Thursday, October 14, 2010

IGNITION Launches Hand Combat Training

Ignition's HAND COMBAT program led by Performance Specialist Ben Creamer is designed to teach you how to strike with speed, power and accuracy, how to evade opponent’s strikes, how to re-direct energy and force, and how to successfully manipulate your opponent should they manage to get their hands on you. It includes the basic principles of several different martial arts including boxing, kickboxing, wing chun kung fu, judo, and ju-jitsu. Many aspects of the program will teach athletes how to overcome an opponent on the field without fighting strength against strength through joint manipulation, reflex training, and redirection of force. Ignition’s HAND COMBAT program will also teach how to safely “fall” and “roll” in a game time or practice situation in order to avoid heavy impact to the spine. The rigorous workouts directly relate to the playing field and will enhance hand-eye coordination, work capacity, agility, and reflex. Aspects of the hand combat program have been featured in a number of different media publication and networks including STACK TV, Houston Chronicle and the NFL Network.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ignition, APG hires Former MU Football Standout Dustin Woods

IGNITION Athletic Performance Group, the MidWest’s leading sport-specific training program, is pleased to announce former Miami Ohio four-year starter and team Captain Dustin Woods has joined the Ignition team of strength and speed specialists.

Now in its 5th year of NFL Combine Training headed up by Performance Director Clif Marshall, Ignition AGP is a nationally recognized combine prep program with facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio and Naples, Florida. The addition of Woods coincides with anticipation of Ignition’s largest NFL Combine prep class to date. Last year over 30 NFL hopefuls trained with Ignition, including First Round Draft pick Devin McCourty (CB, New England Patriots) among 9 other players who signed NFL contracts.

"We are honored to have Dustin Woods join our Performance Staff at Ignition. Dustin brings instant credibility as a Team Captain and four year starter on the Miami University Football Team. In addition, Dustin has strong Christian core values that the makeup the Total Athlete approach to training the body, mind and spirit at Ignition,” stated Marshall.

Woods brings relevant experience and expertise to Ignition’s group of Combine prep specialists. Originally an NFL hopeful himself, Woods’ injuries kept him from pursuing a pro NFL® career despite the fact that his performance placed him in the top 3 of all wide receivers in 4 of the 6 tests administered at the 2010 NFL® Combine. Woods will be among distinguished talent as well – for three consecutive years, an Ignition combine trainee has ranked Top Performer in the NFL Combine.

A natural leader on and off the field, Woods’ MU teammates voted him team Captain despite his early injury that kept him sidelined much of his senior year.

"It was really interesting to me that a young man (Woods) who hasn't practiced since the first week because of an injury gets the second-most votes on the team," said Miami University Head Coach Michael Haywood. "It shows a lot about his character and his leadership,” said Haywood.

In addition to his utilizing his expertise in speed training, Woods will be responsible for instilling the Ignition philosophy and character development that makes Ignition unique. Woods’ experience, dedication and strong Christian character are a perfect complement to the Ignition Athletic Performance Group.

“When all else seemed to go a different direction than what my family and I hoped and planned, God put this opportunity in front of me at the right time. You can have all the technology, equipment and sponsors this industry can offer, but cannot put a price on the staff and personnel who come to work and coach you everyday,” said Woods.

Ignition is now fielding combine prep classes for both Cincinnati and Naples facilities. For more information contact Clif Marshall at 513.247.9501.