Kenny Johnson Wrestling Seminar for Leicester MMA Academy

Kenny Johnson Wrestling Seminar

Date: Saturday 12th February, 2011
Time: 12-3pm
Price: **SOLD OUT**



Kenny Johnson began his combat sports career as a stand-out wrestler in high school. His wrestling abilities allowed him to continue competition into college where he became a NCAA Division 3 All-American at Cornell College where he won multiple championships. He caught the eye of the University of Iowa where he transferred to and competed on undefeated Big Ten and National Championship teams under legendary coach, Dan Gable.

Kenny’s passion for the sport kept him involved after college as he coached for the Northwestern University while training for the 1996 Olympics. In 1997, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was a member of the first U.S. Olympic Training Center resident program in freestyle wrestling. While attending, he was introduced to some of today’s elite mma fighters such as Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, and Matt Lindland.

Kenny’s strong wrestling base helped him make the transition into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition where he has already placed first in the Pan-Americans, Gi and No-Gi World Jiu Jitsu Championships in 2007-09. As an incredible grappler, he moved on to become a Mixed Martial Artist where he currently trains all aspects of the sport.

In addition to his professional MMA career, Kenny serves as the wrestling coach to MMA Champions BJ Penn, Anderson Silva, Paul Daley and Minotauro Nogueira and was even invited to coach Nogueria’s team on The Ultimate Fighter Season 8.

Kenny is currently training for the 2012 Olympics in London (his 6th attempt at making the team).

To compliment his MMA, Kenny has also seen success as a writer when he was nominated for a Pulitzer for his published poem entitled “The Rose and the Silver Bell.”

In February he will be stopping off in the UK and will be teaching a wrestling seminar for us at Leicester MMA Academy. This is an amazing opportunity for us to learn from a world class wrestler and coach.

Time and again wrestling has proven to be the deciding factor in international MMA and is an aspect of the game we get little exposure to in the UK. Whether you are looking to dominate in MMA or improve your takedowns and understanding of wrestling for Submission Grappling this is a seminar not to be missed!

As this event is the week after the Ryan Hall seminar and such short notice we are offering it for the bargain price of just £15 for registered members of Leicester MMA Academy. Yes, that’s right, only £15!!! For non-gym members the price is still only £20, spectators is £10.

Huge thanks to Paul “Semtex” Daley for helping arrange this event.

Thanks to Kenny for the photo and background info.


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