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What Happens When You Choose to Step Onto the Mat at PMA?

By August 18, 2019 No Comments
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You might be surprised. Practical Martial Arts is a very different kind of martial arts school. 


Our mission: 

Teach People to be Strong in Difficult Situations.


Life can be tough! At every stage we face challenges that can seem insurmountable. Be it bullies at school, at difficult work situation, health problems, money trouble, worries about the future – the list is endless. That’s why you need to learn how to defend yourself against these stressors!


At Practical Martial Arts we take the progressive techniques of mixed martial arts, unite them with the traditions and principles of the past, and create a place where you can find your grit, learn to persevere under pressure, and to enjoy yourself in the process. We have been guiding students through this exceptional martial arts rite of passage since 1993.


Our Freestyle Mixed Martial Arts is a blend of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, traditional boxing, wrestling, Judo, and street self-defense.
With our physical curriculum you will:


  • Learn real, accessible self defense skills to you should you ever need it

  • Experience authentic, high level, competitive martial arts training

  • Have a safe and supportive environment in which to train

  • Use Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing and self-defense to practice how to persevere under pressure


You will find that our physical curriculum is balanced with:


  • non-violent conflict resolution

  • scenario-based self-defense

  • altruism projects

  • and neuroscience


Through service projects focusing on goodwill we build community inside and outside the dojo as we feel that our dojo is a metaphor for life. Building contribution, character and physical competency in you is integral to our vision of a true Black Belt. Through careful coaching you will learn the neuroscience of will power, emotions, and the effects of focusing your thoughts to impact not only your success on the mat but also at work, school, and at home. Our style is easily adapted to different levels of fitness and abilities and creates a welcoming atmosphere for new or seasoned martial artists whether you are 3 or 63 years young.


For us, our life is our dojo. Every day we are inspired by our students and feel a great sense of honor to be trusted to influence your lives. We hope that you will stop in for a visit, kick off your shoes and take your first step on the journey of a thousand miles….


~Mike and Karen Valentine