BJJ – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu jitsu is a highly effective combat and self defense system employing extensive ground techniques in order to submit or incapacitate ones opponent. Stemming from Japanese roots it rose to prominence in Brazil in the 20th century due to its evolution and refinement by the Gracie family. This evolution was based on the real world application of all techniques both standing and on the ground.
The overall fighting strategy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is designed to equip a physically smaller or weaker individual with an effective method of defending against a larger and stronger attacker. BJJ also has the most developed methods of fighting while on one's back, a position weaker fighters will often find themselves when attacked.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is arguably the fundamental art in any mixed martial arts training regimen as it has subjected itself to challenge from all other martial arts with incredible success.
Muay Thai/K1 Kickboxing
Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is a stand-up striking art based on martial techniques developed and practiced in Thailand. Along with very powerful kicking techniques it also employs extensive clinching techniques and takedown methods. When blended with the speed and power of western boxing techniques the hybrid forms one of the major pillars of Mixed Martial Arts training. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.
Muay Thai is often referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs", because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact". The intense nature of training makes it an excellent form of training both for overall fitness, and combat readiness.
Boxing is one of the oldest forms of self defense or combat. The sport itself involves the use of your hands and footwork to evade or attack your opponent. Our boxing program incorporates functional boxing movements and techniques.
It is designed for all levels from beginner to advanced.
Wrestling is an Olympic combat sport involving grappling style techniques such as clinch fighting, throws, and takedowns. Wrestling represents one of the oldest forms of combat and is an important part of mixed martial art training.
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts): MMA is a full contact combat sport which combines striking and grappling techniques from a variety of other combat sports.
At Evolve, MMA instruction focuses on the development of fundamental skills through training in different combative arts. These skills are then refined into an effective MMA style using transitional techniques and strategies best suited to each individual.
T'ai Chi Ch'uan
T’ai chi ch’uan is a martial art practiced for both its self defense training as well as its health benefits. Medical research has found evidence that T’ai chi is helpful in improving balance, flexibility and overall physical and psychological health. At Evolve classes will focus on either the soft style through the practice of the various forms and also the martial style which incorporates the “pushing hands” training technique. The martial classes on the schedule are referred to as T’ai Kung (Kung Fu).
Strength & Conditioning
In these classes we use a variety of methods performing functional movements at high intensity, giving you a comprehensive full-body workout.
Classes are instructor led and peer driven, providing an excellent mixture of individual coaching and group motivation. Workouts are constantly varied and unique, ensuring you always make progress. From beginner to advanced, workouts are geared to each individual’s level of conditioning so they always remain challenging!
Women’s Cardio Kickboxing/Boxing
This program is a women’s only program combining traditional boxing and kickboxing techniques in a one hour class, designed to burn fat and build lean muscle. Each class is broken down into three parts. The first part is not your average aerobics class as we have instructors that work with you one-on-one in a hand pad setting.
The second section includes more cardiovascular movements and core training exercises to help you achieve a lean and strong build. The last is a strength training section designed to help you increase your metabolism and improve your overall fitness. All this in a fun, personal environment that will keep you coming back again and again.
Our Child and Youth Programs are offered in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing for ages 6-13 (mature teens are specially integrated into our adult programs). BJJ and Muay Thai will teach your child the fundamentals of both striking, and grappling to compete in sport or for self defense, as well increase their physical fitness and personal confidence.
We also offer a 3 week MMA summer day camp focusing on Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Olympic Wrestling in cooperation with the Brock Junior Badgers Wrestling Development team.
Private Coaching/Personal Training
When it comes to achieving specific goals, nothing beats private coaching/personal training. Whether you’re looking for extra help to get started, lose weight, increase strength, improve your technique, prepare for an event, or just need something that better fits your schedule, this may be the option for you.
Inquire by e-mail, phone, or in person at the front desk!!
Judo is an Olympic sport that uses timing, strategy, and tactics in the execution of throwing and grappling techniques. Can be studied on its own as a means of fitness and self defense or to round out ones study of mixed martial arts.