Frequently Asked Questions
How do I go about getting into MMA?
The best way forward is to read our Beginners Guide, then simply head down and try out some classes. We offer a full free week trial so you can get a first-hand experience of the gym and culture. The class instructor will be able answer any questions you might have, and you will get a good feel for the training environment. Just pop down 10 minutes before class to get started.
Do I require any specialist gear?
For the Kickboxing and fighter classes full boxing gloves and mouthguards are required - we have the MMA Addict range instore. The BJJ Gi classes also require the traditional training gi or 'kimono', but for the rest of the classes you wont require any specific gear to start. However, these things may help you get more out of your training (and are required for Fighters class): MMA Gloves, boxing gloves, compression gear (skins), shingear, towel, specific injury braces (if required). For health and safety reasons, we do not have any 'club gear' available to be borrowed.
What else do I need to bring?
The only other thing you really need is to wear some comfortable workout clothes - preferably older as it's always possible that they may get stretched or ripped over the course of training. A drink bottle would be also recommended.
How do I go about getting into competitions?
Talk to your club coach about the style of competition you are looking at - there are a range of different types, from Grappling through to Amateur and Professional MMA - and they all have different levels of requirements. Your coaches will give you honest feedback about the level you are at & the entrance requirements - and they will guide you through the application processes. Once we have made some decisions regarding competition we expect our competitors to maintain a high level of class attendance and to push their boundaries each and every class.
Should I be doing any supplementary training?
It depends on your goals - those serious about competition should have a dedicated programme which will include supplementary training. However, for students undertaking casual or non-competitive training then supplementary classes are not a requirement.
Do you have a structured syllabus or grading programme?
Yes, we do - in fact we have two. We run Brazilian Jiu Jitsu grades to cover the grappling components of the classes, and a Kickboxing grading system to cover all the techniques of impacting. Gradings typically take place every 6 months - ask your coach for a copy of the related syllabus and to explain any further details.
What does the training etiquette / gym culture involve?
We do our best to uphold an ideal learning environment for our members, balancing the creative, social, modern aspects of MMA with the traditional discipline and culture of traditional martial arts. Have a read through our Gym Rules before starting class.
How does a class normally run?
Our classes will generally involve a quick warmup (made from movements specific to the class type or techniques being taught), a technical component, and a live drilling or interactive game. Often a sparring, conditioning or fitness element will also take place here too. The class will then complete with a traditional bow-out, where students line up from right to left in the highest belt order and we all thank each other for training and 'bump' fists.