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Great place to be! Highest quality of Jiu Jitsu you will find in the area.***Highly Addictive*** Once you start you can't stop.

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My 7yo son has always been active in sports(tball, flag football, soccer) but he absolutely LOVES It here at PAMA. He looks forward to class every week.

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Our son has recently started training here. My husband has recently started back training. They offer classes at all times which is great for our busy schedules. This is a great program we wouldn't be anywhere else!!

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Our twin girls have been coming to PAMA for a little over 2 years and still look forward to coming to class. Family friendly, locally-owned and operated. Instructor/owners are personable, knowledgeable and committed to providing quality instruction. Assistant instructors are dedicated and provide excellent support. I would highly recommend PAMA to parents who wish to pursue martial arts training for their children.

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Pendergrass Academy is by far one of the best things that has happened to my children and I am now a student of PAMA you need to come give it a try it's a decision I promise you won't regret. The Academy is not just a place to study but a family. The staff is the best in the Business.

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Just started training here. Great instructors always willing to help out. Everyone is extremely helpful and always looking to help out the newbies. Highly recommended

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This is a great school. My oldest son has gained so much confidence in the 5 years he been coming here. My youngest has been enrolled for a few months and is having as much fun as his older brother. I became tired of watching them have all the fun so I joined too. Great kids program, great adult program and awesome instructors.

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My husband and I both train here. My husband has trained here for years. I started with Muay Thai this past year and have just started jiu jitsu. All the teachers and staff here are great and the students are very welcoming. I could not say enough nice things about Pendergrass! Highly recommend!!!

Lance Hendrix reviewed Pendergrass Academy of Martial Arts
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Rob hosted a Beginning Jiu Jitsu class for me and 11 of my friends. He gave a great overview of jiu jitsu and we all had a blast on the mat. He was very nice, humble, and well paced though out the training. He even stayed later since we started a little late because of late arrivals. The facility is nice and it is great that they offer Muay Thai also. I think I am going to sign up and also sign up my kids. Thank you Rob for an awesome birthday. It was exactly what I wanted.

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This is a wonderful program. All three of our sons have been a part of Pendergrass Academy for many years. It has taught them so much more than martial arts. We are grateful to be a part of this fantastic family business.

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Top 10 Questions we get asked about our Academy & our programs.

 

Top 10 Questions we get asked about our Academy & our Programs. If you were going to step into an Academy as a brand new student these might be some of the questions you could ask.

How long have you been in business?

This question may be more important to a parent. Some parents like to see an established business. Parents want to see professionalism in a school that they’re going to be bringing their child to.
Pendergrass Academy of Martial Arts has been in business for 14 years now.

What are your school’s hours?

We all have busy schedules. Or maybe you don’t work the typical 8-5. Our kids’ classes are pretty standard. We have the early afternoon to evening classes. As well as Saturday morning too. For our adults, we have morning classes on Wednesdays and Fridays. Lunch classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And of course, we offer evening classes as well.

What style of Martial Arts is taught?

It’s important to research what style of Martial Arts you’re interested in and what will work best for you. At Pendergrass Academy, we teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai.

What is your current rank? Who did you get your rank from?

This is an important question to ask. You want to make sure they’re legitimate if they’re going to promote you. Both Professors Guy and Rob are third-degree Black belts under Gustavo Machado.

How are classes separated?

At Pendergrass Academy, our classes are age-specific as well as skill-specific. Our programs are grouped like so:
•Tiny Champs 4-6-year-old
•Little Champs 7-9-year-old. We offer advanced-level classes for this age group as well.
•Junior Champs 10-12-year-old
•Teens 13-15-year-old
Adults train with adults. We also offer both beginner and advanced classes in both Adult Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.

How often will I or my child advance?

Most Brazilian jiu-jitsu schools follow the IBJJF: The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation. According to the IBJJF, there is a minimum age criterion as well as a minimum amount of time at certain belt levels. For example, the kids earn 6 stripes on their first two belts in our kids’ program. Each month they are tested on the techniques they learned. If they pass they get a stripe on their belt. On the 7th test, they will earn a belt. Everyone starts with a white belt. It takes time in this martial art to attain a black belt. We also don’t charge for testing or belts.

Does your staff pass background checks?

This is an important question. Most businesses today require that staff pass a background check. It’s especially important to parents because they want their child to be in a safe environment. Here at the Academy, all staff members from the front desk to the mats have had background checks and are CPR and First Aid certified.

Are visitors welcome?

Definitely. You can come in and check us out. Watch a class if you’d like. You can also schedule a time and Sue, our program director, will give you a tour and answer any questions you might have.

Can I try a class before joining?

We offer a two-week trial. We don’t feel that 1-2 classes are enough for you to decide if we’re a right fit for you. We feel that a couple of weeks will give you a better feel for the vibe of the school, the instructors, and others you would train with. We are running a summer special which is an 8-week trial.

Do your students participate in tournaments? Are they required?

It’s important to know what the school you’re looking into is trying to achieve. Some schools are only focused on self-defense. Other schools could be focused on competition only. Here at the Academy, we do have both kids and adults that compete. It is not required.

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Pendergrass Academy of Martial Arts proudly serves the Wake Forest, Wakefield, and Raleigh NC areas. For more information about us check out: www.bjjnc.com. For more information on our adult program go to https://www.bjjnc.com/program/bjj/ or for our kids’ program go to https://www.bjjnc.com/program/kids-martial-arts/