Mixed Martial Arts in Olive Branch, MS
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Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts in Olive Branch, MS. (Desoto County) will help you revolutionize yourself, your martial arts training, and your fitness success. Every detail of the curriculum is specifically designed to help maximize students’ potential and create a learning-conducive environment, helping you succeed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), no-gi grappling, Muay Thai kickboxing, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or conditioning and fitness. You will see for yourself that the results people are getting are genuine, and you can achieve these results for yourself!

If you live in the North Mississippi, Desoto County, Olive Branch, Southaven or Mid-South area and are interested in serious martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or Kickboxing training or are serious about changing your routine, you owe it to yourself to stop by our Desoto County location and see that Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts is the place to be. From Olive Branch to Southaven, Desoto County to Marshall County, people from all around the area are improving themselves through fitness and conditioning, and learning the proven techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, Kick boxing, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

Head instructor and owner John-David Shackelford is extremely accomplished in mixed martial arts (MMA). Although he is from Desoto County in North Mississippi, his fighting career has taken him all over the country and even overseas. His personal success has provided him with a solid background to help coach others in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and kickboxing, as well as help them achieve their goals in fitness and weight-loss. These results from quality instructors like John David are waiting for you at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts in Olive Branch, Mississippi; the question is, when are you going to find out for yourself?

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Here is what just a few of our students have to say!!!

“I have been training at ShackelfordsMMA for almost eight months. Jiujitsu is my favorite to learn it is taught great by Shackelford’s MMA Center! I would recommend every one to come in an try it out either for fun, self defense or to get a chance to step in a cage and fight! With the great coaching we have they push us to be the best and will work with you an train you with respect and encouragement that everyone likes to be around! It’s a fun environment so come check us out!”
Drew Chiles – Memphis, TN
““I have found the rewards of practicing brazilian jiu jitsu at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts to be nothing short of spectacular. I began with no experience in martial arts whatsoever, and with the help of a great team and quality instructors, I was able to compete and win in grappling tournaments. When I decided to pursue Mixed Martial Arts, the experience of my coaches once again proved valuable in catering my jiu jitsu to deal with, and take advantage of, striking on the ground. From the beginning of my training when I was simply getting in shape, to my current career as a professional mixed martial arts fighter, Shackelford’s MMA has provided the skills and support I need to be successful.””
Tim Galluzzi, professional fighter (3-1, 2 submissions; 13-1 amateur, 11 submissions)
 “My name is Adam Poole. I’m a 31 year old teacher from Olive Branch. I found Shackleford’s MMA Center as I was looking for a way to stay in shape. I really couldn’t get motivated to go to the gym, lift weights, run, or any of the traditional methods of working out. I was a little apprehensive about joining an MMA gym, because I incorrectly assumed that the place would be full of meat heads with huge egos who were looking to beat up on new guys.. What I encountered at Shackleford’s MMA Center was completely the opposite. Upon my arrival, the instructors were extremely courteous and professional, and the students were friendly and welcoming. After speaking with head-instructor John David Shackleford for a while about my motives and goals for being there, I took part in my free introductory Brazilian jiu-jitsu lesson, and I was hooked. I’ve been training jiu-jitsu for about a month and a half now. Not only is rolling (the jiu-jitsu term for sparring) the best workout I’ve ever had, I’m learning an art in which I can set goals and work to reach them…and having fun doing it. The team atmosphere at Shackleford’s MMA Center is obvious. It starts with the instructors and filters down to everyone who trains there. Everyone I’ve trained with has been extremely helpful and patient in working with me to improve my skills. If you’re looking for a great workout or a place to learn real-world, practical self-defense techniques, I would highly recommend Shackleford’s MMA center!”

