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Were Baaaack!!!

October 27th, 2013

After a lil vacation…well more like a hiatus, the collective brain here at, have decided to take another stab at making this one of the premier websites to follow and check for your hopefully daily MMA news, products, clothing, equip….well you get the picture! We are in the process of lining up some interviews, gyms, and just all around bad asses to talk to, and catch on video. Yes we are, but don’t let that fool ya! We’ll be going to Pittsburgh, Cleveland, obviously Youngstown and everywhere we feel is somewhere we need to be! Hell we might even dabble into a podcast! I know, I know, this is one gigantic run-on sentence, but this is a site for fighters, developed by a boxer, and narrated by a guy who deals with fighters! All bets are off, no holds are barred, you want real, you got it!

If you have an opinion about a fighter, we want to hear it.

If you have an opinion about a gym, we want to voice to for you.

If you know a poser, and feel he needs outed, lets get it done!

If your looking for a gym, and you’re a “free agent” or an “independent fighter, we’ll help you find a home.

Stay tuned, bookmark this bad boy. We’re coming!

Campbell Martial Arts

March 13th, 2013

In an old brick building, up on a hill. Located just outside the Soup City, Campbell Ohio sits what I personally consider a hidden gem in the mixed martial arts world. Campbell Martial Arts, is like that one girlfriend/boyfriend you dated years ago, decided to end it, then you see her/him years later and shes/hes developed into an amazing piece of work. Newly appointed Shihan, Andrew Boehlke started Campbell Martial Arts 9 years in the basement of St. Lucy’s Church.

With just a hand full of guys, and now has parlayed that into a gym that has 2 current mixed martial arts champions, 1 former champion, and 4 black belts in charge or daily teachings. Aside from day to day training and operations, Andy is prepping for his last hoorah in his original love affair, of Karate. In July Andy will give it one last go, in hopes of capturing a world title in Orlando at the US Open World Karate Championships. A 16 year karate career, over 80 full contact fights, 6 years of wrestling, and dabbles in some jui-jitsu, Andy is a well qualified teacher/trainer/mentor to the kids and adults that he encounters on a daily basis. And I almost forgot about him being a licensed USA Boxing Coach as well.

Talking to Andy, I`ve asked the question, Whats the current state and future have in store for CMA? His response, “in the future, were gonna train more champions, and continue to grow”……hes obviously short with media, hes notoriously humble for his accomplishments. Now were gonna talk about Team CMA MMA, 7 years ago, the love for mixed martial arts blossomed. Starting the MMA program, Andy found that applying his strongest suit, Shotokan Karate, was like a match made in heaven. In 7 years, Team CMA has successfully stayed as one of the Elite gyms in the tri-county area, possibly in Northeast Ohio. (I`ll have my people check on that) With people driving from, Greenville PA, Salem OH, Sharon/Hermitage PA, hes obviously doing something right! With daily attendance hovering anywhere from 10-25 guys nightly, classes are big, rooms are small. Sounds congested and chaotic right? But its not, with 3 to 4 instructors aside from Andy, there is alot of 1 on 1 learning. With kids classes in karate and wrestling and adult classes in Karate, Jui-Jitsu, Wrestling, Striking, there is always something going on! He`s (Andy) has never settled for par for his guys, bringing in the areas best in Boxing, Jitsu, Judo, Karate. With a resident pro boxer Darnell Boone, and a world class Boxing coach in Sammy Calderon. Jiu-Jitsu is held down by Tom Scala, Shotokan Karate is taught by Shihan Andy, and black belts John Moran, Michael “Taco” Cardona, and Davis Oracio Jr. With seminars by Jason Dent, Donny Walker, Mark Coleman, Wes Sims, Andrew Law and some others, you can see that’s these guys are top notch in their respective crafts.

Now here`s what i love about the place, EVERYONE HAS NO EGO! Champions train with 1st day guys. If there is something someone doesn’t understand or cant quite nail down, I personally have seen no less the 6 guys stop to help. That in itself is an amazing quality, taught and instilled in everyone who walks thru the famed double doors under the huge Campbell Martial Arts sign. As you read this article, you might say “wait Mr. Frohman, your sounding super biased” i`d honestly tell you, you’re right. Its a blue collar gym, with blue collar people. A tireless work ethic, combined with a heart the big as the state of Ohio, how can you not root for these guys, this gym? You have seen these guys, you know, that fight show you went to, you see the sea of Black and Red, the “tunnel”, the chants… Many guys who fight there tell me its such a rush to know that when the announcer calls your name, you hear the chants, your walked to the cage with 30 of your closest brothers, the last thing you see before the cage is closed, the first thing you see when you walk out, is your team, your family! Now with all that being said, if your thinking about whats the prices? The schedule? I got ya covered!

