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
HUNTER IS A PROFESSIONAL MMA AND KICKBOXING FIGHTER WITH OVER 35 FIGHTS. COACH HUNTER CURRENTLY COMPETES ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCENE IN JIU JITSU AND MMA. HE HAS BEEN TRAINING AND COMPETING SINCE 2003.
HE IS A BROWN BELT IN JIU JITSU UNDER LANDON SHOWALTER THROUGH NSBJJ AND ZENITH BJJ. 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!
CO-OWNER AND HEAD COACH
LARA IS THE CO-OWNER OF BMMA, MANAGES OUR APP, WEBSITE, AND MARKETING. SHE ALSO RUNS AN UP AND COMING GRAPPLING PROMOTION CALLED BATTLE GRAPPLING. SHE HAS BEEN TRAINING IN JIU JITSU FOR 3 YEARS AND EARNED HER BLUE BELT IN SEPTEMBER 2021! SHE HAS COMPETED AND WON SILVER AT NAGA IN 2019.
CO-OWNER AND MARKETING DIRECTOR
ALICIA TRAINED IN CROSSFIT FOR THREE YEARS AND STILL DOES SO IN HER PRIVATE GYM. SHE STARTED TRAINING IN 2019 AND JUST EARNED HER BLUE BELT IN JIU JITSU. SHE IS COMMITTED TO CONTINUING HER JIUJITSU JOURNEY, WHILE COMPETING. SHE IS EXCITED TO HELP RUN OUR WOMEN'S ONLY GRAPPLING CLASS, PROVIDING A SAFE AND COMFORTABLE SPACE FOR WOMEN TO LEARN GRAPPLING.
WOMEN'S GRAPPLING INSTRUCTOR
THOMAS HAS BEEN TRAINING 4 YEARS UNDER COACH HUNTER. HE IS CURRENTLY 5-2 IN KICKBOXING AND IS THE CURRENT WAR HEAVYWEIGHT KICKBOXING CHAMPION.
CODY HAS BEEN TRAINING AND FEW YEARS AND IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR FIGHT TEAM. HE IS TEACHING KICKBOXING FUNDAMENTALS.
ERIN HAS BEEN TRAINING FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND CURRENTLY HAS FIVE FIGHTS IN MUAY THAI, SHE IS A CURRENT MEMBER OF OUR FIGHT TEAM AND RUNS OUR OPEN MAT ON SATURDAYS.
OPEN MAT FACILITATOR