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PSDTC Warrior - MMA Scholarship Program

847 Hamilton Ave (Rt 69).
Waterbury, CT 06706
203-596-9073 or 203-802-8533


Think YOU have what it takes to be a mixed martial arts champion?

The Practical Self Defense Training Center of Waterbury, Connecticut, is offering an opportunity for men and women to win scholarships to train to become MMA fighters.

To be considered, applicants must complete (legibly!) and return to the PSDTC a scholarship application (including all signed release forms) no later than September 29, 2013. Incomplete/illegible applications will be rejected. Finalists will be notified by October 13, and must be willing to participate in a practical skills demonstration on October 20, 2013, at 9:30 AM at the PSDTC, 847 Hamilton Avenue, Waterbury, to test their grappling and stand-up skills, endurance, and natural athletic ability. Five winners from different weight classes will be selected.

Scholarship recipients will receive training by Ron and the PSDTC instructors in Jeet Kune Do, Muay Thai, and Integrated Grappling Systems for one year.

Cage fighting is not for everyone. Many come to the PSDTC saying they want to be my number one fighter. Very few last because the training to be a fighter is much more than just attitude and the ability to take a hit. It has nothing to do with how bad-ass you are in street fighting. Endurance, muscle conditioning, technique, reflex development, speed, power and the ability to pull off good martial art technique do not happen overnight. The life of a pro-fighter becomes a “martial art, training, and conditioning” lifestyle where a true fighter lets nothing get in his or her way of being a winner.

If you are accepted for this scholarship; you have to be at the school training and learning or your scholarship will be revoked. There are no acceptable excuses for not being consistent if you are serious about making it to the top. You must train as you are told by me and the other instructors at the PSDTC.

Only a small amount of the population can handle living that type of lifestyle. Disciplined people these days are a rare commodity. Most people in this day and age do not seem to like hard work. But the rewards can be big, especially if you make it to the top.

Does this lifestyle appeal to you? Can you live the life of a fighter and follow the rules it takes to get to the top?

Yes, I think I have what it takes, and want to apply...


PSDTC Warrior Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you need experience in martial arts?

No, you don’t need experience in martial arts. Though of course, any type of past experience you may have in other styles is helpful. I can build off it to make you better at the MMA games.

What if I am out of shape now, will this program get me in fighting shape?

It will, definitely; however, you may not make it in the scholarship program if you are out of shape. For this scholarship program, we are looking for people in decent physical condition. You are better off joining the weekly classes at the PSDTC to learn and train so you can get into good physical fighting condition. People who train regularly at the PSDTC have seen results within 6 weeks. The people who are consistent all get in good physical condition and lose weight and gain good fighting muscle tone. MMA training is well known to make the fittest athletes in the world today. If you want to be in good shape, talk to me and I will get you there. That’s a promise! Plus, all students at the PSDTC do NOT have to be a fighter to gain those benefits. It can be a part time hobby for you for self-defense and to get into good physical condition. A student who does not want to be a fighter does not have to put in the same amount of time fighters put in. It is up to you if you just want to do the regular class times to learn and maybe someday reach instructor level.

How many hours a day should I train?

With this program, you will be training up to 4 to 5 hours a day. As your professional level increases so will your training time. Real athletes are disciplined to train hard and put in the time to reach their goals of being number one.

How many days per-week do I show up to train?

This is a very common question from people looking to be a fighter. Like I said, it’s a lifestyle so more than likely, 5 to 6 days a week is recommended. 6 days a week if you are moving into the upper pro MMA games.

I am a small person. Can I still do this?

Of course you can. There are weight classes for all MMA fight companies that cover quite a range of fighter sizes for both females and males. You train correctly, you will gain muscular/physical endurance and strength like you never had before. The five we accept will be from different weight categories.

How long does it take to be a pro fighter?

This is the most common question asked of me at the PSDTC. It all depends on you as an individual. You put in the time to maintain fighter conditioning and you practice everything I teach you, you will do well. If you are a natural, then you will get in that much faster. It also depends on if you have previous martial art experience as well. The PSDTC fighters have a great reputation of winning often in boxing, Muay Thai and grappling tournaments.

I am a woman and I want to be a pro fighter. Is there money in women fighting?

Yes there is. Finally, we are seeing women in the UFC and other MMA game companies. In fact, I personally feel women actually have better technique then men do. Why I say that? Less ego, less strength utilized, therefore, more martial art technique is actually used in their fight game. For women or men, if you are an outstanding fighter and win, there can potentially be millions of dollars in it for you as time goes on.

How old do I have to be for this scholarship program?

I would say you have to be 18 but with your mother or father’s signed permission, I will take a talented 17 year old, maybe even younger, if I happen to notice magnificent potential in that person. This way you will be prepared for the pro games by the time you are 18. As for the age limit, I would be hesitant to take someone older than 30 but if you are in real good physical condition and demonstrate natural ability I may very well consider you. Age sometimes is just a number.

What if I am not one of the five accepted into the scholarship program?

I am assuming there are going to be many skilled individuals who missed making the scholarship program by a point or two. If you are not the winner of this scholarship and you are still serious about someday being a pro fighter or maybe only an amateur fighter for the more part time players, or just to get into fighting shape, you can sign up at the PSDTC and join our regular classes. (The PSDTC Class Schedule - ) You can also train alongside of the people who are training to fight. I have mandatory prerequisites before you go pro. You must start at the amateur level. There are plenty of amateur fights all over the place to get that much needed essential experience. If you are committed to your goals and you want to be a pro fighter, you can do it if you have the determination to do it. Eventually, you may become better than the five who did make it into this scholarship program.

How many applications are you accepting as finalists for this scholarship program?

Even if a hundred apply, I will invite them all to test as long as their applications tell me they are viable for this type of lifestyle. The other instructors and I will be looking over every single application with a fine toothed comb to pick out the ones who will go the day of testing.

How will I know if I made it to testing day?

You will be called if your application is acceptable in plenty of time to prepare for this event. The cutoff date for applications sent in will be 3 weeks before so you will know well in advance. If you send in your application, leave October 20 open so you can attend the event at the PSDTC and hopefully from there we will see you work your way to the top as the MMA champion of the world.

Why are you giving out scholarships?

That’s a good question. Not everyone in the surrounding Waterbury area has a chance at opportunity so I am giving a few potentially talented people a chance to possibly make it to the top. I was given a chance by my teacher way back in the 70’s to be a top martial artist in one of the styles I now teach. I feel it is only right to give back to the area that made my school such a success. I am an artist, a creator of sorts. I love producing good martial artists and winning fighters. I have been in martial arts far longer than most people that have a martial art school in CT have been living. I have a lot of well-structured martial art tactical knowledge to offer people who are willing to learn. The PSDTC has a very good reputation for putting out good martial artists in all kinds of styles and categories. This is my chance to take people who want it badly to the top. That makes me feel very good about what I do.



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