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If you find yourself out of town or on a side of town without an Elite MMA nearby, ask one of your coaches for a referral. Many of us have traveled and trained at many Martial Arts schools across the globe and we love sending our students to other schools inside our network. We also love it when people stop in and train with us, so if you have friends and family in town, bring them in for a workout!

So take your gloves and gi with you on your vacation this summer and ask one of your coaches to help you find a good place to train!

 

 

Westheimer Instructor Highlight: Eric Williams

 

Birth place: Kansas

Profession: Martial Arts Instructor
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

What classes do you teach: BJJ Adults: men's and women'sKids BJJ, No-Gi BJJ, Wrestling (Collegiate, Freestyle, & Greco-Roman), Thai Boxing for MMA,Adult MMATeen MMAPersonal FitnessConditioning, and Personal Self-Defense

What martial art(s) have you trained in: 
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Shooto Wrestling– 1993-present 
Wrestling (Collegiate, Freestyle, Greco-Roman – 1973-present 
Muay Thai/Kickboxing – 1991-present 
Jeet Kune Do/Kali – 1991-1995 
Tae Kwon Do, American Karate, & Kickboxing 1975-1991

Number of years of training martial arts: I started wrestling when I was 8 and began training in American Karate at age 10. I had an 8 year stint not training any athletics due to a broken vertebrae in my neck and paralysis in my left arm. Otherwise, training in martial arts has been a significant part of my life for over 25 years.

When did you start teaching at Elite MMA? I began teaching submission grappling in Houston in 1993. In 1999, we founded Elite MMA and opened a location at 10640 Westheimer.

What is a memorable moment for you at Elite MMA? There have been so many! Becoming the first Houstonian to obtain the black belt in BJJ, then getting to coach and train others at Elite to the black belt. Having UFC fighters come in to train at Elite. Watching students transform their lives through their training in the Elite Team is the best though!

In your own words why do you enjoy Elite MMA? I enjoy the people. Community at Elite emphasizes being of service to others. Being a part of a group that supports God's principles. Being in a community that strives to help one another is awesome. While we challenge and grow ourselves inside martial arts training, we do large group fundraising and volunteer projects to aid the community in a variety of modalities: child abuse prevention, youth education, women's shelters, medical fundraisers, prevention of childhood obesity, blood drives, and much more. The biggest opponent any fighter can take on are challenges like these, fighting in a cage is just training to condition ourselves to take on the larger challenges life will bring to our families, friends, and community.

Do you have any martial arts accomplishments that you are proud of and why? Actually, I have been blessed in this realm and the praise goes to Jesus, I am just the participant. Accolades: 1st Houstonian to achieve the rank of Black Belt in BJJ, 2nd American ever to win a World Title in the Black Belt division of BJJ, won 3 gold and 2 silver medals in the Int'l Masters BJJ Championships in Brazil, 7x Junior National wrestling Champion w/ titles in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, 4th place in the Junior World Greco-Roman wrestling championships, selected to the Olympic 200 project for Freestyle wrestling.

Are there any professional accomplishments that you are proud of and why? Helping to create one of the largest professionally ran MMA gyms in the U.S. has been fun. Helping to launch one of the largest MMA fight promotion companies in Texas has been fun. Working for 10 years with at-risk children and teenagers in a counseling and mental health treatment facility was rewarding and fun.

What hobbies do you enjoy and why? My work is my hobby, I love to work, and I love my hobby.

Any memorable family moments that you would like to share? The births of my children were incredible. (Eric's 2 children also train BJJ at Elite Mixed Martial Arts.) Sharing inside of God, Family, and Friends each day.

Academic accomplishments: I received a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree with a double major in Economics and Psychology from Oklahoma State University. I actually got published in professional psychology journals as an undergraduate for my research on cognitive processing and on memory constructs.

If you could walk us through a day or week in your life what would it consist of? I like to try to walk with Jesus throughout the day (and yes I am off path more than I would like to be), to spend my hours creating an awesome life with family and friends. I am usually teaching, training, and enjoying the giant family at Elite!

Hai’s view of Eric’s teaching: Eric's pursuit of perfection makes him one of the most technical BJJ practitioners in the world. He will make sure you understand exactly why you do something and make sure you get it not 70% right, or 95% right. He expects 100% perfection from his students. A class or private with Eric is brain overloads of technique that will make you so proficient that your understanding of the martial art he teaches you for the day will make the light bulbs go off. 

