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,
Marc

 

Far North Dallas

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

Beginning/intermediate

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)

 

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Join me at Ohana Warrior for great kickboxing

Friends,

As I promised, I thoroughly checked out several area kickboxing/Muay Thai studios to find one for Jay Hollywood Wilson’s students that would make him proud and was in the same area.

We finally have a winner – Ohana Warrior 525 W. Arapaho Rd, Ste 18, Richardson (972) 968-7306 map.  It’s East of Coit, just west of the 75 freeway, not far from where the new studio was going to be, as well as just a mile away from the old UFC Richardson.

Mona, the owner, was a friend of Jay’s. They both trained together at Saekson Janjira Muay Thai.

Ohana has an excellent facility. It’s a roomy 4,000 square feet with large open mat, ring, several heavy bags, weights, lots of partner mitts and bags, kettle bells, ropes, tires, and dumbbells.

They have a large selection of classes — 7-8:30 Monday-Thursday, 12:30 Saturday, and 12-1 Tuesday-Thursday if you prefer lunchtime. The Wednesday 7pm class is for light sparring.

Ohana literally means family in Hawaiian.  And it is.  It’s a warm and friendly studio with lots of students, both men and women, at all levels. Classes have 15-25 students with the typical warmup, kickboxing and boxing drills, and cool down format.

Pricing is very reasonable.  I recommend the $89/month plan when you commit to a year.  You don’t have to pay upfront for a few months.  You just pay month to month.  If you need to cancel, there is a nominal termination fee.

Whether you’re a beginner, just want a great workout, or seek to spar or even fight, please join us at Ohana Warrior.

Come and try a free class! I’ll normally be there Mondays, Wednesdays for sparring, and Saturdays.  I hope to see you at Ohana.  Be sure to tell Mona, Jake, and the staff you’re a Jay Hollywood Wilson Kickboxing student.

Ohana Warrior 525 W. Arapaho Rd, Ste 18, Richardson (972) 968-7306 map.

I’ll send a couple more messages with more specific info and other recommendations if you’re in Far North Dallas.

Train hard, Live Long, and Prosper,
Marc

 

 

Hollywood: Recommended Kickboxing Studio Update

Friends,

I haven’t forgotten you!  The search for a replacement Muay Thai/kickboxing studio is in progress.  I’ll be out of town for a while.  So it will be 2-3 more weeks until I can provide a final report.

I aim to visit studios at least 3 times so I can see all the instructors and all levels of kickboxing classes, including sparring, for both Jay’s regular and fighter students.  There is no replacement for Jay who has his inspiration, training talent, and fighting experience … and teaches all levels and all classes.  But there are some good schools out there.

I’m targeting a studio that’s no more than 5 miles from UFC Richardson. I’ll provide a separate list for those of you in North Plano/McKinney.

That’s all for now. I appreciate everyone’s feedback so far.  Feel free to write with additional suggestions or questions.

Train hard, Live Long, and Prosper,
Marc

More Hollywood News – Lunch, March for our Lives, and other invitations

Friends, here is what’s new on and inspired by Jay Hollywood Wilson.

First – if you receive our text messages but NOT emails, we’ll need your email as we’ll be shutting down text messaging soon. Please register at the bottom of the Hollywood.fit  home page.

1. Memorial Celebration.  We had a great crowd and many touching stories.  Thank you to everyone for the love and Michelle @ Title Boxing Club Allen for hosting.

2. Lunch Tuesday, March 20 1pm @ Olive Garden. I’ll be hosting Andy Sloane, one of Jay’s earliest students. Andy is stationed in Okinawa for the Navy.  He’s going to the funeral in Milwaukee and will be in Dallas afterward.  It’s a final time to share our memories of Jay.  Send me an email if you’d like to join us. …  Olive Garden Dallas – Greenville Ave, 9079 Vantage Point Dr, Dallas, TX 75243 (972) 234-3292.

3. March for Our Lives (for Gun Control) at Dallas City Hall Saturday March 24 12pm. I’m coordinating with my business group to march together for this great cause after the school shooting and murders in Florida.  I know Jay would have approved.  I invite you to join us. Sign up at our LinkedIn group.

4. Networking plug.  Are you in the business and networking world?  If so, I created a no-cost way for LinkedIn networkers to build their Twitter network. I invite you to join me on LinkedIn Twitter Follow Back at LITFB.com. You also can connect to me on LinkedIn.

5. Viewing and Memorial Funds. We’ve raised about $4,000 to support the family and help defray Jay’s funeral.  But total funeral expenses are much more.  If you haven’t contributed, the links to do so can be found at Jay Hollywood Wilson Viewing & Fund Contributors.

6. Studio Recommendation. As as a final way to honor Jay, I want to help you find a future Dallas kickboxing home worthy of him and get you an excellent group rate.  I’m checking out area Muay Thai/kickboxing studios to find the best workout for regular students, as well as fighters, that includes cardio, technique, and inspiration.  Feel free to send recommendations to me.

Marc

Studio Recommendation & Jay Hollywood Wilson Memorial Celebration Update

Here is an update on Jay’s  memorial activities

1. Viewing and Memorial Funds. The family and I thank everyone who came to the viewing and made a contribution to help support his kids or the funeral expenses.  There still is time to donate!  See Jay Hollywood Wilson Viewing & Fund Contributors.

2. Sunday 2pm Memorial Celebration @ Title Boxing Club Allen Reminder.  Remember this a potluck.  So please bring something.  See the Evite with details and add or update your RSVP.

3. Studio Recommendation. As as a final way to honor Jay, I want to help you find a future kickboxing home worthy of him and get you an excellent group rate.   If you’re not on our email list, please send me an email at marc@hollywood.fit as I’ll likely be shutting down our text messaging lists.

I’m checking out area Muay Thai/kickboxing studios to find the best workout for regular students, as well as fighters, that includes cardio, technique, and inspiration. I’m taking their classes and working with studio owners.  Feel free to submit recommendations to me at my email above.

Marc

Jay Hollywood Wilson Viewing & Fund Contributors

I apologize if I miss anyone (I know I did) on the lists below.
The family and I thank everyone who joined us at the viewing in Dallas, including Buck, Sammy, Kelli, Adrian, Lu, Emily & Nathan, Bobby, and Fernando.
We appreciate the many friends and students who contributed and shared their personal comments to the memorial funds, including Mo, Kai & Sorin, Vic, Raju, Yousef, Sandy, David L, David C, Robin, Kevin, Leslie, Big Mike, Ming, Bobby, Andy, Arrash, Ricky, Beth, Amanda, Lisa, Yvette, Jeni & Cary, Toan, Alok, Tiffany, Lester, Candice, Alred, Alisa, and Anonymous (a few times) ;-). That’s a lot of love.
If you haven’t yet participated, here’s the info

Jay “Hollywood” Wilson Funeral and Memorial Funds & Life Celebration

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In case you haven’t stayed on top of the posts on our Facebook page, here is a summary of activities to pay your respects to Jay and his family and celebrate his life.
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Sunday March 11 2-4pm.  Dallas Memorial Celebration at Title Boxing Club, Allen. Join us at a potluck to celebrate the life and our remembrances of  the man, the myth, the legend. Please visit our Evite for more info and to RSVP so we can get an accurate count.
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Saturday March 17. The funeral will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. More info will posted on his personal Facebook page by his family.
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Marc