Success Stories

Success Stories

At the suggestion of one of my wife’s friends, I came to my first Project Warrior class in the fall of 2015 and I can safely say that this is where my martial arts journey in the River Valley started. Having dabbled with Taekwondo as a kid, I was immediately fascinated with this submission grappling class, as well as other classes offered at Força Martial Arts and Fitness. The level of instruction was top notch and the training was intense, but what really drew me in was the judgment free and friendly atmosphere. No one looked down at me because I was a newbie to the sport. Everyone was helpful and encouraging. These people were more than just teammates. They were family. To this day, the same still holds true. If you’re even remotely interested in martial arts, gaining confidence, or shedding some pounds, come join the Força family! I promise you won’t regret your decision!

MICAH GIPE

At the suggestion of one of my wife’s friends, I came to my first Project Warrior class in the fall of 2015 and I can safely say that this is where my martial arts journey in the River Valley started. Having dabbled with Taekwondo as a kid, I was immediately fascinated with this submission grappling class, as well as other classes offered at Força Martial Arts and Fitness. The level of instruction was top notch and the training was intense, but what really drew me in was the judgment free and friendly atmosphere. No one looked down at me because I was a newbie to the sport. Everyone was helpful and encouraging. These people were more than just teammates. They were family. To this day, the same still holds true. If you’re even remotely interested in martial arts, gaining confidence, or shedding some pounds, come join the Força family! I promise you won’t regret your decision!

MICAH GIPE

To all those nervous moms out there, not sure about letting your kids be in an intense sport like boxing, check out Forca. We have our two boys in the RPBC and LOVE IT!!! Besides being taught how to fight like champs, they are also learning control and respect. That’s the perfect trifecta for teenagers and rowdy children.    

Boxer Mom

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To all those nervous moms out there, not sure about letting your kids be in an intense sport like boxing, check out Forca. We have our two boys in the RPBC and LOVE IT!!! Besides being taught how to fight like champs, they are also learning control and respect. That’s the perfect trifecta for teenagers and rowdy children.

Boxer Mom


About a year ago (2015), I noticed on a friend’s Facebook about a new Community Outreach grappling program geared towards Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and ROTC Cadets. Having served in the Arkansas National Guard for 9 1/2 years and being a Veteran, this opportunity appealed to me. I saw this as a healthy way to become fit, fight depression, and to fill a void after leaving the Guard. I attended the first class and was hooked. I had learned basic Combatives here and there, but this class expands those fundamentals in a real world application.

The things I enjoy the most are the mental focus, physicality, and comradeship. The class has introduced me to like minded people from all walks of life. I can control my anger better, which has made my quality of life worlds better. Also losing 30 pounds makes me feel healthier and stronger. The friendships and skills I’ve earned are to be cherished. The coaches are very competent and knowledgeable. Chris Housenick, Andy Melton, Cora Sanders, and Brian Wilson are great coaches, mentors, and teammates. These individuals have bettered my life and support my self improvement and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey.

REBECCA GINDER


About a year ago (2015), I noticed on a friend’s Facebook about a new Community Outreach grappling program geared towards Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and ROTC Cadets. Having served in the Arkansas National Guard for 9 1/2 years and being a Veteran, this opportunity appealed to me. I saw this as a healthy way to become fit, fight depression, and to fill a void after leaving the Guard. I attended the first class and was hooked. I had learned basic Combatives here and there, but this class expands those fundamentals in a real world application.

The things I enjoy the most are the mental focus, physicality, and comradeship. The class has introduced me to like minded people from all walks of life. I can control my anger better, which has made my quality of life worlds better. Also losing 30 pounds makes me feel healthier and stronger. The friendships and skills I’ve earned are to be cherished. The coaches are very competent and knowledgeable. Chris Housenick, Andy Melton, Cora Sanders, and Brian Wilson are great coaches, mentors, and teammates. These individuals have bettered my life and support my self improvement and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu journey.

REBECCA GINDER