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Josh-Tori McKay
· April 4, 2018
Championship MMA is by far the best in the region. They have something to offer for everyone. If you want get serious as a competitor, you'll find the best fight team in the region at Championship MMA.... If you want to learn self defense, you'll find instructors who have applied these skills in real situations and can help you become more confident in your ability to defend yourself. If you are looking for a positive and family friendly mixed martial arts program for children and teenagers that emphasizes self control, discipline, and respect...again, you'll find it at Championship MMA. See More
Kimberly Allen
· November 16, 2017
My daughter has been training at Championship MMA for a little over two year now. Championship MMA is an amazing training facility. Coach Bales is phenomenal with the kids. If you've ever considered M...MA for your son or daughter, you should check out Championship MMA. Not only does Taylor get a much more strenuous workout than she did with all her other extracurricular sports, she has fun doing it. She's not only learning valuable self-defense skills that she will carry with her for the rest of her life, but her self-confidence and self-discipline has skyrocketed, and she is much more focused, disciplined, and respectful. We got so much more than an amazing training facility, at Championship MMA we gained a family! See More
Demesha Williams-Delaney
· April 4, 2018
My son started at age nine, and although he took a short break to play basketball he has learned so many things from Championship MMA. He was really shy but it gave him confidence, strength, and great... sportsmanship. See More
Branden Adams
· February 27, 2018
I’ve personally trained with Don for many years in the past and hands down one of the most detailed, professional, and respectful coach/Mma instructor I’ve ever seen. I have deep respect for Don and ...his program! See More
Michael Gallo
· November 8, 2016
Upon moving to Fort Smith for work, I started to seek a location to train. After attending two different training locations in the local area, I came to try out Championship MMA. It did not take but... a few seconds to notice the professionalism/ discipline in this academy's training environment. Students were very enthusiastic, and Coach Bales was very approachable. In addition, the academy was extremely clean! I was hesitant on the kick boxing portion of the curriculum due to a negative experience at a previous academy. The first practice I attended was taught in a manner where I didn't feel completely lost, or lack of enthusiasm. Coach Bales with the help of Coach Petree are able to identify the effective training styles that best suit the individual student that promotes positive development. The 20+ years of training/ instructing, respect to the students, patience, dedication, and passion of MMA is truly recognizable and is the foundation of what makes Championship MMA the perfect place to train. I have learned and developed tremendously in such a small amount of time. I would advise anyone looking to train in the area to not waste time, and just come give Championship MMA a try. See More
Don Paul Bales
· April 4, 2018
Best MMA program in Fort Smith, if I do say so myself! ��
Billy Boyd
· November 16, 2017
This place is awesome ! Highly recommend to anyone
Karli Vega
· December 6, 2017
An amazing place!!! Amazing people amazing coaches..thank you� sensei Bales you’re awesome!!! Thank you soo much!!
Andre Brassfield
· December 5, 2014
Best gym In the state guaranteed. I've trained with these guys for several years. They have a coach for every aspect of mixed martial arts you want. The environment is superb everyone leaves their Ego... at the door and everyone learns from everyone. If you are just wanting to get fit this is a good place to do it. If you are wanting to fight in the cage this is the absolute best place to learn the tools you will need to be a successful mixed martial artist. Everyone in this gym is family to me and we are always wanting to add members to this family. So come by and meet the head coach Don Paul Bales and watch a class. You will be hooked just like I was 6 years ago See More
Celeste Bennett
· September 24, 2016
What can I say...there's not enough words to describe what a great program to add to your fitness routine or make a primary goal in your life. This place is fantastic in every aspect. From the youth c...lass my son is in which improved his physical well-being, discipline and grades to the adult class which I add for extra conditioning in addition to my weight training. Everyone is extremely helpful and professional. What a value as well, for the price point you receive so much training and more. #neverquit #selfdefense #mmafamily #corevalues See More
Will Wagner
· February 14, 2016
I'd like to start by saying these guys are very professional and respectful! I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Don Paul Bales and he wrapped my hands for my fight 2-13-16 and did an outstanding job! I ...would highly recommend their gym and I appreciate the help!! See More
Joe Petree
· April 6, 2018
Championship MMA is the Best MMA program anywhere!
Nathan Wilson
· November 16, 2014
Ive lost almost 90 pounds since joining and im in the best shape of my life, its full of great people. I cant thank Sensei Bales and the other coaching staff enough for all the changes they have helpe...d me with. Championship MMA is home and the people there are my family as much as anyone. See More
Tammy-Jeff Tanksley
· December 12, 2015
Mr. Bales is a leader with high standards and morals. His greatest asset is being able to attract young people vs promoting his business. 5 stars!
Emily Godette
· June 29, 2016
Professional and fun place to train! I loved every class I attended. Coaches and fellow class mates were the most encouraging to work with.
Nick Tuttle
· November 16, 2014
Excellent dojo! Head instructor Don Bales makes an awesome learning environment. Driven by etiquette and teamwork. His years of traing show in his knowledge and passion for the sport. Great place for... kids and adults all the same. See More
Ronnie Kontrast Butler
· November 16, 2014
You will not find a more professional committed group of champions, this isn't just 'combatives' this is about a rounded, balanced life. It's also a brotherhood that surpasses anything you expect. Com...e open, leave whole. See More
Bud Bogan
· November 16, 2014
Best program in fort smith for self defense/ mma skills. Great group of selfless people to be around.
Tyler Moore
· November 12, 2015
I love the place it has great coaching and great support from all of your teammates
Aaron Cobb
· November 25, 2014
An awesome gym for adult MMA fighters and kids that need confidence and self-defense!
#OneSharpKid! Parents, if you have a great kid, age 7 to 12, or teens 13 and over, that you think could benefit from improved fitness, self-confidence, and real world self-defense skills... give us a call, or check us out online! (479) 646-4MMA
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Hey everybody, Thoughts & Prayers for one of our dedicated and inspiring #YoungStars, Taylor Allen... just received word from her mom Kim Allen that Taylor was involved in a bad bicycle wreck. She is being airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Little Rock... she has a bad concussion, broken arm, and possible broken jaw. Taylor and her family could really use all the thoughts & prayers she can get from her MMA family.

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