Name: Matt Ruskin

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL

Why did I start Boxing?
Necessity. I had a head start in MMA through my submission skills, but needed to get more well-rounded as a fighter. Walked into Gleason’s in 2007, got murked for the first year and loved every minute of it.

What am I fighting for?
Fighting allows you to exist on a plane of existence that you’d otherwise never experience. Fighting was my outlet after the military. Keeping active makes me a better human and a better father, which is all I give a shit about.

Describe your style of teaching:
I train people like they’re getting ready to fight. Anybody on the planet can get in fight shape, that takes no skill. I demand a lot from my class, but that’s because I know they’re capable.

Favorite type of music to play during class?
I keep a mix of Hip Hop and metal. Seems to keep everyone fired up and motivated.

Career Achievements/Titles:

  • 8 MMA fights.
  • Fought world level competition.
  • Over 10 years experience as a personal trainer.