Common Questions

Who do you teach?
We offer Programs for Kids, Adults & Women Only! Anyone can train at the Clinch Academy. You do NOT need to be a fighter or competitor. Our programs are catered to everyone whether you want to learn self-defense, compete, fight, get in shape, gain focus and discipline or just want to have fun with a bunch of friends!

What do you Teach?
We teach Self-Defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the cornerstone of Mixed Martial Arts. Back in 1992 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) first began and had No Rules, No Time Limits and No weight classes, Royce Gracie shocked the world when he took on guys almost twice his size and was able to submit them time and time again practically without getting a scratch on him!  
Why was Royce able to do this? The answer is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu! 
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teaches you how to overcome opponents much bigger than you using technique and leverage and not size and strength. Don't get me wrong, size and strength helps when it comes to competition where everyone knows brazilian jiu-jitsu but when it comes down to Martial Art vs. Martial Art or self-defense, Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu has proven itself for over 20 years in the US and over 90 years in Brazil to be the most efficient and dominant Martial Art out there. That is why the Police Academies, Military and Special Forces all train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!  
 Not only is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) a great Self-Defense art but it is also one of the fastest growing sports in the world right now. BJJ competition is continuously growing and evolving. The sport has gained so much interest and people are competing all over the world!  
BJJ is also an incredible way to get and stay in shape. It has to be one of the most disguised ways to get in shape. You have so much fun while doing it you don't realize until the class is over that you just had an incredible workout. You are constantly working your whole body every time you practice. You will literally find muscles you never knew you had!

Mixed Martial Arts or MMA started out in America as a no rules or time limits contest called the Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC that pitted various martial arts styles against one another to prove which were the best in hand to hand combat. Back then the term for this type of fighting was No Holds Barred or NHB. In this type of fighting environment, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu proved time and time again to easily overcome and defeat the other Martial Arts. The Brazilians were very familiar with this type of fighting as they held these type of events in Brazil for about 70 years before bringing it to the USA. Royce Gracie was the first to represent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the United States and this new art left American fighters puzzled. Royce was able to defeat guys almost twice his size by taking them down to the ground and using his grappling techniques to eliminate his opponents strikes and then submit them with a choke or joint lock.

World class Olympic wrestlers also began to study these martial arts and enter the U.F.C. events. They saw that the grappling of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was so effective and thought that they also could use their wrestling to win. Wrestlers didn't have very strong submission skills but began to use what we call ground n' pound to win their matches. Wrestlers would take you down and get you in positions where they could hit you until you gave up or got knocked out.

In time, other martial artists began studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling to add to their striking arts. This allowed for them to defend take downs better and utilize their striking skills again. Eventually,  both good Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu artist and a good Wrestler were each knocked out by head kicks and the strikers began to realize that if they learned enough BJJ and wrestling to defend the take downs and submissions, they could start implementing their strikes again. Muay Thai Kickboxing proved to be one of the most effective stand-up arts partially because of it's familiarity with the clinch which is also used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. Muay Thai also had an effective use of knees and elbows which are used in close range.

So Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling and Kickboxing proved to be the cream of the crop when it came to hand to hand combat. People began to mix these 3 martial arts and train in them to become Mixed Martial Artists. This is where the term mixed martial arts comes from. It is a mix of the best martial arts all in one. After the NHB scene went through some hard times with the boxing commission, more and more rules and regulations were added for fighter safety. Now MMA is a safely regulated mainstream sanctioned sport which is growing faster than any sport in the world. It is a great art to learn for fitness, self-defense or of course professional fighting if you desire.
Our Self-Defense Program is also our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Foundations Program. We believe that whether you ultimately want to learn BJJ or MMA that Self-Defense should always be the Cornerstone of the arts. As you read above BJJ which is the cornerstone of MMA is known for its true effectiveness in self-defense and that is why it was so effective in MMA as well. Our self-defense program is known as "Practical Fight Combatives". This class teaches you how to effectively defend yourself using the High Percentage moves of BJJ and MMA. The High Percentage moves are the moves that tend to be used the most due to their effectiveness. You learn all the techniques you need to know in order to go from White to Blue Belt in BJJ as well as a Rock Solid MMA foundation!

