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Mat Life Training Center

We’re proud to have internationally-certified instructors, a supportive and passionate community, and a safe training environment where kids and parents alike can experience Martial Arts and Combat Sports together! We encourage our students to become physically fit, improve self-discipline, and develop proficiency in their training program -- we provide high-quality instruction but also make sure that training is fun!

At Mat Life Training Center, our goal is to teach you or your children authentic martial arts, which is a proven strategy to improve confidence and instill a powerful sense of purpose. Our team strives to uplift you, support you on and off the mats, and work with you one-on-one to become the best you can be. All of our instructors are professional, certified coaches who are required to complete a multi-year coaching residency at our headquarters facility to become proficient in multiple martial arts disciplines and their languages of origin, coaching pedagogy, human movement, and health education. We have an unwavering commitment to providing exceptional personalized instruction, community, and training for mind, body and spirit in a family-focused environment.

If you’re curious about Martial Arts or Combat Sports training, we’re happy to sit down with you and talk about how our training experience combines professional instruction, real self defense, honest personal development, and fun! We warn everyone who enters our doors: Mat Life just might become your new favorite place.

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My entire family is apart of this gym, so I am there 5-6 days a week and it is amazing. I really like the coaches and the atmosphere. I am constantly learning new things while also getting an amazing workout. Plus I have had the best massage of my life here. The masseuse literally fixed a knee issue I was having with a single session. Would highly RECOMMEND!

Miranda Haire

Have been attending martial art classes here for well over a month now. And not once did I feel disappointed, cheated, or left out. Would highly recommend!

Elias Medrano

I strongly encourage people to come here. If you want to be put into the test and get out of your comfort zone, and at the same time have a nice experience getting to your goals, this is the place for you. Super friendly and goal oriented toward students.

Jorge Pino

It is a perfect place to learn martial arts. The instructors are all professional and respectful. It is very difficult to be nice to everybody when the instructors are in the positions. The lessons are very challenging and serious, but still very fun! All the people in the academy are very friendly. I highly recommend this academy to literally everyone! You will overcome your age, health problems, etc! Of course, there are reasons to have 5/5stars in the review! There are also free trials for you!

HyeonJin Bonnie Lee

This is a wonderful healing environment for anyone to get back to optimal health. They offer much more than just MMA. Come check them out!

Jason Hartz

I went in after a friend who attends global recommended them to me as I’ve practiced a few forms of marital arts in the past but haven’t stayed as focused as I used to be.

Jason and Jon are both great guys and welcomed me in. I felt very comfortable at global and took a Thursday night defense course with joe. He was super thorough with everything we did and made sure to be really careful with a past injury I’m still dealing with.

I’d highly recommend global to anyone who wants to train regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned vet who’s practiced for years. They teach multiple forms so there’s something for everyone.

Joshua Galarneau

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