Okay, we hope you don’t mind if we do a little bragging, but we have a pretty amazing rating on Google. Take a look right here, because as of this writing we have a perfect 5 out of 5 stars on Google reviews with 35 reviews (and a 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook with 64 votes). With reviews like that, it’s obvious we’re doing something right.

But you have to ask yourself, what exactly is that something? Sure, we talk about our philosophy all the time, but it’s very possible you’ll learn just as much by taking a look at some of the reviews we’ve received from our customers. Let’s see what they’re saying.

“[SubForce instructors Marcos and Abe] are also very good competitors, and still active in the competition scene, which makes them great coaches that fully understand the psychology of competition, and can walk you through a match knowing your skill level.”

— Alex Da Silva

Thanks for writing in, Alex. Not everyone who comes to our martial arts classes, whether for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai training, is headed to competitions. Some will be here in order to make the most of their self-defense skills, while others are here purely for the exercise benefits (our hybrid fitness is a good option if that’s what you’re looking for.) Still others might not be interested in competing in BJJ or Thai kickboxing because they’re simply gathering the necessary skills for mixed martial arts training.

But for those who are on track to become competitive, we agree with you that it’s important to have coaches who compete. And when we say complete, we mean still compete. After all, sports are constantly changing, and the best coaches are those who are involved. Martial arts training is never over, because there’s always something new to learn. We can teach our students the latest locks and escapes, let them know what’s popular this year, and help them analyze their opponent so that they can make the most of the match.  

Okay, let’s hear from Casey:

“I was first introduced to both mixed martial arts and Abe and Marcos almost eight years ago.  Since then, I have been to a variety of other schools but I keep coming back to Abe and Marcos… They also make SubForce a place that feels like home, fostering a truly positive environment and camaraderie between students.”

— Casey Screeton

Now you might think it strange that we’d bring up a review in which someone says they’ve left us, but we think that Casey’s coming back to SubForce speak volumes. We completely understand when people want to check out the other martial arts schools around. In fact, it most often happens to people who start out at SubForce. They might be perfectly happy here, but they start thinking “this is just the first place I’ve tried, could it really be the best?” So they try some other martial arts classes elsewhere, and when those don’t work they get disillusioned and quit. When they want to get back into martial arts, they come back to SubForce.

Other people might leave because they aren’t sure what martial art is for them. They might want more violence than BJJ offers and go to a different school. But when they find out that the punching and kicking isn’t quite their style, they come back.

No matter what, we’re always glad to have former students back. We want them to be sure that they’ve found the place which is most encouraging for them, and that they have indeed found the martial art that is most fulfilling.

Finally, thanks for using the word camaraderie, Casey. That’s exactly what we’re going for. Sure, there’s competition involved in our BJJ and Kickboxing classes, but it’s always about making each other better. We want everyone to feel as comfortable as possible here at SubForce.

Okay, let’s look at one more review.

“If you hate [working] out because it’s boring (which it is, btw), then start training BJJ at Subforce. Not only is it not boring, it’s addicting. You should even commute to get to Subforce; it’s that good.”

— Grant Chaput

Just about every doctor you talk to will say “exercise more.” And if you tell them that you don’t like exercising, they’ll say “find something you love, that way you’ll stick with it.”

It’s true: if you hate rowing, you’re not going to row. If you hate running, you’re not going to keep running. So it’s important to find an exercise routine that you don’t even think about as being exercise. That’s what we foster here at SubForce, and environment that provides activities which are so fun that you never even think about the ways in which you’re improving your body.

All that to say, give it a try! We bet you’ll love our martial arts classes if you try them. Check out our specials on our home page to see just how affordable a martial arts school can be.