MMA is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting styles to be brought together (e.g. Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai). The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. The sport is one of the fastest growing in the world and can be seen in such events as the UFC, UCMMA and BAMMA. Our MMA classes focus predominantly on the “up close” work you would need in order to compete in a cage or ring fight, and the transition between the striking and grappling/ground game. Clinch work, striking, takedowns, submissions, “ground n’ pound” and escapes are all covered in expert detail.
We employ an ‘MMA Pyramid’ approach to training. Members are encouraged to develop skills in the 3 main pyramid ‘base sports’ (BJJ, Muay Thai and Boxing). These are then brought together in the MMA programme, which sits on top of the core sports to bring them together in training athletes for the cage (if that is their goal). The coach incorporates Wrestling and promotes cross-training with the Judo team to provide solid transitions skills. Classes generally consist of a warm-up and cardio work, technique drills and sparring.
Should that be the goal of our members, we are able to support them through the various levels of competition, with our proven MMA Pyramid approach and excellent coaching and development environment.
EQUIPMENT: Mouthguard, MMA Gloves, Rashguard
Boxing classes will improve both your offensive and defensive punching skills and will help you develop fantastic footwork. You will work on classic boxing technique and incorporate heavy bag, speed bag, shadow boxing, and focus mitts to achieve your goals. The class will also contain fitness and conditioning work to get you fighting fit, or, just to lose weight and tone up. The gym caters for all levels of ability, no matter what your goals are, however, we do not offer boxercise!
EQUIPMENT: Boxing Gloves, Mouthguard, Hand Wraps
Being a fully competitive gym, we are here to help boxers through all levels of competition, should that be their goal.
BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a combat sport that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant on the ground using leverage, joint-locks and choke-holds. It stresses movement, technique, flexibility and fitness. BJJ was popularized in the early days of the UFC in when it showed the world the importance of a good ground game in Mixed Martial Arts. Today it’s still considered the obvious choice to train groundwork for the ring. We have a growing presence in BJJ competition and this transfers into the classes, with students eager to learn and improve.
Our club is not affiliated with any other clubs or teams, we are open and welcome anyone who wants to train and compete, regardless of heritage. We grade under our own name and are fully competitive and very proud of our team and its achievements.
Classes start with an intense warm-up using dynamic bodyweight exercises and BJJ techniques such as shrimping and rolls. The body of each session is technical instruction focussing around a certain position or set of techniques for the day, aiming for students to understand the principles behind the techniques as well as the movements themselves. To finish, students roll (BJJ sparring) to let them experiment more freely and try to apply what they’ve learned.
EQUIPMENT: Gi (Rashguard for No-Gi Grappling), Mouthguard Optional
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is also known as the science of 8 limbs. It is a form of boxing, originating from Thailand and the fighting style is commonly known for its frequent use of clinches, elbows, knees, punches and kicks. You will learn offensive and defensive fighting techniques, including the importance of correct footwork and head movement. Classes generally consist of a warm-up and cardio work, technique drills and sparring. Our Thursday evening class, especially, includes sparring – we would encouraged more advanced members to attend this session.
Being a fully competitive gym, we are here to help Muay Thai and K1 fighters through all levels of competition, should that be their goal.
EQUIPMENT: Shinpads, Gloves, Mouthguard, Hand Wraps
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) was created as a physical, mental and moral discipline in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defences are a part of judo, but are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. The worldwide spread of judo has led to the development of a number of offshoots such as Sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
EQUIPMENT: Gi, Mouthguard
Urban Warriors Academy is a high quality, purpose built facility. The gym incorporates both sports and strength and conditioning spaces. Both spaces are equipped to a high standard.
The S&C area offers functional fitness equipment including: a 3-box crossfit rig, Olympic weights, kettlebells, battle ropes, free weights and suspension training tools. The gym offers several specialist S&C classes throughout the week for members to take advantage of. These classes are included in your membership.
The core sports of the gym are conducted on our 100m² competition level tatami mats. This matted area has two punch/kick bag sections and boundary cage walls. The mats are cleaned daily with probiotics to ensure hygiene is maintained.
The gym has toilets and individual lockable changing rooms, including showers. Visitors can leave their belongings in secure coin-return lockers. Bikes can be left at reception on the vertical racks.
For more information on our sports, please see the sections below.