Don't just take our word for it, see what some of our students and parents of students have to say.
"Hanna first joined GPC MMA at the beginning of 2019. A year and a half later, she is still very happily goes to his classes, and loves the new slightly different approach – a more updated version of Mixed Martial Arts with added strength and endurance training.
This year, attending classes had been different during the lockdown. She was offered to participate in Zoom classes twice weekly which were absolutely excellent. She learned moves not only according to her coloured belt, but so much more. Now, she is happy having returned to her real classes, as she gets to pick up on using the shields etc properly where she left off.
Being south-east Asian, I have always wanted Hanna to learn a version of Martial Arts, specifically with real-to-life self-defence. I have always wanted her to be strong and independent and able to take care of herself in any tricky situation, especially of the physical kind.
There have been significant changes in Hanna. A before and after if you will. She used to be a rather shy and introverted girl. Now, she is more confident in herself, more outspoken and generally feeling safer when she is not out with her parents. In fact, she had to use self-defence on the school’s playground a few times, of course knowing how to do it properly without hurting anyone in the process thanks to the Martial Arts classes.
I would highly recommend the GPC MMA with Head Coach Coles. Having only mentioned my daughter, the classes are for children as well as adults. The blend between teaching each age group and coloured belts is great. It is informative and something to look forward to for the younger coloured belts to strive towards.
It is time and money well spent and could potentially save you and your loved ones’ lives and you get to stay fit!"
Hanna (and Mum) from Cambridge GPC MMA
"In 2013 I was diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer. Following treatment I felt quite vulnerable physically and mentally. I attended a Mothers Day self defence class with Master Coles, and was hooked. I was unsure what I'd be capable of but slowly built it up and love going to classes every week!
I really feel that GPC MMA has made a huge difference to me. I am regaining my fitness and feel so much more confident. I am now a GPC MMA Instructor which is a huge achievement... I would never imagined it possible this time last year!”
Mrs Bone from St.Neots GPC MMA
"I started GPC MMA together with my son since I thought he would benefit from the physical training and self defence capabilities. He wouldn't go by himself, so I joined in just for a couple of lessons until he got used to it.
I enjoyed the training, and kept going, it is still lot's of fun. Training together became our special thing, my son and I talk about it, and train during the week (at home), it strengthens our bond, which for me is the biggest benefit.
I see the benefit With my son getting higher confidence in his skill and himself. Seeing him training seriously, and trying to do the best each time, means that he learns how to work hard for the long run."
Mr Indursky from Cambridge GPC MMA
“My son has been attending GPC MMA for about 4yrs, and I used to love watching him every week. When lockdown hit and he couldn't go to classes we all joined in at home over zoom and now we are all members and have our uniforms. It’s great fun and great exercise. Learning self defence is a must in my book. The coaches are great at explaining the moves to the young children and keeping the classes fun. My daughter loves it and she's only 5yrs!
My son still enjoys the classes just as much as when he started. There is always something new to learn and he can stay motivated to get his next belt colour.
As for myself and my husband it's been a great choice for us. Going as a family motivates you to go each and every week. We support each other to achieve more each lesson. All the members are encouraging towards each other and never make you feel like you can't do it.
It's great exercise and fantastic self defence.”
The Brown Family from St.Neots GPC MMA
Why you started your GPC MMA training?
1. It was my dream to learn it from childhood but never got a chance before.
2. I get a chance to do something together with my son
3. To boost my confidence level
What do you love the most from the classes and what benefits you are gaining/have gained?
1. I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere where people are ready to help each other to learn and practice.
2. I appreciate the teacher encouraging the students to work hard also remind them it is not a competition.
3. The teacher Master Coles is inspiring.
4. I feel I have gained confidence after joining GPC MMA training.
5. Very good exercise, it is helping my dance class as well.
Mrs Madhu from Cambridge GPC MMA
"I enrolled Eliot because I wanted him to build his confidence and physical strength and co-ordination , in a social, fun setting. Your classes provide all of that and you're fantastic at communicating with the kids even when their concentration levels aren't very high. Eliot always looks forward to the next session.”
Mr Richardson from Stevenage GPC MMA
"My family and I were looking for a fun activity that we could all participate in. We wanted something that would challenge us individually but that we could all learn together and some sort of Martial Art seemed to fit the bill. I did some research online and found that our local Huntingdon GPC MMA school offered a family course in what looked like a friendly environment.
