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WORDS OF INSPIRATION: The MN Militia fits like a glove Print E-mail
Written by Nick Palmer   
Friday, 01 August 2014 10:49

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week Minnesota standout amateur fighter Nick "The Inspiration" Palmer is given a free pass to write about any topic, and he'll provides Minnesota MMA fans with an inside look into the world of fighting. Enjoy "Words of Inspiration.")

When I hit 30 years old earlier this year, I knew I had to make some changes in how and where I was training.

I realized that I couldn’t do this forever, so I might as well make the most of my time. I spent a couple years training with Team Discipline in North Branch, Minn., under Heath Fonnest, and I learned a great deal from him in the time I spent there.

I took some serious beatings from some world-class strikers, and I noticed my striking started to take off to another level, too. The only problem is I wanted to become a better overall mixed martial artist, and North Branch was predominantly a kickboxing gym.

We had grappling coaches come and go while I was there, but nobody really stuck around. Sure, I made a good run at kickboxing and even fought for a title, but my heart was really in MMA.

In order to become a better MMA fighter, I needed to focus on so much more than just kickboxing. Don’t get me wrong, I love kickboxing and I truly consider myself a striker at heart, but I just wasn’t making the most of my time.

I even made the trek down to Valhalla Combat Sports when I could, and I loved each and every one of those guys there. The only

problem is Valhalla was just too far of a drive to make every day, and I have a family I need to spend time with, too. Their training schedule just didn’t quite fit my needs based on distance and the time it would require me to be away from my family.


That’s when I finally made the decision to go check out the MN Militia. I honestly don’t know what took me so long to finally get out to Shafer to train with them because they’re literally only 15 miles from my home.

I would see these guys from the Militia at other events, and I knew some of them from high school, too, and anytime I would ask them if I could check them out, they would always tell me to come on in.

The moment I walked in the doors for the very first time, I could sense there was something special about this place, and I really don’t think it had too much to do with all the titles and awards hanging on the walls. I think it had more to do with the fact that it felt like a tight-knit family and not just people to train with.

Each and every person at the Militia welcomed me with open arms and accepted me as if I were a new member to the family. It’s different than anything I’ve ever experienced.

Not only has my overall MMA game made tremendous strides since I’ve been there, but I also, and more importantly, gained a new family. We always have guys in the gym training, and I’ve never been the only one to show up, like I’ve dealt with in the past at other gyms.

There’s nothing more frustrating than being the only guy in the gym. You need a team of guys behind you at all times, and that’s what I have with the Militia. These guys legitimately care about my well-being, and they only want to see me get better.

It’s not at all about money or gym dues with them. In fact, they made sure it was the right fit for me before I even started paying gym dues.

I’m not going to be like everyone else and claim that my gym is the best gym, but I will say they’re the best for me. Training with the MN Militia just fits for me, it fits like a glove.

I’m very fortunate to be able to say I have finally found a place I can call home and I’m really looking forward to seeing where they help me get in this sport, and hopefully one day, I can hang one of my titles on their wall.