690: The World’s Premier RMAX Gym

January 26, 2010 – 4:49 pm


690 Martial Arts and Fitness

Remember that address. Make it into a memetic jingle. Bookmark it. Write it down. Etch it on your forehead in mirror writing. But remember it. Because for many years people have been asking, “What IS an RMAX Gym, and what would it look like?” RMAX Faculty Coach Brandon Jones and CST Coach Dennis Haggard through lengthy trials and determination have forged a brick-and-mortar answer to that enduring question, with the grand opening today of the 690 Martial Arts and Fitness Gym located at 690 Walnut Street, Moorpark, California (805-529-7690.)

690 Martial Arts and Fitness is the world’s first fully-operating RMAX International training facility. 690 will offer the complete Circular Strength Training®, TACFIT®, FlowBox® Fitness and FlowFighting® curriculum to all students 16 and older. 690 will be offering the battery of CST specific, boxing/kickboxing for fitness classes, boot camps and programs as well as training in combat sport and traditional martial arts. TACFIT Classes, boxing fitness classes, FLOWFIGHTING - MMA training, amateur boxing, kickboxing and traditional martial arts and bootcamps.

If you’re a social network fan of Facebook, then join 690 Martial Art and Fitness Gym Facebook Fan Page to stay abreast of updates, events and well… talk with the other athletes and coaches.

690 is an Official Training Center for the US Martial Arts Team!

The 690 Gym is the host of the Southwest Qualifiers for the US Martial Arts Team, accepted members to compete on the US Team at the 2010 World Martial Arts Games in September / Vegas! If you’re interested in trying out for the team the first weekend of March, then contact 690 immediately, because only 45 candidates are being allowed through the door without exception!

690 will be hosting CST and TACFIT Certification Seminars!
The 690 Gym, as the world’s premier RMAX International training facility will be the host of the numerous Circular Strength Training and TACFIT certification seminars that have become one of the most sought-after accredited diplomas in advanced fitness technologies, tools and techniques.

Let me tell you a little about the two founding instructors…

Brandon Jones began his martial arts training in 1979, at the age of 8. He spent an itinerant youth searching from art to art until finally devoting himself to the study of Kung Fu San Soo. He also began training in boxing and Muay Thai. He sparred with former champion Kathy Long while training for the Golden Gloves, and he competed in over 30 amateur fights, both sanctioned and unsanctioned, winning 9 of those fights by knockout.

After moving to San Francisco, Brandon began training with Prof. Ralph Castro in Shaolin Kenpo, while also pursuing studies in Tae Kwon Do and Hwarang Do. He eventually relocated again, this time to Los Angeles to train with Sifu James McNeil, a highly respected Chinese martial artist.

In Los Angeles Brandon was first introduced to the internal martial arts, including Xingyiquan, Chen Style Taijiquan, several esoteric forms of Iron Body and Iron Palm, Five Animal Shaolin and Splashing Hands Kung Fu. He dedicated himself full-time to the practice, and several years later opened one of the first charter schools in Northern California. He also continued to broaden his training with masters in the arts of Shotokan Karate, Uechi-Ryu Karate, Burmese Bando and others, earning multiple black belts and instructor certifications.

After several years spent running a large martial art school full-time, Brandon decided that a change was in order. He wanted to continue his studies of human combat while testing his decades of accumulated skill in realms outside the sportive ring. He decided to enlist in the United States Navy with the intention of becoming a Navy SEAL. He spent 8 months of preparation time training full-time towards this goal. Upon enlistment, he topped out the military entry exams and was convinced to accept the job of Cryptologic Technician. He was only informed later that this classification disqualified him from SEAL training due to its rarity and specialization.

Brandon was assigned to the USS Valley Forge and served in the Persian Gulf War. He spent the remainder of his 6 years of service visiting exotic tourist destinations like Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, and Bahrain. He was also recommended for BUDs Instructor duty despite not being a SEAL.

