MMA in the Midwest

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Gladiator
1/19/07 8:10:21PM
I know that mma is fairly popular in california and that the west coast is littered with various mma camps, but i cant seem to find a place in wichita, KS that specializes in mma. theres lots of different martial arts academies but not anything that brings them together or specializes in the sport of mma. I heard that there was a place in Topeka but ive never seen it. Myabe mma just hasnt spread across the country that far yet...
nate22
1/19/07 8:19:37PM
I'm from the UK and I have no idea, but I will ask friends on other sites and see if I can find out any information for you, that being if nobody else has anything to offer..
crimethinc
1/27/07 4:00:24AM
I really don't think there are many MMA Gyms in the Midwest. Your best bet would be to find a good Kickboxing gym and a good Jiu-Jitsu gym and just cross train. Or move to St. Louis and train at Finney's.



I'm going to plug my gym every chance I get.
Gladiator
1/28/07 9:45:15PM
ya i would love to learn some kickboxing, but it seems like u never know what ur going to get with all these tae-go and aerobic kickboxing classes and gyms around. Theres a muy-thai place in my city im thinking about joining... and thats about as close as it gets
crimethinc
1/29/07 1:33:33PM
Try and do a little investigating and find out if any gyms around your area actually sponsor figters. If they do then they are most definitely a "fight gym." Shamrock Promotions puts on about 5 Midwest Fight Fests per year which is a mixed Kickboxing/Boxing/MMA event and we have fighters come from all over the place, Kansas included. Just look up Martial Arts in the phone book and start calling schools and asking questions.
ufc_fan
1/29/07 9:06:27PM
Go to www.fightresource.com. you should be able to find something there.
ufc_fan
1/29/07 9:16:18PM
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Wichita
Gladiator
1/30/07 12:24:23PM
is there really a bjj place in wichita?! i saw some judo places and muy-thai in the phone book but no bjj place, must be fairly new
Brick
2/3/07 10:50:38AM
A bit far from the area you are describing, perhaps, but MMA gyms are thriving in Ohio. There are quite a few in Columbus alone. We also have several events per year, both amateur and pro. I just participated in my first Octagon fight on 1/27 in Columbus and it was a blast.
chicken
2/4/07 2:58:45AM
Janjira Muay Thai is in the phonebook, located on south Oliver. There is a boxing, muay thai, and bjj instructor under the same roof. They put on the Midwest Cage Combat at the Cotillion.
JoeRoganPwnsMMA
2/4/07 4:54:01PM
I live in KC and there isn't really shit here either. I was taking kickboxing with an independant guy and training BJJ with the police academy. I know theres a division of ATT in columbia missouri. I wish there was a more complete MMA training center located in the midwest. Would be totally kickass.
JasperRealtor
2/5/07 2:21:48AM
I feel everyone's pain. I live in southern Indiana and it seems like all we have here is karate.
disorderlyvision
4/5/07 1:38:32PM
i live in northeast missouri, and you are lucky if you can find something other than tai kwon do around here
bayonetxwork
4/5/07 5:39:37PM

Posted by Gladiator

ya i would love to learn some kickboxing, but it seems like u never know what ur going to get with all these tae-go and aerobic kickboxing classes and gyms around. Theres a muy-thai place in my city im thinking about joining... and thats about as close as it gets



I tell everyone to start out with boxing, or traditional kickboxing before stepping up to Muay Thai. Muay Thai(atleast for me, and a lot of other people I've talked to) is much much more of a commitment. Start off with something that focuses more on technique like boxing/kickboxing, and then when you think you're ready step on over to the thai bags. The main difference I've experienced/heard is that Muay Thai is basically a much higher level of intensity because they incorporate a lot of cardio into the workouts as well.

Check out the local kickboxing gym, find out what they offer. But don't join any of that tae-bo or cardio kickboxing stuff. Thats for what exactly it says, cardio. They don't stress technique, and you most likely won't do ANY live sparring, which gets you nowhere. Hope it helps.
Gladiator
4/6/07 12:23:23AM
actually ive got good news for anybody else in wichita, KS theres actually a place here called The Dog Pound that is a gym specifically built for boxing, jiu-jitsu, and MMA purposes. i was just there last week and its a really nice facility, they have lots of trainers and classes for each disipline except muy-thai right now. im going to join later this month but i dont know if i should start off with MMA first or just learn some basic boxing, im not exactly sure what the MMA class teaches but i imagine it covers ground and standup. anyone in the area should definitely check it out, if its your first time there u get a pass for 2 free sessions, they have sparring three times a week and a competetive MMA league, they sponser the Chaos in the Colloseum events.
thunder1030
4/14/07 8:49:55AM
if you can't find anything local, grab some friends and roll. alot of these mma gyms have started from nothing but some guys wanting to roll. rolling is 1 thing getting good instruction is another. find someplace you could travel to on weekend and get run over. take techinque home and teach partners. But striking i would find a gym, learn from a pro good habit, good tech.
ncordless
4/25/07 11:05:19PM
Anyone looking in the midwest need look no further than Iowa. There are at least 10 different MMA training acadamies. I will try to get info on them all and post.