Adam Poole – Olive Branch, MS.
 “I have been taking lessons from Shackelford’s MMA Center for over six months now. I don’t know why I did not take them sooner. The training sessions have been very beneficial to me. The coaching staff and students there are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I like the fact that we are not tied down to one aspect of MMA, if I feel like doing jiu-jitsu one session and boxing the next he does not mind. I had taken a boxing class before at another gym so I though I had an idea of what it took to throw a punch. I had NO CLUE! Once I started my lessons with Shackelford’s MMA Center, they taught me how to put everything together from the correct footwork, stance, how to place my hands, and more importantly how to throw punches together. I like the fact that you get 100% attention to what you are focusing on. It has definitely been a great investment for me. ”

Lester Reyes – Olive Branch, MS

 “My name is Jamie Cox, I’m 24 years old and I work in plumbing services. I’m a small guy at 160lbs and 5’9”. I started coming to train in October 2010. I got into it for a fun fitness class and loved it right from the start. I had no back history of any mixed martial arts before this. The guys here are awesome and are very dedicated to teaching you and making sure you understand. I would suggest to anyone who wants to have fun, get fit and/or learn some mixed martial arts. Great guys, awesome atmosphere, excellent gym all around!!”

Jamie Cox – Southaven, MS
 Hey I’m Shane Quick, I’ve trained at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center for 2 years now and have gotten in better shape as well as learned some valuable skills in self defense and self discipline. I’ve been a body builder and fitness enthusiast for 8 years now and Shackelford’s MMA Center has opened my eyes to a whole new realm of what the body is capable of doing. The members are a great bunch of people, everyone is great about teaching those who know less and learning from those who know more. The coaches are always studying the best way to keep up with the new ideas and challenges that face the modern martial arts enthusiast. They always have an open ear to questions and show details very well. I have always enjoyed my time here and know you will too!

Shane Quick – Nesbit, MS
 ”I started at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center in October 2010. I had a few months previous training at another facility but wasn’t learning much. After joining Shackelford’s, I was very impressed with the level and details of instruction. I was out of shape when I first joined and since I have had tremendous gains in my level of fitness over a short period of time. The atmosphere is laid back but very motivating. The coaches and people who train here are great people. Learning MMA has also boosted my confidence in defending myself if the need ever arises as most self defense situations end up on the ground. I highly recommend Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center!”

Spencer Van Velsor – Senatobia, MS
 My name is Howard Boling. I’m a 37 year old EMT/Fire fighter. I started training at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center in October of 2010. The training I have received has been top notch. I have learned so much in just a short amount of time. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and allow you to learn at your own pace. In addition to the training, I have also improved my cardio and lost 10lbs. Joining Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center was one of the best decisions that I could have made for myself!

Howard Boling – Senatobia, MS

 ”The coaches at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center are very experienced and have been involved with the MMA world for a very long time. I started training there a little over a year ago. I have learned many things to better myself as a fighter, but I have also grasped more than that. There is a lot to MMA that most of us don’t know and part of that is people train to better themselves and be better at the sport, not to hurt people.

There are many things a student can benefit from this gym. It’s a great way to stay in shape and you won’t even know because you’re doing something you can enjoy. In this gym there are ways you can push yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. This sport along with these great teachers can teach you far more than just how to do a triangle choke.
From the first time I stepped into this gym every member on the staff was very helpful. They are always right there if you have a question. They have much to offer at this gym. One of the best things I have gained from Shackelford’s MMA Center is friends.
All in all, I have benefited a lot from joining this gym. It has shown me leadership skills and it has strengthened me mentally, physically and emotionally. They have a lot of knowledge and they are very generous with it. It’s an honor to train with such a high skill level. I hope you make a good choice and grasp as much as I have and will continue doing at Shackelford’s MMA Center!”
Casey Hately – Olive Branch, MS
 ”We don’t just like the gym we love it. The instructors and the people here have always made us feel welcome and have always had answers to any questions and always been open to any ideas we have had. It is truly a great place to be a member of. The program has truly benefited me and my son to help us learn and understand how much work and hard training is put into learning MMA. At the same time they make it a fun learning experience for our whole family. The instructors are some of the best I have ever had the pleasure of my son and me working with. I highly recommend them to any child who is getting into MMA or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I can honestly say me and my son have never enjoyed going to any other sport like we have MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he plays football, soccer and baseball but we have had to force him to get up and go. With this class he is in the car waiting and rushing me to go. It has truly taught him a lot of structure and manners. We will definitely be doing this for many years to come at Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center!”

