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INTELLIGENT SCIENCE BASED TRAINING SYSTEMS!

FOR EVERYONE! BEGINNERS TO PRO FIGHTERS!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE AND EFFECTIVE!

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ADVANCED TRAINING WHEN READY!


ADVANCED TRAINING WHEN READY!

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MMA COMPETITION TEAM OPTION WHEN READY!

FOR EVERYONE! MEN & WOMEN! YOUNGER & OLDER!

FOR EVERYONE! MEN & WOMEN! YOUNGER & OLDER!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

ADVANCED TRAINING WHEN READY!

ADVANCED TRAINING WHEN READY!

MMA COMPETITION TEAM OPTION WHEN READY!

MMA COMPETITION TEAM OPTION WHEN READY!

ADVANCED TRAINING WHEN READY!

BASIC TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – SAFE & EFFECTIVE!

INTELLIGENT SCIENCE BASED TRAINING SYSTEMS!

Highest Quality & Reality Based!

Everyone from kids to professional fighters succeed or fail based on mindset! We provide ELITE level physical AND mental training, not just for winning a REAL fight, but also for winning in LIFE!

Cutting Edge Innovation Since 1980!

We taught reality based MMA over a decade before the first UFC in 1993 and we continue to lead the way today!

Safe Training for Everyone!

 With 40+ years of experience, we know how to keep your training safe

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Current New Member Specials!

We are offering a FREE Class & Evaluation with our Head Instructor to determine what program is best for you! You can then choose the FREE 30 Day Trial period to experience more of the training, or if you are ready to start now, SAVE Over $200 with Free Uniform or Bag Gloves and the FAST START Discount!

Revolutionary Training at the Cove!

 Experience the BEST MMA Training and Complete Martial Arts Training!

“Since Mr. Arnebeck incorporates complete mixed martial arts and jiu jitsu, I was able to learn them both at the same time. I took my first professional fight after 2 years of training at the Cove.”

Ben Neumann

Professional MMA Fighter & Instructor, Third Degree MMA Black Belt

“I have evolved into a better athlete, fighter, and a more humble, balanced individual. These progressions have been instrumental in my personal & professional development. In its totality, I consider BJJ training for life, not merely battle.”

Chris Daeger

Former Navy SEAL, Firefighter for the Minneapolis Fire Department.

“I’ve encountered dozens of styles and systems of defense. Their system of martial arts cross training is by far the most enlightened I’ve come across in my 11 years of law enforcement.”

Deputy Kent Mueller

Defense Instructor, Ramsy County Sherriff's Department

We have received hundreds of “Five Star” reviews from our members!

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Proper MMA Training Needs To Be Safe!

During our 40+ years of teaching 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 healthy so you can train and compete at your full potential!

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! Everyone at the Cove is friendly, supportive and safe!

The Revolutionary Warrior’s Cove Shinbudo MMA Training System!

We offer training that you will NOT find anywhere else! 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. We were ahead of our time then, and we continue to lead the way today!

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.  No matter what your skill level or fitness level, our instructors will make your transition into class easy and enjoyable!

Complete Martial Arts Training For Everyone!

We understand that people train for different reasons. Everyone is allowed to focus on their own personal goals!

  • An Enjoyable Hobby with Family or with New Friends!
  • Fitness, Weight Loss & Health!
  • Real Fighting Skills for Self-Defense!
  • Mindset Training for Mental Focus & Motivation!
  • Professional Competition Level Training!
  • Instructor Program & Leadership Training!

In addition, everyone trains at their own pace and intensity level.  We do not force our members to compete in MMA, Jiu Jitsu or Kickboxing Tournaments. Most of our members choose not to compete. Our philosophy is to give EVERYONE the training that they need according to their current GOALS and ABILITY LEVEL! We pair everyone up according to their level so everyone has the best training partners for their current abilities.

We also offer different programs…

  • MMA – JiuJitsu – Kickboxing!
  • FREE Women’s Self Defense!
  • Kids & Family Classes!
  • Fitness Kickboxing!
  • Professional Competition Team Training
  • Training Seminars by Top World Champions
  • One-on-One Training with a Cove Instructor
  • Instructor Programs to become a Martial Art Teacher.

One of our instructors can discuss your goals and recommend the program that is best for you or your family! We encourage you to fill out the FREE TRIAL REQUEST on this page!

We Provide Intelligent Science Based Systems of Training!

No other program comes close!! Our training systems utilize the latest cutting edge science in fitness landscapes, motivational theory, sports psychology, emergent systems, deep practice systems, decentralized group dynamics and much more! We’ve done the work so all you need to do is show up to class!

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

Unfortunately, most martial art gyms today have lost effectiveness do to not being reality based!! Many gyms today focus on unrealistic competitive dance (forms) or competitive games (sport).

“If you are following the true Way of the Warrior and diverge a little, this will later become a large divergence.”
– Miyamoto Musashi

Martial art literally means the Art of War! Many have heard of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, strategies for fighting and living written over 2000 years ago, that are still used by modern military and business leaders worldwide.

The most important function for martial art is winning in real combat. Reality based combat occurs not just in physical fighting, but also all the conflicts in our everyday lives! We deal with REAL internal conflicts in mind and body including motivation, health and physical fitness. We also deal with REAL external conflicts in our jobs, in society, and on the path to any worthwile goal we choose for ourselves! So the Art of War is the path of reality based stratagies applied to ANY situation!

Our MMA training, (which includes Strategy & Mindset training) that we have refined for over 40 years, provides the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, and combat tested techniques from other styles, so you can learn everything you need to know about real fighting and self-defense in one class! The highest level of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Rickson Gracie is also seamlessly integrated into our MMA training!

Unrealistic Martial Art Games (Sport)!

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!
  • Numerous rules of engagement. No need to train offense or defense with the most dangerous (effective) techniques. Think about that! Training the most effective techniques are avoided in Sport Gyms! 
  • Time limits & water breaks. No need to conserve energy for extended combat.
  • No weapons. No preparation vs gun, knife, stick.
  • No multiple attackers. Never trained in Sport gyms!
  • 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 severe harm knowing the match will quickly be stopped!
  • 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 in addition to our own innovations!

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

MMA Training Before the Ultimate Fighting Chamnpionship!

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

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

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!

Eventually the Gracie Family would revolutionize the martial art world by creating the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1993. 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.

“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 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.

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

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

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!!

Selecting the BEST Gym for You!

If you are in the process of selecting a martial art gym, we encourage you to carefully compare, and find the best gym for you. We suggest that you read the rest of the “Our Advantages” section to learn about the many important advantages our school & programs provide to you.

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