Coach Mike Winkeljohn is one of the most sought-after coaches in the world of Mixed Martial Arts today. He is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, and multiple-time ISKA, Kickboxing, and Muai Thai World Champion in various organizations. He is the Coach to some of the best athletes to ever grace the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, such as Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, Holly Holm, Andrei Arlovski, and many other world-level professional MMA athletes. He spends most of his day building dreams in the world-renowned, Jackson Wink MMA Academy for professional athletes.
However, most fans don’t know that Coach Wink also operates a family gym for beginners and intermediate level Martial Artists, spending several evenings a week here at Wink’s Gym MMA & Fitness. Wink’s Gym as it is known is owned by Coach Wink and his wife, Heather Winkeljohn.
Coach Wink spent the better part of 30 years teaching martial arts to families and kids in the Albuquerque area. The problem that we found with many martial arts programs is the lack of application. Here, the students, and especially kids are allowed to actually do the things they learn; albeit safely and with control. That means yes, they actually spar and grapple. One skill is built upon the other, and kids learn to problem solve and look for solutions. The idea or hope is that they can then begin to apply these skills in real life.