MMA Workshop

 The MMA Workshop hosted by Fairfax Hackley will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019!

In attendance that first year in 1999 were UFC Champion Frank Shamrock, World Champion Cynthia Rothrock, Eric Lee, Matt Furey, Pavel Tsauoline, and Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks. The highlight of the evening was 1,101 people taking Billy's Tae Bo class which became the largest indoor Tae Bo Class at that time.

Since the first year other notable presenters have included UFC Champion Ken Shamrock, Bill Goldberg, Randy Couture, Neil Melanson, Dana White, Steve Cotter, Lions Den and many others. The MMA Woorkshop lead to MMA Organizations UFC, World Extreme Cagefighting and Strikeforce hosting events at Nationwide Arena in Columbus during the Arnold Sports Festival. This included the record breaking attendance UFC 68: Couture vs. Silva, and the weigh-ins for Strikeforce: Ronda Rousey vs. Meisha Tate.

This year's speakers will include Ryan Hoover, Krav Maga black belt, who will teaching common sense self-defense); Greg Mihovich, Movement specialist and tactical instructor; and World Champion Powerlifter and World Kettlebell Champion Mike Salemi.

The Workshop will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday March 1 on the Midway Stage inside the Arnold Fitness EXPO. Six-time UFC Champion and Hall of famer Randy Couture will do a "Meet & Greet" from 1-2 p.m. near the Midway Stage.

Admission is included in a Daily EXPO Ticket. The first 25 people in will receive a free, autographed picture of Randy Couture! Celebrate 20 years of Martial Arts excellence!!


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Ryan Hoover has traveled the world training military personnel, law enforcement officers, actors, professional athletes, stay-at-home parents, and on-the-go professionals. He is passionate about helping people live safer and healthier lives. Ryan is Fit to Fight® co-founder and trainer of instructors in eight different countries. He is a 2nd degree black belt in Krav Maga and has black belts in multiple systems. He is also a purple belt in BJJ. He has co-authored three books on Krav Maga: KM for Beginners, Black Belt KM and KM for Women. He is the trainer of many NFL players and coaches and has trained NASCAR pit crews. Ryan is also the co-founder of the self protection program, Hard Ready®,  Pride™-the kids program, fireARMED®, and Active Killer Defense®-active shooter defense program. He has been instrumental in developing defensive tactics curricula at the state level. Ryan owns two training centers in North Carolina.

Mike SalemiShots-3
 Salemi's journey in strength & conditioning started at the age of 15 as a competitive Powerlifter. At 19, Mike became a WABDL World Champion in the Bench Press and Deadlift. Currently as a Kettlebell Sport competitor, Mike has achieved the ranking "Master of Sport", and became the 2017 WAKSC World Champion in Long Cycle. Professionally, Mike has served as the head strength and conditioning coach for Santa Clara University Men's Tennis Program, as well as been the trainer to a range of elite athletes in MMA, Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, Powerlifting, Baseball, Kettlebell Sport and more.  Through his unique approach, Mike has been able to integrate a form of high performance athletic training using a holistic model. His focus is teaching educational workshops, certifications, and creating programs that build more balance athletes.

Greg Mihovich
Greg Mihovich is a top coach recognized throughout the world for his unique and effective training style, that combines mobility, strength, combatives and mindset education into one comprehensive human performance system. Greg is the creator of Compound Conditioning System, author of Iron Beast Kettlebell System, Animal Conditioning Bodyweight System, Combat Acrobatic Training System (CAT) and co-author of Combat Mobility System. Greg is a certified striking, grappling, firearms, knife and stick fighting instructor as well as a BJJ brown belt with over two decades of martial arts experience. His clients range from normal everyday people to police officers and multiple SWAT team units. Greg has taught over a hundred seminars and workshops throughout the USA and the world. Greg’s work has been published in My Mad Methods, Onnit, Underground Strength Coach, Physical Living and many others. Lifelong martial artist and performance enthusiast, Greg is an eternal student first and is eager to both share his knowledge and experience as well as to constantly expand his skill sets. You can find him at