Duane Ludwig has found another way to give back to the MMA community through his Bang Muay Thai System.
The latest gym to become an affiliate of the way of fighting is Unrivaled Sports Performance out of Nebraska. The gym is owned and operated by Ridge Kiley, a former NCAA wrestler.
Kiley coaches a team of pro and amateur MMA fighters out of Lincoln, Nebraska, along with teaching several classes. The newest classes are directed by Ludwig, who visited the gym to give it his stamp of approval.
“(Gym owners) come to me and I clear them via a seminar,” said Ludwig, during an interview with FightLine. “(Kiley) had the skill set, knowledge and desire (to become an affiliate) and I am in the process of helping him kick ass.
“He is a martial artist which is nice.”
For Kiley, the partnership was a no-brainer. Soon after graduating from the University of Nebraska, he opened up the gym. Things have quickly grown in terms of members and fighters.
“Duane is the best coach I’ve watched and worked with,” he said. “He did a great job working with both the experienced and inexperienced people at the seminar.
“I am very excited about the new affiliation with ‘Bang Muay Thai System.’ It was a no-brainer for me after the seminar to become affiliated with his system. He is a striking genius and it was an awesome experience.”
Ludwig (21-14) has competed inside the Octagon against the likes of Dan Hardy, Darren Elkins, Jim Miller and others. He said that he brings “ninja skills that I have developed for the last 20 years of my life (to the system).
“We have 27 affiliates around the world, including in the U.S., Malaysia, Thailand and Canada. We’ve been doing it for four years now.”
The process is a quick one, as Ludwig provides weekly video curriculum, support and direct contact with him through the gyms.
“I make sure they all have an understanding of striking, have a good understanding of kickboxing and we go from there,” he said. “As long as they are competent and can follow along, I show them exactly what to teach.
“The process gets more advanced depending on what fights they have coming up. I teach people the basics and they have no choice but to get better from it.”