Strong Sports Gym (SSG) offers group and individual instruction in the striking and grappling arts. Classes include Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Strength & Conditioning, and Olympic Weightlifting.
In a world of fitness fads, SSG focuses on the basic building blocks of strength and conditioning, and mastery of essential and proven skills. With western martial arts at its base, classes stress awareness, preparedness, and health to ready students for competition, self-defense, and general well-being.
We take great pride in the quality and experience of our in-house coaches and visiting experts. The legendary Frank Trigg and Vladimir Matyushenko head up the MMA and submission grappling program with current fighters Jamie Yager and Kengo Ura filling out the roster. Boxing is coached by Moe Drexler and Simon Herrera, both former fighters who are sought after for their prodigious talents inside and outside the ring. Howard Liu and Ventura Maynard Ancheta bring great experience and expertise a BJJ program focused on fundamental skills and self-defense. SSG founder Willard Ford assists with all classes and coordinates the schedule, conditioning program, and sparring practice throughout the week.
SSG is an ultra-clean, friendly, and professionally maintained facility that is welcome to all. Students may key in 24 hours a day.
My name is Willard Ford and I am the owner and one of the coaches here. My first introduction to the martial arts was when Paul Le Mat (John Milner in American Graffiti) held mitts for me and I went through the basic punches of boxing. Jab, straight right, left hook, and uppercut. To be honest, it didn't really hold my interest.