I don't like the idea of being punched in the face, is there an alternative class for me?
There is no reason to be concerned. With boxing/kickboxing no one goes 100% in sparring. Plus, with all the pads, you will be okay. We have two courses: Pro-Am and Fitness. for the fitness side: train like a fighter without any of the risks by punching pads and doing drills on punching bags along with a good dose of cardio drills. Pro-Am side; if you want to peruse a career in the ring, we will get you fit and ready, at first you may not be used to taking punches or kicks at first, but in time it won't even phase you. The option is yours.
BJJ is also very safe, and in sessions half the class is learning techniques and just practicing them slowly and safely, while the other half is about free rolling. The only way to get hurt as a beginner in BJJ is by trying to be a hero and not tapping out when you get caught in a technique.
With wrestling, it's all about technique to get people to the ground. If you are afraid of breaking something while getting wrestled to the ground, then you are in luck. You will be taught how to fall safely.
There really is no more risk in MMA than in any other sport. I would say MMA is way safer, because our instructors are consciously trying to keep our clients from getting hurt. Watch the classes and see how supportive the other participants are of each other and you will ultimately decide whether it's for you or not.
Most importantly, follow your passions! You never know where it can take you
Will I need to fight in the ring when I join
That is your choice the majority of students who join want to do fitness only, and there are allocated classes for fitness only. If you do want to compete, there are amateur and Pro circuits. We compete in MMA, K-1, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing tournaments. You can get your WP and national colours, for K-1, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Boxing, and even compete internationally.
I'm Interested, how do I join?
You are welcome to give the gym a call on 072 858 7030 and have one of our team members talk you through the packages and process. Once signed up and payment is confirmed, you are to join us on an orientation of the gym and dojo facilities (compulsory before joining a class). This orientation takes place every Saturday at 10:30 sharp.
Tips To Help You Get Started In MMA Training
There are two kinds of MMA athletes – those that train for fun and those that train as a career. No matter which kind you’d class yourself as, everyone has to start somewhere. Whether you already know that you want to go on to be an MMA fighter or you’d just like to use it as a way to build muscle, knowing how to start is the key.
Follow these top 10 training tips to get yourself started:
4.) Always stretch
MMA isn’t just about strength; flexibility also plays a big part in this discipline. Stretching after your MMA workouts can help to improve your flexibility, and it’s likely to become one of the easiest parts of your training. You’ll need to keep at it though, as skipping your stretching can quickly put you right back where you started.
3.) Be honest
If you do decide to keep at it, you’ll need to be open and honest about your fitness levels. Your trainer will need to know precisely where you need to begin; otherwise you might end up harming yourself. Don’t worry about being embarrassed – as mentioned, everybody has to start somewhere.
5.) Forget about bodybuilding
Bodybuilding and MMA do not mix. While you do need a high level of strength in order to overpower opponents in the ring, being too built up can drastically limit yourself. Bodybuilding and MMA use completely different techniques, with MMA being fluid and bodybuilding being static and single-jointed. You’ll still need to do some weight training when doing MMA, but you should forget about attained the same kind of bulging muscles as professional weightlifters.
6.) Work on your core
By training your core you’ll be able to increase the power of your punches and kicks. This is because your core is the centre of your being; it’s where all of your strength comes from in the first place. Try hanging leg raises, sit up punches, plank rolls and other core exercises to build up your strength.
7.) Eat the right foods
An MMA fighter’s diet needs to be high in protein, fat and carbohydrates. You’ll need
to take nutritional supplements to increase your protein intake, and make sure you’re
consuming enough calories per day to sustain your training levels. Eat foods such as:
8.) Be patient
Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, you won’t become an MMA fighter overnight. The worst thing you could possibly do would be to rush into your training and begin doing exercises that are above your ability level. You should always push yourself, but understand that it takes time to build muscle, strength and flexibility.
9.) Get some rest
Getting enough rest following a workout is key to building your strength up. Your body needs time to rejuvenate after a high impact workout; otherwise the muscles you’ve focused on won’t get a chance to build up.
10.) Know your weaknesses
And finally, always understand what your weaknesses are in order to better yourself. Regularly reassess your workout regime so that you can switch and change it depending on which parts of the body you need to work on. Be modest enough to admit to yourself where you need help, and ask for advice from fellow MMA fighters if you think you need some assistance.
Getting into MMA can be a awesome challenge, especially if you’ve got no idea where to start. With perseverance and continued effort though, you’ll be able to notice the improvements in your body and you will surprise yourself.
Do Females join in classes as well?
Yes there are a number of Ladies training at our gym, in the Fitness, K-1, Muay Thai, Boxing BJJ and MMA Classes, but the K-1 Beat and Kickboxing classes seem to be the most popular. Most of the ladies train for fitness and toning, but we have a number of ladies who represent our gym in competitions, and we produce champions who are among the best fighters in South Africa, and have the option to compete internationally as well.
