'Striking' / Muay Thai Based Striking Classes, Tuesdays, 6:00pm
The primary focus of our striking classes is Traditional Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). Classes are taught using traditional technique with modern concepts that are based on each individual's focus. Muay Thai is known as the art of 8 limbs due to it's use of punches, kicks, elbows and knees. The clinch is also utilized in Muay Thai which adds to the art's compatibility with BJJ/wrestling. Students partner up in groups of 2 and take turns holding pads for a series of combinations and techniques. All levels welcome! Please refer to the Striking Classes page in our main menu for more information!
Jiu Jitsu | 'All Levels Class', Monday & Wednesdays, 7pm
Our Alll Levels class is great for students of all levels! However, these are definitely the best classes for beginners specifically. If you are just starting out, these are the classes for you to attend. The techniques shown during class are for both Gi and Nogi. After the technique is taught, we go straight into live rolling (sparring). Rolling allows the student to practice the techniques while also learning to deal with pressure and thrive in it while in a safe environment. These classes are designed so that anyone new to Jiu Jitsu can learn the basic movements of the art while also providing more advanced movements for students that are looking for more of a challenge.
Jiu Jitsu | 'Situational Grappling', Tuesdays, 7:30pm
This class is for those looking to push themselves. There is no technique taught in this class, but rather a set of drills which challenge the students to improve their stamina, cardio, guard passing and take downs. This class is fast paced and fun! If you're looking to challenge yourself or compete in tournaments, this is the class for you. Please bring both gi and nogi uniforms when attending.
Jiu Jitsu | 'Blue Belt Prep' Thursdays, 7:30pm
This class is open to any white belts who are wanting to learn our blue belt curriculum. Students are required to wear a gi to this class. At Dark Horse Martial Arts, we do test our students for their blue belt. This 'demo' consists of a variety of movements, mostly escapes, which students will need to demonstrate effectively in a precise manner before sparring with several advanced members. This demo is a wonderful event which brings the entire club together — it's an incredible display of endurance and community! This class has no specific structure, but rather students are encouraged to go over the cirruculm in pairs, learning and repping at their own pace. We highly recommend having a regular partner for this class if possible! Coloured belts are present to be of assistance.
Jiu Jitsu | 'Advanced Class', Thursdays 8:15pm
Along with our All Levels classes we do run an Advanced Class that is invite-only for coloured belts on Thursday evenings at 8:15pm. This class is for students that have shown a thorough understanding of our basic techniques which make up the foundation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Advanced class has some requirements that need to be met before attending, please speak with our instructor to find out more.
Jiu Jitsu | 'Open Mat', Saturdays, 12:00 Noon
Every Saturday after Women's Only Class we have an Open Mat which is by donation to the local SPCA. This event is a very social and casual time on the mats where members are welcome to drop by and get some rolls in, rep techniques or even just hang out and chat! More often than not, we like to go for a cheeky beer afterwards at our favourite neighbours, Sheepdog Brewery which is conveniently located right next door!
At Dark Horse Martial Arts we always strive to maintain a safe environment in which to train. This is achieved through a club atmosphere in which we teach that the most important person in the club is your partner, because without them you would not be able to train. Safety is a huge emphasis for us at DHMA. We believe in leaving your ego at the door and training with a focus on control, not strength.
It's my first class, what do I wear?!
For tops, we recommend a long sleeved fitted shirt — definitely not made of a thermal material! You will get very hot. For bottoms, fitted shorts or leggings for women work fine. We recommend avoiding cotton as it will become very wet and will stretch out. We sell rash-guards (shirts) and spats (leggings specifically for Jiu Jitsu) as well as gi uniforms at the club, although unnecessary if you're just starting and wanting to see if it's for you.
For striking, you do need your own wraps and gloves. You can bring your own, or purchase a set at the club.
We don't recommend participating if:
- You're feeling under the weather and may be contagious
- Have received a new tattoo or piercing recently
- Have a skin infection
- Are still recovering from a severe injury
Welcome to Dark Horse Martial Arts, the Bow Valley's premiere Mixed Martial Art Club offering Adult, Kids and Women's Self Defence classes. Reserve your spot on the mat today!