GPC MMA has improved my children's confidence in themselves and we all get to take part in a fun and healthy activity together. The emphasis on courtesy and respect are important and do not always feature in other sports clubs or hobbies. I am also happy that my children are learning skills that they will be able to use to keep themselves safe. Joining the club has been a great experience for us all, and it is great that we can all train and develop together.”
The McCarthy Family from Huntingdon GPC MMA
"I started at this class as I wanted to maintain/increase my fitness levels and develop some new skills, including improving confidence. I have gained these and more during my time in the class.
There is a good mix of abilities and everyone is always willing to help and give advice. Master Coles is very professional and patient ensuring that his attention is evenly spread throughout the class and appropriate training is used for all levels."
Mr Hawkes from Cambridge GPC MMA
"I enrolled Jacob because he found it hard to socialise with other kids, he was very shy and had little confidence in himself. Since he has been going to his Little Dragon classes it has made a big difference! He is happy to go talk to everyone even get up in front of the class.
Another reason I enrolled him is to improve his concentration as this is also a issue at school with him he still struggles to concentrate and listen, but he is getting better the more he goes to the classes."
Ms Greenwood from GPC MMA
"I was originally pursuaded to go to GPC MMA by my husband and children, I was reluctant as i was worried i would "look silly" and that it was just for the kids. I couldn't have been more wrong! I found the GPC MMA family to be welcoming and supportive. The children benefit from the structure, discipline and respect, we all enjoy keeping fit and learning together.
I think I now enjoy the classes more than the kids, especially the pad work. It always clears the mind after a busy day!
GPC MMA has benefited me physically by improving my fitness but also mentally, increasing my confidence and ability to cope with the stresses of life.
I have been encouraged and supported to join the Instructor Training course and am now an assistant instructor. I cannot thank Master Coles enough for the world that has been opened up to me, fitness, mental wellness and helping others to gain the same."
Rebecca Mutlow from St Neots GPC MMA
“GPC MMA has encouraged my son Archie to stay active and keep fit. It has helped to develop his concentration and coordination in a fun and stimulating environment. During the time he has been training he has grown in confidence and watching the sense of self pride on his face when he achieves his belts is brilliant."
Sally (Archie's Mum) from Stevenage GPC MMA
"I had wanted to do some martial arts for sometime but thought that I was now too old (at 45) and not fit enough either. I decided to go along and watch as there was an adult class. It was a relaxed and encouraging environment and had great fun whilst learning the basic moves.
You are encouraged to progress at your own pace and fitness levels but I have found that having been regularly for a while now I have lost weight and got fitter and faster. I have also moved up a couple of belts and gained confidence. So glad I turned up and gave it a go that night!”
Mr Sadler from St.Neots GPC MMA
"Oliver originally wanted to be a 'ninja' after watching a kids tv programme. We thought we would try GPC MMA as we had read about the origin and methods on the website. We were impressed by the fact it teaches children about 'stranger danger' issues as well as the martial art itself.
My son, Oliver has learnt so much in the last 2 years as he is now a 'brown belt' Little Dragon! He loves the fun element that Master Coles brings to the class as well as the disciplined moves he learns as part of Master Coles's teaching method.
I would highly recommend GPC MMA to everyone with children as I have learnt so much too just by being a part of Olivers 'ninja' world! I am confident now that Oliver will grow up with the knowledge of discipline, respect and most importantly self defence tactics."
Georgina Gentry - Mother of Oliver, 6 years old.
"My son Henry and I have been attending Huntingdon GPC MMA for about 18 months now and we really enjoy our training and practice time together. Henry started GPC MMA first as I thought it would be good for his confidence and physical presence. For the first few weeks I watched from the side lines and held an occasional pad for others to practice with. Before long I joined the class and have never looked back.
Henry and I spend between 5 and 20 minutes a day practicing our moves and I really love that this is ‘our time’. In our busy lives it’s often hard to find times to just be together and this is my cherished time of the day. Henry has certainly become more able to focus and he has benefitted from greater confidence and better gross motor skills (balance, coordination etc).
We have both now moved on to the Leadership programme where we get to mix with other belts and benefit from peer to peer training. I would encourage anyone to give it a go regardless of age, shape or size as I’m sure that they would benefit.”
Mr Waring from Huntingdon GPC MMA