Two Year Anniversary Weekend Coming Up!

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North Star Mixed Martial Arts celebrates its two year anniversary this weekend!

Full schedule of special events on Friday and Saturday

Two years ago, North Star MMA was just a thought, an idea, maybe even a dream.  In a short 24 months, built upon the faith and hard work of an amazing, diverse community of exceptional students, we have accomplished so much!  Two expansions, national kickboxing championships, professional fights, belt promotions, youth programming, and not to mention the incredible personal goals achieved–some students shedding 100+ lbs, some students finding their inner warrior, and some students just finding a healthy hobby that they finally enjoy.

As a THANK YOU to our amazing community, we are holding a weekend full of special events here at the academy!

We kick things off Friday night with a special Striking 101 class from 6:30pm – 7:30pm (with open mat to follow).  Since all regularly scheduled classes on Saturday are cancelled, we are opening up our Friday night this week for those students who want to get a training session in but who are not participating in our Shorts Test.

On Saturday, we begin with an awesome free Jiu-jitsu seminar with Balance standouts Steven Wilson and Brian Palakow.  Steven Wilson is a Balance black belt, owner of 8 Days Later Fitness in King of Prussia, and a phenominal resource in all things health, fitness, and martial arts.  Brian Palakow, a Balance brown belt, is an undefeated heavyweight champion in MMA and a highly sought after MMA commentator and analyst.

Brian and Steve will teach some of their top techniques pulled right out of their own playbooks, with open mat rolling to follow.

White gis are REQUIRED–students not wearing a white gi will not be permitted on the mats.

At 12:30pm we begin our Muay Thai Shorts Exam.  Students will be expected to bring all sparring gear (16oz gloves, shinguards, kneepads if possible, and a mouthguard) in addition to their regular training equipment.

The shorts exam will consist of a warmup, pad work (both holding and hitting), conditioning, sparring, and clinch sparring.  Prepare for the worst!  I have faith that everyone will pull through, but you are responsible for dragging yourself across the finish line.

Those students who pass the grueling shorts exam will receive the honor of being able to wear the elite team shorts (arriving soon).

Once all the training is wrapped up, we will reconvene at the Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant at 4120 Main Street in Manayunk for our anniversary reception from 5-7pm.

The happy hour menu will be extended to our guests and we will be raffling off some prizes to members and non-members alike!

All members who arrive will receive one raffle ticket, with an additional bonus of two tickets if they are rocking an academy shirt (for a total of 3)!  Additionally all members will receive an additional raffle ticket for each guest in their party!

Prizes include custom gloves, t-shirts, private lessons, and free months of tuition!

Non-members (family, friends, or otherwise) can enter into a separate raffle for either a 3 month adult membership + gloves/shinguards or a 3 month youth membership + youth gi

Thank you for an amazing journey so far and we are super excited to celebrate two years of kicking butt with everyone!

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