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1122 E. Hudson Blvd, Gastonia , NC 28054

About FTF Fitness and Self-Defense in Gastonia , NC

Meet Ryan Hoover

Owner and Chief Instructor at
FTF Fitness and Self-Defense in Gastonia
2nd Degree Black Belt

Everyone’s Fighting Something™ - but you don’t have to fight alone.

Looking for a fun way to get fit, learn self-defense, and spend quality time with the family? FTF® Fitness and Self-Defense (formerly Ryan Hoover’s Extreme Karate) is your one stop shop!

As the only Fit to Fight® certified center in Gastonia you can bet we draw a crowd, and for good reason. Our power packed routines are family driven, high energy workouts which powerfully transform your body and mind.

Are You Fitness Focused? Transform your body from average to awesome with FTF® Fitness and Self-Defense high-intensity, cardio workouts. Kick boredom out the door with these sweat-producing, fat-burning fitness routines!

Kids Love Martial Arts! Our Pride Kids Martial Arts program is an excellent choice for giving your child a strong start on life. We offer a unique and individualized curriculum so your child gets the training and attention they need to succeed!

Let’s Talk Self-Defense. Learn how to protect yourself and your family while getting a great workout. Fit to Fight® Krav Maga is an innovative system employing power-packed yet easy to learn techniques to get you home safely.

All ages and fitness levels fit in at and members always tell us how the center is like “being home”. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Ryan Hoover, Owner

As the Fit to Fight® co-founder, Ryan Hoover trains instructors in 8 different countries.

In addition to advancing the FTF® Chief Krav Maga instructor based system, he has black belts in multiple systems and has co-authored three books on Krav Maga.

A certified natural speed, agility and quickness trainer he is also the co-founder of the self-protection program, Hard Ready.

Ryan has trained people from all walks of like such as:

  • Moms & Dads
  • Golfers
  • Actors & Stuntmen
  • Even Pro Athletes like the Carolina Panthers!

How To Get Started

Come join our Gastonia , NC Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kids Martial Arts, SPARology, and Functional Fitness. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 704-867-4020 if you have any further questions. FTF Fitness and Self-Defense hopes to speak with you soon!

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