Mixed Martial Arts

 

Our MMA training is broad, offering both mixed martial arts classes and training in single-discipline sports like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, or boxing. Instructors at Tri-Force MMA have real championship experience, and so each discipline has been adapted to maximize its value. Besides striking, our MMA classes also focus on the fundamentals: balance, proper form, footwork, and strategy. We’ll teach you how to analyze your opponent and maintain your composure when the going gets rough. No matter your experience level, you can take your training to the next level. It all starts right here in Pawtucket.

 
 

 
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Overview

Our MMA program is about balance, and Tri-Force MMA is about helping you achieve your goals. If your mission is to compete, win championships, and be in the spotlight, our professional instructors can help you. If you just want to get in shape, lose weight, and learn practical self-defense skills from the best, you’re just as welcome as top-tier athletes.

Our commitment is to you, which means we’ll support you in your journey:

  • Slim down and gain muscle

  • Create sustainable and healthy weight loss

  • Build a better, stronger sense of self

  • Learn to defend yourself and your loved ones

Which classes are right for me?

We encourage our members to train all disciplines, but we have many that love one single discipline so much that they utilize all of their training time to do what they love the most. You can choose your path and we’ll always be there to support you through your journey, which can change at any time!

 

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

 
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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling based martial art that was developed with the intention of equalizing the playing field for the smaller person in the fight. It focuses on leverage and physics to allow the smaller fighter to control a much larger and more aggressive opponent. It is an excellent self defense martial art, but also plays a very big role in modern day MMA. On top of that, it is also a rising sport on its own. Many choose Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as their primary martial art because of the longevity it can provide. There are masters within the BJJ world well into their 70s and 80s that are still able to practice regularly.

We offer Gi and No Gi Jiu-Jitsu classes for all levels of experience. Whether you're looking for a fun, healthy hobby or you desire to compete at the highest levels we've got you covered. Our head instructors are active in the Jiu-Jitsu community and have studied under Tim Burrill and Carlos Machado to earn their black belts. Our classes include wrestling techniques, traditional takedowns, transitions, sweeps, escapes, and submissions. We spend plenty of time drilling and even more time rolling to get real experience grappling with real grapplers. We have students of all shapes and sizes and welcome anyone willing to learn!

What should I bring to class?

The sport of BJJ is practiced in both a traditional Gi or Kimono and without the Gi (No Gi).

For a Gi class please bring:

  • Gi and belt (Tri-Force Kimonos and belts available for purchase)

  • A sports mouth guard

  • Groin protection (males)

  • Water bottle (we have a water cooler available for free!)

    ***If you are on your trial week you can just wear shorts or tight fitting athletic pants with a t-shirt***

    No-GI Class:

  • Shorts or tight fitting athletic pants

  • Tight fitting t-shirt or athletic shirt

  • Sports mouth guard

  • Groin protection (males)

  • Water bottle

 

Muay Thai and Boxing

 
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Muay Thai is a striking based martial art founded in the 18th century and is the national sport of Thailand. It consists of striking with the hands, elbows, knees, and feet which have led it to be called “The Art of Eight Limbs.” It’s heavily used in modern MMA, but just like BJJ it is also a sport with a large following on its own. Boxing is also a striking based combat sport where only the hands are used as weapons. Boxing dates back to as early as 688 BC where it was officially declared an Olympic sport in Greece.

We offer classes for both boxing and Muay Thai. These classes are not designed for anyone to just get “beat up.” We practice specific techniques in controlled situations where nobody gets hurt at all. This allows the development of proper defense and coordination to avoid injuries. We typically have light sparring at the very end of class, but nobody is required to participate. The “light sparring” is meant for everyone to become comfortable with striking and to further develop coordination. It’s more playful than it is actual fighting. Again, the key here is injury avoidance. Once an athlete is deemed ready by both the coach and the athlete they can move on to our more advanced sparring classes.

What should I bring to class?

For a Muay Thai or MMA Striking class please bring:

  • Shorts or tight fitting athletic pants

  • Tight fitting t-shirt or athletic shirt

  • 16 oz boxing gloves (men) 12-14 oz (women)

  • Hand wraps (optional)

  • Striking shin guards

  • A sports mouth guard

  • Groin protection (males)

  • Water bottle (we have a water cooler available for free!)

    Boxing:

  • Shorts or tight fitting athletic pants

  • Tight fitting t-shirt or athletic shirt

  • 16 oz boxing gloves (men) 12-14 oz (women)

  • Hand wraps (optional)

  • A sports mouth guard

  • Groin protection (males)

  • Water bottle (we have a water cooler available for free!)

    *We have used equipment available*

 

Mixed Martial Arts

 
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What happens when all martial arts are allowed within a single sporting event? What martial art is actually the most effective? These questions are what led to the development of modern Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The question of which martial art is best has never fully been answered, but it is certain that the most well rounded athlete will likely be the victor. This is why MMA is our passion. We want to help you develop into a holistic martial artist. One that sees the beauty of all techniques and strategies and aims to combine each while seamlessly transitioning between them during combat. A true mixed martial artist isn’t uncertain about any situation that can arise in combat because he or she has trained it all.

Our MMA classes are designed to explore the pros and cons of each individual martial art. We use controlled scenarios to avoid injury and allow everyone to learn at their own pace. Drilling techniques that often end up combining multiple martial arts is often the focus of these classes.

What should I bring to class?

MMA Class:

  • Shorts or tight fitting athletic pants

  • Tight fitting t-shirt or athletic shirt

  • 4 - 7 oz MMA gloves

  • Hand wraps (optional)

  • Striking shin guards

  • A sports mouth guard

  • Groin protection (males)

  • Water bottle (we have a water cooler available for free!)

    *We have loaner equipment available*