WHAT TYPE OF MARTIAL ARTS DO WE PRACTICE:
At Bellingham MMA, we combine several types of martial arts to create our own unique fighting and training style. Our focus is primarily on MMA, which we practice in our own MMA cage. While we have an active competition team, but we also believe that training martial arts regularly can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. We are a community of fighters, professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts who have come together to have fun, learn martial arts and get better together.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS HAVE BECOME POPULAR OVER THE PAST DECADE, WITH EVENTS LIKE THE UFC BECOMING MAINSTREAM. MMA IS A MARTIAL ART THAT IS THE COMBINATION OF GRAPPLING AND THE STRIKING ARTS COMBINED, WITH THE ADDITION OF WALL WORK.
OUR KICKBOXING PROGRAM FOCUSES ON THE SPECIFIC STYLES OF MUAY THAI KICKBOXING AND DUTCH STYLE KICKBOXING. WE ALSO BLEND IN OUR OTHER BACKGROUNDS OF BOXING, TAE KWON-DO AND KUNG FU TO KEEP IT MORE INTERESTING.
TAKE WHAT WORKS, LEAVE THE REST.
GRAPPLING IS A FIGHTING TECHNIQUE THAT INCLUDES THROWS, SWEEPS, CLINCH, TAKEDOWNS, AND SUBMISSIONS. WE COMBINE VARIOUS ARTS TO KEEP OUR NO GI GRAPPLING DIVERSE, WE PRACTICE NO GI BJJ, SAMBO, CATCH AND REGULAR WRESTLING AND JUDO.
GI JIU JITSU
GI BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU IS AN ART OF CONTROLLING YOUR OPPONENT USING THEIR OWN CLOTHES. FOUNDED IN BRAZIL USING THE PRINCIPALS OF JUDO. OUR
BJJ LINEAGE IS THROUGH ZENITH BJJ FOUNDED BY ROBERT DRYSDALE AND RODRIGO CAVACA.
OUR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
Bellingham MMA was established in 2010 by Charlie Pearson, Landon Showalter and Jeremy Saunders. Bellingham MMA was created to foster and grow local fighters and athletic talent.
In 2016, Coach Hunter a long time student and one of their original fighters bought the gym with his partner, Lara. They continue to grow and develop the gym into what it is today. We believe anyone can and should learn martial arts and everyone is welcome as long as they treat everyone in the gym with kindness and respect
PRINCIPLES OF OUR COMMUNITY
We are a community of passionate martial artists dedicated to continuing our journey and growing together. Get to know our talented instructors who make our community unique.
OWNER AND HEAD COACH
ZENITH BJJ BROWN BELT
HUNTER IS A PROFESSIONAL MMA AND KICKBOXING FIGHTER WITH OVER 35 FIGHTS IN MMA, KICKBOXING AND MUAY THAI. HE ALSO COMPETES IN PROFESSIONAL GRAPPLING.
HE IS A NAGA CHAMPION AND WSS SERIES CHAMPION. HE HAS COMPETED AT IBJJF NOGI WORLDS, COMBAT JIUJITSU WORLDS, FINISHERS, CFFC, FIGHT2WIN, GSUBX AND MANY MORE!
OWNER AND GRAPPLING INSTRUCTOR
ZENITH BJJ BLUE BELT
LARA MANAGES OUR APP, WEBSITE, AND MARKETING. SHE ALSO RUNS AN UP AND COMING GRAPPLING PROMOTION CALLED BATTLE GRAPPLING. SHE IS CURRENTLY THE 2023 IBJJF NO GI BLUE BELT SUPER HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION MASTER 2. SHE IS THE 2023 IBJJF NUMBER ONE RANKED MASTER 2 BLUE BELT SUPER HEAVY WEIGHT IN THE WORLD.
ZENITH BJJ BLUEBELT
THOMAS HAS BEEN TRAINING 5 YEARS UNDER COACH HUNTER. HE IS A BLUE BELT IN BJJ AND IS CURRENTLY 5-2 IN KICKBOXING AND 1-1 IN MMA. HE IS THE CURRENT WAR HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING CHAMPION.
ZENITH BJJ BLUE BELT
KENZI HAS BEEN TRAINING IN MARTIAL ARTS SINCE SHE WAS 3, SHE STARTED IN TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS, WORKING HER WAY UP THROUGH TAEKWONDO AND STARTING TO TRAIN IN JIU JITSU AND MMA AT THE AGE OF 10. SHE HAS COMPETED IN BOTH BJJ AND KICKBOXING! SHE IS CURRENTLY ATTENDING WCC FOR COLLEGE!