Do I need to be Fit to join?
No, we cater do all levels of fitness. We offer among the best beginner classes in the region where we carefully monitor your technique and performance and give individual attention to your unique needs so you will never be treated with a "one solution fits all' approach
What do I wear to Class - Do I need a uniform?
Upon joining a class for the first time, comfortable, loose fitting clothes can be worn. We train barefoot in the dojo and require the students to bring a sweat towel and water bottle. After two (2) weeks, the new member is required to purchase a uniform according to the discipline(s) he/she choose. The uniforms can be bought at the dojo shop on Saturdays and they are as follows:
Kyokushin Karate: Kyokushin Karate Gi/Dogi with corresponding level belt (if prior experienced, kindly produce certificate for current level obtained)
Kickboxing: kickboxing shorts / Karate Gi/Dogi pants, Lethal Edge MMA T-shirt / Lethal Edge MMA vest
Boxing: boxing shorts, Lethal Edge MMA T-shirt / Lethal Edge MMA vest
MMA: MMA shorts / Karate Gi/Dogi pants, Lethal Edge MMA T-shirt / Lethal Edge MMA vest
Krav Maga: black Karate Gi/Dogi pants, Lethal Edge MMA T-shirt / Lethal Edge MMA vest
Cardio Cross-Fit: kickboxing/boxing shorts, black Karate Gi/Dogi pants, Lethal Edge MMA T-shirt / Lethal Edge MMA vest
Brazilian Jiu - Jitsu: for MMA as well as BJJ on its own a GI is needed for the sportive side
Uniforms, Shin-pads, MMA/Boxing/Kickboxing Gloves, Mouth Guards, Head Guards,
Hand Wraps, Ankle/Knee Guards also for sale at our in-house Dojo Pro Shop
How do I purchase uniform and sports equipment/sports nutrition products from your dojo pro shop
To purchase any items supplied in the "Shop" section, you are welcome to visit the Dojo Pro Shop located at the Lethal Edge MMA dojo/gym. At the Dojo Pro Shop, fill in your details and product codes you are interested in our order book. We will furnish you with our banking and will await your Electronic Funds Transfer confirmation before ordering your goods. Please ensure that you use your surname and number of items purchased as your reference. The goods will be ready for collection at the shop within 2 - 5 working days.
Is our program right for you?
YES. No matter what your specific goals are, we have programs that will completely fit your needs. Do you just want to get in shape? Do you want to compete? Do you want to become a Champion in the Martial Arts? Do you want to push yourself to new limits? Do you want to actually reach your full potential? D Do you want to learn self-defence?
Whatever your personal goals are, our instructors will bend over backwards to help you accomplish them.
Does the gym promote a Family Environment for training ?
We pride ourselves on having a family environment at our dojo.
Our dojo has classes for the entire family. Even family members that don’t train at our school come out and support our competitors.
What are Kick boxing / K-1 classes?
Those students who want to mix it up and learn one of the most effective stand-up fighting systems on earth, can do so here. We offer an ultimate cross-training program for students who wish to cross train in Kickboxing and Grappling.
We have classes that are fun and energetic. There are specific classes designed for the general public that just wants to get a great workout, do cardio conditioning and learn self-defence. We also have separate classes for the student who wishes to actually get in the ring and compete. It does not matter what your objectives are, we will help you reach your desired goals.
Our classes are based on the K1 and Thai Boxing aspects and are presented differently. In kickboxing, there are no 'kata's or 'forms' to learn, its more based on the fitness, cardio, technique and (if pursued) fighting/tournament aspects.
So, we welcome and encourage you to seek the benefits of this modern and inclusive form of fitness, self-defence, and sport.
What is Krav Maga ?
Krav Maga covers any type of attack and violent situation. We encourage members to ask us: "but what if this happens?". The fact is that anything is possible and being able to provide a solution to any situation (within the boundaries of realism) is essential as no two situations are the same. Some of the topics covered in our training are:
Hand-to-hand situations: defences against strikes, kicks, grabs, holds, chokes etc.
Ground fighting: including ground situations with all weapons mentioned.
Defences against handguns from any conceivable situation.
Defences against rape attempts from any conceivable situation.
Defences against knives: stabs, slashes, holds etc.
Defences against any type of long (swing) weapon: sticks, bats, bottles, swords etc.
We invite any person interested in protecting themselves and their families to attend a free, no obligation demonstration at our training facility.
What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ?
When it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you have come to the right place!
