Competitive circle |

Competitive circle

Jay Perry had operated his “Full Circle” of martial arts classes out of the Rising Starz Gymnastics center for nearly eight years before he recently landed a training facility all his own.

And now, his “Circle” is expanding even beyond martial arts.

Perry’s Athletic Training Center officially opened for business at 1050 Whispering Pines Lane in Grass Valley with a grand opening last month and so far the owner said he has heard only rave reviews about the wide variety of sport training he now offers.

“I want it known that I’m a competition trainer with a martial arts background,” Perry said. “If you’re interested in Judo, kickboxing, Ju Jitsu or other martial arts we offer a mix of all of that, but we also train for boxing and stuff like full-contact, bare-knuckle cage fights.

“We’re looking for competitors at all levels interested in anything to do with fighting in competitive tournaments.”

Once he saw an obvious interest in boxing, Perry and coach Rudy Meyer studied to become certified boxing instructors with the American Boxing Federation. Those two are also joined by Rocky Twitchell, who will serve as Perry’s main boxing coach. Twitchell, who has been coaching boxing in the area for many years, also donated the ring now used at Perry’s.

“Grass Valley has always had a lot of good competitors, but there was no place to train for this and no coaches to train them,” said Perry, adding that it was the competition of martial arts that kept him interested in the sport during his own 23-year career.

“I love competition,” he said. “It’s builds character and it’s humbling. It help me take violence and turn it into sport. It kept me in tip-top physical shape and allowed me to legally fight without getting in trouble.”

He was taught by his own father, Jody Perry, a former world champion in Judo and wrestling, including freestyle, Greco-Roman and Sombo. The elder Perry, who holds black belts in multiple martial arts styles, has opened Professor Perry’s Personal Fitness Center at the Bear River Junction, 10055 Wolf Road, in southwest Nevada County.

“It’s great that we’re this close to each other again,” Jay Perry said.

The gym, located adjacent to Fitness First, is open six days a week with varying workout schedules, depending on the sport of choice.

Perry encourages anyone interested in trying a competitive fighting sport to stop by and check out the facility for themselves. He said children age 5 and older are welcome to train, but are not allowed to compete in the ring until age 10.

For more information on Perry’s Athletic Training Center, call 273-8121.

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