Brandon attended his first instructor training with Scott Sonnon in 1999, became a graduate of the first Circular Strength Training Instructor seminar (Alpha Cadre), and has attended nearly every certification since.

As a Faculty Head Coach, Brandon has applied his extensive martial arts and boxing background to the creation of RMAX FlowFighting, an effort which garnered him and the other four members of the RMAX Faculty acceptance into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2008, Brandon was appointed Director of RMAX FlowFighting by Founder Scott Sonnon, and took over sole responsibility for the continued development of that system.

Brandon is the author of Going Ballistic: Circular Strength Training for Boxing, star and creator of the acclaimed RMAX Powered Internal Martial Arts Vol. 1 DVD, and creator of the soon-to-be-released FlowBox book and DVD series. He works with UFC fighters, professional kickboxers, a British super-heavyweight stickfighting champion, law enforcement officers, and athletes from a wide variety of non-combat sports.

Dennis Haggard is an accomplished martial artist with a career spanning the military, emergency services, and law enforcement. He began his formal martial arts training in the mid 1980s, honing it here in the United States and abroad in Korea. He holds black belts in several traditional martial arts. As an officer with the California Highway Patrol, Dennis conducted training and certification in the areas of Physical Methods of Arrest, and Force Options as well as training newly graduated officers in his role as a Field Training Officer.

Dennis discovered CST while pursuing ways to enhance his martial arts conditioning. His training was interrupted and truly put to the test when he was struck by a big rig while conducting a traffic stop. While most of his injuries healed quickly, Dennis suffered a break and severe soft tissue damage to his right ankle.

After undergoing surgery, he was non weight bearing for three months followed by intensive physical therapy. In addition to the physical therapy for his accident injuries, Dennis used CST to increase his general fitness without risking further injury to his ankle. As a result of his dedicated practice using CST principles, Dennis is measurably stronger and more agile today than he was before the accident. Although initially drawn to CST to enhance his martial arts ability, Dennis was pleased to discover that the benefits he gained from this method of training carried over to all areas of his active lifestyle.

Throughout his career Dennis has kept a focus on physical fitness and resilience, and Circular Strength Training® has become the front-and-center component of his regimen.


I would like to express my personal gratitude to these two warrior athletes and world-class coaches for their persistence, vision and sacrifice; without which the RMAX colors of Black and Red would not have been flown so professionally.


Scott Sonnon

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  1. 5 Responses to “690: The World’s Premier RMAX Gym”

  2. I will definately be there and support.

    By Kyle Rourke on Jan 26, 2010

  3. Awesome!

    I’m jealous of those who live in Cali.

    By bob canale on Jan 27, 2010

  4. Congratulations, Brandon and Dennis!

    This was a vision we all collectively held for the last 10 years. Your gym is better than even I had imagined. :-) When next in LA, I will take the trip to Moorpark to meet you both in person.


    By Jorge on Jan 27, 2010

  5. I’m trying to figure out if mini-trampolines–a.k.a. rebounders–are worth investing in. I keep running into the same NASA papers that also seem inconclusive and incomplete, so any advice would be helpful.

    By justin on Jan 30, 2010

  6. Your school looks great in the photos but I don’t see much about the class offering on their web site. It doesn’t seem quite complete/together. I am looking for scheduling information and pricing.
    And, there is no email option on their site so I can write to them with questions. I tried calling this last weekend (Saturday) with no answer on there phones so I am assuming that there aren’t open on the weekends? I would love to see the gym and possibly sign up myself and 2 other but I don’t want to waste my time if they aren’t going to be there on the weekend. Does anyone know if they will be holding Saturday classes or if they have any type of schedule set at all? I like to be prepared before I go to a gym. Other then the lack of info on the website it looks like it would be a great place to train with some experienced instructors. I have been interested in the clubbell training for a while.

    By Tracy Pillsberry on Feb 10, 2010

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