Is there a fee for signing up with your gym?
No, there are no fees for joining or terminating a membership at our gym.
Is there a contract?
No, we offer all monthly memberships on a month-to-month basis. Monthly memberships are set up to automatically charge your credit/debit card monthly (recurring). You will have to sign a waiver.
What is a recurring membership?
All monthly memberships are set up to automatically charge your credit or debit card on the same day as your initial purchase date. For example, if you bought a membership on April 16, 2020, you will be charged every month on the 16th of the month. We do this so that we do not have to collect the membership fee from each member individually.
I bought a prepaid membership (3, 6, or 12-month membership). Will my membership be automatically renewed?
No, prepaid memberships are not automatically renewed. You will need to purchase a new membership when your prepaid membership expires.
Do I need to be physically fit to join a program?
Not at all! You will practice at a level that is appropriate for your age and condition. By doing this, you will gain endurance and breathe easier.
Can my five-year-old start training?
Five is a perfect age to start training because the child will develop a natural lifelong regimen for health and fitness.
Do I have to be a fighter to join this gym?
No, you don’t have to be a fighter or want to fight to begin the wonderful fulfilling journey of martial arts. Being an MMA fighter is only desired by very few and less than 5% of members want to be fighters at most mixed martial arts gyms. Most folks that join want to learn to defend themselves, pick up a new hobby, or find something challenging that can bring fulfillment to their life.
Will I have to get punched and kicked in class?
No, Jiu-Jitsu classes won’t including any striking, although you will learn where you can strike in different ground positions for self-defense purposes. Jiu-Jitsu as a sport does not allow any striking in competition. In Muay Thai there will be optional sparring days, but the main classes will mostly be pad, bag, and footwork including drills. MMA classes will have simulated strikes at half intensity.
What is American Jiu-Jitsu?
American Jiu-Jitsu is the combination of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, and wrestling all designed to be effective on the mat, ring, or a real-life situation. Head instructor Tom Gallicchio is a second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under former UFC title challenger Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. Coach Tom was an All-District wrestler in New Jersey where he extensively trained in Catch Wrestling and engineered MMA.
What is Catch Wrestling?
Catch Wrestling is a submission wrestling style invented in Europe.
How long will it take to earn a Black Belt?
Unlike most martial arts, earning a new rank in Jiu-Jitsu takes a long time to perfect your skills. Earning a black belt can take anywhere from 8 to 12 years. Earning one all depends on how often you are in class, being attentive, practicing, and developing your skills. Of course, winning Jiu-Jitsu tournaments doesn’t hurt either!
Why is Militia Mixed Martial Arts and American Jiu-Jitsu better than other academies?
We have an airtight professional system that has been proven on the world’s highest stages in MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. Many folks that train under Coach Tom are lower rank belts that will be able to beat higher-ranked opponents.
What type of gear do I need for the classes?
Jiu-Jitsu will require a clean washed BJJ GI.
No-Gi submission wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu will require shorts and a T-shirt or rash guard.
Muay Thai kickboxing will require 16 oz boxing gloves and shin pads. We supply the pads and bags.
The Fitness class will require a pair of boxing gloves.
We sell all the personal gear needed for classes.
How do I compete on an amateur level?
To become an amateur fighter, you must attend class regularly prove your ability on the mat or during one of our amateur team tryouts
How do I make it to the UFC or become a professional fighter?
The sport itself is called mixed martial arts MMA. To become a professional MMA fighter, you must have an extensive amateur fight career and Coach Tom’s approval. Once you make it up the ranks Coach Tom will make the calls to get the appropriate fights throughout your career from an amateur to the highest level. Coach Tom has made a lot of connections and will help you navigate the MMA world to make the most out of your professional fighting career.