When people think of mixed martial arts (MMA) they often think about Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), PRIDE or cage fighting they see on television. While some of our members are training for public competition, the world of mixed martial arts is far more diverse and multi-faceted than television would have you believe. MMA training can help people of different fitness levels realize goals, tackle personal and physical challenges, surpass perceived boundaries and improve their health. It requires persistence but rewards in turn with fitness and clarity.

Why should you train in Mixed Martial Arts? For starters, it is far more functional and applicable than many other martial arts practices offered in the United States. While some martial arts are aesthetically pleasing and work to develop discipline there is nothing like MMA for developing all around fitness, strength, flexibility, grace, balance and functional tools that can be used in a pinch. You also won’t get bored here. You can learn to box, grapple, take fitness classes, learn jiu-jitsu and participate in monthly workshops on topics like yoga and self-defense. See our class offerings here.

One of our mottos is “function, not fantasy,” meaning that everything you learn here is applicable and accessible in the real world. We’re also a different and diverse MMA gym in that we serve and train people working to compete in public while realizing that everyone is an athlete and has athletic potential (more about that here—hyperlink).

Our classes are structured so that those with minimal athletic training or experience in martial arts can get up to speed while those with previous training or higher fitness levels can proceed at a faster pace.

Finally, the atmosphere here is much different than a chain gym where you see people checked out watching television on a treadmill or never using their membership. The gym is designed to feel like a throwback to an older time when gyms were proving grounds and confidence was forged in a Spartan environment with basic tools.

We don’t have televisions, machines you don’t understand, lots of mirrors or Nautilus machines. We have heavy bags, mats, basic weight equipment, kettlebells and other time- tested tools for building fitness and strength. At the same time, ModCom is a clean, safe gym with private dressing areas for men and women and very clean (and yes, we are working on getting showers installed). It’s a good balance of the modern and classic.

If you don’t show up to class for a while there’s a chance we might call to check on you. Chain gyms or fitness centers are invested in your pocketbook. We’re invested and care about your success.


[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://moderncombatives.com/wordpress-staging/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/alan-pagle-0799.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Alan Pagle is a co-founder of Modern Combatives, with wife, Lily. He has been training and teaching martial arts since 1973. His background includes: traditional Chinese martial arts, collegiate boxing, judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a retired Berkeley police officer.[/author_info] [/author]