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New England Submission Fighting

New England Submission Fighting in Amherst, Massachusetts, offers instruction in Mixed Martial Arts, a sport and approach to martial arts that draws the best moves from Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and other practical styles. The claim to use the “best” moves in martial arts is not hype or hyperbole, it is proven, even scientific. Through live practice and competition, for each individual, techniques that work are adopted, and ones that do not are dropped.

New England Submission Fighting (NESF), was established in 1993 by David Roy and Kirik Jenness, making it the oldest MMA school in New England in continuous operation. The two are the same team produces best-selling instructional media including the Fighter’s Notebook, Fit to Fight, and Zero to Dangerous. They also founded the ever-popular Underground forum at, as well as, and iFight Athletics.

NESF offers instruction in Mixed Martial Arts, a sport and approach to martial arts that draws the best moves from Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and other practical styles. The claim to use the “best” moves in martial arts is not hype or hyperbole, it is proven, even scientific. Through live practice and competition, for each individual, techniques that work are adopted, and ones that do not are dropped.

While members of NESF compete regularly on a professional and amateur basis in MMA and grappling contests, training is by no means limited only to individuals whose goal is to step into a cage. We ask only that you be willing to train hard, keep an open mind, and maintain a positive attitude. Current members range in age from the single digits to their 50s, and of course include both males and female.


  • Joshua Joseph Bialek says:

    I Have been going here on and off for about 3 years now, and I can definitely say that my all around knowledge and respect for MMA have grown tremendously because of this school.. The instructors are very knowledgeable and great people.. They never hesitate to help you out, and can always show you something new.. I highly recommend this place from anywhere to beginners, or even advanced people who have moved to the area. If you haven’t already, come check it out!

  • Jason Lockhart says:

    Be careful in this place. Kirik is cool, but they got some wrestler meat head filled with ego. Everything is alright as long as he “wins.” Otherwise, prepare to be injured by one of his bitch moves. BTW, he’s apparently trained most of his life, but never had the balls to step in the ring.

  • Din Thomas says:

    Dave Roy is an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated Martial Artist. He is a true pioneer of modern day mixed martial arts in the New England area. New England Submission Fighting is the only place I train when I’m in western Mass. And if you’re serious about training, it’s where you need to be.

  • Stacey M says:

    Great gym with extremely knowledgeable trainers!!! They are ready willing and able to train all skill levels, ages and genders! If you are willing to learn, you will recieve appropriate level training for the goals you are trying to achieve. As a woman, I have found that the staff, as well as the great group of guys who train here, have always been willing to work with me without hesistation! I have never been made to feel out of place in a rather “male dominated” sport. They are very much welcoming and i have always felt comfortable there! I encourage everyone interested in learning the sport or in gaining valuable self-defense techniques to stop in and check the place out!

  • The instructors are great guys — all of them, as far as I’m concerned, and with legit credentials, too. Very patient.

    I did traditional martial arts for a long time, so it’s nice to be learning something *practical*. I learned more in one week here than I did during my many years of horse stances and memorizing forms.

    You will get your ass kicked! But in a nice, safe, responsible, purposeful way.

  • Tyler Frazier says:

    Been training here since February and my ground game and standup have progressed by leaps and bounds thanks to Dave Roy and his tough and effective methods. Anyone who lives in Western Ma and wants to train for either competition or building a good base should look here.

  • Patrick Condon says:

    I’ve been training at NESF on and off since 2002. I have had a lot of great experiences and gotten a lot of great instruction in that time. Dave and Kirik are two of the nicest guys you will ever meet, and they know their stuff backwards and forwards. I’ve always found the atmosphere at the gym to be friendly and welcoming, and those studying there to be lacking a lot of the ego and posturing that seems to be rampant in MMA. In short – you will not regret a decision to train at NESF.

  • Alex Miguel says:

    I have been training here for 4 or 5 years now and can honestly say that the learning environment here is great. Classes during the school year can get pretty big sometimes, but the trainers are always there to answer questions, give feedback etc. Throughout drilling and learning/demonstrating new techniques.

    The wide range of students is also really cool. A lot of very cool, humble and often talented training partners who are willing and able to work with people at all levels of the sport.

    If you’re at all interested in learning mms and/or grappling and you’re in the amherst or northampton region, come check this place out.

  • Rich Ely says:

    this gym is awesome. betty crocker out.

  • LK says:

    It really doesn’t get better than this. I have trained at 5 different schools now, and can say A) NESF is the most affordable and B) You will not find a better team of instructors than Kirik and Dave. Between the two of them they know everything you need to really get started and enter the intermediate and advanced levels of MMA and Jiu Jitsu. No trainers are more attentive and responsive, and are part of a small group of instructors that actually practice WITH YOU and go at your level instead of either barking orders from the side or just dominating you so you know who is boss.

    Like I said, does not get better than this.

  • Elliot says:

    I’ve been to several martial arts schools in the area and NESF is absolutely the best of them. The instruction is excellent and the environment is very friendly. It’s not just a bunch of angry dudes brawling stupidly. It’s also not about practicing choreographed forms and bowing to the sensei. The material is very practical and beginners are always welcome. I greatly recommend the place.

  • Jeff Faberman says:

    Dave Roy is a fantastic trainer and training partner. Everyone can learn a thing or two as Dave has been training more than most people have been alive.


  • Andrew Michalak says:

    Having only just started MMA this past semester, I would strongly recommend NESF for anybody wanting to get his or her foot in the door. The staff is knowledgeable, with a strong emphasis on getting comfortable with the fundamentals before moving on to more complex moves. Everyone there is unassuming, and I have never felt intimidated by or less important than the other members. Finally, the more experienced members are also open to helping newer members to learn. After fights you discuss what you did wrong, right, could have done differently, etc. This gym not only represents a great place for more experienced members to continue toward greatness, but is also a great place for beginners to learn the ropes.

  • Mark Pereira says:

    I have been training martial arts for about 20 years, I have had the oppurtunity to train with a lot of different people though the years, The environment at nesf is very friendly and comfortable, The coaches are very knowledgeable in all areas of mma and I never stop learning different aspects of the game, the training partners are great and are always there to help bring your skills to the next level.I highly reccemend checking nesf out.

  • Rob says:

    This gym is a diamond in the rough. I started training there in 2000 until I left Massachusetts in 2004. I have never met more generous instructors and a better group of people to train with since then. This gym is amazing, and by the looks of the new site, it’s only getting better and better. Keep up the great work guys!

  • James says:

    Awesome place. Just started training there a month ago.

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