Jan 152017
 

At Frequency Martial Arts, we want you to know the people that are going to help you become a better version of yourself.

In this latest update, we put the spotlight on Ed LeMonnier.

Where are you originally from and what brought you to Central Illinois?

I am from Tinley Park, IL and I came to Normal, IL in 1997 when I transferred to Illinois State University.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they? I have 2 rescue dogs: Jett and Cabo.

Where do you work? Magic 99.5 where I am on-air and I also sell advertising and promotional partnerships to help businesses grow.

What was the first Album/Tape/CD that you purchased? QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH on Cassette 

What was the last movie you watched at home? ICE AGE 2

At the theatre? ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

If you could have ONE season to live in for all 12-months, which would you choose? SUMMER!

What are your three favorite activities to do when you are not training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Time with family, Barbecuing and reading.

What charity are you the most passionate about?

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life

Which restaurants in Bloomington-Normal make it into your Top 3? DR. McKay’s, CJ’s Restaurant and Caffe Italia

How long have you been training at Frequency Martial Arts and why did you decide on training here?

Ever since it opened -but I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2007. Why? I took over the school from the previous owner who was going to close.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu changed my life and I know it can improve the lives of anyone who steps on the mats.  I couldn’t see the gym and affiliation going away.

What is your favorite jiu jitsu move right now? Butterfly Sweep.

What is your favorite vacation destination? Florida.

Any hobbies or talents that you’d like to share? Build Lego sets with my daughters. 

Jan 092017
 

At Frequency Martial Arts, we want you to know the people that are going to help you become a better version of yourself.

In this latest update, we put the spotlight on Doug Kimball.

Where are you originally from and what brought you to Central Illinois?

Born in Minneapolis, have lived in MN, WI, MI, GA, PA, and now – Illinois, thanks to both college and jobs.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they? Cat and Dog – who more or less tolerate each other.

Where do you work? JDA Software – supply chain provider

What was the first Album/Tape/CD that you purchased? Styx – Serpent

What was the last movie you watched at home?Jason Bourne

At the theatre? The Magnificent 7

If you could have ONE season to live in for all 12-months, which would you choose? Fall

What are your three favorite activities to do when you are not training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Reading, working out, time with family

What charity are you the most passionate about?

Special Olympics

Which restaurants in Bloomington-Normal make it into your Top 3? Biaggis, Alexanders, Logans

How long have you been training at Frequency Martial Arts and why did you decide on training here?

Ever since it opened -but was training before it became FMA. Why? Great instructors, flexible times to train, my ability to contribute and learn by teaching.

What is your favorite jiu jitsu move right now? Is tapping a good move? Overall, bow and arrow choke.

What is your favorite vacation destination? Mexico. Any place with a beach and fruity tropical drinks. Where I can take my 100 days of vacation that Mike thinks I have.

Any hobbies or talents that you’d like to share? I can juggle. And, walk and talk while chewing gum.

Oct 192015
 

It’s important to know who you are training with and today in the Frequency Martial Arts Spotlight we are featuring Caleb Bankord originally from Bloomington and currently lives in Normal.

Occupation:   Business Analyst at State Farm
Rank: White Belt – One Stripe
Why You Train BJJ/How Has BJJ Improved Your Life?

I started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because I wanted to learn something new and challenging.  BJJ has helped me lose weight, become more flexible and gives me something fun and challenging to look forward wo.

What Do You Like To Do BESIDES Training BJJ? 

I like to listen to music, play video games and do home improvement projects.

Favorite Vacation Spot: My Grandparent’s cabin in Wisconsin.

Do You Have Any Pets? A cat named Cricket.

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite Food that YOU cook:  Egg drop soup

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Caleb Bankord and the rest of the team at Frequency Martial Arts where you’ll not only meet new people and make new friends, but you’ll learn more about yourself through the training that you put in on the mats.

Sep 192015
 

It’s important to know who you are training with and today in the Frequency Martial Arts Spotlight we are featuring Jeremy Butler originally from the South Side of Chicago who now lives in Bloomington.

Rank: White Belt – 1 Stripe
Why You Train BJJ/How Has BJJ Improved Your Life?

I think being a well rounded martial artist is critical and the ground game is an essential component.

What Do You Like To Do BESIDES Training BJJ? 

Training in other martial arts.

Favorite Vacation Spot: California

Do You Have Any Pets? No.

Favorite Restaurant: Chipotle

Favorite Food that YOU cook:  I don’t cook.

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Jeremy Butler and the rest of the team at Frequency Martial Arts where you’ll not only meet new people and make new friends, but you’ll learn more about yourself through the training that you put in on the mats.

Sep 122015
 

Tony HodgeIt’s important to know who you are training with and today in the Frequency Martial Arts Spotlight we are featuring Tony Hodge from McLean, Illinois.

Rank: Blue Belt – 3 Stripe
Profession: Soldier

Why You Train BJJ/How Has BJJ Improved Your Life?

Initially started to prepare for Modern Army Combative Instructor Course, have never been able to attend the school but BJJ stuck for me.

What Do You Like To Do BESIDES Training BJJ? 

Qualitative with my family,  DDP Yoga, running, firearms activities,  riding motorcycle, music, movies, trivia.

Favorite Vacation Spot: yet to be determined

Do You Have Any Pets? Not anymore.

Favorite Restaurant: Caffe Italia & Palms Grille

Favorite Food that YOU cook:  Chili

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Tony Hodge and the rest of the team at Frequency Martial Arts where you’ll not only meet new people and make new friends, but you’ll learn more about yourself through the training that you put in on the mats.

Aug 292015
 

Frequency Martial Arts Frank Zimmerman

It’s important to know who you are training with and today in the Frequency Martial Arts Spotlight we are featuring Frank Zimmerman, originally from Detroit, Michigan now residing in Danvers, Illinois.

Rank: Blue Belt
Profession: Minister

Why You Train BJJ/How Has BJJ Improved Your Life?

Destruction of the ego and self improvement and cardio activity

 

What Do You Like To Do BESIDES Training BJJ? 

Backpacking

Favorite Vacation Spot: Any national park

Do You Have Any Pets? No, too busy training!

Favorite Restaurant: Gibson City Bayern Stube

Favorite Food that YOU cook:  German Rolladen

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Frank Zimmerman and the rest of the team at Frequency Martial Arts where you’ll not only meet new people and make new friends, but you’ll learn more about yourself through the training that you put in on the mats.

 

Aug 222015
 

Frequency BJJ Mike Lavazza 2It’s important to know who you are training with and today in the Frequency Martial Arts Spotlight we are featuring Mike Lavazza from Normal, Illinois.

Rank: Black Belt
Profession: Actuary

Why You Train BJJ/How Has BJJ Improved Your Life?

Great exercise and stress reliever.  Enjoy meeting and interacting with all the people and seeing how bjj changes them.

What Do You Like To Do BESIDES Training BJJ? 

Archery, Shooting, Reloading, Hunting

Favorite Vacation Spot: North Webster, IN

Do You Have Any Pets? Dog – Archbald Thurston Lavazza I

Favorite Restaurant: Flatop

Favorite Food that YOU cook:  Rib-Eye and grilled potatoes

 

 

Come train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Mike Lavazza and the rest of the team at Frequency Martial Arts where you’ll not only meet new people and make new friends, but you’ll learn more about yourself through the training that you put in on the mats.