ALEX FERRER - HEAD INSTRUCTOR
"TRAIN LIKE YOU FIGHT. FIGHT LIKE YOU TRAIN."
WHO ARE WE?
PANGLABAN - /pung-la-bun/
Literally means “for fighting” in Filipino. This style of MMA was founded by Alexander Ferrer in 1994.
What is Panglaban? It is our style of MMA. A modern, progressive, combat discipline that teaches the four fighting ranges: kicking, punching, clinching, and grappling.
It's a challenging yet exhilarating martial art that also implements Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) with Kali.
DRAGON’S DEN PANGLABAN MARTIAL ARTS is a club ahead of its time. We are a true Mixed Martial Arts facility. We have been in practice before MMA became extremely popular.
We are one of the original clubs that started MMA in Winnipeg, ahead of other clubs who are now only jumping on the MMA bandwagon.
The style of Panglaban, which is a combination of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and grappling, is what is taught. Also incorporated is mixed martial arts (MMA) conditioning and strength training. The circuit training style conditioning is designed to elevate the member’s fitness level keeping the cardio up while strengthening certain muscle groups. Over time, this will increase and improve a person’s endurance.
Your experience at Dragon’s Den Panglaban will have you finish your class with the basic foundation of PANGLABAN. How much more you want to learn, is up to you.
The MMA class is designed to teach you how to combine and apply the standard techniques of PANGLABAN. We accommodate all levels of commitment from those wanting fitness and those who aspire to compete.
Students are coached on keeping endurance while maintaining proper technique. They are given pad drills, partner drills, and bag work. The class covers the full spectrum of MMA training; MMA Conditioning (circuit training) and MMA skills. Those who have had sufficient training can participate in light sparring.
Students are able to get a feel for varying fighting styles and levels of experience.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
We provide a complete fitness regimen for our members. We know that a proper strength and conditioning program is essential for our members who want to reduce their risk of injury and enhance their performance.
Our goal is to provide you with a program that is safe, efficient, and compatible with your physical needs and incorporate that with our MMA training. Our Strength & Conditioning program is about more than just lifting weights -- it encompasses the entire development of our members and what is needed to improve physical performance. This includes plyometrics, speed and agility, endurance, core stability, HIIT, with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
Commitment, hard work & discipline combined with proper Nutrition, which we also provide, is a recipe to reach and maintain your full physical potential.
Filipino martial artists are noted for their ability to fight with weapons or empty hands interchangeably and their ability to turn ordinary household items into lethal weapons.
PANGLABAN Kali is the art form of Panglaban and Kali combined.
What separates Filipino Martial Arts from other weapon-based martial arts is that FMA teaches weapon use that is practical today: how to use and deal with weapons that one can actually encounter in the streets and how to turn ordinary items into improvised weapons. Knives, machetes and clubs are still among commonly encountered weapons on the street and in the field, thus making FMA very practical and geared towards military and street fighting.
"I have surpassed all the general fitness goals I had originally set, I wanted to get into shape and have the energy to enjoy daily life and activities. For now, I want to further improve my overall fitness to an "athlete" level which includes weight loss. and as well to improve my grappling skills further. Perhaps one day participate in a grappling tournament"
March 15, 2015
"Sparring is my favourite drill. Whether it's Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, or MMA, I love being able to learn how to apply the skills I've learned. I find that I am very self motivated, I enjoy working hard because I know I'm always improving. My biggest goal left is to get into professional competition in MMA."
March 8, 2015
"Both of my kids started going to Dragon’s Den this summer and they love it. Alex is a really patient and knowledgeable instructor and has taught them a lot over these past 6 months. I have noticed that they both seem more confident and the smile that comes to their faces when the techniques they have been drilling start working consistently makes me proud of what they have accomplished in such a short period of time."
December 14, 2018
"The Den is addicting! It’s a great kind of addiction!! I love learning new techniques, sparring, self defense and pushing yourself past your limit."
May 30, 2018