The Academy: School of Professional Wrestling is owned and operated by former WWE and TNA Wrestling Superstar Ken Anderson (a.k.a. Mr. Kennedy). Ken has a staggering 19 years of experience wrestling all over the world. Starting out wrestling in front of measly crowds of 50 to 100 people, all the way to sold out stadiums in front of audiences of 80,000 plus, competing against some of the biggest names in the history of sports entertainment. From his meager beginning of opening shows in small beer halls and armories in the Midwest, Ken has painstakingly earned his way into the spotlight and main-event status, being seen by a global audience on TV shows, live events and pay-per-views such as Raw, Smackdown, Wrestlemania, TNA Impact Wrestling and more. Ken has decided that it's now time to give back to the business by passing his knowledge to the next generation of wrestling superstars. Very few pro-wrestling schools in the world can boast the level of knowledge, care, understanding and experience that he brings to the table. In addition to expertise in and around the ring, Ken is a Certified Personal Trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). Ken has helped countless individuals achieve their fitness and athletic goals, and has the ability to help you do the same, all while training to pursue a career in the professional wrestling business.
The Academy is the Midwest's premiere facility for professional wrestling, referee, manager or valet training. Ken trains both men and women ages 16 years and older, and employ a staff of some of the most successful, knowledgeable and experienced pro-wrestlers in the industry.
At The Academy we regularly bring in guest trainers from all over the world to conduct seminars helping our students, as well as established wrestlers, gain a diverse education in various styles of wrestling. Guest trainers are current and former WWE & TNA Superstars, developmental coaches, and international stars.
Being a skilled speaker on the microphone can sometimes be as equally important as your skill in the ring. At The Academy as part of our regular training curriculum, we also work with our students on delivering interviews and promos, both in the ring and on-camera.
Athletic ability and physique are equally important in professional wrestling. Ken is a Certified Personal Trainer and can create workout programs for students as well as established wrestlers to help them achieve their health and fitness goals.
Once you've graduated from The Academy, the next step is to find work. All members of our staff have an extensive network of industry contacts to help our students get booked around the globe. This includes independent & international promotions, as well as officials with the WWE, TNA Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Lucha Underground and more.