Faiferlick Martial Arts

Martial Arts for Kids and Adults in Fort Dodge, IA

Announcing...an Inspiring Martial Arts Program in Fort Dodge, IA for The Entire Family!

Our dynamic Martial Arts Program in Fort Dodge, IA has something for everyone. Children gain rock solid self-confidence,  build unshakable self-esteem, and hone razor sharp focus, while adults get fit, improve flexibility and quickly eliminate stress!

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Traditional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for Self Defense

Traditional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for Self Defense at Faiferlick Martial Arts encompasses a comprehensive approach to personal safety and combat preparedness. It is a safe class to prevent injuries to students. Rooted in a rich history of diverse martial arts disciplines, it combines techniques from various traditional martial arts such as Taekwondo, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Boxing, Aikido, Hapkido, Escrima and Weapons. The emphasis in traditional MMA is not just on offense but also on defense, teaching practitioners to react effectively to various threats and physical confrontations. This holistic approach includes striking techniques for stand-up situations, throws and takedowns for close-quarters combat, and ground fighting for when situations escalate to the ground. Traditional MMA focuses not only on physical skills but also on mental and emotional aspects, imparting discipline, respect, and the ability to remain calm under pressure. It provides individuals with the tools and confidence needed to defend themselves effectively while promoting a sense of honor and responsibility in the process. Our Instructors are Certified through ICAF & MATA. These classes are ranked and belts are earned as the student progresses in all areas of this class curriculum.


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is one of the fastest growing martial arts on the planet! In this program, you will learn the core techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment. Each one-hour lesson addresses one standing and one ground self-defense technique. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience and, since safety is our number one concern, there is no competitive sparring in this program. You’re going to love it!


Women Empowered Women Empowered is the official Gracie self-defense program for women based on the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Faiferlick Martial Arts is a Certified Training Center, the only one in the state of Iowa. These classes are led by certified instructor Pink Belt Deann Faiferlick. The only male in class is her husband Justin who is a certified instructor in and is a Pink Belt Women Empowered. In this 15-lesson program, we will teach you how to neutralize the 20 most common attacks ranging from having your hair grabbed to being pinned to the ground by a weapon-bearing assailant. Each one-hour Women Empowered lesson addresses two techniques. You can start the program at any time and participate in any class without previous experience. Unlike most self-defense systems that rely heavily on strength, speed, and coordination, the techniques in the Women Empowered program employ leverage, technique, and timing, so anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, can make them work against larger opponents. Once you complete the Women Empowered program, you may test for promotion to pink belt! When you pass the test, you will receive your official Women Empowered Pink Belt and promotion certificate.

Welcome to Faiferlick Martial Arts!

Hi! My name is Grandmaster, 7th degree Black Belt Justin Faiferlick, and I’m very PROUD that hundreds of families all over the Fort Dodge area are singing the praises of our programs and telling their friends and neighbors how much of a positive impact it’s having on their lives. (You can see some of these stories for yourself on the “Reviews” page!)

Our students are surprised by how easy it is to get started, and delighted that they don’t have to be “already in great shape” to truly enjoy their new classes. Parents who enroll their children are amazed at how patient and genuine our instructors are, and how quickly their child makes observable improvements in their level of focus and confidence!

But the best way to see if our program would be a good fit for you or someone in your family is to try it for yourself.

Get started now with one of our WEB SPECIALS and find out how you can be healthier, happier, and more confident with Faiferlick Martial Arts training!

Martial Arts Lessons for Families in Fort Dodge IA - Man and Daughters Family Punching Together

Physical and Mental Development

Our members tell us that our school is more of an institution of self-improvement, physically and mentally, rather than just a gym or some “activity.” It feels like a family. We concentrate on building the whole person: Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

I pride myself on helping our adult members safely build lean muscle, quickly burn fat, gain flexibility, and relieve stress in a FUN, positive, and injury-free environment!

And for the children, parents all over the Fort Dodge area give my martial arts classes credit for increasing their child’s ability to focus in school and at home, building their self-esteem, and igniting a passion for self- improvement they never would have expected.

Faiferlick Martial Arts is So Much More than “Kicking & Punching”

The martial arts are not “just” about self-defense!

In reality, the physical “kicking and punching” are really just tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself and life.

By practicing physical self-defense skills, you will follow the proven path for successful living based on discipline, focus, and perseverance.

Take us up on our WEB SPECIAL offer, and see the benefits of my Fort Dodge martial arts program for yourself!

Martial Arts Lessons for Kids in Fort Dodge IA - Kicks High Kicking Together

Faiferlick Martial Arts reviews

Tyler Howell
Tyler Howell
April 27, 2022
Awesome place and awesome coaching, and there new building are amazing
Lindsey Martin
Lindsey Martin
February 5, 2021
They are amazing people that made my daughter feel very at ease and comfortable since she was super nervous going into the program... recommended to everyone and reasonably priced...
Conner Ely
Conner Ely
February 2, 2021
Did it when i was younger and it was really fun
David Repass
David Repass
January 26, 2021
Explain everything so I understand what is offered and how to set a goal for my grandkids thanks
Chad Thompson
Chad Thompson
January 20, 2021
I participate in both taekwondo and jiu jitsu at Faiferlick Martial Arts. Both have been beneficial to my mental and physical health. The instructors and coaches are helpful and encouraging. The other participants are friendly and welcoming. It's a great place to go if you want to learn more about martial arts. Any skill level is accepted.
Spencer Peterson
Spencer Peterson
December 22, 2020
With 2020 being such a crazy year, I think anyone could benefit from some mind, body, and spirit. Faiferlick Martial Arts provides an array of different classes for anyone who is interested in all around self improvement. The instructors are very professional, helpful, and are willing to spend time with you. My children and I have been attending for about a month now and we have enjoyed it immensely. If your looking to get a head start on some 2021 goals, I highly recommend the Faiferlick Martial Arts Center!
Patrick Kelleher
Patrick Kelleher
December 10, 2020
The Faiferlicks are great folks, and there’s a really friendly and supportive community of people at their gym. Two thumbs way up!
Emilie Fryer
Emilie Fryer
August 10, 2020
Such a great experience! We were just passing through fort dodge with work and decided to join for a month. VERY friendly owners/staff. My boys enjoyed their training and always left feeling sweaty and encouraged!
Rachel Butler
Rachel Butler
August 18, 2019
The Faiferlick team is doing a fantastic job of teaching their students skills of the body while keeping lessons challenging for your level, fun, encouraging, and character building.

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326 South 25th Street, Fort Dodge, IA

Faiferlick Martial Arts

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.


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