Rising to popularity in the U.S. during the early 1990s, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a hybrid martial art that combines techniques from a number of grappling and striking systems such as Muay Thai, boxing, karate, tae kwon do, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, judo, and more. MMA focuses on well-roundedness as fighters must adapt and become proficient grapplers as well as strikers.
All MMA students at The Cellar Gym are expected to train in Muay Thai and BJJ classes, in addition to MMA classes. Since Muay Thai and BJJ provide foundations for efficient striking and grappling, students must have proficiency both on the feet and on the ground. Otherwise, students may struggle to execute fundamental movements in MMA where both striking and grappling occur within the same exchange. We have designed our MMA program to facilitate meaningful progress and proper development for our athletes, whether they intend to compete or are simply training for fun.
Classes & Program Structure
Since MMA training exists primarily for competition and for defense in real-world situations, there are no ranks or tests in The Cellar Gym’s MMA classes. However, students’ ranks in Muay Thai and BJJ are taken into consideration. Our MMA program is separated into Fundamentals and Advanced classes so that students can train at a level that is appropriate to their skills and experience.
In Fundamentals classes, students will learn to execute the basic strikes, takedowns, and defenses used in MMA. They will drill grappling and striking with a partner and gain experience in a controlled environment. These classes are perfect for those who are new to MMA as well as those who have fought at the amateur level.
Advanced MMA classes are specifically designed for professional and high-level amateur fighters who have demonstrated consistency, excellent technique, and a serious desire to compete at the upper echelons of the sport. In this class, it is assumed that all students have an understanding of proper grappling and striking technique, and much of the time is spent on live grappling and sparring drills. Students must gain the approval of the head MMA coach before being permitted to participate in our Advanced MMA classes.
If you have any questions about The Cellar Gym’s MMA program, please contact us in any way or speak with one of our coaches or staff members.