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Bill Scalia

About Mission MMA in Cherry Hill, NJ

Meet Bill Scalia

Instructor at
Mission MMA in Cherry Hill

Instructor Bill Scalia:

Bill began martial arts with Isshinyu Karate in 1974. By the age of 15 had already earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. During his high school years be became an accomplished student of Wing Chun, but it was a competitive spirit which led him to take up the sweet science of boxing. Bill boxed throughout college. One day Bill came across an article in Black Belt Magazine which changed his life. The article was on Chai Sirisute and a fighting style which at the time was almost unheard of in the United States, Muay Thai. Bill sought out Chai through a Muay Thai instructor, Bob Karmel, founder of the renowned Fairtex Muay Thai Camp USA. At the time Bob was located in Philadelphia and Bill began training Muay Thai under Karmel in 1989. By training under Bob, and then Chai, Bill sharpened his muay thai skills. In 1993 he became one of the first Americans to become a certified instructor or "Kru" under Chai Sirisute and his system of Muay Thai.

Once again Black Belt Magazine would influence Bill's life, in 1992 Bill came across an article about a new style of fighting that was making big waves in the martial arts world. The article was about a family in Brazil named Gracie, and their Brazilian take on Japanese Jiu Jitsu. Feeling intrigued, in 1993 Bill began training BJJ in Philadelphia under Steve Maxwell. Maxwell had invited Royce Gracie to Philadelphia to teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu. As luck would have it, while in Philadelphia Royce met his now wife Marianne and would remain in Philadelphia for quite a while. During this time Bill devoted himself to learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and regularly would train with Royce. Aside from his lengthy and border line epic martial arts lineage, Bill also holds a bachelors degree in Physical Education from the University of Delaware where he also minored in athletic training. Bill worked with children for years as an elementary school teacher in Maple Shade, NJ. In 1998, Bill moved from the public schools and began owning and operating Kid Zone. There he worked with children, helping them develop everything from coordination and locomotion to athletic agility, strength and power.

Now at Mission MMA, Bill gets the best of both worlds. He can combine his passion for martial arts and his ability to connect with kids to greatly impact the lives of his students in a fun learning environment

Bill Scalia

Meet Bill Scalia

Instructor at
Mission MMA in Cherry Hill

About Instructor Rob D.

Rob D. is one of the owners/instructors at Mission MMA. He specializes in Israeli Krav Maga and Filipino Eskrima. He has spent years learning Krav Maga under IKMA's Chief U.S. instructor David Kahn and in August of 2010 was certified to instruct Krav Maga in Netanya, Israel by GrandMaster Haim Gidon. In 2012 Rob completed certification to instruct Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga underneath SGT/MJR Nir Maman, 2009 IDF Ground Forces Command Soldier of the year and former Lead Counter Terrorism and Krav Maga instructor for the Israeli Special Forces Community.

In August of 2011 Rob became a level one ISCU instructor of Filipino Eskrima, under ISCU founder and martial arts master Ryan Spink in Victorville, CA. Robert has been working as a private security professional for the past 10 years in the nightclub industry, and for the past four years has successfully owned and operated a martial arts training facility, Mission MMA, located in Haddon Township, NJ.

Robert has worked with officers of several police departments giving seminars on use of force and weapon retention and is a recognized combatives instructor for the United States Army. SORA Certified to operate in NJ February 2012. Robert is a recognized level 2 modern army combatives instructor for the United States Army and regularly assists in the training of soldiers, sailors, airmen and coast guardsmen stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst before deployment to areas of concern around the world.

Rob also holds a degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. During his time at Quinnipiac University, Rob served as a student athletic trainer for both the Quinnipiac University and Yale University sports programs. He is a NATA certified, state licensed Athletic trainer and has worked with athletes for years handling the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

Prior to forming Mission MMA with Bill Scalia, Rob spent 4 years working for the public schools in Moorestown, NJ as an athletic trainer and strength coach to the young student athletes. As athletic trainer, Rob would care for injuries that the kids sustained during sport and would coordinate care and act as liaison between coaches, parents, doctors, the school nurse all for the benefit of the kids. As strength Coach, Rob would work with the kids either one on one or in groups to supervise and instruct physical training for the students. Additionally he would create programs for the teams tailored to increase athletic performance in their perspective sports. Just like Bill, Rob now also gets to combine his love of martial arts, with his enthusiasm to teach. His background allows him to work with all ages and fitness levels, to keep you moving, keep you healthy and most importantly keep it FUN!

Mission MMA: Here's Our Story

Three Friends of different martial arts backgrounds decided to pool their knowledge and form Mission MMA. We wanted to grow as martial artists, not just stylists. The saying goes "You do not learn the universe by studying one planet."

Here at Mission MMA we provide you with several styles and systems to choose from. You can learn one or all. The point is that we want you to grow as martial artists as well. The more you learn and the better you get, the better we will all be.

Located in the Westmont section of Haddon Township, NJ just a few blocks from the Westmont station on the PATCO, Mission MMA offers classes to both children and adults in various disciplines of martial arts. For kids ages 6-12 we have our "future champions" program designed to increase confidence and expose your child to the wonderful arts of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. Classes are both high energy and very supportive to ensure a fun learning environment.

For you adults, whether you want to become a pro fighter or just train like one we have it all for you. Top notch instruction in both Gi and No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Traditional Muay Thai kickboxing (not just boxing with kicks) and some of the craziest conditioning classes you've ever seen. Our cardio kickboxing classes and noon workouts will bring you to your fighting best before you know it!!

Last but not least we have our Krav Maga! THE MOST realistic Self Defense Program being offered...That's right...we said it!

How To Get Started

Come join our Cherry Hill, NJ Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Muay Thai, Kids Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga, and Personal Training. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 856-630-6547 if you have any further questions. Mission MMA hopes to speak with you soon!

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