Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Member Spotlight: Trammell Martial Arts

Although relatively new to the area, Raymond Trammell Jr. is no stranger to martial arts. Sensei Trammell has over 30 years’ experience in martial arts and is a practitioner in the art of self-defense, specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and self-defense for kids and adults. His studio, Trammell Martial Arts (TMA), offers a friendly, safe, clean, and family-oriented learning environment where everyone feels comfortable training.

Sensei Trammell received his first Don Black Belt in the art of Tang Soo Do in 1986, and his Masters Belt in 2010 under Master Instructor Curtis Butler. He began studying the magnificent art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996 under the Rickson and Royce Grasie International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. In 2004, Sensei Trammell began studying under Rigan Machado Association, where he earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and now serves as an affiliate teaching the three major components in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: submission grappling (no strikes), no holds barred (including strikes) and street defense.

Over the years, Sensei Trammell has trained and studied other styles of martial arts, which include Aikido, Kickboxing, NinJitsu, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. Sensei Trammell fought competitively for over ten years. In state, national martial art tournaments, Sensei Trammell often took first place. While in the Navy, Sensei Trammell continued his marital arts studies in Yokosuka, Japan; San Francisco, California and Chicago, Illinois. While in the Navy, Sensei Trammell began teaching private lessons to military personnel.

In addition to his martial arts training, Sensei Trammell has recently retired from the Detroit Police Department in which he served as a member of the elite Special Response Team (SWAT). He served as a Tactical Operator and Instructor for the team; his training regimen included tactical training, firearms training, and physical training.

Trammell Martial Arts offers training for adults in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which has grown into one of the most popular martial arts to study in America.  Training in this wonderful art will certainly help to put you in the best shape of your life mentally and physically.  Although BJJ primary objective is fighting on the ground, it also teaches students take downs and standing techniques such as defending punches and kicks.  TMA’s kids’ Martial Arts program is second to none, and strives to help children develop confidence, respect, and discipline all while having fun, getting in better shape, and learning valuable self-defense techniques.

Recently, Trammell began offering a new morning high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. The TMA HIIT TEAM is an outstanding class that will kick your metabolism in high gear.  This class is for everyone, so don't be concerned if you're not in the best shape yet.  With a little dedication, you will get there by attending this class.  We motivate each other all while burning tons of calories!

Sensei Trammell has taught throughout the Detroit Metropolitan Area, and also offers his services to various police department and security officers. As a Self Defense instructor, Sensei Trammell provides private lessons to both men and women. Sensei Trammell is a well versatile instructor in martial arts and embraces opportunities to share his knowledge. He is available for clinics, seminars and demonstrations.

TMA proudly also offers a free trial adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class for those that may be interested, but want to come check out how it works. For the smaller students, TMA offers a free introductory lesson for kids interested in the Martial Arts.

For more information about any of his classes or private instruction, please stop by Trammell Martial Arts at 104 N Walnut in Osceola, call (586) 242-4526, or visit them online at

Trammell Martial Arts is a proud member of the Osceola/SMC Chamber of Commerce.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Chamber to Again Collect Snacks for Student Testing

Standardized testing is a huge task to orchestrate.  As a way to help keep students' morale and focus at a good level, snacks are provided to not only welcome a break, but also refuel their mental and physical energy.  However, with approximately 110 students per school per grade level, and at least 3 testing sessions planned for the year, the quantity of snacks needed for students quickly adds up to a substantial amount.  This has proven to be a struggle for districts to satisfy through limited funding.

In 2015, the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee spearheaded a drive for this project for the first time, and with the overwhelming response of our members, we were able to deliver over 8,500 snacks and drinks. Due to its success, the Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, with the encouraged support of area businesses, organizations, and individuals in our communities, hopes to once again show our collective support of local students by helping alleviate this burden and ensuring they have snacks as a welcome break from the tedium of testing.

As many of the tests begin March 1, the Chamber is taking donations now of snacks or drinks, as well as monetary donations with which to buy them. Snacks will be proportionally distributed between all three of our local schools, which are Osceola, Rivercrest, and the Delta School.

If you wish to donate items, all quantities will be helpful, as items can be mixed and matched through the grades and classes to give variety.  Suggested snacks include any reasonably healthy, individually wrapped and/or portioned food and drinks, such as:

  • Juice boxes
  • Capri sun pouches
  • Cereal bars
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks
  • Healthy snack cakes
  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Bananas, apples, or oranges
  • (please refrain from donating chocolate)

We are planning two drop off days, one on March 1 and another on either March 31 or April 3, to ensure both product freshness and ease of delivery. With those drop dates in mind, the Chamber will collect the first wave of donations now through February 24, and will deliver the items to each respective school district.  The second wave of donations will be collected through March 28 and will also be delivered to each school district. We will make purchases with any monetary donations within a few days prior to each respective drop off date above.

For more information or to drop off items or monetary support to purchase items, please feel free to contact the Chamber at 870-563-2281,, or stop by the office at 116 N Maple, Osceola.

Osceola School District, Rivercrest School District, and The Delta School are proud members of the Osceola/South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce.