Train in the Ann Arbor areas ONLY Mixed Martial Arts School!

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Our students train at Ann Arbor Mixed Martial Arts for many reasons. Many want to learn how to defend themselves in a physical confrontation. Some just want to have fun and make some friends with like minded individuals. For others, it is the enjoyment of getting a great  workout while learning skills that help them grow as an individual.

Why is Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) the best choice for you or your child?

Every martial art has strengths and weaknesses. For example, the secret that every Tae Kwon Do or Karate school instructor hopes you never discover is the reality that they are not prepared to defend themself in a real situation.  Please understand, I mean them no disrespect. As a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do I feel more than qualified in sharing with you this fact. For self defense when you are on the ground Karate and Tae Kwon Do are almost useless. According to police statistics over 90% of all physical confrontations go to the ground.

That leaves you looking for training in Wrestling, Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The problems with wrestling are its huge requirements of fitness, coordination, and mental toughness. Wrestling is a grind. Very effective but so difficult to practice that it usually weeds out the weak instead of helping them. Judo and Japanese JuJitsu fall short in actual ground work. When Judo became popular as a sport all the focus went to throwing you opponent. While historically Japanese Jujitsu was the art of the samurai, it lost touch with actual combat decades ago. So please don't be mislead when someone tries to convince you that Japanese Ju Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are the same. If would hate for you to find that out when your life depended on it.

Are you learning how to win a medal in a tournament or the best way to protect yourself?

The winner must be Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I believe that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most powerful martial art there is, but...... before you start training a few things to consider. Just as the sport version of every martial art has reduced its self defense effectiveness, BJJ is no different. How can you be prepared to defend yourself if you have never thrown a punch or had one thrown at you during your training. Now that is the norm at most BJJ schools.

What if..... you take the punching and kicking from Tae Kwon Do, Karate and kickboxing. Combine it with the throws and take downs of Judo and wrestling. Add the submissions and ground skills of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Incorporate cutting edge strength and conditioning methods and you have Mixed Martial Arts.

Is this dangerous and do I need to be in great shape to get started? I don't want me or my child to get hurt.

I know what you are thinking, "I could never do that cage fighting stuff. I am too old. I am too out of shape. Besides, it looks dangerous." Well it is dangerous. However, this is why we are a Martial Arts school and not a gym. Martial Arts without philosophy no different than street fighting.

Let's get real. Unlike other martial arts schools in the area, the people and testimonials you see here on our website are real. They actually train here! It's not some advertisement put together to trick you to come in. Most of our students probably look similar to you. We have beginner programs for people who feel that they are too out of shape to start. Or if you are  worried about getting hurt or embarrassing yourself, don't worry. We turn ordinary people into combat athletes.

We are a Martial Arts School, not a Gym!

“A dojo (practice hall) is a miniature cosmos where we make contact with ourselves - our fears, anxieties, reactions, and habits. It is an arena of confined conflict where we confront an opponent who is not an opponent but rather a partner engaged in helping us understand ourselves more fully. It is a place where we can learn a great deal in a short time about who we are and how we react in the world. The conflicts that take place inside the dojo help us handle conflicts that take place outside. The total concentration and discipline required to study martial arts carries over to daily life. The activity in the dojo calls on us to constantly attempt new things, so it is also a source of learning-in Zen terminology, a source of self-enlightenment.”

Joe Hyams
Zen in the Martial Arts

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