Revolutionary MMA Training at the Warrior's Cove!

Experience The Best MMA Training and Complete Martial Arts Training!


Definition: rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y

1. A radical and innovative change to established ideas & methods.
2. Pertaining to a complete cycle that returns to the source or starting point.

Proper MMA Training Needs To Be Safe!

During our 40+ years of testing we have identified a wide range of methods to guard your safety during reality based training! It makes no sense to get needlessly injured in self defense training! Even if your goal is professional sport fighting, you want to remain as healthy as possible so you can compete at your full potential!

“My intention is not to hurt my training partner.”
 - Rickson Grace
(Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master. Undefeated in over 30 years
of MMA, BJJ and No Rules challenge matches.)

In addition, the members training at the Cove understand how to work together and train correctly. If anyone does not listen to directions and is a danger to their training partners, they are quickly dismissed from class!

Complete Martial Arts Training For Everyone!

We understand that people train for different reasons. In addition to our main MMA-BJJ-Kickboxing program, we offer many other programs to fit the needs of everyone!

Fighting Skills That Work For Everyone – Not Just The Extreme Athlete!

Making champions out of those who are strong, fast, and naturally talented is relatively easy. The real challenge is how to successfully train those who have no genetic advantages and no previous training, or better yet, those who are naturally small and weak!! This obviously requires a higher level of teaching and training. 

“Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior!”
- Miyamoto Musashi
(Musashi was a samurai who fought over 60 duels before he was 29
and won them all, many to the death, some vs multiple opponents.)

For example, imagine a street fight between someone weighing 250 pounds vs someone 150 pounds…  

VS ?

If you feel our 150 pound friend can’t win, then you haven’t trained at the Cove! In fact, with a bit of consistent training over a period of time, those skills are not that difficult to learn as demonstrated daily at the Warrior’s Cove! It is common to see our members (with sufficient training) defeat training partners with a 100lb, and even 150lb weight advantage!

We Understand The Paradox Of Proper MMA Training!

Strength, speed and size actually work against you while training for combat! Why? Imagine our 150 pound friend trying to escape from a hold-down by someone twice his size. He can push all day and nothing would happen. The smaller-weaker individual has to use the proper technique to escape. However, a strong person in that same position could easily power his way out without using any technique! Superior physical skills always distract from the learning process unless carefully monitored! Of course, in actual combat, it is proper to use your full physical abilities in addition to the technique you have learned!

Much in the same way as above, extremely aggressive training systems do not develop the highest levels of fighting skill. The concept of “give 100%” in technical training is dead wrong! The true goal in training is to experience success while using less effort, less speed and less strength! Many martial art instructors do not understand these basic concepts.

“You may be a tough martial artist, but if you fight somebody tougher,
you will be smashed, just as you have been smashing others.”

 - Rickson Grace

Reality Based MMA Training – The True Way Of The Warrior!

The most important function for martial arts is surviving and winning in real combat. All the other physical, psychological and sporting benefits of training are included and refined on that path!

“If you are following the true Way of the Warrior and diverge a little,

this will later become a large divergence.”
- Miyamoto Musashi 

Engaging in sport competitions such as the UFC and learning from them can be very beneficial, as long as our training does not become dependent on the unrealistic sporting elements that need to be in place to protect the fighters and run the sporting event such as…
  • Weight classes. No need to prepare for opponent with a massive weight and strength advantage!
  • Time limits & water breaks. No need to conserve energy for extended combat.
  • Numerous rules of engagement. No need to train offense or defense with the most dangerous (effective) techniques.
  • No weapons.
  • No multiple attackers.
  • Sport clothing. No need to prepare for fight in normal clothing.
  • Ringside coaches & coaching. Less need to think for oneself.
  • Referee intervention. No need to deal with the stress of opponent intent on killing.
  • Ringside doctors.
  • Predetermined fight date.
  • Predetermined fight location.
  • Predetermined opponent.
We cannot depend on any of these things in real combat!

The Fusion Of Sport MMA & Combat MMA!

Some traditional instructors reject the evolution of modern training systems. Some modern MMA instructors reject the vast knowledge and experience of traditional training systems. Both are incorrect… At the Cove, we provide a fusion of both traditional and modern systems!

It is a common misconception that the practice of Mixed Martial Arts is something totally new! Most consider the beginning of MMA to be the Ultimate Fighting Championship created by the Gracie family in 1993. It, it would be more accurate to describe the UFC as a milestone in the long history of Mixed Martial Arts. 


Below are a few examples of Combat MMA predating the current Sport MMA trend (UFC)…

  • Over 2000 Years Ago – The Warrior Sun Tzu:  Author of “The Art of War”.

    “Changes of form and victory are infinite.
    Form is a matter of using whatever is superior to win.
    It is impossible to use the best of one form to overcome all forms.
    Therefore, the experts at warfare see the strengths of opponents,
    and thereby know their weaknesses. 
    They see victory as clearly as they see the sun and moon,
    their attainment of victory is like water over-coming fire.” – Sun Tzu.

  • Approx 500-1600 AD – SHAOLIN MONKS: The monks of the Shaolin temple combined both striking and grappling for over 1000 years, and repeatedly tested this training in actual combat. In fact, Japanese Jiu Jitsu probably came from the Shaolin grappling system called Chin Na!

