So for the past two weeks I have been training MMA at Fairfax Jiu Jitsu, which is listed as being in Herndon but is more like Chantilly.
I have been very happy so far with the training that I have received. The head coach is a guy by the name of Bill Easlick, great coach. His strength is in the clinch which to me is a fascinating spot in the fight game and I ave gotten some great tips from him on some greco-roman clinch basics which I was wanting to get instruction in for a long time.
The facility is great. Lots of mat space and mats on the walls for training in cage tactics something which I believe to be very important in MMA competition because like the wearing the Gi vs No-Gi, fighting in a cage and fighting in a ring are much different since the entire fence can be used as a weapon to pin ones opponent as opposed to just the four corners of the ring which is still not the same.
They have a number of banana bags (the 6 ft heavy bags) in a separate mat area away from regular mats so that individuals can warm up and use the bags when another class is in session.
They have a full pro shop as well. Interestingly enough one of the owners of Fairfax Jiu Jitsu also owns NHB gear. A long established brand of MMA gear that’s been around since 1998.
MMA classes always start up to Bas Ruttens MMA workout. If your no familiar with this than that consists of 2 or 3 minute rounds of Bas Rutten calling out different combination’s, sprawls and a nice mixture of other calisthenics. After the warm up the rest of the class is around a specific technique within a specific fighting range, so either striking, clinching or grappling (other than sparring days). After doing the technique some partner exercises incorporating what you’ve learned are done, to really drill in the information you’ve just gotten. I really like that system since then each week has its focus and every three weeks you’ve covered all ranges of combat.
The students range from beginner to professional so its a good mix of training partners you get each class. the classes have between a dozen and twenty people and often the fighters get separated from the rest of the class to work on soemthing separate.
If one wants to learn MMA for fun, train to compete or look for a new gym to continue a professional career Fairfax Jiu Jitsu is a good place to check out.
MMA classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Friday being a sparring day. Sunday is open mat.