All About Phillip Koon
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
BlackMat MMA was founded in 2003 to provide children and young adults a safe haven; a place where they could feel safe, be treated with respect, honesty and dignity. A place where they can grow as a martial artist, but most importantly as human beings. At Black Mat they learn the discipline to make changes in their young lives that will help them achieve their goals starting with graduation from high school and the importance of higher education.
The Mission of Black Mat Mixed Martial Arts is to rebuild family values by creating a family environment for under privileged and at risk youths and young adults through mixed Martial Arts training as a means to teach respect, self discipline, confidence, positive family and team relationships. We strive to build emotionally healthy kids, and caring responsible adults.
Each child or youth trains twice a week. Upon arrival each student is welcomed with a hug by trainers and fellow students. They are taught the skills of Boxing, Kick-Boxing, Wrestling, Jujitsu & Self Defense. Through this training they are taught humility, patience, self control, and awareness before self defense. The kids are also taught love, acceptance, compassion and respect for one another. After training, the kids have an opportunity to discuss any issues that may be of concern in their lives. New kids may be paired with a mentor, usually another student who has been attending BMMMA for a year or longer.
The students participate in competitions throughout Southern California. They also participate in community service by sharing their testimonies to other at risk kids in the Vida program run by the Sheriff’s Department.
Staff is available to any student for mentoring, support and tutoring any time of the day or night, 7 days a week.
Over the last 6 years Black Mat has served over 500 kids who have stayed in school, out of trouble and have graduated. Many are currently serving in armed forces.
We have currently moved into a new location 12200 E Washington Blvd, Whittier, Ca, 90606, Suite J. Kids are recruited by word of mouth from other at risk kids and by referrals from the Vida program.
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|Brandon "The Juice" Wilson from BlackMat MMA Wins the California State MMA Title||3 years 37 weeks ago|
|HOLIDAY GIVING||3 years 44 weeks ago|
|BlackMat MMA Foundation to have 1st Annual Fundraiser / Open House - Saturday, August 13th, 2011||4 years 5 weeks ago|
|Non-Profit, BLACKMAT MMA needs donations to keep doors open for "at risk & underprivileged" kids in community||4 years 7 weeks ago|
|BLACKMAT MMA Non Profit needs Donations to keep doors open to help "at risk & underprivileged" kids in the community||4 years 9 weeks ago|