Westlake Village, CA. – February 8, 2011 – Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA mixed martial arts training facility in Westlake Village, California has not only become the training center of choice for elite athletes and MMA enthusiasts, but for families as well. They have training programs for athletes of all ages, including unparalleled mixed martial arts and self-defense courses for children. MMA Legend Bas Rutten is a big advocate of children learning self-defense; as a result Elite MMA now offers a Krav Maga course to its youngest members.

According to MMA Legend Bas Rutten, “We are very excited to add Krav Maga to our children’s program. It is one of the most effective “real life” self-defense systems in the world and it’s easy to learn. One of the best things you can do for your child is to enroll them in a martial arts course. They will not only learn self-defense tactics that are highly effective, they will gain self-confidence and personal empowerment, all while experiencing the health benefits of staying active.”

Rutten, who personally instructs many of the courses at Elite MMA, is not only an advocate of mixed martial arts programs for children, he is also a children’s fitness advocate on the Cartoon Network and a participant in the networks highly publicized “anti-bullying” campaign. Bullying among our youth is a significant problem and Rutten strongly believes that mixed martial arts is a useful tool to help kids cope with it and in some cases may even help prevent it.

Rutten went on to say, “Many children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by bullies. I was even bullied as a child and it’s no fun. Fortunately I discovered mixed martial arts, gained confidence, and began to stand up to the bullying and teasing. In a course like Krav Maga, students gain a sense of empowerment; they also learn self-control, which is very important when encountering a bullying situation. Another good thing – if a kid knows martial arts, bullies usually steer clear of them!”

In addition to the new Krav Maga course, the gym offers a comprehensive MMA program to its young members. Children in the program learn the basics of MMA (Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and Kickboxing). Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA also offers a unique after school program that is second to none, as it advocates both education and healthy living. Students in the program have one hour of study/homework time supervised by a certified teacher, followed by one hour of MMA training.

For more information on Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA and the programs they offer, please call 805-496-4472 or visit www.elitemmagym.com.

About Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA:

Elite MMA is MMA Legend Bas Rutten’s state-of-the-art mixed martial arts training facility located at 880 Hampshire Rd, Suite X in Westlake Village, California. Elite MMA employs a world renowned team of expert instructors and offers programs in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Submission Wrestling, and Krav Maga. Classes are set up to accommodate all ages and skill levels. The facility boasts over 8,000 square feet of training space, top of the line equipment, a certified Cormax training area, Body Action System training stations, separate rooms for grappling and bag work, and a competition cage. Members also have access to men’s and women’s locker rooms and a fully stocked pro shop stacked with name brand MMA gear and apparel such as TapouT, Tokyo Five, Everlast, Triumph United, Bas Rutten’s signature line, and more! For more information please visit www.elitemmagym.com or call 805-496-4472.

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