Movin' On Up! Brand New Facility!

Kids Martial Arts  in Olive Branch - Shackelford's MMA Center

Shackelford's MMA Center has been my home for close to 4 years now.

I can still remember the day I came in for my first class...

I was SO nervous and anxious.  I didn't know what to expect.  I wanted to get into "fighting shape" and maybe look to compete, but on the inside I was looking to find confidence and a place to belong.

Immediately, my fears were put to rest!  JD Shackelford and the rest of the coaches made me feel welcome from the first minute I walked on the mat.

Even though I was living 2 hrs away at the time, the quality of instruction and the level of camaraderie was enough to keep me coming back day in and day out!

You could say I fell in love with the energy and atmosphere immediately. 

The first night I was there, the blue mats were filled with people who were pushing to become a better version of themselves.

Contrary to what you might have in your mind about an MMA gym however, everyone was looking out for each other.  Each team member was chasing his or her own goals, but attitude and ego were absent from the room.

On the way home back home after my first night of classes, I was on top of the world.  I knew that I had found THE place to be...despite the 2 hour drive.

Back then, the gym was a glass wall with a little front area, blue mats, and few punching bags adorning the wall. 

But that wasn't what made Shackelford's MMA was the quality of people on the inside.

I knew in my gut that this place was destined for bigger and better things.

Here I sit now looking at this brand new facility we have just moved into as of last week (2/19/2018).

We have an awesome check in station at the front door.  As you transition from the check in area, you'll notice freshly built stadium seating hugging the wall to the right, and a sea of mats that seems to go on forever to the left.  There's more than enough room for a Fitness Kickboxing class to be going along right beside some BJJ or MMA....

And of course our kid's classes can't be matched!

My personal favorite is the large bay door that can be opened to enjoy the fresh air as you train like a champion!  It makes all the difference in the world!

We even have a shower, so you can hit those early morning classes and get cleaned up to deliver the KO punch to your day!

Despite all the newness, one thing has not changed.

I guarantee you will still find that same kindness and warmth that I did on my first day here.  The location has changed.  The upgrades have been made, but the heart of Shackelford's MMA Center remains the same.

Do yourself a favor and come try out our classes for a week...

You'll be glad you did!

-Coach Marty



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