Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to provide a safe and professional training environment for all of our students, with an emphasis on teaching the most effective techniques for self-defense, in a family-friendly atmosphere. While there are opportunities for students to participate in sport competitions, our main focus in training is to give our students the technical ability and confidence to be able to defend themselves.

We offer classes in Gracie Jiu-jitsu as well as Muay Thai kickboxing, for both kids and adults. Jiu-jitsu is a more grappling based art, while Muay Thai is a more striking based art. While the programs are different, they complement each other very well.  To become comfortable in all aspects of self-defense, many of our students train regularly in both programs. As an added value, we make all of our programs available to our members at no additional cost! We recommend trying out each program to see what fits you best.

Yes! Private and semi-private (up to 4 people) classes are available for both Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai. Discounted private class packages are also available. Private classes are setup on an individual basis, based upon instructor availablility and group class schedules. Schedule your first private class today.

What value would you place on having the confidence to know that you can effectively defend yourself of your family, get in great shape, and develop greater self-confidence? We offer a variety of membership plans suited to meet your individual needs and budget. Family discounts are also available.

You can view our membership options and pricing here.

Jiu-jitsu students will need a white Jiu-jitsu gi (and rashguard is recommended). Muay Thai students wear an academy t-shirt or rash guard and black academy logo grappling or Muay Thai shorts, and will need boxing gloves and shinguards (hand wraps are recommended). Youth Muay Thai students are also required to wear headgear. A mouthpiece is recommended for all students. All required equipment is available for purchase in the academy. We also provide rental gis, boxing gloves, and shinguards for the convenience of our students.

As with any physical activity, it is impossible to totally eliminate the potential for injury. We are a martial arts program that places an emphasis on realistic, hands on training, including live sparring drills. However, safety is always one of our top priorities. We make every effort to reduce the potential risks of injuries for our students and provide careful supervision, particularly for our younger students. There is no way to completely eliminate the possibility of injury, however serious injuries are a very, very rare occurrence.

Everyone trains at their own pace and to their own capacity. While it is always recommended to consult your physician before beginning any physical training regimen, training in our programs does not require any extraordinary amount of athleticism, flexibility, or endurance. The fact is, whatever your level of fitness when you start, you will increase your capacity and get in better shape through training. Many of our students see significant weight loss and improvements in their overall fitness levels after just a few weeks of consistent training.

We do not believe in using the belt system as a marketing or retention tool.  Everyone progresses at their own pace, based upon the amount of time that they dedicate to training.  The Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai programs have their own separate ranking structure. However, while we have minimum time and attendance requirements, promotions are based upon actual demonstrated ability, as well as consistent attendance, personal character, and dedication to the program.  Every promotion is earned, not given. We have separate ranking programs for kids and adults, and we do not have “youth black belts”, as we believe that there is a certain level of maturity and demonstrated skill required to hold this prestigious rank. While we promote our youth students at a more accelerated rate than our adult students, however we believe that training for self-improvement is its own reward, and promotions are just a side effect of hard work.  A black belt is just a white belt that didn’t quit!

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