Join Jay’s students at Ohana for More Fun, Less Work


Several Jay’s Kickboxing students have or will be joining us at Ohana – Big Mike, Jason, Lu, Kevin, Asma, Zike, and Amy.  Let me know if I left anyone out!  Lu was sparring with me last Wednesday.  Bobby, Meg, Vince, Kevin, Donovan, and others have or will be checking us out soon.

Ohana Warrior will be closed for the July 4 holiday from Jun 30-July 7.

I want to leave Jay’s students with a final thought. Any gym you select should provide a good workout where you can dial up your intensity with friendly staff and fellow students.

After several weeks at Ohana, I find one huge difference they provide is … fun.  I enjoyed Jay’s workouts at UFC.  But frankly it gets boring, if not tedious, when you have your own hanging bag and are banging on it with similar combinations class after class.

Ohana Warrior uses a traditional Muay Thai format where you work out with a partner on pads or a bag and often rotate to new partners. That’s quite a different – and I believe, superior – experience.

I’ve been to some studios where there are just a few students. Ohana almost always has 15-25 students at different levels, both guys and gals. That makes for a better class.

Mona and the staff bring many different exercises, not just combinations, that help you with your form and technique.  It’s a great amount of variety and fun.

I hope you’ll give it a try, whether you just want a great workout, to lose weight, improve your training, or even fight.  Free to email me or call with any questions.

Join us!  Ohana Warrior, 525 W. Arapaho Rd, Ste 18, Richardson (972) 968-7306 mapweb Facebook. Try a free class.  Tell them you’re a Jay Hollywood Wilson Kickboxing student.

Train hard, Live Long, and Prosper,

Read previous posts:




Ohana Warrior Update, Plus Sparring & Fighters

Hey gang, I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend.  It’s time to get back to the studio and work out!

New student update: I welcome Big Mike who also has joined us at Ohana.  When are you coming?

People have asked about Ohana Warrior for sparring and fighters.  It’s a fabulous studio for that as you’ll learn below.  Keep the questions coming!

If you haven’t sparred, I invite you to give it a try.  And no, you won’t get hurt. You don’t play tennis if all you do is hit balls against a wall. Why similarly limit your kickboxing workout?  Here are a few benefits.

  • Learn real technique. Punching or kicking a bag is only half a workout.  It doesn’t help with defense.  You can’t practically use these techniques until you have a real opponent who moves, initiates action, and counters what you’re doing. When you spar you’ll see more and more satisfying progress in your abilities and confidence.
  • Be confident in self-defense.  Regular classes do a poor job of equipping you for real-life situations where you’re threatened or grabbed.  In the real world you have to deal with fear.  Your adrenaline surges, your endurance plummets, and your instinct is to flee, turn away or hide, scream, or blindly strike out.  Sparring teaches you to control yourself, your breathing, and your response so you can handle problems on the mat, in the ring, … and in regular life.
  • Be present and engage your mind. Classes where you have your own bag can be good for fitness and endurance.   But it doesn’t engage that squishy thing between your ears. Sparring forces you to be present, be humble, and think, adapt, and learn.
  • Take your cardio fitness to the next level.  If you’re already in great shape, sparring is the next step. Not only is it three minutes of high intensity work, it’s also doubly hard because you have to think and manage your breathing and adrenaline.
  • Start the next step in training.  Punches, kicks, blocks, slips, and movement are just the mechanics.  The next challenge is learning how, when, and why to use them all.  You can only integrate that in your training with sparring.

Sparring. Sparring class is Wednesday 7-8:30.  The class has a large mix with beginners, experienced students, and fighters, both guys and gals, of all sizes.  You rotate to a new partner every round so you get exposed to a wide variety of opponents.  There’s always someone new to match wits with and something new to learn!  If you’re with someone more experienced, your partner will take it easy and play mostly defense so you can focus on combinations to see what works.

After sparring, students circle up to give each other feedback. Mona, instructors, and other students commend you on your improvement and provide valuable tips you can learn for your next class.

