Faiferlick Martial Arts

Martial Arts for Kids and Adults in Fort Dodge, IA


There’s Something For Everyone At Faiferlick Martial Arts In Fort Dodge, IA!

At Faiferlick Martial Arts, we work with our students to develop an appreciation of the martial arts as a sport and an art form. We strive to help you achieve physical fitness through positive participation. Overall, you will improve your mental discipline and emotional well-being, learn Self Defense skills, and gain a sense of responsibility for oneself and others.

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!

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for Sport & Competition

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for Sport & Competition is a dynamic and physically demanding combat sport that combines a wide range of martial disciplines. Participants in MMA training typically engage in striking techniques borrowed from boxing and kickboxing, allowing them to develop powerful punches and kicks. They also learn takedowns and throws derived from wrestling, judo, and jiu-jitsu, enabling them to control their opponents and take the fight to the ground when necessary. Moreover, grappling skills, particularly from jiu-jitsu, are essential for submissions and ground control. MATA guide students through a structured curriculum, which often includes rank progression and the attainment of belts as students master various aspects of the sport.

MMA places a strong emphasis on tactics, techniques, and strategy, requiring athletes to not only be physically fit but also mentally sharp. Instructors certified through reputable organizations like ICAF.

These classes provide a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to MMA, offering participants the opportunity to develop both their offensive and defensive skills while gaining a deep understanding of combat strategy. It’s an exciting and challenging sport that not only hones physical abilities but also fosters discipline, respect, and personal growth as individuals progress through the ranks and continually refine their skills.


Women Empowered is our official self-defense program for women. We will provide you with the physical and psychological tools to defend against the 15 most common threats against women. 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 learn and apply the techniques with ease. Once you successfully complete the Women Empowered program, you will be awarded your pink belt!

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is the perfect self-defense system for women, but only if it is taught correctly. If you’re unsure about learning BJJ for fear of injury, embarrassment, or any other reason, then the Women Empowered program is perfect for you! If you’ve tried BJJ at another school and had a negative experience, give Women Empowered a chance, and we guarantee it will win you back to the mat!

20 Essential Techniques
Law enforcement officials and survivors of sexual assault helped us identify the 20 most common attack strategies that a male assailant is likely to use on a woman. From hair-grabs and choke-holds, to bear hugs and weapon defenses, the Women Empowered program covers it all.

The Empowerment Mindset
Beyond the physical techniques, Women Empowered also reinforces awareness principles, risk assessment, and verbal and psychological strategies a woman can use to set safe boundaries with others – even if the perpetrator is someone she knows. At the core of this mindset is the belief that we are worth defending!


This class is for 3-7 year olds that are ready to focus for 30 minutes! We work on basic jiu jitsu games, blocks, kicks, and self-defense all mixed in with some fun. Our goal is to get them ready to join our regular martial arts classes.


We believe that one can never be too safe. Our expertly trained instructors will teach you everything you need to know to defend yourself from an attacker should it ever be necessary. This class also incorporates many of the techniques of Jujitsu. Jujitsu which is known for its strong ground fighting component and its devastating throwing and joint locking techniques. We have also incorporated techniques from other styles, such as Hapkido, Aikido, Judo, and Escrima.


Tai Chi helps reduce stress, improves sleep and helps you feeling good and positive. You may makes some new friends too.
Check out Tai Chi for Health and Balance at Faiferlick Martial Arts.

Medical and fitness authorities stress that effective exercise for health should include cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and improving flexibility.


Inhale, exhale and feel the energy within. Faiferlick Martial Arts teaches calming yoga classes that harmonize your mind, body and spirit. Through a series of stretches, your yoga instructor will lead you to peace and well-being.


Kendo is a modern Japanese martial art, descended from swordsmanship, that uses bamboo swords as well as protective armor. Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and has spread to many other nations across the world.

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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