Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

MMA club offers complete training under one roof

When some people think about cage fighting, they think of no-holds-barred, knock down, drag-out fights – without much structure. But according to Team Evolution owner Kurt Fichtner, this misconception could not be further from the truth. In fact, Mixed Martial Arts fighting is statistically the safest full-contact sport in the nation – possibly in the world. “These refs are much quicker to call a fight, even when fighters are not injured,” he said.

At Team Evolution, MMA fighters can take advantage of the most complete training available under one roof, to gain the skill necessary to be successful competitors. The club offers training in boxing, kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling and more. Although Team Evolution prides itself on its ability to train well-rounded, skilled MMA fighters, its programs are designed to appeal to a range of athletes, from those looking for a fun cardio workout, to others with their sights set on competing. “We go from beginners to the pros,” Fichtner said. “But our philosophy is to train everybody like they want to be a fighter, whether they’re here for weight loss or to prepare for a fight.”

Fichtner himself has been studying marital arts since 1990, and eventually began training with nationally ranked instructors. As a former professional kickboxer, he has been competing in martial arts competitions since the age of 14, at the local, state and national levels alike.

His firsthand experience studying martial arts has helped him design a unique program offering classes in everything a successful fighter needs to learn. “Most clubs excel at one aspect of MMA fighting or another, but our guys are very well rounded,” Fichtner said. “We make sure they learn everything they need to from a martial arts perspective, which also includes more life skills and improving the mental side of the sport.”

Team Evolution also offers a variety of youth classes as well, training some future athletes as young as three years old through the Little Champions program. “These kids learn the basics of Tae Kwon Do, karate and how to kick and punch the right way,” Fichtner said. “But in these classes, students also learn the importance of speaking loudly and respectfully. They also learn how to defend themselves and how to fight, in the process.”

Team Evolution offers a range of membership rates on a month-to-month basis, with price points depending on the level of commitment. For more information about Team Evolution or to sign up, visit