At Mat Chess MMA in Seattle, Washington, all instructors are experts in their respective disciplines. You will never have a class taught by a hobbyist at Mat Chess. Because no one person can be an expert in all aspects of a game as complex as MMA, Mat Chess has three unique and highly qualified instructors with Andrew Perkins, Jon Bergerson and Robert Shannon.
Mat Chess MMA creates well rounded martial artists: Students are taught techniques from striking to clinch to wrestling to ground work. Mat Chess also focuses on conditioning and has a full functional strength training equipment and accompanying martial arts conditioning programs that focus on martial arts specific movements as well as periodization. Mat Chess also focuses on mental preparation for competition for those who wish to compete.
Mat Chess MMA is designed for martial artists of all ages and athletic abilities. Our curriculum is adapted to meet the goals of all students from those who are interested in getting into shape to those who are interested in fighting professionally. The ethos of the gym is designed to create a safe environment.
Technical and innovative Mat Chess MMA’s instructors and students are encouraged to develop their own technique. Instructors are given free reign over their curriculum and the training strategies and techniques are never dogmatic. This environment allows innovation that can be seen and felt on the mat. Rolling, wrestling, sparing are where the student can test his techniques. Many gyms do not provide enough time and space for students to apply what they learn. At Mat Chess MMA we provide 2 hours of open mat per day and four hours on the weekend. The mat is your laboratory! Experiment!
Classes are one hour and a half, compared to most gyms’ classes, which are only one hour. The idea behind the extra half an hour is to provide students with the time to practice their learned technique to the extent that they can actually apply the technique in a competition setting. A technique that is taught is worthless without the time for the student to learn the technique. The extra half an hour also allows for time to roll, spar and wrestle during scheduled class time.
Everyone is welcome at Mat Chess regardless of who you train with or what your martial arts background might be. We are all on the same quest to reach our potential and become the best martial artists that we can be.