Brazilian jiu-jitsu is our specialty, with over 7 classes a week offered! In addition to Jiu Jitsu, we also teach beginner-friendly striking/Muay Thai classes and host a Women's Self Defence class every Saturday at 11am.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is primarily a grappling martial art. You'll learn take-downs, throws, and ground grappling, as well as control positions, escaping, and submissions such as arm locks and blood chokes.
Every Monday and Wednesday we offer Jiu Jitsu classes which are beginner friendly. You can come and jump right into class. The DHMA instructors and members are always willing to help new members. Our Striking classes can also be adapted to help new students with no experience! Simply let our instructors know it's your first time.
Adult Monthly Jiu Jitsu Membership $150 + gst
Adult Monthly Jiu Jitsu & Striking Membership $180 + gst
Kids Monthly Jiu Jitsu Membership $150 + gst
$20 drop in if class size allows.
Check out the Membership tab for more options.
Absolutely. Everyone is welcome on our mats and we make it a priority to ensure our club is a safe place for all students. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to one of the coaches before class.
Our club actively participates in local competitions. There are a variety of competitions across Alberta and BC with varying rule sets that allow BJJ practitioners a fun and safe environment to engage in a competitive competition, we encourage our students to compete as we find it's the fastest way to learn!
As of 2022, we are now the proud hosts of the Dark Horse Grappling Series in Banff. We host these tournaments several times a year and boast over 400 competitors.
The fundamental classes are taught in a manner that is both Gi and Nogi friendly.
No! We support and encourage both Gi and Nogi training. We also have a great selection of club Gi's, rash-guards, fight shorts, and spats available for purchase; although, you are more than welcome to train in your own gear.
The main reason we practise Jiu Jitsu in either a Gi or rash-guard is for hygiene. Contrary to popular belief, it's not just for looks! Both the Gi and rash-guard help prevent an array of nasty skin infections that can occur with skin on skin interaction. It also keeps your sweat off of your opponent. In addition, the Gi does mimic regular clothing, so it's a great way to train self defense for the real world!
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!