Monica Nichols – Olive Branch, MS
“When I first started learning MMA, I wanted to learn the things the pros did. I did not think I had the time but I am so glad I made time. I found what I was looking for and more at Shackelford’s MMA Center. They’re a group of instructors with years of knowledge guided me. The people I train with became family and we helped each other achieve our own goals. We push each other and learn from one another making us stronger physically and mentally. I came in knowing nothing and after a year I know more than ever imagined. I weighed 165 lbs when I first started training and in 6 months I was down to 136 lbs. Now I have started to gain lean muscle mass and strength. My stamina and overall health has increased and I have never felt this good before. Everyone learns and progresses at their own pace. We look out for each other for the sake of having a training partner the next day so injuries are uncommon. The gym is constantly improving with every week and so are the people that train in it. This gym has become a second home to me, a place where men and women determined to push themselves and learn from some of the best mixed martial artists around come together.
I have lost weight and gained muscle. I have defended myself from an attacker using the knowledge I learned. I have gained friends and respect from the people I train with. All of this at Shackelford’s MMA. There is a 30 day trial free to come by and try first hand what it’s like. I greatly encourage anyone reading this to come by the gym and watch us train and see if you would consider joining.”
Luke Blackwell – Senatobia, MS
 ”This is the best place I have trained at! I took classes at another gym for two years before and the out look I had before and the outlook I have now are completely different. Before I thought I just wanted to train to be a champion fighter but now I see not only have I learned so much about people and friendship. One of the best things about Shackelford’s MMA Center is they care more about you and how to get you better than a trophy. This is the best training and training environment that I have ever been in. Thank you so much Shackelford’s MMA Center!”
George Alvarez – Southaven, MS

“Training with John David definitely improved my game. His knowledge and ability to break things down made it easy for me to understand and apply. He’s a great coach and has something to offer to everybody no matter their skill set.”

Johnathan Burdine – Corinth, MS
“I highly recommend training with Shackelford‘s Mixed Martial Arts Center. They have great instructors and a great group of guys there in olive branch. I’ve already recommended others to train with Shackelford’s MMA Center and have had awesome feedback from them. Everyone there was a pleasure to work & learn from.”
Pete Molly Ford – Olive Branch, MS
“My name is Nick wood. I’ve been training closely with John David for around 3 years. He’s responsible for the most drastic changes in my skill level. He spent the same amount of time helping me when I was very green in BJJ and MMA, as he did after I’d received my blue belt and was successfully competing in MMA. He brought light to things that I thought were way over my head. Things that he had me pulling off in fights and grappling.
  He’s also helped me with every weight cut I’ve ever made. Talking to me daily, helping me with diets, and planning it step by step. Keep in mind The lowest cut I’ve ever made is 16lbs in a week. It’s closer to 18-19 most of the time. Thanks to John David I’ve never missed a weight. I’m also undefeated in MMA when JD is in my corner and helping gameplan. My only loss was before I found John David. He’s a big reason that I’m now a BLUE BELT in BJJ and my 4-1 mma record, with a championship and Me teaching BJJ and MMA at our home gym. I cant Thank him enough.”
Nick Wood – Corinth, MS
“Shackelford’s MMA Center in Olive Branch Mississippi is by far one of the premiere gyms in the mid south. John David Shackelford and his staff are a phenomenal bunch to work with. I achieved a blue belt in jiu jitsu a year from the time I began training and I owe a huge amount of that accomplishment to JD. Another area where JD and his guys helped me in is MMA. I currently have an 8-1 record. I definitely have to give some credit for my success to JD and his guys at Shackelford’s MMA Center. Not only did I receive a wealth of knowledge from JD, but he also was my corner man in several of my fights. If anyone has any interest in any kind of MMA, jiu jitsu, boxing, or kickboxing, I’d recommend that they look no farther than Shackelford’s MMA Center and see what all they can teach them.”
Bryan Burse – Olive Branch, MS