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OC Fight Club opens in new facility

(March 14, 2014) To kick off the grand opening of OC Fight Club’s new West Ocean City location, former collegiate wrestler and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter, Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman, has been invited to conduct a seminar today, Friday, beginning at 7 p.m.

Brenneman, who is scheduled to battle Danny “Last Call” Castillo at UFC 172 on Saturday, April 26, in Baltimore–the first time the organization has hosted an event in Charm City–will train participants this evening in all aspects of mixed martial arts.

The seminar is open to men and women of all skill levels, including beginners. The cost to participate is $25.

OC Fight Club, located in the Golden Pond Center, 12104 Ocean Gateway Unit #5, will open at 4:30 p.m. today for anyone who wants to check out the new facility.

With Kevin Killian’s background in judo and jiu-jitsu and Charlie Rites’ in boxing, the duo have a variety of training aspects covered at OC Fight Club.

“We compliment each other,” said Rites, a former amateur boxer who has been coaching for more than 20 years.

Added Killian, “He coaches areas I can’t coach.”

“I’ve learned so much,” Killian said of working with Rites. “My grappling is top-notch and he knows boxing, so it’s a nice partnership. Whatever you need we can cover with the two of us.”

Killian started on the mat as a high school wrestler in Lancaster, Pa. He had the opportunity to wrestle for Penn State, but he decided to compete on the judo team. He won the East Coast Championship title his senior year and was a bronze medal winner in national competition.

The 34-year-old has trained under the direction of some of the best instructors, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu master, Helio Gracie, and Royce Gracie, the first Mixed Martial Arts champion of the modern era.

Killian, who is a tax accountant at Killian Certified Public Accounting, has a black belt in judo and a four-stripe purple belt in jiu-jitsu under Royce Gracie.

Kevin “The Cowboy” Killian has a 3-1 professional MMA record.

Killian, a member of Chi Delta Submission Judo, and several others held training sessions at an Ocean City gym for a number of years until about two years ago when he was introduced to Rites.

Rites opened Arbutus Boxing Club in 1991 near Baltimore with his brother and ran it for 15 years until he moved to the Ocean City area. He began training a fighter in his garage and eventually built a ring in his workshop on Route 113 near Berlin about five years ago and continued to work with athletes there.

Killian and Rites met through Ryan James, owner of Mother’s Cantina on 28th Street in Ocean City.

“I introduced Kevin to Charlie because I thought they could benefit from each other’s skill sets and bundle their services to provide a great combat sports gym,” James said.

After the two were introduced, members of Chi Delta Submission Judo began training in Rites’ makeshift gym.

As the number of athletes training at the facility increased, that location no longer suited their needs so they moved into a larger space in West Ocean City.

Boxing (contact and non-contact) is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-8 p.m.

For those who don’t want to get into the ring and spar with an opponent, “Fight Fit,” or fitness/cardio boxing, a strength and conditioning program as well as circuit training is available.

Judo/MMA and grappling training sessions are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo with Gi (uniform) classes are Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.

Killian and Rites are currently training athletes for upcoming fights, but there are a number of other men and women who are there to pick up some skills and get into, or stay, in shape.

“We train guys for amateur and professional fights, but we also train people who will never fight a day in their lives,” Killian said. “We can help you get into shape. It’s a different workout. It’s a well-rounded workout. [OC Fight Club] is a different environment.”

Added James, “I think it’s perfect for anyone who is interested in combat sports on any level, from just cardio workouts to training for professional fights, OC Fight Club has a program for you. If you are a fan of boxing, wrestling, judo, jiu-jitsu or MMA, the club is going to give you workouts that develop your skills in any of these sports.”

“Many people think that you will just come in and just get beat up, but that is not the case, there are plenty of people that train at the fight club with no contact cardio workouts using heavy bags, focus mitts and grappling dummies and get a great workout,” he said.

Men and women of all ages work out at OC Fight Club. The youngest athlete is 7 years old and the oldest is 70.

“There is no other place like this in Worcester County,” Killian said. “If you have any interest in training, we’re it.”

Boxing, wrestling and grappling will soon be offered for children ages 8 and older. If there is interest, OC Fight Club may also provide self-defense classes for women.

The cost to train at the facility is $50 for boxing and $50 for grappling, or $80 for both, per month.

For more information, visit “OC Fight Club” on Facebook or call Killian at 443-205-0373 or Rites at 410-352-5353.

Charlie Rites, left, and Kevin Killian show off the new OC Fight Club facility, located in the Golden Pond Center, 12104 Ocean Gateway Unit #5.

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