I do not want to get hit and or spar. Is that going to happen here?

Not unless you want to. We do spar in some of our striking based classes except for MMA Fitness. Sparring is not a requirement for any class. If you do spar we will provide you with a safe and controlled environment to do this.

How do I become part of the MMA/Boxng/Muay Thai/Judo/BJJ/SW competition teams?

To become a member of the fight or competition team you must first be patient, work hard and be consistent with your training. It takes time to develop the proper skills and fitness level it takes to become a fighter and/or competitor. The coaches and instructors will let you know when that time has come for you to have the option to try out for our competition team.

Can I borrow equipment?

We do not provide loaner equipment. We will assist you in purchasing equipment. All members should have their own equipment within 2 weeks of signing up as a member.

Do I have to fight or compete to be a member of Shackelford's Mixed Martial Arts Center?

No. Most of our members are training for fun/fitness/self defense. If you would like to take your game to the next level and try competition then we are happy to assist you and will make competition opportunities available to you. However, we will not push you in that direction.

What should I know before trying class the first time?

The first time entering any gym can be a very intimidating experience. Here is a list of things to do and things not to do and what to bring.
Must have:

  • Athletic attire: Shorts, T-Shirt, etc.
  • Positive attitude. This is not going to be easy. This is not running on a tread mill. It’s going to be challenging, especially on the first day. No one is particularly splendid on their first day of classes.
  • Your parent with you if you are under 18.

Nice to have:

  • If you have your own equipment (boxing gloves, gi, etc.), please bring it.
  • Change of clothes.
  • Flip flops, sandals, etc. We require members to wear flip flops and/or sandals when off the mats at all times.

What to do:

  • Check your ego at the door. People here are very nice, patient and helpful. We promote a friendly team atmosphere. If your goal is to be the tough guy/girl here then please find another gym.
  • Practice good hygiene. Bathe/wear deodorant/wear clean clothes.
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the class start time.

How many classes may I do per week?

All of our programs are 2 days a week but you have the option to add more classes.

What makes Shackelford's Mixed Martial Arts Center's MMA Fitness classes different from cardio kickboxing or Tai Bo classes?

Our classes are taught by one of our professional fighters and martial artists. We teach the same movements and drills that our fighters use to prepare for competition. The classes consist of 5 rounds that are 5 minutes long. The 1st round is a warm up, followed by 3 rounds of exercises that change every 30 seconds using active rest and muscle confusion and ending with a cool down. There is a 1 minute rest between each round. We can modify all exercises to fit your fitness level.

What types of memberships does Shackelford’s Mixed Martial Arts Center offer?

  • MMA Fitness and conditioning membership.
  • MMA Kickboxing membership.
  • Grappling/Jiu-Jitsu membership.
  • MMA / Mixed Martial Arts membership.
  • MMA / Mixed Martial Arts membership.

How do I get started?

Call us at (901) 235-5701 to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our MMA and fitness consultants.