Sports + Recreation

Indy PAL MMA Grand Opening

When: Sat., March 10, 12-2 p.m. 2012

The Police Athletic League has a long and proud tradition of producing champions and citizens, and Indy PAL MMA is proud to join that tradition. Occupying space in the former RCA plant at Sherman Dr. and Michigan St., Indy PAL MMA offers boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. Training is free for kids and veterans and adults may apply to train at discounted rates.

Founded in October 2011, Indy PAL MMA is a partnership between Pat McPherson, Keith Palmer, Neal Taflinger, and Indy PAL. McPherson is a 13-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. A noted trainer, McPherson has shaped the careers of numerous central Indiana mixed martial artists and taken them from the local circuit to the the sports biggest stage, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Palmer was named 2003 Indiana Golden Gloves Coach of the Year and Taflinger is a longtime martial arts hobbyist, former Indianapolis Star reporter and FIGHT! Magazine online editor. Last year the trio set out to create a martial arts gym that would provide free, top level training and mentoring for kids and veterans. In May 2011 they won a $50,000 grant through Pepsi’s Refresh Everything program and Indy PAL MMA was born.

Under construction since October, Indy PAL MMA has yet to promote its programs beyond a simple Facebook page yet finds itself filled to capacity with kids and select adults Monday through Saturday. “People might think this is just about fighting but quite honestly it’s about transforming lives, teaching kids structure and discipline and the value of hard work,” said McPherson.

While Indy PAL MMA is not pushing anyone to compete, the gym will be entering more than a dozen boxers in the upcoming Indiana Golden Gloves competition.

Price: Free.

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