HOW DO I GET STARTED?
There are designated classes on our schedule that are open to prospective individuals. Simply fill out the Introductory Trial Class form. You will participate in an actual training class with our student body allowing you to experience for yourself the lessons, the culture and the overall experience of our Gym.
CAN I WALK-IN FOR A TRIAL CLASS?
- We strongly urge making an appointment ahead of time to ensure a staff member is available to assist you through the Introductory Lesson. There are days, we keep a lean staff and the coach may not be able to answer your questions, while he is teaching class.
- We make a strong effort to be flexible to walk-ins, but must give priority to Intros who scheduled their appointments ahead of time (it’s only fair). Joining a new gym can be intimidating at times and classes may be in mid-cycle of it’s curriculum and we want to ensure you feel as comfortable as possible in order to benefit from the full experience.
I SUBMITTED A FREE INTRODUCTORY REQUEST FORM, WHAT NEXT?
- You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail that your request has been received. It usually take 2-3 minutes. If you have not received your confirm, please check your junk folder or you may have typo'd when providing your email address
- The confirmation is followed by a reminder e-mail the day before your trial class and an confirmation e-mail on the day of your trial class which will provide you details you’ll need before your visit, including our required elecltronic waiver.
DO I NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE?
No experience is required in order to participate in our classes in fact over 90% of our members joined without any experience at all. Our curricullum is structured in such a way that allows novice participants to transition smoothly into our training.
DO YOU HAVE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?
Currently our minimum age requirement is 13 years old but will require an evaluation. This may change as we adapt our program/curriculum to younger athletes.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I REQUIRE?
- You can view it like any sport – for example if you wanted to join a softball team, it’s most likely you’ll need a Softball Mitt, Bowling; a Bowling Ball, etc.
- Some classes will require basic safety gear such as Kickboxing (Boxing Gloves & Shinguards), BJJ (Gi or Kimono) and Fight Simulation class (MMA Gloves) – others such as Submission Grappling, Wrestling and Conditioning only require athletic attire (i.e. shorts and t-shirt). We have them for sale or rent at our gym. Be sure to ask about our new member discounts to save on your gear.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO DO IN CLASSES?
- Gracie Combatives and the Self-defense classes typically begin with a 10 minute review session. After the review session, we line up against the wall and are taken through the lesson of the day, followed by partner drills. This is iterated throughout the class with variations of the days lesson.
- Master Cycle classes typically begin with an effective warm-up focusing on “sport-specific” movements and drills. Students will then be led through various positioning and submission drills, progressing to live grappling.
- Kickboxing 101 classes you can expect to work with various types of equipment such as focus mitts, thai pads, and heavy bags, as well as basic strength and conditioning exercises and equipment (medicine ball, kettlebell, jump-rope, ab wheel, etc)
- Kickboxing 201 classes you will be shown striking combinations against your partner. You will drill the combinations and end with a sparring session at the end of each class. This class is transitioned from Kickboxing 101.
- Fight Simulation Training is incorporated in Master Cycle class. It blends Gracie Jiu Jitsu drilling and sparring with striking with the use of MMA protective gloves.
WHAT ARE YOUR MEMBERSHIP RATES?
We offer varying class packages and monthly subscription programs based on your training program, how often you want to train, how long you enroll, and what payment method you chose. Pricing is discussed in person with a Gym Director. We can discuss this in mor detail with you during your Trial Lesson.
AM I TOO OLD FOR MMA?
Yes. Lol ... just kidding, but not really ... MMA as a high level, professional contact sport, if you have to ask if you’re too old (to be in the UFC) then you probably are, however MMA, as a recreational sport that mixes in the combat sports of boxing, Muay Thai, judo, wrestling, and BJJ, maybe not. While there are high impact aspects to all these sports, if trained properly, and the practitioners’ safety as the primary concern, then there’s no reason you can’t practice MMA in a safe and guided manner
How old is MMA and where did it come from?
While most MMA enthusiasts know November 12, 1993 as the anniversary of the first UFC, the event where Royce Gracie dominated all his opponents and won, introducing his family’s brand of Jiu-Jitsu to the public sphere and kickstarting the MMA evolution in the modern martial arts world ... no rules (or limited rules) free fighting, involving an eclectic mix of styles were already happening in early 20th century Brazil, Japan, and Europe. However, the earliest recorded instances of this style of fighting can be traced back to Ancient Greece and the fighting sport of Pankration from the original Olympic Games
Is MMA better than boxing?
Depends on your goals - like an individual combat sport, boxing excels in its own range and focuses on developing punches, footwork, and head movement as its primary engagement tools, and will also develop the necessary athletic attributes needed for combat. However, an argument can be made that outside its specialized niche, MMA will help you develop tools and attributes which are ignored in boxing, namely kicking, clinching/takedowns, and ground fighting.
Is MMA good for street self-defense?
In terms of overall combat efficiency and attribute development, yes, very much so. However, it’s important to remember that there is a sport mentality that does not always translate to realistic engagement protocols when facing a street situation that may involve a much larger opponent. The competition component of MMA and all the disciplines that it’s derived from, will often limit their fighting to opponents who most closely resemble you in size and weight (sometimes age and skill/experience level as well) The mindset and strategies needed for success in this arena might not always be the most efficient and realistic against a bigger and heavier opponent, where a survival mindset coupled with control and subdue tactics may yield better results
Is MMA dangerous?
MMA encompasses the same dangers and any other mainstream combat sport, particularly professional football, where major head trauma and uncontrolled, falling body weight tend to be the main culprit of injury. This can be curtailed in practice by avoiding or being judicious regarding hard sparring and adopting a cautious approach to practicing throws and takedowns
SHOULD I DO MMA OR BJJ?
This will depend on your goals and personal preference - MMA will offer access to striking/takedown emphasis and more a ballistic modality of training that comes with that, which also brings with it the risk of injury associated with those training elements. BJJ will focus mostly on grappling, while not uncommon to learn takedowns, the vast majority of BJJ training typically takes place in the ground, mitigating the chance of injury (if premature introduction into sparring. Is also avoided) and will yield the benefits of a deeper understanding that comes only focusing on one (major) aspect of fighting as opposed to spreading yourself to through three disciplines or more.
Who is the father of MMA?
Bruce Lee has been credited by UFC President, Dana White, as the “Father (or Godfather) of MMA” Bruce Lee was considered a martial arts maverick in his day for his view on the limitations of classical martial arts, eventually forming his own unique martial arts brand and philosophy, known as Jeet Kune Do, to be an eclectic blend of the most effective martial arts techniques and strategies that he had been exposed to at the time - many consider these philosophies to be the precursor to the modern MMA fighting formula, it is important to note that outside of anecdotal street encounters and challenge matches (and one famously recorded demonstration at the Long Beach International Karate Expo in 1965) this aspect of Bruce Lee’s martial arts career was never posited in the main stream arena, which should not be confused with his fame and notoriety in cinema, where there would be a distinct difference in the martial arts he presented to the public for its sheer entertainment value. Contrast this to pioneers like Helio Gracie or Jigoro Kano, who were not in any way entertainers, but martial artists first who fought various documented challenge matches (albeit in other parts of the world, Brazil and Japan, respectively) in order to prove the effectiveness of their martial arts. Their successors would continue to in this tradition and eventually bring their fighting methods to Europe and North America. When taken into consideration, you may find that these two men, among others still, are more fitting of the mantle, Father of MMA. The more cynical martial arts historians who understand the business of MMA will see this as potent public relations move by Dana White to build a bridge and social connections to the world’s biggest martial arts movie icon and indoctrinate that subculture to his growing sport in general, and UFC brand, specifically.
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