Yantis Mayor Jerry Miller, right, was on-hand, Monday night, to welcome world renown Jiu-Jitsu Fighter,
Phil Cardella, left, to Shane Rose's Gym, where Cardella conducted a fighting seminar.
Yantis Welcomes Jiu-Jitsu Training
on a Local Level
by: Bobby McDonald
What was once the City Hall Building in Yantis, has now become a Jiu-Jitsu Gym, operated by Shane Rose, and serving as the training facility for some 10 local fighters. "We're located strategically in an area here in Northeast Texas, in the midst of a group that have adopted this training discipline and work out religiously," denoted Rose. "We have ten fighters in this group and have competed in four tournaments, receiving over 60 medals, so we have quite a beginning!"
On Monday night, Rose and Yantis Mayor Jerry Miller welcomed World Renown Jiu-Jitsu Fighter, Phil Cardella, to the gym in Yantis, for a training seminar. Phil started Martial Arts at age 12 in South Houston where having a humble good nature and the warrior spirit was first and foremost. He first achieved rank in Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido under Master Chad Glisson.
Master Chad Glisson also exposed Phil and his brothers to Shodo Kan Karate, Akido, Ryku Kenpo, Dillman theory pressure points, Small circle Jiu-Jitsu, Hapkido, Thai boxing, Jeet Kun Do, Kali, Judo, and whatever else he could. Chad Glisson was the first to tell The Cardella brothers about the Gracie Family and their system of fighting.
Phil started offically training Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at the Aiea assocation of Relson's Ran by Sam Mahi, Chris & Mike Onzuka and their assistant instructors. He started competing while in the Marine Corps and met Master Relson Gracie and has been a Champion on Master Relson's competition team since 1997.
He has been lucky enough to train with some of the best fighters in the World & at some of the best schools on the planet. He is a full time fighter & Martial Artist. The best way to judge his skill is to look at the achievements of his students in tournaments, they are beating Black Belt Champions in competion and winning the highest level of competition in the world. They are also in great shape and able to easily defend themselves. His bio shows his current record. He is still a active competitor in order to strive to find and battle test the most effective, current & usable techniques.
Phil, a native of Houston Texas and graduate of Clear Creek High School, explained that he is a former United States Marine and has trained soldiers for combat and has recently moved to St. Augustine, Florida, to open another Jiu-Jitsu Academy, there. "It's a great discipline for training both your body and your mind," allowed Phil. "And, it's great for stress relief, and a perfect way to prepare you for self-defense. We don't just accept everyone into the discipline, you must meet certain character qualifications and be devoted to becoming your best."
Two young men from the Yantis Academy received "stripes" on Monday night for their training and devotion, while another member was raised from a "white belt," to a blue belt.
"We're just so excited about having this chapter here in Northeast Texas, and want to offer our help and support, in any way that we possibly can," denoted Phil, who was leaving on Tuesday morning, to conduct seminars in Waco, Tyler, and a number in Houston, before returning to his home in Florida."
"We're excited anytime someone wants to add something worthwhile and character improving to Yantis," expressed Yantis Mayor, Jerry Miller, as he took Phil in playful headlock!
However, soon the tables turned and Miller found himself in a "headlock" from gym owner, Shane Rose.
If you want additional information, you may contact Shane Rose at the gym in Yantis, by calling (903)245-6966, or you can find out more about Phil Cardella at www.MMA4florida.com or www.PhilCardella.com.