Shihan Andrew Boehlke
John Moran
Mike Cardona
Davis Oracio Jr.
Tom Scala- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Levi Hively- Wrestling Coach
Sam Calderon- Boxing Coach/ Founder of United City Boxing Club

Monday 7pm to 9pm
Tuesday 5pm to 9pm
Wednesday 7pm to 9m
Thursday 5pm to 9pm
Friday 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 1pm
Sunday 12pm to 2pm

Unlimited Classes: $65 a Month
3 to 6 Days a Week: $55 a Month
1 to 3 Days a Week: $50 a Month

*Daily Mat Fee: $15 a Session*
**Private Instructions are available at the rate of $30 and Hour**
***Kids Karate Classes: $45 a Month***

2013 is upon us!

January 4th, 2013

As we begin the new year, we look ahead to a new year of the sport we love. Questions will arrise, assumptions will be made, champions will be crowned, and “the 0’s will go.” I will make a guarentee that YoungstownMMA will be on the forefront of many events, promotions, and anything Mixed Martial Arts related. So heres to the new year, heres to the battles, and heres to the adversity we’ll face!

Top MMA Training Mistakes

November 29th, 2012

MMA is a rapidly growing sport in North America.  Along with the sport of MMA is a training process that is needed to meet a level of preparedness in order to compete at a high level.  Along with the sport preparation itself, MMA Training has created a buzz marketing of its own for the genral population to part take in.   As a Physical Preparation Coach, I see many mistakes being made by fighters when trying to get into fight shape.  Here I want to show you the truth about what real MMA Training is and isn’t.

Mistake #1: Going too hard too often.

The first mistake I see not only in just MMA but many other sports as well is “going hard” all the time.  It is a great attitude to have the desire to push the body to the limits.  Everyone watched the Rocky movies and it seems like every other slogan is about out working people and getting less sleep than the competitors.  Trust me; I think this motivation is great! Hard work, dedication, pushing yourself!  I just think many times it gets misplaced.  It’s not just about going harder than your opponent, but it’s more often about being smarter than him/her as well.  Knowing the times to go hard and go light are keys for optimal success.

Let me put it to you this way, your body is not designed to be pushed to the limit every day.   You are designed to work and adapt to it.  The latest trend in MMA is that if you are not throwing up at the end of a workout, than you did not accomplish anything.  If you go hard 5 days a week in the gym trying to improve your conditioning, this will only lead to failure in your training program.  At first you may think this is the only way to train (more is better), but what will actually happen is when you think you are training hard, you will be training in this middle ground where you are not really getting better.  You start to become on auto-pilot where you are just going through the motions.  What happens next?  You lose your ability to be explosive, chronic fatigue sets in, and worst of all, injuries start to occur.  What is this called? You’re right, overtraining.

My point is, not only is it detrimental to your training to have high intensity training every day.  But it is very important to pull back to learn new skills and achieve different levels of work into your entire program.  Unfortunately the hardest thing to learn for all athletes and coaches is less is more.

Mistake #2: Eliminating low intensity aerobic work.

Lately, the use of low intensity aerobic has become an evil in the fitness industry and in MMA Training.  The truth is; low intensity has been used for years as a foundation for many great fighters and great programs.  The people who do not perform any low intensity aerobic work are the same people gassing out in their fights.

Instead of getting into the fine details about low intensity aerobic work, I will give you some key benefits.  Low intensity aerobic work will help develop the heart to become stronger, so that you will allow yourself to get the most out of higher intensity conditioning work down the road.  As well as gaining a stronger heart that will help prevent gassing out in your fight, it can serve as a great recovery method between high intensity sessions and can allow you to teach yourself to be relaxed as you work.  You don’t have to just jog either to establish low intensity aerobic work.  Doing anything at a heart rate between 120-150 bpm will meet the guidelines.  Shadow boxing, cycling, rowing, light circuits are all great ways to fit this into your program.

Mistake #3: Not performing max strength work and misplacing power work.

                This mistake for me lies in two parts.  The first mistake is a lot of fighters do not believe in max strength work because they believe they will gain too much mass and may become too big for what they need.  The truth is; performing max strength work at percentages 85% or higher of your 1 rep max will not significantly cause muscle hypertrophy (it takes tremendous amounts of effort in order to gain just 5-10 pounds of lean muscle mass).  Instead, it will create a stronger nervous system which is more optimal for athletes, especially MMA fighters.

