Upper Cumberland MMA in Cookeville, Tennessee, is in the business of changing lives. We give you the physical and mental power to reach your goals no matter what they are. We offer complete programs for kids and adults in Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling and Cardio. Stop by our gym for a tour and ask about our FREE introductory classes.
Kickboxing and MMA instructor Matt Violette is a Black Belt in Shotokan under Master Sensei and 6th dan Pete Threet. Matt also holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under 5th dan Johnny Loftis. Matt completed in the Regional Sport Karate Circuit and was known as one of the Top fighters in a 5 State Region. Matt really turns up the pace, focusing on intense cardio exercises, and relentless, never give up, no nonsense approach to fighting.
Jiu Jitsu instructor Michael Bartlett has more than 10 years of martial arts experience. He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do under Jack Scott. Michael has had a lot of success competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournaments. Michael teachs real life jiu jitsu that works both for self-defence and MMA. Michael focuses mainly on 10th planet jiu jitsu techniques, as well as, other high level no-gi techniques. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with students and MMA competitors wanting to improve their skills.
Our instructors are here to help you enhance your skills through their knowledge and dedication to your goals. Even if you never plan on competing, you will learn life-changing and authentic skills that will improve your health and fighting ability. Skills that could possibly save your life someday!