Progressive Martial Arts: our Martial Arts Community Group

We are hosting a Women’s Self Defense Seminar at KO Boxing & Fitness (560 S A St downtown Oxnard) on January 7th, 2018 from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.


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Mr. Benjamin Clancy  ( , @clancyteaches for twitter, @progressivemma for Instagram, and search Benjamin Clancy for our channel on YouTube) is now the stand up coach/instructor for members interested in learning the martial arts at KO Boxing & Fitness in Oxnard. Like and follow our Facebook here:

Check out some of the partner drills done at Sunday morning’s outdoor Kickboxing class. Search for our YouTube channel by using my name. Subscribe and give us some feedback!

Bring these items to work out with the group:

  1. shorts or workout pants
  2. cross training shoes, wrestling shoes, indoor soccer shoes
  3. athletic supporter/jock strap/cup
  4. any gloves/wraps/focus mitts

Interested in training in martial arts? Learning how to defend yourself? Want to get into better shape? Add some much needed stress relief and balance into your life? Come and see what this training can offer your Mind, Body and Spirit.

We brought 20+ kids out to train with two world champions on a Saturday morning in LA. Thanks to Ricco Chiparelli and the R1 Gym for everything!


I train in MA to better exist in this world. I am more physically fit, healthy and centered… I am more tolerant of people I would have formerly had altercations with (during the time when I concentrated on the physical) and I am more able to endure day to day events without losing my cool or freaking out over the small stuff. I am, in general, happier and enjoy my life more fully realizing the importance of what I do VS the importance of who I am.


I have been training martial artists for more than 12 years at three different high schools, four different gyms, and now I’m excited to bring this tradition of service to Knockout Boxing and Fitness!

Check the web to see the history of this group:

Coaches and competitors after the matches at the R1 Gym.

We have been invited to various seminars and clinics to train with some of the world’s best martial artists, including the famous R1 gym in LA (formerly the RAW team gym).

My background started in Jun Fan Kickboxing and Filipino Martial Arts back in 1993, earning my instructorship under Langley West in Coralville, Iowa. From there I branched out to train in Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Shootwrestling, Brazilian Jui-Jitsu, and Wrestling.

I began doing local submission grappling events, then I went on to fight for the Extreme Challenge organization across Iowa and the Midwest, competing in four MMA tournaments and several single NHB matches from 1997 to 1999. I had the chance to go to the 1st and 2nd amateur MMA championships. Thai Boxing matches and the chance to try professional Boxing pushed me to explore new and different ways to prepare for the stress of the fights. Experience in the ring, cage, and on the mat has taught me many excellent lessons that will be passed on to my students. I have won and lost, gone the distance and finished quickly, experienced everything I could to bring you the best coaching I can based on practice– not theory or guesswork. I love this sport, it has had an amazing effect on my life and I am committed to giving back so that others can see how this experience can transform their lives.

We will train in three styles for the majority of our development:

  1. Muay Thai
  2. Brazilian Jui-Jitsu
  3. Freestyle Wrestling

I like to throw in some of the following to make us more well-rounded: Jun Fan Kickboxing, Escrima, Kali (Dumog and Panantukan), Shootwrestling, and Boxing.

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic”, delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910 –

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“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”

What’s the point of this quote? Come and train and I can promise you absolutely nothing. Will you win all of your matches- who knows? Will you lose a fight? Maybe. Will you be untouchable? Probably not. But I can say this: you will get all the luck that comes with working hard, developing yourself into the best martial artist you can be.  And the harder you train, the luckier you get.

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