MMA in the DMV: DCBFIT - Jerome Wilson

in , , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Name: Jerome Wilson
Record: 21-9, pro and amateur
Weight Class: 154-185
Age: 38

What is your martial arts background? Have you ever competed in combat sports before?
I started training in Muay Thai in 1999 when I was attending seminary school in Richmond, VA. 3 months later, I placed 3rd in the International Sanshou Competiton. I also took karate classes here and there.

What's your fighting style (ground and pound, wrestling, striker)?
Mainly Muay Thai, boxing, and American style kickboxing. And I also have a black belt in karate, I always forget that.

Where do you see yourself going in MMA (casual, fitness, fun, professional)?
I definitely have another 4-5 years, and I want stay professional.

When did you start training fighters in MMA?
I started training fighters in early 2000s. I also used to be a trainer for a gym chain in the DC area and started training fighters there as well.

When and why did you start a gym?
February 18 makes one year. I love fighting and I feel the DC area doesn't have fighting schools. They teach a discipline and give you a certification. They don't train much or go around fighting. There are no high caliber fighters. In real Muay Thai, there are no belts or levels. Just fight application. They don't fight to look cute.

How do you balance gym life and personal life?
It's very difficult balancing life. I fight and my wife fights, plus we have 2 kids. So on Sundays, I shut down the gym to spend time with my family.
(Me: Kru Phil Nurse does something similar. He closes the gym and stays at him on Sunday. Found that out when I went there in November.
Jerome: Oh really, I fought one of his guys way back when. It was in the Excalibur Extreme Fight Challenge in 2003, fighter's name was Gary.)

When is your next fight?
I'm hoping to fight between May and June and get 2 fights in this year. I would also like to fight in Glory (Kickboxing).

Who has your toughest opponent been so far?
Myself. When I started fighting in 1999, the professional and amateur division wasn't clear. You had pros and amateurs fighting each other, and there weren't many rules. It was like the Wild West in Muay Thai in 99. I remember there was a tournament, and I fought three times in two days. There was this one guy named Sherman that I fought, and he really beat me up and he was smiling while beating me up. And I realized that this is life, and you fight yourself. You only fight yourself.

How do you prepare for a fight? How do you prepare your fighters for a fight?
My greatest gift is that not one of my fighters fights the same. Every fighter is going to give you a different style. They fight to their personality. Whoever is on the inside will come out. They say that I have ice water in my veins, I'm very calm and collected. I tell my fighters to fight to their strength. The other thing is that my fighters are composed and very relaxed, that's the only thing that is similar. We do a lot of sparring. And also, there is no such thing as a black belt in Muay Thai. That's called "I have a superiority complex."

Why do you get in the ring as opposed to just training?
I'm a fighter. A lot of guys do it for the fame and glory. I do it because I love it. I love to hit people. It's just what I am. I don't have to think about it. I love hitting people and being hit.

How do you feel about MMA today? Do you think it is becoming more popular? Less popular? Too saturated?
I think it's cool. I do wish these guys and girls in MMA would fight in Muay Thai and boxing. I think 2 years and going pro isn't enough time. You need 2-3 solid years to get your foundation. You see the Ultimate Fighter, and these fighters really need more time than that. Nowadays people want to bypass ABC to get to D. They're obsessed with getting in the cage and throwing down and they think they're tough.

Who is your favorite fighter in the major organizations (UFC, WSOF, Bellator, etc.) and why?
Rob Kamen, he's a Muay Thai fighter. He's the greatest kick boxer ever and I actually got to me him when I got to chance to fight for XFA Alliance. It was one of the best moments of my life and I would love to train under him.

Do you have a favorite fighter from the DMV area?
Not really, outside of boxing, not really. There is this one guy, Mike Easton and that's all. When you talk to you talk about MMA and kickboxing in DC, you talk about Mike. He's the only one who deserves love and respect. I haven't fought since 2008, so I can't name myself since that would be a chump move.

Do you think the DMV area is underrepresented in the MMA Community? If yes, how are you trying to change this? And how can the DMV MMA community change this?
Of course it is, and they don't do fucking shit and you can quote me on that.

