Spero’s Martial Arts Academy in Plaistow, New Hampshire,  is the only THROWDOWN recommended training facility in Northern New England! We offer classes for all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced. Our Pitbull Fight Team is for those students who wish to test their skills in Mixed Martial Arts competition. In depth, detailed, technique training, as well as heavy conditioning and mental preparation all go into effect when training for competition. In addition to this, a healthy diet, and adequate rest is necessary in order to complement your training regiment.

Being a fighter is a lot tougher than it looks! But it’s not the fight that makes it tough. It’s all the days of preparation leading to that one moment. Fighters are expected to train at least 4-5 days a week, especially when a date is set for competition. The conditioning is hard. The workload is harder.

Our instructors will be with you every step of the way. We will push you past your limits. If you think you have what it takes, come visit the Academy. Our philosophy is simple, 1. Provide a fun, friendly, clean environment. 2. Incorporate the best equipment and training techniques available 3. Make it affordable for everyone. Come and visit our BRAND NEW facility and see the difference for yourself.

Head Instructor Dave Spero has been involved in Martial Arts for over 17 years. First enrolling in Karate at age 15, Dave progressed to Jeet Kun Do, and then Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Dave is currently a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a Brown Belt in Mixed Martial Arts under Roger Woo. Dave has also has competed in several Mixed Martial Arts competitions as well as multiple medals in local grappling tournaments.


  • Mo says:

    First of all let me say that this is one of the nicest most well designed gyms in the area. High ceilings, loads of space, and a huge garage door, make it fun to train there in the summer. The pro shop is loaded with tons of gear, (mostly throwdown and hayabusa stuff) and is sold lower than what I have seen online. I was greeted by the owner (Dave) when I first stepped in. He gave me a tour of the gym. Really nice thick mats, thai bags all over the place, and a top of the line throwdown elevated cage which looks really sweet. The girls locker room is small compared to the guys, but both have central air, and full size lockers. I used the bathroom and noticed it was clean and organized.

    On to the training. I took a cardio kickboxing class first. The class was tough, as this is not your typical “chain gym” cardio class. Dave took the time to show the class how to punch and kick correctly, and through the rounds, would correct as needed. He seems very knowledgeable in the striking aspect. Class ran about an hour and I had a lot of fun participating in it. I was tired but stayed for the MMA class to watch.

    The MMA class was mostly guys and a couple girls too. Dave taught this class also. They went over some ground work and striking and transitions from the ground. This class seemed more technical and I would have taken it if I wasn’t so tired. The class consisted of about 10 minutes of warm up, 30 minutes of technical training, and then the remaining time to condition the class. The circuit conditioning seemed very intense! Almost all the class finished, and seemed in good shape.

    What I liked most about the class was it seemed like everyone had a positive attitude and wanted to help each other out. There were no ego, and I felt very comfortable there. Dave pushes the class hard and really seems to enjoy teaching.

    I spoke with him about pricing after class. The pricing was very fair at 120 a month for unlimited classes. I could participate in any and all classes offered.

    Just the cardio was 75 a month.

    I would definitely recommend this gym if you are looking for a fun place to really learn some skill and grow as a martial artist.

  • Tim says:

    Gym is small. Instructor/owner is not even a black belt in any discipline. A little immature and rude too.

  • Sebastian says:

    I dont know what “Tim” is talking about. Maybe you reviewed the wrong gym because Spero’s is anything but small! Huge ceiling height! Dave is really good at teaching, and the place is just a very comfortable atmosphere to train in. I did the BJJ class. Mostly white belts and 2 purple’s (Dave being one of them). This school is a Brazilian Top Team Affiliate school and the instruction was great! Mats were soft too! Always a plus when you get to my age… lol I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to train with nice equipment, positive instructors, and for a decent price.


  • Trevor says:

    I have been training here for 6 months. Dave has a great Academy and teaching style. My teamates are all great and there is a good sense of team comradery here. His coaching staff is just as supportive. The school itself has plenty of space and comfy matts. Lots of nice equipment. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to get the most out of their training.

  • Chuck says:

    Every time I call or stop by during their “business hours” the place is closed and dark.

  • Eric says:

    Mo is Dave’s Spero’s wife, so her opinion is biased. Dave does have a fake it until you make it attitude. He refused to spar me when I went there, so that’s a win in my book. Better off learning to fight somewhere else.

  • Eric says:

    Mo is Dave’s wife! Her opinion is biased! Dave’s way is, “Fake it till you make it”! What happend to the real American Dream, and “Let the facts be submitted to a candid world”. Pretty low of whoever deleted my previous comment.

  • Mike G says:

    Great training facility. Leave your ego at the door. It’s nice to train with a team mentality and not pay through the nose in a basement like most other facilities. Eric is jealous he still runs pizzas on the weekend and doesn’t possess the business sense or acumen to be successful.

  • s says:

    I have trained in many mma gyms for the past 6 years. I took a free class and was very happy I didnt have to pay. It was the worst workout ive ever had. Ive seen the owner fight a few times as well and his isnt the

  • matt says:

    I have trained in many mma gyms for the past 6 years. I took a free class and was very happy I didnt have to pay. It was the worst workout ive ever had. However, I must say the place is very clean and has nice eqipment but thats not what gives you a great workout. I have trained in some pretty run down gyms that produce much better results than this place could.

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