 

Westheimer Student Highlight— Zach Henson

What is your name and age?

Zach Henson, 27years old 

When did you join Elite MMA?

Elite has been my second home and family since November of 2011. Best commitment I've made. 

Why did you decide to start taking martial arts?

I've always wanted to take martial arts but in my early years I was too broke and in college I didn't have time or money. So after moving to Houston and having both I checked out a few schools and Elite won me over hands down. 

In the past what had caused you not to take martial arts?

The biggest reason I didn't take martial arts besides money and time was the fear. I think a lot of people have the thought that MMA schools are just a bunch of body builder guys punching each others head in. Which is certainly not the case here at Elite.

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

This is my first time taking martial arts. I did wrestle and play rugby in college so being in contact sports is a normal part of my life. I try to take a variety of classes at Elite. I want my knowledge to be vast. I take beginner and advance classes. I like to learn the techniques and then apply them, I feel that's the best way to learn. 

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?

When I first knew Elite was the place for me it was because everyone welcomed me as soon as I walked in the door. I hadn't even signed up yet. My first visit, students, staff, and coaches alike all greeted me and made me feel welcomed. I didn't feel like I'd have to fight for my life every class because I wanted to learn MMA. It was a family atmosphere which has only gotten stronger with my time here. 

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish? Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

I've been able to accomplish a variety of things since my time at Elite. I haven't just learned martial arts but I'm learning about myself, people, life lessons. I've won a few BJJ tournaments and amateur MMA fights. But bigger than that I've learned to push my limits, make me a stronger person. With that I've learned to push other people and pick them up when they're down. I've learned to be a teammate which is something I've always struggled with. I think I'd rate that higher than any of my BJJ/MMA accolades.

To anyone looking to start a healthier life style or learn self defense or even just make yourself a better person, Elite is a great place for that. There's so many things to learn from all the relationships you can make here. Just try it out and you won't regret it! There's a reason we have one of the biggest schools on the country!

 

 

 

Kingwood Student Highlight— Roy Solis 

 

What is your name and age?

Roy Solis – 34 Years old 

When did you join Elite MMA?

June of 2013 

In the past what caused you not to take martial arts?

I have taken martial arts in the past (Karate and Thai Kickboxing), but life got in the way.  College and work demanded a lot of my time in the past and I was not able to continue studying martial arts. 

Is this your first time taking martial arts and what classes do you take?

This is actually my second round at martial arts, as I used to take Karate.  I take just about every class that Elite offers, from Kickboxing to Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. 

If you had any concerns about joining Elite MMA, what helped you with your decision?

One man, Jordan Rivas.  When I was looking for a gym to train at I wanted to try something new and I had never trained Jiu-Jitsu.  Naturally I was scared, I didn’t have any experience on the mats and I had no idea what to expect.  When I walked into the Elite MMA gym in Kingwood, I was greeted by Jordan Rivas.  A friendly, smiling man that took the time to sit down and ask me about what I wanted to get out of the school and what my personal goals where.  I signed up for a membership that day and I have never looked back.  I now consider him and all of my team mates at Elite family.

Since you have been part of Elite, please share what you have been able to accomplish?

Oh wow, I can spend all day answering this question. I have accomplished more than I ever thought possible at Elite, such as getting my blue belt in BJJ, dealing with stress better, increased self-confidence, better family/work balance, winning multiple grappling tournaments and hitting multiple personal bests and goals.  However, my biggest accomplishment is my weight loss.  I used to be very heavy in my 20’s and weighed about 300lbs.  I had lost a little weight since then and dropped to 265lbs but I couldn’t break the 260lb plane.  Since joining Elite, I now compete in the 185lb class at tournaments and I have been down to 7% body fat.  In fact, I am actually training to compete in my first MMA fight this August in the 185lb weight class.

Anything else you want to share with someone who is looking to get involved with martial arts or looking to change their current lifestyle?

Find a good school with instructors you can trust and don’t be scared to try something new.  At first it may seem very intimidating and awkward to jump into classes where others have been around for a while, but trust in you and don’t be afraid to fail.  I fail every day, but I use those failures to improve myself.  Focus on what you want to accomplish, stick with it and the rewards you will receive physically and mentally will have you looking in the mirror one day, with a huge smile on your face, asking yourself “How is this possible?”

 

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