What is the gym atmosphere like?
We have a lot fun. There is a no ego rule. No one is better than anyone. Do we have our inner beefs, yeah of course, we're like a family. But we're ride or die. We're known as the pretty boys since whenever our fighters like to coordinates their colors are fight days.

What advice would you give fighters?
Learn how to appreciate what you do. You're only about 2% of the population that is does this. If you don't get in the cage, you don't have the room to say anything. We're rare. It doesn't matter to me if you win or lose. As long as they did their best, then I'm happy. Winning is great, but you don't learn anything. Losing is inevitable, it happens. But it's the furthest thing from my mind, I focus on being the best I can be. Even if I don't get a championship, I'm still one the craziest guys out there.

If Bruce Lee or Muhammad Ali were in their prime and training in MMA, do you think they would be great or nothing special in the cage?
They have what most fighters don't. They have heart. They were visionaries. Bruce Lee took a curriculum and said I don't give a shit. He took the best of every martial art and did his own thing. Muhammed Ali had showmanship. He made shit talking into an art and he could back it up. He is the greatest boxer and one the greatest martial artists.

*DCBFIT is no longer owned by Jerome; the gym is under new management


in , , , by FroBunni, Wednesday, January 22, 2014
I've been living in the DC area for about 3 years now, and when I moved here, I didn't expect that I would be fully immersed in MMA like I am today. And if you know anything about DC and MMA, then you would know it's all but dead here. Like seriously, when I'm on twitter and see all of these fighters in NY, FL, NV, and CA, I keep thinking to myself, why didn't I move there once I graduated. So, I decided to turn lemons into lemonade, reach out to locale MMA/martial arts gyms, and interview gym owners and fighters. I actually didn't expect that I would hear back from anyone, but low and behold, within an hour of sending my first batch of emails, Jerome from DCBFIT responded with a resounding yes. A few weeks later, I hopped on the green line, went to Navy Yard, and spent an evening in his gym interviewing him and his fighters.

DCBFIT is a martial gym that specializes in Muay Thai and MMA. DCBFIT owner, Jerome Wilson, began his Muay Thai fighting career in 1999 and opened DCBFIT almost a year ago on January 18, 2013. Despite only being open for a year, I noticed that the gym was packed and, after interviewing a few of his fighters, I realized he had a huge following. And when you meet him, you will understand why. Friendly, charismatic, and a complete dictator when leading his classes, you couldn't fully despise him after that 100th burpee he made you do. When I walked into the gym, he recognized me from the emails and welcomed me to the gym, no feeling uncomfortable or awkward. And despite him teaching two Training classes, personally training 2 people, and beginning a warm-up for his MMA class, he never forgot that I was there. He ensured that I got my interviews and his students had the most intense workout of their life.

And about those workouts, let me just say I am glad I was on the other side (though I intend to go back for a workout). Students punched and kicked their way to a slimmer, trimmer, and healthier body, and Jerome made sure there were no quitters. By the end of the 45 minute workout, his students were tired, exhausted and dripping in sweat. At the same time he was conducting his Training workout, he was also personally training 2 of his clients. They ended their workout, exhausted as well, but what amazed me (besides the 50 squats with a shoulder press using 15lbs dumbbells - I tried that when I got home and stopped at 20) was that he was giving 100% of his time to his personal training clients and the 20+ Training class participants. I've been to fitness and martial gyms where the trainer can't even fully commit to a class of 10, so trust me in saying that is a true talent.

I spent about 3 hours at the gym watching classes and interviewing Jerome and his fighters - James Kellaris, Michael Parker, and Brooks - and was impressed with the diverse background and set of skills of each fighter. Jerome's MMA class is unique in that everyone brings something different to the table. Brooks has a wrestling background, while Michael and James are more kickboxers/strikers. During my interview with Jerome, he explained that all his fighters fight to their personality. There is no specialized style in his gym and this allows his fighters to train and spare with every different type of fighter, thus giving them an advantage in the ring. He also mentioned his "no egos" rule. He welcomes and is willing to train anyone…except those that come in with egos.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to DCBFIT. It was the perfect gym to start my MMA in the DMV series and everyone was very nice and welcoming. Check out the website for more information - - or head down to Navy Yard and try a class. I know that I will be (hopefully this weekend, maybe next week)!