Our Fitness Only classes are High Intensity Interval Training or H.I.I.T.. workouts. These classes teach you all you need in order to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. They also help you push your self and work hard in order to reach your goals and push your limits! Learn more about our fitness Programs here:

Do Women take the BJJ and MMA classes?
Yes. Women do attend these classes. The classes are mainly men but we do have women and encourage women to attend them. Primarily the women tend to like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The "Practical Fight Combatives" Class is also great for women!

Do I need to be fit, athletic and coordinated to take these classes?
No. That is a great benefit of taking these classes. They help you to become, fit, athletic and coordinated!  

What do you teach the kids?
We teach the kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and/or Mixed Martial Arts. They can train in either program. Both of these programs teach the children how to defend themselves properly and effectively. They also have a focus on discipline and good character development.

We do not teach the kids to be violent or prideful but humble and self-controlled. Martial Arts is a serious study and our job is to help your kids grow in confidence but NOT in EGO!

What age do the kids start?
We have 3 age groups for the children.
Our Lil' Warriors program is for ages 4-5
Our Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts Programs are for ages 6-12.                                                 Our Teens class is from ages 13-16.

What do you teach the Adults?
We also teach the Adults Self-Defense, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and/or Mixed Martial Arts.  

What are the Women Only classes?
Our women only classes are currently Fitness Boot Camps that generally run in 8-12 week sessions.   

What age do the Adult Programs Start?
Our adult programs start at age 14 and we have had students up to age 60 in the class.

Am I going to get hurt?
No one here has the goal in mind of hurting anyone. Our goal is to provide a friendly & safe training environment for everyone. Just as in any sport or physical practice there are some bumps and bruises that go along with it but we separate & reserve the heavy competitive training for ONLY those who are interested.

Are Beginners Welcome?
Of Course! Our Programs are designed to ease the beginner in the right way and to make sure you are learning the material you need to get a solid foundation. We welcome and encourage beginners to join!

What are the benefits of taking your classes?
The benefits are endless! Here is a list of some of the many great benefits you can reap through Martial Arts training.

Physical Benefits

  • Fitness
  • Weight Control
  • Muscle tone
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Muscular strength
  • Muscular endurance
  • Strong cardio
  • Healthier diet & lifestyle
  • More energy
  • More flexibility
  • Relaxation

Mental Benefits

  • Become goal oriented
  • Perseverance
  • Focus
  • Self-discipline
  • Leadership
  • Mental toughness
  • Strong work ethic
  • Self-confidence
  • Structure
  • Mental relaxation

Spiritual Benefits

  • Peace
  • Humility
  • Kindness
  • Awareness
  • Loyalty
  • Trust
  • Patience 
  • Self-control
  • Gentleness
  • Patience
  • Faithfulness
  • Goodness


  • Self-defense
  • Competition
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Good Reflexes
  • Martial Arts Skill

Other Benefits

  • Family
  • Friendship
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Fun hobby
  • Feel good

I could go on and on! As I said the benefits you reap from training Martial Arts at the right Academy are crazy! Why wouldn't anyone want to train in Martial Arts? You can't reap all of this from going to the gym or using the latest gimmick. It is hard to find any other sport or hobby that truly offers what Martial Arts does. In the blogs to come I want to focus in on a few of these benefits at a time and show you how Martial Arts helps you to reap and enjoy them every day!

How much does it cost?
The cost of training varies on which programs you join, how many days you train per week and which payment plan you choose. You will be consulted about our memberships during the Introductory Course.

Do you require Contracts?
No. We do also offer month to month payments.

Do you offer discounts?
Yes. Family members get 15% off the normal tuition. Active Military and Police officers also get 10% off.

What is your Schedule?
You can view the full schedule right here

How do I get started? 
Right Now you can get:

  • Kid & Teens can get 1 Week for FREE! Just be sure to make an appointment!
  • Adults can register for our Introductory Crash Course for straight Beginners! 8 classes for ONLY $80!

You can set up your Trial Right NOW by entering your email below. Once you enter your email, click which programs interest you the most and then check your inbox so that we can schedule your first appointment!

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