The BLAST (Body Life Achievement Sports Training) was created by Michael D. Vaughn in 2005. Mike started martial arts at age 6, and earned his first black belt in Taekwondo at age of 12. In 1999 he opened his first martial arts school. His insatiable thirst for fighting knowledge led him to discover Muay Thai and eventually become a student of the World Famous Master Toddy! He went on to become a Master Toddy certified Kru (Master Teacher), a professional MMA Fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, and a Coach of numerous TBA, MMA and BJJ champions.
When Mike decided to leave The Blast to pursue his passion of training retrievers for hunting waterfowl, he passed his knowledge of Martial Arts down to head instructor, and Black Sash Herma Hoda, Matthew Olson, and Co-Owners Mark "ShaH'' Evans and 4 time National Champion Brody "The Bandit" Joseph.
With the Blast you don't just learn the typical Muay Thai, but a combination of Master Toddy, along with JKD practices all in one curriculum that will guide you on your journey of Martial Arts. Muay Thai is more than just physical journey but also a mental and spiritual journey!
Mike has passed down this quote to us, and we will continue passing it on to every student that walks through our doors, "Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee