‘Trainer of Champions' puts on martial arts seminar



Robert Follis, left, and Ryan Calhoon demonstrate positions to participants in the seminar.


Robert Follis watches participants in a rolling exercise during a three-hour masters martial arts seminar.

WALLA WALLA - Robert Follis, known as the "Trainer of Champions" and coach at the Team Quest gym in Gresham, Ore., led a master MMA seminar at Calhoon's Martial Arts Studio on Saturday morning.

Fifteen participants with varying levels of experience were able to master Follis' cutting-edge physical and mental training techniques during the three-hour master class.

"Robert is an extremely well-respected coach that has trained the biggest names in the world of MMA. It's such a huge opportunity to attend the seminar, especially at such discounted rate that's almost three times less than his normal rates," said Ryan Calhoon, organizer of the seminar and owner of the studio.

Follis has trained names such as UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight champion and Hall of Fame member Randy "The Natural" Couture and Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling silver medalist Matt "The Law" Lindland.

In an interview for Sherdog, Couture says, "He's a great technical coach. He reads people real well and he's real good with people - not that I need a lot of that - but it still makes a difference."

"I've been coach for almost 14 years now, and I'm still not even close to knowing everything. I want to learn a lot more," said Follis at the seminar and added, "Most of the time the worst things that have happened to us are exactly the things that have made us grow."

The seminar was an interactive combination of practice and talking about the importance of various positions. Follis' surprise for the last half hour of the seminar was showing the extremely challenging "reverse triangle choke."

"The understanding that there's no such thing as bad position is important. It just means something that invites you to overcome by adversity," he said.

This will not be Follis' last seminar in Walla Walla. "I'll probably see you again. I love buying Sweet Onions from here in the spring," Follis said.

Since its opening in 2007, the Calhoon's Martial Art studio has been regularly bringing leading coaches to do seminars and to keep increasing the interest in MMA in Walla Walla.


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