F2WP New Jersey

Let's give a huge congratulations to Coach Kyle Huang and Roots Athletics' new Head Instructor Coach Kristian Woodmansee for their stellar performance at this past weekend's Fight To Win Pro event in New Jersey! Both Kyle and Kristian were able to pull out the win! 

Photography by Mike Calimbas


Competition Updates

Our athletes have been avidly competing over the past couple of weeks-- from Philadelphia all the way to NY and Boston-- in some of the biggest tournaments of the year. Being able to compete and represent our school at some local IBJJF, International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation, tournaments and Philadelphia's first Fight to Win Pro event has been a huge goal of ours. There is no doubt that we have already started to accomplish just that. Congratulations to all of our competitors for putting it on the line and never giving up!

Jiu Jitsu in the Park - April 30th

Roots Athletics will be hosting it's first annual Jiu Jitsu in the Park of the season on Sunday, April 30th! We want to welcome all academies and affiliations to join us on the mats and enjoy some beautiful weather and hard training. Location, as of now, is to be announced. We will keep you all informed on times and locations as the date approaches. Mark your calendars!




We want to give a huge congratulations to Roots Athletics' first Blue belts-- Gina Mancuso and Dustin Gregory. Their hard work and consistency does not go unnoticed by our other members and staff. This is just the beginning of these two athlete's journey! 



Submit The Stigma Seminar

This Sunday, January 15th, Roots Athletics will be hosting the first ever Women's Instructed Submit The Stigma seminar. We believe that having four strong, world class ladies leading a group of men and women, of all belt ranks, is very empowering. We invite all of you to join us this Sunday to support a great cause, all while meeting and training with new faces from all over the Northeast. 



Roots Athletics Named "Philly Fitness Gem"

In today's edition of PhillyMag, Roots Athletics was recognized as one of Philly's "Fitness Gems." Sierra Asplundh, a Philadelphia based fitness enthusiast and one of our frequent members here at Roots was able to share her experience with PhillyMag readers. Sierra gives her opinion of our space and programs, with her own "personal guilty pleasure" being our FIT class. We would like to extend our gratitude to Sierra and PhillyMag for showcasing our academy! To read the full article, please click the link below:


CBS Philly NEWS at Roots Athletics!

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This morning, we had the pleasure of having CBS Philly News at our facility, Roots Athletics, for their 5:30am-7:00am morning segment. Pat Gallen and his camera crew joined us on the mats for an early morning training session, and we even managed to get Pat into a gi. We provided CBS News with the basic fundamentals of jiu jitsu and gave the early morning viewers an inside look on our class structure/academy. Check out the full story/broadcast at the link provided below!


The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with A Single Step

...I had been competitive in every sport I could find throughout my young life, playing everything my high school and college had to offer. But this was different. Traditional sports felt so one-dimensional and incomplete compared to MMA. The technical martial arts knowledge of training in multiple disciplines such as Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Western Boxing, and Wrestling, are just a few components of what it takes to be proficient at MMA. The strength and conditioning training was so intense and innovative, it directly spawned such fitness crazes as P90X, Insanity, and Crossfit.

The spiritual and emotional growth and mental durability I attain from training makes me a better overall person, and transfers directly to how I live my life. The constant athletic innovation is unsurpassed by anything I've ever experienced in the sporting world. The practical application for self-defense in the street and in your home is on the cutting edge, and is trained in law enforcement, military, and self defense seminars worldwide. MMA is ever evolving, growing, adapting and will continue to do so as long as the human ingenuity and athleticism continues to grow as well. When ESPN began covering MMA — and mainly the UFC — as a legitimate sport, they called MMA the "hardest sport to mentally and physically train and prepare for on the planet." Needless to say, they weren't exaggerating in the least.

Educating the public is really the way this sport had grown into a household name so fast. People think we're barbaric or violent, but MMA is more about the competition of one athlete versus another, and the concepts, values, and spirituality that surrounds its training. My friends have always thought I was rolling around on the ground, hugging guys and doing old school Karate, or just beating the hell out of my training partners in a street brawl. Every single one of them that I've brought to the mat has fallen in love with the internal battle for control over your motor skills, the great self-motivation and willpower needed, and the amount of technical knowledge necessary to train proficiently.

And that's what makes those people different. Training different. They're special because they do something special. Stepping out of your comfort zone, trying something new is the key to living a healthy life.

...-an excerpt from "Why Would I Ever want to be a Cage Fighter" / The Sweat Life January 3rd, 2015