An entire church from Southern California has recently pulled up stakes and relocated in Ellis County.

Church member Brandon Quick is among those relocating – and he is opening Trinity Combat Academy Gym, a training center for several martial arts disciplines.

The target date for the opening of the gym, located at 200 N. Monroe St., is Feb. 4, while Rock Community Church will hold its first worship service at the Waxahachie YMCA on Feb. 3.

“We followed our church here,” Quick said. “Martial arts is my profession, but I live for Christ.

“Rock Community Church is replanting here from Santa Clarita, Calif., and, right now, I’d say there are 60 or so people (in the church) including kids with plenty more coming, all from California.”

Quick trained with Eddie Bravo, world-renown jiu jitsu expert and founder of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu in Hollywood. Bravo appears on the “Human Weapon” show on the History Channel.

“While Eddie trained at Jean Jacques Machado’s in Southern California, he devised a new hybrid form of jiu jitsu moves designed especially for people training without the gi (uniform),” Quick said. “I am a bona fide 10th Planet instructor and I am here to plant the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu flag and we plan to take over the competitions.”

Quick’s program includes krav maga, the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces, which he said is also the preferred system for U.S. military and law enforcement personnel. Krav maga is a reality-based system designed to teach real self-defense in the shortest possible time, he said.

“(Students) learn to defend against common chokes, grabs and bear hugs as well as weapons such as guns, knives and sticks,” Quick said. “Just as important, we teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter.”

Quick also noted that the intensity of krav maga-training takes pounds off faster than any martial art he has ever seen.

In addition to jiu jitsu, Quick will also teach Thailand’s most popular sport, muay thai, a kickboxing sport that focuses on body conditioning such as running, shadowboxing, rope-jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball and abdominal exercises. Mixed martial arts will be taught, with Quick describing this as the “ultimate fighting sport,” noting it has passed up boxing as the No. 1 fighting sport on pay-per-view. Mixed martial arts is rooted in two interconnected movements from Japan and Brazil and combines elements of multiple martial arts made popular by Bruce Lee in the late 1960s, he said, noting the gym also will offer Pilates, cardio kick boxing, wrestling and personal training.

“It’s quite a process for a congregation to sell/buy homes, get new jobs, schools and leave loved ones, but we are here and love it,” Quick said.

Rock Community Church youth, music and media pastor Josh Moran, commented on the congregation’s transition.

“We were praying about a new location, being located in a heavily populated area, but yet it seemed that our message was being rejected,” said Moran, noting Austin came to mind because the senior pastor, Jeff Borden, had previously owned a business there, but through a newspaper ad, the congregation discovered some land available in Ellis County.

“The name of our church in California was Church on the Rock, but in moving to Texas, we were advised by our lawyers to change the name because there was another denomination in Texas by that name so we settled on Rock Community Church,” Moran said.

For more information on Rock Community Church, call 972-576-2383 or log onto www.rockcommunitychurch.com.

For more information on Trinity Combat Academy Gym, e-mail trinitymma@yahoo.com or call 972-923-9177.

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