Fighting.  Ohana is an excellent fighters gym.  In addition to sparring, Mona invites all fighters to  stay after class for advanced work.  Ohana participates in local sparring and fights and typically brings more fighters than other studios.  They brought several students and staff to the last US Muay Thai tournament.  Ohana fighters came home with multiple belts, including three first places, two for the women.

Join us!  Ohana Warrior 525 W. Arapaho Rd, Ste 18, Richardson (972) 968-7306 map. Try a free class.  Tell them you’re a Jay Hollywood Wilson Kickboxing student.

Train hard, Live Long, and Prosper,

Read previous posts:

  • Our initial recommendation, including an introduction to Mona, the owner, the facility, class schedule, and pricing.
  • Q&A on teaching technique, workouts, and more.




More on Ohana Warrior, Far North Dallas

I wrote my last post on our recommendation of Ohana Warrior in Richardson for Jay’s Kickboxing students. Please read that article for an introduction to Mona, the owner, the facility, class schedule, and pricing.

Amy is already there.  Big Mike and Meg said they’ll be coming over.  What about you?

Here are a few answers to questions you’ve asked.

Do they teach technique?  Yes.  It’s important both to prevent injuries and increase your skills.  In a recent class we had to run drills with paper held under your armpit, against your forehead, and under your chin to instill proper position (arms down, hands guarding your face, and chin down)!

How hard are the classes? As hard as you want them to be. Remember, it’s a family gym.  If you’re a beginner or getting back to regular training, no problem.  Take it easy and work at your own speed.  If you’re a fighter, there’s plenty of opportunity to push yourself, get an excellent workout, and find others in the class who also will be training hard.

Are classes like those at UFC Gyms? Ohana has a few bags for individual work outside classes. Classes follow a more traditional Muay Thai format where you work out with a partner with mitts or a bag. They have 15-25 students at each class. So you’re sure to find someone at your size and skill level. Classes start with jumping rope.  Again, it’s not a problem if you’re not ready for a full round.  Many students aren’t.  Do as much as you can, substitute jumping jacks or jogging and punching to the ceiling, etc.

If you’re looking for a mass-produced workout like UFC Gyms with your own bag, where they typically don’t teach technique and they have the same program or similar drills every class, then Ohana isn’t for you. Check out a Title Boxing Club instead.

For most of Jay’s career as a teacher, he didn’t have individual bags.  Ohana’s format is what he taught.  I have the jumprope to prove it!

Please join us! Ohana Warrior 525 W. Arapaho Rd, Ste 18, Richardson (972) 968-7306 map. Tell them you’re a Jay Hollywood Wilson Kickboxing student.

Train hard, Live Long, and Prosper,


Far North Dallas

Live and work in Allen or McKinney?  If Richardson is too far for you, here are suggestions from other students.


All levels, including advanced

  • Saekson, Plano (Muay Thai). This is where Jay trained.  He also taught there 10 years ago.
  • The Den, Allen (Boxing, Crossfit)
  • Siam Star, Allen (Muay Thai, MMA)


Jay “Hollywood” Wilson Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness and shock that I report that Jay “Hollywood” Wilson, father, brother, son, world champion, teacher, and friend, died today (March 2rd). He was jogging in the early evening, collapsed, and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, presumably and surprisingly of natural causes. I don’t have more information at this time.

Jay was especially excited today because the lease was only a few days from signing and he was going to fulfill his dream of owning his own studio.

Future notices, such as funeral arrangements, will be posted here, the Hollywood Total Fitness Facebook page and his mailing/text messaging lists, where you can sign up at

Peace be with you, brother.

– Marc

Not receiving Hollywood/Jay text messages?

If you’re not receiving Hollywood Total Fitness group text messages, then you’re not receiving the latest news!


  • Text messages on or prior to Nov 2017 used Jay’s Kickboxing (or JaysKbox).
  • We have 3 different lists as below.  You’ll need to sign up and agree to receive texts from each as applicable.

If you never provided your mobile number, here is how you sign up.

  • Hollywood Total Fitness (all studio news): Text your name & email to (972) 845-5630. Or sign up for the raffle at Hollywood Total Fitness.
  • Hollywood Fighters (includes anyone interested in sparring) : Text your name & email to (972) 954-1900.
  • Hollywood Members. You’ll be added and invited by staff after joining the studio.

