Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any additional costs for membership?
There are no hidden fees. We do not sell equipment. We maintain the integrity of the dojo by remaining transparent in our operations.
Is there an annual contract required for membership?
No. We acknowledge that life is unpredictable and make every effort to keep our programs available so that members may register at their convenience.
Are there any discounts for Seniors/Students?
No. We believe our prices are very reasonable and fully appreciate the value of our programs.
Will you charge my card automatically each month?
No. You must be present to register as a member each month.
Is there a Pay Per Class option for Group Training?
No. We do not sell classes. We sell memberships to our dojo that encourage a monthly commitment while allowing weekly flexibility.
When are membership payments due & how do I pay?
Membership payments are generally made during the first visit of each month you will be attending classes. We accept payments in the form of credit/debit cards, cash, apple pay, or google pay.
What clothing and equipment do I need to train in during classes/private lessons?
Participation in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes requires wearing a Gi & Obi, as well as a Protective Cup (Groin or Breast), and a mouth guard. (Knee pads are highly encouraged.)
Participation in Muay Thai Evolution training requires suitable workout attire (shorts/pants, shirt) & boxing gloves.
(Hand wraps are highly encouraged)
All other programs simply require suitable workout attire.
We have extra gear (gloves, wraps) as well as BJJ Gi's for members to borrow during classes if/when necessary.
All members are advised to purchase their own training attire and equipment with continued attendance.
Will I be able to train without getting hurt/injured?
This is an impossible question to answer as we do not know what will happen at any given moment in time. What we can say is that we do our best to mitigate the risks of serious injuries during training by using our intelligence and common sense while on the mats. (And hopefully off the mats as well)
Is DMA a suitable place to train if I am aiming to begin/advance a career in amateur or professional competitions (i.e. Kickboxing, Grappling, MMA)?
While our facility has served as a supplementary gym for both amateur and professional kick-boxers/grapplers/mixed martial artists, competition is not a priority of our members or our staff.
We believe our programs are beneficial to anyone looking to improve as a martial artist/athlete. However, we do not emphasize the environment that is ideal for competition and recommend our programs for different goals.
Do you offer Women’s Self Defense programs?
No. Our training is for everyone who is willing to explore how human beings train martial arts & fitness.
What type(s) of martial art do you teach/train? What is the style?
The programs at Darwin Martial Arts are a unique mix of techniques & concepts, inspired by various disciplines from around the world including, but not limited to, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Savate, Wing Chun, Aikido, Capoiera, Kali Eskrima, Silat, Judo, Tai Chi, & Qi Gong.
Do you have programs for Children/Teenagers?
No. Darwin Martial Arts is an extraordinary training facility for adults of all skill levels.
How many people are in each class? / What are the class sizes like?
This is a difficult question to answer. Our classes fluctuate in attendance as our members are inconsistently consistent, or consistently inconsistent. We’ve had class sizes as large as the space can accommodate, and sometimes the groups are very small.
In general, we average about 6 people per class.
Can I sign up just for Sparring?
No. We do not allow any member to practice live sparring without clearance from an instructor, which requires some time spent training with us in order to learn our rules and sparring etiquette.