Granby is now home to a new and different kind of gym, Mountain Beast MMA. The new gym is a mixed martial arts training center that offers training on everything from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing to traditional style Kinsei Do Karate.
Rob Munro, the gym’s principal proprietor, moved to Grand County with his wife, Karen, from New Jersey two years ago. Munro brought with him years of competitive fighting and coaching experience ranging from traditional martial arts and mixed martial arts to Olympic-style lifting.
“My wife and I built this together and we are hoping the community helps us create something big,” Munro said.
The new gym is complete with all of the tools needed to train in all facets of mixed martial arts including a boxing ring and a section of fence designed to simulate fighting in a professional cage match.
The gym also offers something that is unheard of in Grand County, 24-hour access to members. Members need only to scan their membership cards to gain access to the facility, day or night.
Membership prices are $75 a month and come complete with access to all of the training sessions the gym offers, as well as 24-hour access to the gym.
One of Munro’s goals is to harvest a strong sense of camaraderie between the gym’s members, which he says is a very valuable part of any mixed martial arts gym.
“There is a tremendous amount of camaraderie when you’re in a team setting like this,” he said. “I have been amazed by the positive attitude that the athletes and coaches have had so far.”
While the trainings and classes are intense, Munro commented on how positive motivation from coaches and other athletes can help to push people to their individual limits.
On top of various trainings for different styles of fighting, the gym also has tailored programs for police officers, EMS, and firefighters and programs tailored to women.
The gym has also designed a conditioning program for skiers and snowboarders and has plans to work with some of the athletes from the Winter Park Competition Center.
The gym is open to anyone who wants to join and already is getting a great response from the community, according to Munro, saying people of all ages are showing interest in the gym and its programs.
While giving a tour of the new gym, which was designed by Munro’s wife, he brought out a training device made especially for the younger fighters he plans to train. A foam pad with cutout letters and colors designed to help teach kids reading skills while they train.
Munro sees the value behind teaching youngsters self-defense and the responsibility that comes with martial arts training as he began training in traditional martial arts at the age of 8.
He noted the training can help children defend themselves from bullies while at the same time teach them how to handle conflicts without physical altercation.
Some of Munro’s members have already expressed interest in competing, and he hopes to coach them through that process.
Since Munro previously was a competitor in Golden Glove Boxing and mixed martial arts, he has experience in the competitive world to help guide his students through the hoops.
Munro mentioned how his previous experiences with his coaches while competing inspired him to begin coaching and to ultimately open the new gym.
“I hope to carry on that tradition that was brought to me,” he said.
Reid Tulley can be reached at 970-887-3334