Every Monday and Thursday night, local mixed martial arts instructor Collin Grayson leads a hard-working class with an up-and-coming blend of old world martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques. Using far more mental strength than physical, this dedicated group packs a new and clever punch into the typical karate routine most people associate with MMA.
Grayson got his first taste of this relatively new blend of practices while attempting to find a physical outlet for the frustrations he felt after the hustling and bustling of the daily rat race. Initially developed by 8-time world champion Ciao Terra, Grayson had never seen anything quite like this unique combination before attending a class to see what this new form of MMA was all about.
“I honestly thought it would be like fight club; blood on the walls and everything,” Grayson said. “But it was surprisingly inviting and much more like actual martial arts than what was locally offered at the time.”
Immediately he began to train and study several techniques to really understand the reasoning behind all of the movements and emotions the body will encounter during full contact activities like jiu jitsu and martial arts.
“It’s a lot of weird, unnatural movements until you begin to apply it and it’s then you realize the importance of it all. If you were actually tested in the real world, could you do something with it?”
After many years of juggling family and working life with his passion for MMA, Collin was able to teach in many schools in and around Rockwall before finally beginning his own class, formally joining the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association and then forming CTA Rockwall. The group meets each week at Ridge Pointe Athletic Club where they continue to combine their MMA backgrounds and further refine new techniques to focus on overcoming both physical and mental hurdles on and off the mat.
Many of CTA Rockwall members compete, not for the sake of trophies or titles, but rather to continue developing individually as well as to challenge themselves by facing new opponents. From the newest of beginners to the most experienced fighters, each group member brings a valued set of skills that Grayson seeks to build upon and anyone is welcome to join. CTA Rockwall embraces obstacles and provides a rock solid foundation for those looking to take MMA to the next level or those simply seeking a challenge of mind and body.
Grayson and CTA Rockwall meet each Monday and Thursday night at 7:30 in the Ridge Pointe Athletic Club. To find out more about classes (including their holiday schedule) and upcoming events visit ctarockwall.com or call 972-674-9770.