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Kids Classes

Suitable for ages 4-12 Years Old

Our children’s martial arts programs have been developed with your child in mind. Designed by our world class coaches your child will be part of a cutting edge training program that will help develop:

+Patience +Fitness +Self Defence +Bully Protection

+Confidence +Self Control

All our programs our taught in a fun safe environment. We believe children learn best through fun activities that help build techniques and skills and all our programs follow this philosophy. We understand that each child develops at a different pace and we ensure they never feel out of place. We pride our self on the family atmosphere.

You may ask what makes our martial arts programs different? We are confident in telling you we are the best at what we do and have the experience to deliver time and time again. We genuinely care about the progression of our students and we strive to ensure your children are the best that they can be.

Here are just some of the reasons we are the best:

– World class coaches: All our coaches have years of martial arts training under there belt and have competed at the highest levels

– Top Facility: We have one of the best facilities in Manchester with over 2000 sqft matted space, octagon and ring plus much more…

– Awesome Students: Our students are what make the academy. Everyone is friendly with no egos and all are there to help each other learn. A true family experience.

– Specifically Designed Programs: Our children’s programs are designed so all children flourish in the environment and develop at a rate that suits them.

Check out the programs we have to offer:

Mini Warriors ( 4-6 Years Old )

Our Mini Warrior program starts from the age of 4 working with them until they are 7 years old and is designed to bring the best out of each child taking part. The program will concentrate on building new skills in each 45minute session from stance, strikes and grappling.

Each skill is taught in a fun engaging manner that will appeal to your child and help them progress and develop. The program will help your child build self confidence, improve there fitness, teach the importance of manners and much, much more…

All the coaches that teach this program bring the best out of your child and always make them feel an important part of the group. Our aim is to help children not only develop physical skills but also life skills all taught in a fun and dynamic manner.

The program incorporates a junior grading system that helps focus your child and gives them goals to achieve throughout the different age groups.

Junior Warriors ( 7-13 Years Old )

Our Junior Warrior program is for children 7 years old and above. This program now encourages the student to perform the more complicated movements of mixed martial arts and will help your child develop into a skilled, respectful and disciplined student and martial artist. Each new skill is taught in a fun engaging manner that will appeal to your child and help them progress and develop.

The program will help your child build self confidence, improve there fitness, teach the importance of manners and much, much more…

All the coaches that teach this program bring the best out of your child and always make them feel an important part of the group. Our aim is to help children not only develop physical skills but also life skills all taught in a fun and dynamic manner.

The programs syllabus is designed to build on the skills already developed in the 4-6yrs old but is also suitable for any child of any level of experience. The program incorporates the junior grading system that can now take your child to there first black belt and beyond.

Reviews

Here's what our members have to say

12 Gauge MMA is a unique Mixed Martial Arts Centre welcoming everyone who walks through the door whether younger, older, male or female, fighter or hobbyist everyone benefits from world class MMA training taught by the Legendary 12 Gauge himself. The great comradeship amongst students is second to none in any gym I've trained in around the country everyone mucks in to help beginners get the basics and fighters train for fights. I'm proud to call myself a 12 Gauge MMA Team member.

COUNCILLOR PATRICK MCAULEY
STOCKPORT METROPOLITAN BOROUGH COUNCIL / 12 GAUGE MMA MEMBER

I've been involved in the Martial Arts world for over 25 years and coached for half of those. During that time I've trained with very few coaches that are as willing to share their knowledge and experience as Matt Thorpe is. He is a true expert in his field and always strives to deepen his understanding. In the years I've known Matt he has always shown an ability to involve the latest ideas and cutting edge coaching techniques. He produces great fighters with his approach. I regularly invite Matt to teach at my gym and have no hesitation in recommending training with him and at his gym - 12 Gauge. I have sent several of my competitive fighters to train at 12 Gauge with great success and will continue to do so. 12 Gauge is proving to be a formidable force in the MMA world and Matt '12 Gauge' Thorpe is the engine driving it forward.

DAVE KARI
HEAD COACH VOODOO GYM

I first met Matt in 1999 and have watched him develop and evolve over the last 10+ years from martial arts student, to amateur level fighter, professional fighter and beyond. After his retirement from competion in 2010, Matt focused on coaching a new generation of warriors and started up 12 Gauge MMA. I still get down there from time to time. Matt is an incredible coach. First of all he is a real student of MMA. He still studies videos, books, articles, anything.. just to pick up the new techniques and ideas. Secondly, he has a very calm persona, which means he teaches in a very relaxed manner. This gives his students a great atmosphere to learn in and creates the time for Matt to focus on the fine details of the techniques he is teaching. With years of fighting and coaching behind him, Matt is an ideal person to gravitate to if you want to learn every aspect of MMA. From keen beginner through to seasoned professional, you will learn something from Matt. I know I still do!

AARON CHATFIELD
ASSITANT COACH TEAM COLOSSEUM / FORMER M1 TEAM ENGLAND COACH / UFC JUDGE