  • 1584-1645 – MIYAMOTO MUSASHI: The fighting record of the Japanese warrior, Miyamoto Musashi continues to put modern Sport MMA champions to shame. From age 13 to 29 he fought over 60 duels, many to the death, and some vs multiple opponents!! He became so adept that he started using wooden practice swords against opponents that were using live blades.

    “You must study fully other martial arts and not deviate
    even a little from the Way of the warrior” – Musashi

    “You must know the ways of other schools.” – Musashi

    “You should not have a favorite weapon. To become
    over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault
    as not knowing it sufficiently well.” – Musashi

    “When you have come to grips with the enemy. You
    can win by applying a suitable technique while you are
    mutually entangled… whereas if you were to draw apart,
    you would lose the chance to win.”
    – Musashi

    “The true Way of strategy is becoming decadent and dying out.” – Musashi

    If someone claims that Musashi was not a master of Mixed Martial Arts simply because his battles required weapons, that claim would show a very superficial understanding of MMA. In fact, Musashi’s principles perfectly describe common mistakes of both traditional martial arts and also modern sport MMA training!

  • 1868 – SHINBUDO MMA: After the overthrow of the Tokugowa in 1868 traditional Japanese institutions were being challenged. During this time, the classical martial art styles were judged to be filled with unscientific methods lacking realism. The various styles were refined and mixed (MMA) into more complete and effective training systems and they were called Shinbudo. Shinbudo translates as “the essence of the way of combat”. It was a revolution back to reality based training and a more complete integration of knowledge!

  • 1917-1993  – GRACIE JIU JITSU BEFORE THE UFC: Carlos Gracie, the eldest son of Gastão Gracie, watched a demonstration by Japanese Jiu Jitsu & Judo teacher, Mitsuyo Maeda at the Da Paz Theatre and decided to learn under him.

    In 1921, Gastão Gracie and his family moved to Rio de Janeiro where Carlos Gracie and his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., George and Hélio trained together and refined the Jiu Jitsu. Helio Gracie is widely considered to be the genius behind the majority of the refinements which they renamed Gracie Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).  Helio tested his Jiu Jitsu many times in combat including no holds barred challenge matches!

    Rickson Gracie eventually became the “family champion” and continued to refine the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and take on all challengers who doubted the effectiveness of BJJ. Today, Rickson remains undefeated in over 30 years of MMA, BJJ and no rules challenge matches!

    Rickson (180lb) fighting Zulu (230lb) in 1978.
    15 years before the first UFC!

    Eventually the Gracie Family would revolutionize the martial art world by creating the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In the UFC, Rickson’s younger brother, Royce Gracie, tested their Jiu Jitsu against bigger-stronger representatives from other martial arts. Royce showed how wrestling, boxing, muay thai, karate, kung fu and other styles tested were incomplete and lacked realism. Since then, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and groundfighting have been adopted by most competitors, schools, styles and instructors claiming to do reality based self defense or MMA!

  • 1954-1973 – BRUCE LEE: Bruce Lee began his martial art training in 1954 under Yip Man in Wing Chun Kung Fu and then went on to study many other martial arts. Mr. Lee was a huge advocate of proper MMA training.

    “It’s a little tough for the traditional martial artists to swallow, because one system doesn’t do it. You’ve got to cross-train in many different systems. Actually, the father of mixed martial arts, if you will, was Bruce Lee. If you look at the way Bruce Lee trained, the way he fought, and many of the things he wrote, he said the perfect style was no style. You take a little something from everything. You take the good things from every different discipline, use what works, and you throw the rest away. – Dana White. The current President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    “Use only that which works, and take it
    from any place you can find it.” – Bruce Lee

    “To be bound by traditional martial art style or styles

    is the way of the mindless, enslaved martial artist.
    But to be inspired by the traditional martial art
    and to achieve further heights

    is the way of genius.” – Bruce Lee

    Do not deny the classical approach, simply as a reaction, or you will
    have created another pattern and trapped yourself there. - Bruce Lee.

    “One utilizes all ways and is bound by none, and likewise
    uses any techniques or means which serves one’s end. – Bruce Lee

    “The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is,
    has no style at all. He lives only in what is.” – Bruce Lee

The Warrior’s Cove Shinbudo MMA Training System

In 1980, more than a decade before the first UFC, Mr. Arnebeck (the founder of the Warrior’s Cove training centers) was teaching reality based MMA to his students! That was long before the term, “mixed martial arts” even existed. Prior to that we simply called it “martial art cross-training” or its traditional name of Shinbudo.

Our system of MMA draws from the latest innovations from Sport MMA along with the vast amount of traditional Combat MMA knowledge from Warrior’s such as Sun Tzu, Musashi, Lee, and of course Rickson Gracie. In fact, we see trends emerging only recently in Sport MMA that we have been teaching for decades… and we also see areas of combat not yet “trending” and therefore, not yet realized by those that are simply doing their best to follow and understand the latest MMA trends!!

Most importantly, we have developed a revolutionary system of providing effective and safe martial art training to everyone, not just he extreme athlete! Our new members range from the total beginner, to professional fighters and high ranking martial art instructors. Everyone starts at a level appropriate for their existing skills, and advances at their own pace. No matter what your skill level or fitness level, our instructors will make your transition into class easy and enjoyable! Click Here if you want to read over 150 Reviews from Warrior’s Cove Members!

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