Wrecking Ball MMA on a Stampede

Wrecking Ball MMA Adult Team takes home 3rd!

Wrecking Ball MMA Team is proud to say that they have placed 3rd in the adult team division of the NewBreed Ultimate Grappler BJJ tournament that was held at the McCook Athletic Exposition, this past Saturday July 16, 2016! 
It was an action packed , technical display of Jiujitsu. All competitors of the Wrecking Ball Team have worked hard to achieve this honor, dedicating heart and soul to improve their Jiujitsu and contribute to Wrecking Ball MMA's name, as it has been gaining prestige in the Jiujitsu community. The team represented 10 competitors in several brackets, including men, women, and children in both Gi and No Gi divisions. 

Alex Coronado placed 1st in Gi and 1st in No Gi
Ricky Lopez placed 1st in Gi and 1st in No Gi
Ender Kongkaeow placed 1st in Gi and 1st in No Gi
Javi Coronado placed 1st in Gi and 1st in No Gi
Kendra Kazmaier placed 1st in Gi and 2nd in No Gi
Emma Macniak placed 3rd in Gi and 3rd in No Gi
Juan Avilia placed 1st in No Gi
Nick Wolf placed 2nd in Gi
Jose Morales placed 2nd in Gi
Michael Hayden placed 2nd in GI
A total  of 13 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze medals were brought home and all competitors put forth their effort while having a blast doing so! A special congratulations to the competitors as well as everyone else who competed. 
Wrecking Ball MMA Team wants to thank the team members who "WRECKRESENT" Wrecking Ball MMA, the team members who helped all competitors train, and the supporters of Wrecking Ball MMA Team as without any of you, this would not be possible. 


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Wrecking Ball MMA Announces New Location Grand Opening Event Seminar!

Wrecking Ball MMA would love to welcome you all to our new location in Mundelein, IL and invite you to take part in our FREE grand opening event seminar! 

The event kicks off at 10:30am on Saturday, March 12th, at our new location, 409 Washington Blvd, Unit B, in Mundelein, IL, and will end at 1:00pm! The event will feature some of Wrecking Ball MMA's current coaches, including head coach Clint Blackburn, as well as affiliate professor, BJJ black belt Alex Embry! The event will feature a one-hour Muay Thai seminar followed by a one-and-a-half-hour No Gi Jiu-Jitsu seminar. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend and the cost of admission is FREE! 

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Wrecking Ball MMA Collects 5 Gold Medals at Newbreed Ultimate Challenge!

Yesterday was a very strong showing for Wrecking Ball MMA's jiu-jitsu program as the team collected 5 gold medals from the Newbreed Ultimate Challenge Illinois State Open in Chicago, IL!

The team showcased competitors in several brackets, including men, women, and children in both the gi and no gi divisions. Competitors, Michael Hayden, Javier Coronado, Kendra Kazmaier, and Ender Kongkaeow (2x), all brought home gold medals, making it a very successful outing for team Wrecking Ball MMA. 

All of us at Wrecking Ball MMA would like to wish a very special congratulations to all of these competitors as well as everyone else that competed! 

Hayden Wins at XFO 57!

Wrecking Ball MMA's Michael Hayden picked up his first professional mixed martial arts win against Gilbert Grappling's Justin Hughes this past Saturday at XFO 57 in Chicago, IL.

From the opening bell, the fight promised to be competitive, with both fighters exchanging in the center of the cage and neither wanting to back down. Clean kicks from Hayden seemed to put him ahead early on but a late flurry by Hughes moved the momentum back into his corner as the round came to a close. 

Round two began with much of the same, with both fighters pushing forward and looking to land combinations to the head. A couple of takedowns from Hayden made the difference, however, as he looked to secure the round.

Round three would be the deciding frame and both fighters seemed to know it. Hayden continued to push forward with combinations, mixing in the occasional takedown attempt, while Hughes looked to circle away and land big shots. Hayden managed to get a takedown and secure the mount for the first time in the fight, but Hughes escaped and landed a takedown of his own. The fight came to a close and the crowd acknowledged the spirited battle. 

The judges scorecards were announced in favor of Michael Hayden via split decision. With this win, Hayden moves to 1-1 as a professional. 


Coaches Clint Blackburn and Josh Bessette Receive BJJ Brown Belts at Wrecking Ball MMA Seminar!

Wrecking Ball MMA was fortunate to play host to an amazing no-gi jiu-jitsu seminar on Saturday afternoon, taught not only by Wrecking Ball coaches, Clint Blackburn, Justen Hamilton, and Josh Bessette, but also two guest coaches, Sean Quirk and affiliate professor, Alex Embry. The seminar was a complete success- introducing many new faces to the Wrecking Ball family as well as raising money for the family of fallen officer, Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. 

In addition to the success of the turnout, coaches Clint and Josh also received their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belts from professor Alex Embry! The promotions induced a boisterous applause from those in attendance, as many knew the work the two new brown belts had put in over the course of their jiu-jitsu journey. 


Wrecking Ball MMA Announces Submission Grappling Seminar!

Wrecking Ball MMA will be hosting its first seminar with its new coaches, Justen Hamilton and Josh Bessette, along with head coach, Clint Blackburn! The seminar will also feature two guest coaches, BJJ black belt and affiliate professor, Alex Embry, and Grant High School wrestling coach, Sean Quirk! The seminar will run from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. and will feature an optional cool down stretch from Wrecking Ball MMA's yoga instructor, and will be followed immediately by lunch! Anyone who participates in the seminar will eat for free! You can also enter a raffle to win a Wrecking Ball MMA membership pass! 

*Please note: this is a NO GI seminar! 

For more information, please call us at (847) 261-9635!

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Lots of Medals at Newbreed Ultimate Challenge!

Wrecking Ball MMA brought home eleven new medals on Saturday from the Newbreed Ultimate Challenge Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in McCook Illinois!

Early in the day, it was a great showing for the kids as siblings Riley, Grayson, and Ender Kongkaeow brought home eight medals between the three of them, competing in both the gi and no gi divisions.

Later on, adults Jennifer Johnson and Ricky Lopez also made good, bringing home a silver medal as well as two golds! Lopez's gold medal performance served as a successful cap to the day, letting everyone know that Wrecking Ball MMA is a force in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community.

Congratulations, guys!

Lee Wins 2015 Muay Thai Classic Tournament!

It was another great night for Wrecking Ball MMA as Robert Lee was crowned the TBA 2015 137lb. Muay Thai Classic Champion in Des Moines, IA!

Lee's skills were on full display as he battled to a unanimous decision win in the final bout against Kalsamrit Gym's Patrick Armstrong. Armstrong fought hard but ultimately came up short against the well-rounded arsenal of Lee. With this latest win, Lee continues to be a force at 137lbs. and goes down in the books as the 2015 Muay Thai Classic Champion.

Congratulations Robert!

Wrecking Ball MMA Hosts Alex Embry Seminar!

Wrecking Ball MMA would like to thank Professor Alex Embry of Alpha BJJ for an outstanding seminar! It was a true honor to have such a knowledgeable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in our facility, as well as some of his high level students from Alpha BJJ. We hope that Alex and his students will be back again in the very near future! Oss!