Come back to the FroBunni on the following days when I feature the interview with Jerome and his fighters (and this will force me to work on these interviews instead of playing Scribble Hero while I sit on the metro).

10 Single Leg Lunge Jumps (R)
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10 Best Back Exercises

in , , by FroBunni, Sunday, January 19, 2014
10 Best Back Exercises

1. Burpees
2. Bent Over Rows
3. Dumbllell Pulldown
4. Push Up
5. Lumbar Extension
6. Deadlift
7. Plank
8. Mountain Climbers
9. Chest Fly
10. Running

New Year's Goals

in , by FroBunni, Sunday, January 12, 2014

I call my New Years Resolution yearly goals. A resolution be definition means "an answer or solution to something." Well I don't live my life trying to solve problems, I live my life accomplishing goals. My goals have ranged the gambit from minuscule to extreme. From small life changes to complete directional changes in my life. I don't always complete each goal for the year, but I do make an effort to completing it eventually. And like every year, this year is no different. So here are New Years Goals.
  1. Re-connect with family and friends: Last year I made the effort to go and visit one of my good friends from college. I hadn't seen him for a good 4 years. I have really great friends and would like to keep them in my life forever, so I am making the effort to connect wth them more frequently, whether by phone or making the effort to visit. Just as well, there are members of my family that I do not see/talk to often. I would like to change that as well.
  2. Start making fitness videos on YouTube: This has been a goal for the last 3 years. I haven't done much to make this happen. I've had a lot of support in the last few months, so I really want to make this a reality. I've already taped one video.
  3. Find a job I love: I don't hate my current job, but I am not passionate about it. I want a job that doesn't feel like work and that really satisfy me. I want something that does more than just pay the bills. My dream job is something in the fitness/health/MMA industry. I started reaching out to people in those industries at the end of last year, and I would like this to be the year that I move into that profession.
  4. Be able to lift 10lbs dumb bells: It should be noted that I can lift 10lbs dumbells, but what I can't do is a workout that involves compound exercises. I can't do an alternating lunges with bicep curls. I can't do a squat with a shouder raise. I can't do tricep kickbacks, so on and so forth. I've started incorporating the 8lbs weight in my workouts, so hopefully by June, I will start working with the 10lbs weight.
  5. Come to terms with the fact that my dogs are old and everything that it entails: I love my dogs dearly, Sheppie is 13 and Diamond is 11. Both are showing signs of old age. Enough said.
Those are my goals, what are yours?

January Fitness and Health Challenge

in , , by FroBunni, Saturday, January 11, 2014
This year I am going to do a monthly Fitness/ Health Challenge. This month, in preparation for my half birthday, I have a few going on at one time.

100 Squats a Day - I switch up the squats - lunge squat, closed leg squats, wide leg squats, around the world squats. As long as I squat, it's all good.

100 Shimmy Twists a Day - see the vide below for how to. I've been doing belly dance for 10 years and I noticed that we I do it more regularly, it helps to create a very define waist. The shimmy twist is really great in helping to create that.

100 Reverse Crunches a Day - No matter how fit I get, my trouble area is my lower abs. Due to having Crohn's Disease, it pooches out, and I am hoping regularly doing reverse crunches will help with that a bit. I guess I will see. 

Strawberry, Honey, and Lemon Greek Yogurt

in , , by FroBunni, Saturday, January 11, 2014
Strawberry, Honey, and Lemon Greek Yogurt

I was craving some yogurt, but didn't actually have any store bought. But I do have a ton of plain Greek yogurt (since I use it for marinades, overnight oatmeal, smoothies, face masks…yup, it's great for face masks), so I decided to mix to strawberry jam, honey and lemon with my plain greek yogurt to make a sweet treat.

1 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 tsp of lemon juice
1/8 cup strawberry jam (or really any flavor)
3 tablespoons honey

Directions: Put ingredients in a bowl and mix together