. “I’ll study guys like BJ Penn, Vitor Belfort, and Thiago Alves and practice their movements during training. Whatever situation I find myself in, I try to adjust to the best style. And it’s really my team that gives me the best chance to be a well-rounded fighter.”
Of course, anyone within the ‘Boyd Circle’ is fully aware that his all-time favorite is the crafty Hawaiian, BJ Penn. Simply ask his girlfriend, Nicole, and she will gladly reply, “If it’s anything Penn, Matt’s read it, watched it, or owns it.” Not a bad idol to have considering Penn is regarded as the most talented fighter in the world.
But question her further about Matt stepping into the cage and it becomes a mixed bag. “Nicole supports me in becoming a successful pro, but it’s also really tough on her. I could go to work, collect a check, and she would be completely happy with that. But she knows this is something that’s important to me now and could lead to greater opportunities in the future.”
Recently jumping into the mix with Matt is his best friend and brother, Brett Boyd. Although not quite interested in being locked in a cage before cheering fans like the days of Roman Gladiators, Brett finally conceded to putting on the kimono and testing his skills in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a sport focused on ground control, chokes, and joint locks. “I’m excited to see him on the mats,” Matt remarked. “I can get pretty hard on myself when it comes to training. Especially with this fight coming up. But it’s guys like my brother and all my teammates, who I consider family, that remind me to just have fun.”
Matt Boyd is set to face Jeff Mercier of Houston, TX on Saturday, March 3rd in Lafayette’s Cajun Dome. The event held by USAMMA sets the stage for Boyd’s largest venue in his amateur career. Contingent on a convincing performance, coaches and promoters alike will be watching to give Boyd a go-ahead to the ranks of professional fighter.
“Like I said, I’m taking this one step at a time. I’m still young and have a long career ahead of me. I just need to be smart and allow everything to come together.”
Tickets to this event can be purchased by going to www.ticketmaster.com (Keyword: USA MMA) or by calling 337-214-2947.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
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Monday, February 6th, 2012
LA Boxing Baton Rouge
February 6, 2012
Saturday February 4th marked the inaugural Little Heroes Belt Ceremony. This special event is held only once every 3 months to honor and promote those in our Kid’s Jiu Jitsu Program who have shown great improvements in technique and understanding of the art. All kids in the program, regardless of athletic ability, are given one-on-one attention and instruction on execution of takedowns, sweeps, joint locks, choke holds, and escapes. Our Instructors, Coach Kevin and Coach Jessica, maintain a safe, exciting atmosphere that keep children engaged, focused, and ready to learn more.
The event began with LA Boxing Owner and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt, Gabe Miller, as he welcomed the entire team to the ceremony and thanked all parents in attendance. He spoke directly to the children as he explained the importance of not only learning and improving their skills physically but also improving themselves mentally and emotionally. “We want to see all of you get better with your defensive guard and offensive submissions, but more importantly we want to see all of you become better people,” Miller communicated. “The things you are learning in this school are not meant to hurt. They’re meant to help. By wearing that belt around your waist you are carrying the responsibility of being respectful to your parents, kind to your classmates, focused during school, and compassionate to your teammates.“
Coach Kevin Bellard then instructed promotees, Joshua Lira (9) and McKennah Bellard (10), through a series of warm-up drills and technique sequences. Before an audience of parents, teammates, and the adult BJJ Revolution Team, each student was required to demonstrate the technique called out while coaches Jessica Guedry (White Belt), Josh Mancuso (Brown Belt), and Andrew Sall (Black Belt and Head Coach) critiqued each maneuver. From sambo leg sweeps to inverted arm-bars, both Joshua and McKennah put on an amazing display of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu they’ve learned over the past 6 months. “Man, I’m just really impressed by everything they know,” remarked Scott Casternapolous, an accomplished Blue Belt and multi-tournament champion. “It’s as if they’ve soaked in every detail! I can’t imagine where they’re going to be in a few years. These kids are really going to be special.“
Saturday was also a special day, personally, for Coach Kevin Bellard. He got a bit choked up while awarding his daughter, McKennah, to her next belt. “It really meant a lot to me,” expressed Kevin. “Not every day does a father get the opportunity to promote his daughter in Jiu Jitsu.” Joshua Lira was officially promoted to Yellow/White while McKennah received her Orange/White Belt. The ceremony was a great success with lots of promise for a growing kid’s program. The next Belting Ceremony will be announced in the next few weeks. The Little Heroes Program is now accepting new students. Every child interested in getting started with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, between ages 7-12, is given 1 Free Month of classes at LA Boxing Baton Rouge. They are confident children will grow stronger as individuals both physically and mentally through this great program.
If you are interested in getting your child started in an INCREDIBLE martial art contact LA Boxing Baton Rouge at 225-291-5269 or visit Little Heroes!
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Little Heroes Belt Ceremony is a special event for our Kid’s Jiu Jitsu Program and entire BJJ Revolution Team. It is Coach Kevin’s and Coach Jessica’s opportunity to honor and promote the students who have shown dedication, progress, and personal achievement.
Not only do we focus on improving our children’s skills on the mat but we also strive to instill the qualities of Respect, Courage, Honor, and Responsibility.
Hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: LA Boxing Baton Rouge