One that I know of if you are really serious is MFS. I know a couple people that have trained with Militich and if you want it bad enough it can happen.
minime_moomey
7/18/07 7:00:40AM
Im a little distance from you guys (Emporia Kansas), but I have encountered the same problem. So I am currently in the process of trying to open a facility here...Granted it isnt going to be HUGE (at least early on ) but we are going to host fights and stuff. PM me if you are interested in me keeping you posted. It would be awesome to draw fighters from your area! Also, if anyone knows any trainers in specific disciplines that are looking to teach classes, give me a pm!
Violentcuv
7/18/07 12:26:54PM

Posted by Brick

A bit far from the area you are describing, perhaps, but MMA gyms are thriving in Ohio. There are quite a few in Columbus alone. We also have several events per year, both amateur and pro. I just participated in my first Octagon fight on 1/27 in Columbus and it was a blast.




What promotion did you fight for??

Bo Kimly's??
Hammerhouse??
NAAFS??
Sam_Rothstein
4/29/08 4:56:01PM
Yeah im not sure what all is in kansas

I know illinois, minnesota and iowa all have very good trainers and facilities available but im not sure kansas
The_Notorious_ZIG
5/7/08 12:49:37PM
I lived in Columbus for about 9 years. A couple of friends of mine used to fight in Bo Kimly's events at Promo West Pavilion (called something else now) back in like 2002 and 2003. It was great time watching those guys fight. I can definitely attest that MMA is HUGE in Ohio and has been for a while.

I live in NC now and the state recently passed a law and started allowing MMA events. I went to Ruckus in the Cage in Charlotte a couple weeks ago. It was a very good ametuer event and the skill level was higher than I thought it would be. Looking forward to many more shows in NC.

I know nothing about Kansas though.
hate4thestate
2/11/10 8:27:51PM
i live in central indiana. dont know much about indianapolis but sure theres stuff there. i know there is a gracie barra place here in kokomo. i know there is some stuff in lafyette too. i know theres a couple orgs that have events around here too.
Gladiator
2/23/10 1:12:39AM
Wow i actually forgot about this thread, but since starting it i have found several gyms in the area. Anyone in the Wichita, KS area should try out Jan-Jira Muay Thai, thats where im training now. Laselva MMA is another good place in town and laselva is an affiliate of the Noguerias.

other good places ive found

Nogueria fight team in Tulsa, OK
Jeff Heines Combative Concepts Webb City, MO
Bushido MMA Irvin, TX
Danny Alvarez BJJ Arlington, TX
Extreme Couture Kansas City, MO
jgtribbett
3/1/10 1:07:51AM
i'm not reading any other post.. MMA in the midwest? should be really easy to find. i mean. a lot of big names are from the midwest and damn.. everyone wrestles.. and then gets into mma after college or high school. your problem will be finding the school for you, not just finding a school
Gladiator
3/4/10 7:04:12PM

Posted by jgtribbett

i'm not reading any other post.. MMA in the midwest? should be really easy to find. i mean. a lot of big names are from the midwest and damn.. everyone wrestles.. and then gets into mma after college or high school. your problem will be finding the school for you, not just finding a school



Well in my defense, as starter of this thread, i made this thread 3 years ago and mma was not as popular then. Anytime i would ask about MMA people would give me a blank stare and say "you mean ultimate fighting?" Since i started this thread a bjj black belt has opened a gym 10 min from my house, a branch of team nogueria established one in a town an hour away, a muay thai/boxing gym expanded their place and set up a new one 5 min from my house, and several wannabe mma classes are being offered in gyms all across town. this thread has served its original purpose for me and hopefully new comers as well, even though im sure nobody will have trouble finding a place to train anywhere in the midwest nowadays.
LinkFC
4/27/10 9:52:10PM
As others have said there are good places to train in Wichita now. I train at LaselvaMMA and I am very happy with the gym. BJJ is taught by Marcio Laselva who is a black belt under Roberto Tozi. There are a number of high level belts that train at LaselvaMMA and there is close to 100 guys in BJJ alone.

Kickboxing is taught by Marcio Navarro is who a black belt with training in traditional kickboxing and MT kickboxing. Marcio is an MMA fighter and is an undefeated kickboxing champion.

The boxing team at LaselvaMMA is taught by Coach Pappin. Coach has over 30 years of coaching experience and routinely has golden gloves champions training with him.

There are also a fitness class and kid’s bjj, kickboxing, and wrestling offered. Classes are held in the morning and the evening.

MMA is another option in the gym with Eric Payne, Marcio Navarro, and Marshall Manning being the main guys representing the gym but there are a number of guys gearing up to fight.

In June, LaselvaMMA will be moving to a new 20,000 sq foot gym. I highly recommend that everyone check at all options in town before picking your MMA gym, but it is hard to beat what they offer at LaselvaMMA.

More info at LaselvaMMA
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