American Martial Arts

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Winston Salem

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other martial arts.

The roots of modern mixed martial arts can be traced back to the ancient Olympics. Various mixed style contests took place throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s.

The sport of Vale Tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) which is now the fastest growing sport in America gaining sponsors such as Harley Davidson and Burger King and many other noteworthy companies.

Mixed Martial Arts in Winston SalemCurriculum

MMA 106 (self-defense) (Path to Mastery)—Jiu-Jitsu/Wrestling/Judo/Muay Thai Kickboxing

Premise– This is a comprehensive curriculum from beginner to advanced, which was established for those who:

  • Are a beginner that is new to MMA or seasoned martial artist wishing to get well rounded
  • Desire to learn the various styles of our MMA curriculum
  • Desire to get into great shape while learning proven techniques from different styles
  • Want to learn the philosophy and principles of MMA and the advantages and disadvantages of each style in a Mixed Martial Arts or real world environment
  • Do not wish to compete or partake in competitive sparring (sparring options available)
  • Desire to train in a fun and cooperative environment but with real world techniques
  • Learn proper stretching and kinetics to maximize your body’s potential
  • Want to learn the techniques of a professional MMA Competitor without the lumps and bruises

Curriculum- We have established the absolute most practical, useful, risk versus reward techniques and theories derived from over 20 years of MMA experience and developed a no nonsense curriculum that will have you comfortable in all positions and any situation you may find yourself in.

*You check in as you enter the academy and we keep up with the classes you have attended. Student’s deficiencies and strengths are assessed through class training and meeting the established minimal technical requirements.

Advancing in Rank-Once you have demonstrated the minimal technical requirements you will be eligible to attend the promotion test and ceremony for the belt reflective of your skill set.

MMA in winston salem

MMA 205 (Professional Athlete Curriculum) (Path to World Champion)                                                                                                                                               

Premise-This curriculum is designed for those who:

  • Desire to compete as an amateur or professional athlete in events such as the UFC and Bellator
  • Already have a good base in at least one martial art or wrestling
  • Have the ability to dedicate a substantial and consistent amount of time and energy to training
  • Desire to learn all of the styles offered at our Academy
  • Are capable of training and drilling at full speed
  • Want to part of a “fighting family” that supports each other inside and outside of the cage

Curriculum- We have established the absolute most practical, useful, risk versus reward techniques and theories derived from over 20 years of Competitive MMA experience and developed a proven curriculum that will have you competing at the absolute highest level you desire.


  • Must adhere to strict training regimens inside and outside of the Academy
  • Must have read the safe weight cutting manual
  • Must have fight manager and Head Trainer agree on all scheduled bouts
  • Must review and sign to our Competitive Athlete Etiquette agreement
  • Must represent the Academy in the highest regard

Advancing-You advance from a novice student to an amateur fighter to a professional fighter based on your attendance, competitive record and coach/management approval which based on your skill set.