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July 20, 2012

Students praise Dragonfly MMA Academy



“They came to Indianapolis and trained people here,” Bigbee said. “So I grew up seeing my dad going out at night and coming back with bumps and bruises because he was helping people.”

His father, Kenneth Bigbee Sr., got him involved in martial arts at a young age.

“My dad would use martial arts to help people who were victims of crimes,” he said. “And of course I wanted to be just like my dad. I loved my father so much.”

 Bigbee studied martial arts and joined the U.S. Navy. He was a Navy Seal from 1999 to 2004.

“I was the 32nd African American to be a Navy Seal,” he said. “I came back to the area after the military.”

He studied muay thai under Ian Ransburg. Ransburg studied under former world muay thai world champion Matee “Dragon Leg” Jedeepitak. He also studied Brazilian jiu jitsu with Ricardo De La Riva who is a black belt. De La Riva studied under Marcello Monteiro who is a third level black belt.

In 2004, he started teaching Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay thai, and kick boxing. When that facility had to change directions, Bigbee moved his students to a dance studio in Plainfield, and then later opened the studio he now occupies on Main Street.

“When we transitioned here, we did it with no heat,” he said. “I was so proud of my students. The people here in Plainfield have been phenomenal.”

Bigbee, who lives above the studio, works at night as a security officer for the federal buildings in Indianapolis.

“We work under the Federal Protective Service, which is under Homeland Security,” he said.

The academy is at 122 W. Main St., in the Plainfield Town Center. Parking is in the rear of the building.

For more information about Dragonfly Mixed Martial Arts Academy, call (877) 889-KICK (5485), visit the website at www.dragonflymma.com, or search YouTube for “Dragonfly MMA.”


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