On Saturday, April 14, fitness and mixed martial arts center Train. Fight. Win. will celebrate a move to spacious new facilities on Apalachee Parkway by partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend and the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab for an exciting day of free exercise and education in self-defense for youth, adults, and the entire community to enjoy. The day will feature plenty of sign-up specials, with a percentage of those sales being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters – and participating big brothers and sisters have been asked to invite their littles for a fun-filled morning.
The grand opening celebrates Sky and Alissa Rudloe’s move from their previous location on Gaines Street to a renovated 8,000-square-foot facility at 2523 Apalachee Parkway. The new location for Train. Fight. Win. (TFW) features huge mat space and a 20-foot mixed martial arts (MMA) ring, as well as a fully appointed fitness class area with artificial turf, cardio machines, and a fully stocked weight room including free weights and kettlebells. This year TFW has also become a BANG Muay Thai affiliate, offering members a well-rounded muay thai boxing and kickboxing curriculum.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids and youth ages 4 to 12 will enjoy free classes, prizes, face painting, a bounce house provided by local business BJ’s Party House, and classes on bullying and stranger danger provided by local law enforcement. Beginning at 1 p.m. those ages 13 to adult can participate in kickboxing, fitness, and self-defense classes. Demonstrations in Bang Muay Thai, judo, and jiu-jitsu will be presented throughout the day, and the festivities will conclude with exhibition matches in MMA and kickboxing between the TFW coaching staff and competition team. Coffee and tea will be served up by Catalina Café, the Vitamin Shoppe will be handing out samples, and the Mac Shack food truck will be on site with delicious bites.
Owner Sky Rudloe is tapping into family connections to bring Gulf Specimen Marine Lab’s famous SeaMobile to the festivities – he is the son of local environmental activist Jack Rudloe, the marine lab’s founder, and his brother Cypress is the lab’s CEO. SeaMobile has delighted countless children and adults with touch tanks filled with live sea creatures. During the day, Jack Rudloe will discuss his father’s WPA sports mural, which is in the Smithsonian Institution of American Artists. Sky and Alissa Rudloe are proud to display the original study of this historically important piece of American sports art work in their facility.
MMA is the fastest-growing sport in the world, and Florida is at the forefront of the sport. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has hosted events in Miami, Tampa, and Orlando, while Tallahassee regularly hosts MMA events with Combat Night. You can find some of the most famous MMA facilities in the world right here in Florida, and TFW’s grand opening signifies a landmark shift in Tallahassee’s sport landscape.
Tallahassee is now home to the largest and best-equipped MMA and fitness facility in North Florida, and TFW is the only BANG Muay Thai affiliate in the area.
Members of TFW say that working out at Train. Fight. Win. has changed their lives. People from all walks of life can now experience this fun and exciting way to stay in shape and build self-confidence in a beautiful new facility.