What Our Students Have to Say

“I signed my son up (5 years old at the time) so he could learn basic self defense and they were patient with him and he really came out of his shell and he loves it. It looked like so much fun my daughter wanted to join and I joined. I have never trained martial arts or wrestling. I grew up playing team sports and love the team atmosphere. With FTW it is really a family/team atmosphere that I loved so much when competing in team sports. After my first class I realized how much I don’t know about self defense. Much like you shouldn’t sign up for swimming classes after you fall in the water, you shouldn’t wait for something terrible to happen before you sign up for self defense. It’s intimidating walking into the academy knowing nothing, but in all seriousness that is that hardest part, walking in the door. Once you’re there it’s all smiles and hi how are you. Everyone is there to help each other FTW has created an atmosphere to help people learn and be comfortable. The upper belts do an awesome job showing you the way. Since joining I obviously learned a ton about self defense but also mental strength having it has helped me live a much healthier lifestyle. It is a great stress reliever and now I have a real reason to get in shape so I can be better in Jiu Jitsu and not just losing weight. As you can tell I can talk until I’m blue in the face about how great FTW is but that’s because they truly are awesome.”
– Jeremy Kijak

“My son takes Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai at Fight to Win Lake Norman. We absolutely love it! It is always very clean and Jon and Charlie, the instructors, are very attentive to each and every person who goes there. Having my son be taught there by Jon and Charlie is the best thing I could have done for him and I am so happy I did. I can’t say enough great things about Fight to Win Lake Norman”
– Valerie Kinghorn

“Great school with a family friendly atmosphere. Our two kids and I train together. Quality time spent not just exercising and staying active, but learning life skills at the same time. Giving your kids the opportunity to build confidence and learn self defense skills is important to our family and Fight to Win Lake Norman provides flexible schedules that work well for our busy lives.”
– Chris Plemmons

“Fight To Win is an excellent school for self defense and for bettering yourself as an individual. Jon and Charlie are top notch instructors who are very down to earth and committed to helping you improve. The vibe of this school is very welcoming. My kids train here as do I and this has been the best decision I have ever made. I cannot recommend this school enough.”
– Mark Yelton

“Super clean and organized gym. Jon teaches with great attention to detail and points out the little things that make each move work. His focus on self defense is very refreshing. If you are in the area, there is no one who could even come close to his instruction. Such an awesome place and the people are great to train with!!”
– Jeremiah Campbell

“My family loves FTW Lake Norman! The classes are great for all levels. My kids are excited to go to classes 3x a week! It’s very clean! The staff there is fantastic and we enjoy learning from them and interacting with them on and off the mat. My kids confidence and skill has multiplied immensely! My oldest is now in the adult class. They are fabulous with him! From the instructors to the adults in class, they mentor the kids who have moved up and help them improve by leaps and bounds! My other two are in the kids class still and adore their instructors. They love showing us the new things they learn and actually practice at home. They finish their classes excited for the next one! I’m now taking the Women’s P.O.W.E.R. Self Defense class and my kids help me practice at home. The instructors and ladies in the class make it a very fun and safe environment to learn and get comfortable on the mat. Jon, Carrie, Joey, Charlie, Terry, Landon…. and many more are doing an amazing job engaging and inspiring these children to reach their goals, gain confidence and to face their challenges head on. Worth every penny, minute and mile! Thank you FTW!”
– Stephanie Moshopolous

“Tyler has been going here for 7 months now , he was a little nervous and shy at first but the instructors and other students are amazing. Tyler loves it and goes 3 times a week. Seeing the growth he has shown from day one till now is amazing. This is a great place for kids and or adults , women and men. Join the family at Fight to Win you will be glad you did!”e.”
– Monte Velardi

“Our children have been training at Fight to Win Lake Norman for 7years (oldest) and 2 year (youngest). Each day we notice more and more improvement in their self-confidence,self-control, friendship and respect for others, thanks to the professional staff of instructors and to educational programs appropriate for their age.”
-Daniel Aparicio

“Awesomeness all around! The instructors, the curriculum, the students and the atmosphere speak to the dedication to maintaining the high standards of the Grand Master Helio Gracie legacy and lineage of Gracie Jiu Jitsu….you won’t be disappointed!”
– Terry Massey

“I love training here. It’s very clean and the instructors are highly knowledgeable. They coach me to be better every time I go. An incredible way to get in shape.”
– Blake Cason

“I have been training Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai for 3 years and I can say that the quality of instruction is excellent and the class format is very conducive to a high level of absorption and learning. I was a complete beginner when I came to the academy in May of 2016. The staff and students alike are very respectful and create an environment that prioritizes safety over speed, technique over strength, intelligence over force, growth instead of embarrassment, clarity over confusion, real and situational self defense over competition. I compete regularly and enjoy it immensely. I receive a great amount of support when I enter a competition. However, the focus here is not competition but true self defense. There is not a lot of talk of how to score points in competition but instead how to stay alive and stay safe when you are faced with violence.”
– Landon Ferguson

“I have trained Jiu-Jitsu in a couple of other gyms and FTW is easily the best I have been to. The owner of FTW Lake Norman, Jon P., is a great teacher who takes the time to get to know all of his students, no matter how long they have been there. All of the teachers and even the students are very welcoming, and help to create a positive atmosphere for you to grow and learn in Jiu-Jitsu. I look forward to continuing to train at this gym and highly recommend it for anyone interested in trying Jiu-Jitsu or if you are coming from another gym.”
– Thomas Macaluso

“My daughter trains here and it has been an amazing experience for her. She is confident and secure with herself and it has made a world of difference in her attitude.”
– Billy McKenzie

“Fight to Win Lake Norman has been amazing for me. I’m learning real world self defense as well as getting into shape! I can still go to the gym and be lazy. Jiu-Jitsu is also helping me with mental clarity and giving myself a goal and something to strive for. Everyone here- instructors and students are very respectful to each other and willing to help in any way. Don’t be afraid to come check it out! The hardest thing to do is stepping through that door. An honest warning is that it’s very addictive!”
– David Bruzdzinski

“This year has been difficult for many, and I did not escape unscathed. I contacted Jon at a time in my life when things were in utter chaos and I could not see how I would make it through. Each time I step on the mats, a little bit of magic happens: I become stronger, more agile, more confident. I leave FTW with a huge smile on my face, feeling a lot taller than my 5’5”. Jon and Carrie are kind, encouraging, and welcoming, and Jon is an amazing instructor. Joining FTW Lake Norman has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Thanks guys!”
– Cat Maas

“I first started training at Fight to Win Denver without having any background in Martial Arts or knowing anyone. Jon Plyler and everyone welcomed me and made me feel very comfortable. The transformation I have made in my life since starting amazes me and I owe it to the Jiu-jitsu practice and everyone at Fight to Win Lake Norman. I feel as though I am not just part of a team, but have an extended family that is there with me in my process to better myself. Every time I come to the school and train or attend the Women’s Self-Defense classes I leave learning something new and feel better and more confident about myself.”
– Katy Cumbo

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