Next comes with training for explosive power.  You need max strength in order to improve your power output.  So, if you are someone who neglects heavy weights, but are doing “power work” than you are probably wasting your time because you are most likely not strong enough to even improve your power output.

Most power workouts I see performed in MMA settings would be considered power endurance workouts.  True power training is an exercise performed at the highest intensity at no more than 1-10 seconds, followed by complete recovery.  Doing 45 seconds of box jumps with 10 seconds of rest before 45 seconds of tire flips is not explosive power training.

Mistake #4: Doing Crossfit or only using certain tools.

I will not turn this into a Crossfit debate.  If you do Crossfit to do Crossfit than that is fine with me.  But Crossfit has no place in the competitive MMA conditioning world.  It does not reach the proper biodynamics and bioenergetics that are required of an MMA Fighter.  Doing a WOD will not help you optimize Sports Performance.  It’s that simple.

This mistake also needs to be a two part segment.  I see and hear of a lot of MMA Fighters only using certain tools in their training.  Things like, kettle bell training only, TRX training, body weight training and so on.  I will say this; everything has a place and time.  Everything works and nothing works forever.  Try to think of exercise equipment and exercises as tools in a toolbox.  You want to be able to use all or most of them at the right and proper time.  This is true Sports Training when you can achieve proper placement and timing of these methods.

Mistake #5: Doing only what you see the pro’s do.         

The last mistake is by watching the pro fighters train and trying to replicate what they do.  Here is another truth in this article.  The pro fighters are fighting at the pro level because they are very gifted athletes.  And because they are so gifted, they can get away with bad training and still perform at a level that looks to be at their highest.  So just because you see so and so doing some crazy workout, that doesn’t mean it is the best workout for not only you, but for any fighter period.


                I hope this has helped gain some insight on how to achieve proper physical preparation in the sport of MMA.  All of these mistakes (topics) can be discussed much further into greater detail but I wanted to give you a general understanding of these mistakes that are being made every day by not only athletes, but coaches as well.  There is a lot of misplaced information out in the industry and I hope this could help clear up some of the mistakes and truths to MMA Training.


Joel Younkins is a Physical Preparation Coach from Hubbard Ohio.  After his college football career ended at Youngstown State, Joel created Joel Younkins Training in order to now help other athlete’s achieve their goals by preparing them for their given sports.  Joel now trains many local athletes in the Youngstown area as well as many of the top professional athletes also.  Go to to find out more about Joel Younkins Training.   

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August 28th, 2012
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Help Save Aisha!

August 12th, 2012

Hello MMA Fans,

I recently reached out to a fellow brother in the fight world, Mr. Dennis Brown who recently fought at a local event put on by Big Bully Sports Nutrition titled Get in the Cage. See the problem is, his fiance Aisha underwent her first heart transplant surgery, at the young age of 10! Fast forward to now, 10 years later Aisha started to experience fatigue and shortness of breath. She is now in need of a SECOND heart transplant. In June Aisha was transported by Mercy Flight to Buffalo General Hospital then to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Upon arrival at Strong Aisha entered Cardiac Arrest for three minutes before the Docs were able to stabilize her! She later underwent a ground breaking procedure to sustain her while she was waiting for an available heart. What the doctors did was implant two (2) Jarvik 2000 artificial heart pumps to help her failing heart! No doctor has ever done this previous to Aisha!!! And that’s where we are at now, anything helps… lets ban together and help Aisha become part of the 3% to ever receive a second heart transplant!

Now I cant say that Dennis and I are friends, but we both share in a common interest. He needs us, Aisha needs us! So this is my plea to YOU, please donate something, a dollar, 5 dollars, 100 dollars….it all will help! No family should ever have to endure times like these. Please consider that no matter how bad you think you have it, things could always be worse! Any amount will be of great help! This community is great, and we’re all part of the MMA family sharing a passion, drive, trials and experiences no one else does. Let’s pull together and help one of our family!

Below i will post links to Dennis` Facebook, the donation website and Info on a fundraiser they are throwing for Aisha.

Dennis` Facebook: (please only send thoughts and prayers)

Donation Page:

Fundraiser is September 1st, 2012 at 6pm, it will be held at Eden 39er`s Social Club. The Address is 1915 Sturgeon Rd. Derby, New York 147047
Music Will Be provided by Dj Falco
Free Pizza and Wings, Chinese Auction, 50/50, there will also be a Beer Pong Tourney with a $20 per team entry fee, Prizes are TBA

To Help out, Sponsor, or donate contact the following:
Dennis Brown:(716)507-2402
Lori Brown: (716)949-1446
Joe Mogavero:(716)430-8130

CATTREZ Enterprises will be sponsoring the event.

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