FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


What types of classes do you offer? 

We offer a wide variety of classes, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do,  Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, and Strength and Conditioning.  Some arts are more designed for stand-up technique, and others are designed for the ground.  We have sparring-only classes, technique-based classes, and classes designed to make you sweat!  We offer self-defense classes - including knife and gun defense - as well as courses designed to increase confidence, discipline, and integrity.  We also offer kids classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Mixed Martial Arts.   Depending on your interests, you can try one martial art or all of them!  There’s something at Fearless MMA for everyone, and we encourage you to check out as many classes as possible to find what fits for you.  


I don’t have any experience in martial arts and am nervous about starting.  Can a beginner participate in any class? 

Absolutely.  No matter when you step on the mats, there is always someone at Fearless MMA ready and willing to work with you!  Whether you’ve been practicing a martial art for 20 years or never at all, at Fearless we believe in training together as a family.  Our classes are designed to maximize everyone’s potential, and our structure allows for our most beginner martial artists to practice right alongside our most experienced martial artists.  We grow and learn together.  We truly are a family - that’s what makes training at Fearless so unique!


Do I have to compete? 

Absolutely not.  Martial arts is about much more than competition.  While many of our members enjoy competing in Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, nobody is required to.  Everyone has their own unique goals and motivations at Fearless MMA, and we encourage you in those individual goals.  Whether you are here to compete, to lose weight/build strength, to gain self-confidence, to learn self-defense, or just to have fun, we support you!   


What if I want to compete?  How long do I have to wait?  

The answer depends on the person and the martial art.  For competitions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Tae Kwon Do,  beginners are welcome to compete, as most tournaments have appropriate tournament brackets for size, age, and experience level.  It is perfectly safe to compete even as a beginner, and we support our students who are interested in jumping in to competitions.  For MMA, however, we require students with no experience to train for at least one year before they compete in Mixed Martial Arts.  While many academies might be willing to let you compete in MMA sooner, our philosophy again goes back to family.  An MMA event is a serious competition, and we are dedicated to the safety of our students, as well as thorough preparation of the body, mind and spirit.  


Do I really have to wait that long to fight in MMA?

Don't worry!  Being anxious and eager to get into the cage is a great motivator, and while we are just as eager to see our students compete, we must put your preparedness and safety first.  Don't be discouraged because while you are preparing, there are plenty of competitions for you to test yourself with, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and other grappling tournaments.  There are also opportunities for amateur boxing and kick boxing matches available for you as well.  For students who come to us already proficient in a style, such as karate or wrestling, our Fearless MMA instructors will assess your skill level and determine when you will be ready for your first cage match, and whether that may be sooner rather than later, and during the entire process we will be dedicated to preparing you and developing you to fight as soon as possible.  Keep in mind that MMA means Mixed Martial Arts, and you will need to gain experience and proficiency in ALL of the martial art styles before you will be equipped to step up to the next level and step into cage fighting. 


How long does it take to earn a belt?

That depends, and varies by student.  Fearless MMA instructors will monitor your progress and your class attendance, as well as your ability to demonstrate and execute proper techniques.  What we will also be observing is your spirit and integrity, one of the most important aspects of becoming a successful martial artist.  Your journey into the martial arts world is not a sprint, but a marathon.  With substantial training and competition - your abilities, knowledge, mind and spirit will develop and grow.  The belt you wear is only a symbol of all those characteristics (physical, mental, & moral) that you have acquired during your martial arts journey, through much handwork, practice, and continual application.  What you invest into your training is what you will gain from it, so basically it's up to YOU how soon a belt will be earned. 


Can I come in and watch a class?

Of course!   You are encouraged to come in and spectatate, and get a good look at our facility.  It will surely help you get a good feel for our academy.  Our coaches and staff will be there to answer any questions you may have.


What do I need to bring / what type of equipment do I need?  

For your first day, just bring yourself!  Wear comfortable workout pants and a t-shirt.  No zippers or buttons please.  For grappling classes (jiu jitsu or wrestling), we suggest you wear a layer of spandex or other tight fitting pants for your own comfort.  Cups and mouth guards are recommended, but not required.  For stand up classes (boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, sparring) you will need boxing gloves, shin guards, head gear, and mouth guards.  MMA gloves and knee pads are also recommended.  All of this equipment, as well as Fearless clothing and other gear, is available for purchase at Fearless MMA.


I have a child who is interested in MMA.  Is it safe?  

Our classes are very, very safe.  Everything we practice is done in a controlled environment, with appropriate safety gear.  Kids are not allowed to spar without gloves, shinguards, mouth guards, and headgear.  Also when we spar, we are not throwing punches or kicks at full force.  Submissions are taught gradually to students responsible enough to use them, and they are practiced cautiously so as not to hurt one another.  Our kids, as well as our adults, view their sparring partners as family and friends.  We are always conscious of the amount of force we apply to our teammates.  Unlike some other sports, mixed martial arts can be practiced effectively without using 100% of our power.  Our students are taught to understand the power they possess and to harness it, but more importantly to control it. 


Won’t martial arts make my child more aggressive?  

This is a very common misconception.  Our number one goal at Fearless MMA is to build people with strong moral character, self-control, and integrity.  Our motto is “heart and soul.”  We teach that violence is an absolute last resort in any type of conflict, and we do NOT - under ANY circumstances - tolerate bullying.  If your child is a victim of bullying or is guilty of bullying others, we can change that!  Knowledge is power.  And the knowledge we teach our children at Fearless MMA gives them the self confidence they need to move past bullying, whether they are the victim or the perpetrator.  At Fearless, we teach respect - respect for others and respect for the self.  We are committed to maintaining a safe, fun, and welcoming environment, and the effects of that environment follow our students into the rest of their lives.  


How young can you start training?  What is the age cut-off for kids classes?  

The youngest students we accept are 5 years old.  Depending on the child’s attention span and maturity level, we sometimes delay kids until they are 6 years old.  Our kids classes range in age from 5-13.  Some of our kids also participate in adult classes; however, this is a privilege and not a right!  For the benefit of our adult students, kids are only permitted to participate in the adult classes if they exhibit a certain level of maturity.  


Am I too old for this? Too small/big? Is martial arts only for men?  

No way! Martial arts are for everybody!  We have students who are 5 and students who are 65, and everyone in between.  We have male and female students, tall and short students, big and small students.  No matter who you are, you can excel at martial arts and benefit from the training.  The hardest part is walking through the door!  But once you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.  


What can I expect on my first day? 

Classes vary depending on the martial art, but you can generally expect a warm up, followed by a lesson in technique, followed by either sparring or grappling.  We work hard at Fearless MMA - you can expect to sweat!  Many people are sore after their first few days of training, but don’t worry - it gets much easier.  Being sore is a sign that you’ve worked hard, and that your body is getting stronger and more resilient!  We recommend you stick with it and come back in at least three days your first week, even if you only come in to watch.   Building good habits is difficult, but if you stick with it, the payoff is incredible.  Just ask our students.  Any one of them would be happy to tell you their own success story.


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