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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grand Opening of Mike Gilliam's relocated Fight Club Saturday

Young NPFC students meditate.
Several NY Jets players will be on hand to sign autographs Saturday at the North Plainfield Fight Club's grand opening of its new 20,000 square foot facility.

Founded by Plainfield police captain Mike Gilliam in 2010, the club has become New Jersey's largest martial arts school, and is celebrating its relocation to the former Einstein Moomjy store on Route 22 East (at Jefferson Avenue).

Beginning at 10:00 AM Saturday, the day will have a full schedule of free classes (including a street defense class), team demos, a Moon Bounce for kids, food and prizes. North Plainfield officials have been invited to the ribbon cutting and, for football fans, there will be a special appearance for autograph signing by several NY Jets players who regularly train at the North Plainfield club.

A locally owned business, the North Plainfield Fight Club first opened its doors in 2010. The guiding force behind the school is well-known martial arts instructor Master Michael Gilliam. With 38 years of training, he holds multiple black belts across several martial arts disciplines. In this new, larger facility Gilliam looks to expand the types of fitness classes they can offer including P90x, body sculpting, yoga and kickboxing as well as personal training.

Gilliam’s vision is to build a strong community of people focused on their healthy lifestyle and to educate young people. “Life skills such as respect, discipline and confidence, including bullying prevention, are important for our children to learn at an early age,” said Gilliam. “We want to make sure we teach children confidence so that they will not become victims.”

Gilliam also wants to develop athletes to become future champions. Gilliam has trained 42 National Junior Olympic champions in Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do. Some of the disciplines taught at NPFC are Boxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Fitness. Last fall the club had three winners in the 2012 New Jersey State Amateur Boxing Diamond Gloves Tournament. The club currently has two boxers in the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves Tournament.

Gilliam looks forward to welcoming younger students to martial arts. Classes are geared to children as young as three years old up to teenagers and adults.

Recently relocated from Somerset Street, the new school is conveniently located at 934 Route 22 East, just past the Somerset Farms Market in the former Einstein Moomjy building. Ample parking is available in the rear from the Jefferson Avenue driveway.

For more information about classes, call (908) 548-8857.

NPFC members pose in a group photo.

Grand Opening of Mike Gilliam's

Saturday, April 13
10:00 AM

934 Route 22 East
at Jefferson Avenue
(Formerly Einstein Moomjy)

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Siddeeq said...

Congratulations Mike. Keep up the great work you do for the community.

Anonymous said...

Actually Gilliam was a lieutenant in 2010 afer being demoted from Captain after exposing Director Hellwig's crime of soliciting a prostitute. This crime was covered up by the Robinson-Briggs administration, who allowed Hellwig to remain in charge of the police Department. Gilliam, who subsequently sued the City, recently settled his lawsuit and is actually being re-promoted to Captain today at 2:00 pm.

Anonymous said...

It is to bad he could not find a space here in Plainfield to start up his business. I know North Plainfield will support him well.

Anonymous said...

Good for you Mike! Congrats on your reinstatement.

Anonymous said...

Lets not act like this is the cleanest cop in Plainfield. A handful of the guys he keeps around are dealers from Piscataway and Plainfield.

Not to mention he runs an unlicensed day camp out of NPFC.