There are many different factors that play into choosing the right school. We feel that the most important factor should be getting what you pay for. What you are paying for should be first-rate instruction and a friendly environment in which to learn. When you train at Lethal Edge MMA, you will be training under highly trained instructors who go through a gruelling instructor training course with head coaches Garry "gloves off' King and Dean “Stormforce” Johnson - affiliated to Rio Grappling club under Master Roberto Atalla. Customer service is one of our main priorities. Whatever you need, our staff will be there to assist you.
One thing that separates our Dojo from all of the others is that we have a specialized system (curriculum) that we teach. This system is one of the secrets to our team’s success. Most Dojo’s have no curriculum and basically the instructors teach whatever may pop into their heads each night for class. We believe in setting short-, intermediate- and long-term goals, and then putting a plan in place to reach each of these goals.
Also Team Lethal Edge MMA doesn’t just concentrate on helping students develop their skills technically and physically, but also MENTALLY!
is Grappling is way to hard ?
Most people think grappling is WAY TO HARD and are hesitant to give it a try. This is the furthest thing from the truth. It is a misconception that people often think that if they come to learn that someone is going to throw them into the Extreme Fighting Championships. WRONG!
Grappling is FUN first and foremost and does not require any previous experience. Anyone can do it; big people, small people, young people, older people, flexible people, non-flexible people, experienced people, non-experienced people, ANYONE.
If you have ever thought that Martial Arts training may be for you, I would urge you to come in and see our program for yourself. I guarantee that you will absolutely love it. We can help meet any of your needs.
We would hate for you to miss out on the many benefits that our students are experiencing RIGHT NOW just because you are a little hesitant to give it a TRY. However, If that is the case, you don’t have to come in to try it, just come in to watch. Isn’t that fair?
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS - MMA
Here at Lethal Edge MMA, our Mixed Martial Arts program incorporates several different martial arts and techniques such as Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, grappling, and much more. Although MMA is a combat sport, self-control fairness and respect for your opponent and training partners is greatly enforced and emphasized in our training.
Our experienced instructors are dedicated to giving you the best training possible! Our program includes intense cardio, strength and conditioning workouts as well as drills to learn and improve striking-, kicking- and blocking techniques.
Our carefully developed curriculum allows for our students to learn at their own pace and at the same time feel as though they are progressing on their way to becoming a black belt and beyond. Here at Lethal Edge MMA, we believe becoming a black belt doesn’t just mean wearing the belt; it’s a state of mind that reflects good character which includes a positive attitude, self-control, discipline, good habits, and leadership.
KRAV MAGA - Self Defence Training
Although Krav Maga (Self Defence Training) shares many techniques with other martial arts, such as karate, boxing, savate, kick boxing, Jiu Jitsu, judo, kobudo and wrestling, the training is often quite different. It stresses fighting under worst-case conditions or from disadvantaged positions (for example, against several opponents, when protecting someone else, with one arm unusable, when dizzy, or against armed opponents).
BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU - BJJ
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defence system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century.
Lethal Edge MMA’s Boxing coaches will work you into shape utilizing jump rope, pad work, heavy bags, and sparring. Lethal Edge MMA trains both professional and amateur fighters so you can be rest assured that the technique and workouts you will learn are the same as the Pros’.
CARDIO FITNESS BOOTCAMPS FOR MEN / WOMEN
LEARN HOW TO reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, increase eye/body co-ordination, increase strength, stamina/flexibility, learn humility and respect, BURN BODY FAT & STAY IN SHAPE!
It doesn’t matter what your objective is, we will help you reach your desired goals. We welcome and encourage you to seek the benefits of this modern and inclusive form of fitness, self-defence and sport.
COMBAT ELITE FIGHT TEAM
The Fight Team Program is for the Combat Athlete looking to take their game and skills to the next level. Any student who wishes to compete will be given the tools to do so and compete for our Fight Team. We strive for excellence on the Fight Team and all we ask you to do is give it 100%! As a member of our Fight Team, you will train with some of the Nation’s top coaches and athletes. You will train side-by-side with top professional and amateur fighters. You will truly see why our team is considered a leader in high performance training.
BULLY PROOF YOUR KIDS - SIGN UP NOW
Our Kids Kyokushin Karate program can and will help your children increase their confidence, self-esteem, and discipline, while teaching them skills that will last them a lifetime. You must come see our program for yourself. It will be the best thing you have ever done for your children.
PERSONAL FITNESS COACHING
Lethal Edge MMA’s Personal Training is unmatched by any other personal training sessions you have ever experienced before. Our private sessions will challenge you, motivate you to push yourself to a level you never before thought you were capable of reaching and leave you feeling amazing about your accomplishments. Our Personal Trainers will give you the tools you need to get in the best shape of your life by constantly encouraging you on your journey to a healthier and more energized lifestyle.