The following should happen for a successful text message sign up.

  • 1. On signup you receive a text message from 5885 that starts “To receive messages from Hollywood, respond AGREE to opt-in. …”
  • 2. You reply via text  with ‘agree’ because you’re good with following instructions. 😉
  • 3. You receive a response text – “You’re confirmed  …”

If you did sign up or were added by staff with your mobile number but didn’t get a recent text, either we had a bad number or you didn’t confirm signup.  Here is what to do.


Jay’s Kickboxing Status

We regret that UFC Gym Richardson, the home for Jay’s Kickboxing, is closing Saturday with little notice.  We apologize for the abrupt disruption.  We are working to find a new home so you can continue to get the best of Jay “Hollywood” Wilson’s world-class kickboxing and Muay Thai training and sparring.

We ask our students and friends to bear with us during this transition.  Here is what we know.

1. UFC Gym memberships are being transferred to UFC Gym Plano at 1941 Preston Rd (at Park), Suite 1022.  Contact UFC Gym Richardson if you don’t want to be transferred.  Jay may be teaching a few classes at UFC Plano.

2. We are pursuing opening our own studio close to the UFC Gym Richardson location on Arapaho.

We’ll regularly be sharing updates. There are a few ways you can stay in touch to receive the latest news.


New UFC Schedule – Join Jay tomorrow 6:30!

Jay is excited to announce his new classes at UFC Gym in Richardson at Coit & W. Belt Line.  Come start your November in style tomorrow – Tue. Nov. 1 – with Jay’s first class!

Here is the new initial schedule:

  • Tue 6:30
  • Wed 7:30
  • Thur 6:30
  • Fri 7:30
  • Sat noon

Remember to say you’re a Jay’s Kickboxing student and wear your class t-shirt to get a gym discount.  If you’re not ready to sign up, you can still join us for a free trial class.

So grab your gloves and come on down for a great workout at a terrific gym tomorrow at 6:30!

UFC Dallas-Richardson  at Coit & W. Belt Line
101 S. Coit Rd. Ste. A20, Richardson, TX 75080

Want a discount at UFC Gym?

We’ve arranged a special discount for Jay’s Kickboxing and Muay Thai students at UFC Gym where Jay will be moving his practice.  When you sign up, just say you’re a Jay’s Kickboxing student and wear your class t-shirt.

So grab your gloves now and check out their impressive facility for a workout on your own!  We’ll be announcing the new schedule soon.

UFC Dallas-Richardson
101 S. Coit Rd. Ste. A20
Richardson, TX 75080

Advanced class Saturday noon, Party next Friday 7pm!

TOMORROW. Join us for our regular Muay Thai class Saturday at noon.  We haven’t had it for a few weeks due to competitions and the holiday.  It’s an ideal opportunity to take your training to next level.  The class focuses on more advanced techniques compared to the weekday classes and often includes light sparring, depending on attendees.

NEXT FRIDAY.  Jay’s Kickboxing and Texas Karate Institute (TKI) invite you to our Customer Appreciation Holiday Party Friday Dec 19th at 7 pm.  There will be food, awards, demonstrations, and fun.  It’s Jay’s Kickboxing one year anniversary at TKI.  We hope to see you there!


Texas Karate Institute
1974 Nantucket Dr. (South of W. Campbell Rd.)
Richardson, TX 75080

Saw that last email too late?

If you’re like me, you receive hundreds of emails.  It’s easy for one to get lost in the deluge, or worse, disappear into spam, never to be seen again.

Or you may have a long drive to get to class.  Maybe you often work away from the office or don’t have continual access to personal email.

All that can be a problem.  Because a lot of times we aren’t able to provide much notice about class cancellations, holiday schedules,  or special events and opportunities.  By the time you get home or see your email it’s too late to change your plans.   It truly sucks when you show up at the studio … only to find that nobody’s there.

We have a solution.  You can now receive immediate text messages direct to your cell phone no matter where you are.  It’s easy to sign up for Jay’s Kickboxing Text Hotline.  There are two ways to register:

1. Text your name & email to (972) 845-5630
2. Or visit web signup.