Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am completely new to martial arts and combat sports, can I still join?
  2. What styles of martial arts and combative sports do you teach?
  3. What credentials do the instructors have?
  4. How much is a membership?
  5. Do I need a uniform or any other equipment to start training?
  6. How do I get started?
  7. Do you have a competition team?
  8. Are there age restrictions?
  9. I have a belt rank from another martial art, can I still wear it when I train with you?
  10. What’s the difference in your kickboxing program and the fitness kickboxing class at my local fitness club?
  11. How does the belt system work?

1. I am completely new to martial arts and combat sports, can I still join?

  • Of course! Many of our current members have little to no previous experience before coming to us. We offer a safe, friendly, and inclusive training environment for martial arts first timers to train alongside other beginners or our experienced members. A team atmosphere is what we try to instill in our members. By helping one another excel, we build a stronger team with more training partners to help us succeed.

2. What styles of martial arts and combative sports do you teach?

  • We teach Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo Karate, and Kickboxing. We actively compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, sport Karate, and Kickboxing competitions

3. What credentials do the instructors have?

  • All of the instructors at our academy have extensive training and competitive backgrounds ranging from 10 years to over 35 years experience. Our Kenpo Karate instructors all hold black belts in the Foley family style of Kenpo Karate, our Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructors all hold rank under Master Pedro Sauer, and our Kickboxing instructors all have coaching certifications from WAKO Canada. All of our instructors come from competitive backgrounds in their respective disciplines, have first aid training, and have clean police background with vulnerability sector checks. 

4. How much is a membership?

  • We offer membership packages which are both affordable and competitive with other martial arts clubs in the area. You can email, call or come in to the academy to discuss membership packages that fit your time and budget, or check out our “Pricing” section under the “About” tab.

5. Do I need a uniform or any other equipment to start training?

  • You are not required to any equipment for your first day at the academy. Jiu Jitsu and Kenpo Karate students can wear something comfortable for exercise in lieu of a uniform, while kickboxers can borrow gloves from the club stock. Once a prospective member chooses to stay with a program, they are required to have a suitable uniform for Jiu Jitsu or Karate, and gloves, shin guards, and handwraps for recreational kickboxing. Competitive kickboxing members are also required to have a mouth guard, athletic support and headgear as they are absolutely required for safe training.

6. How do I get started?

  • It is very simple to begin your training with us: You can call us at (709)-738-8109, email us at info@michaelfoley.ca, or drop by to speak with a member of our professional staff about our programs and membership packages during business hours. Once you choose a program, you can walk onto our mats and start training with our team.

7. Do you have a competition team?

  • Yes! Competition is not a requirement in any of our programs, but yes, we have a very active competition team. We use competition to further develop the skill level of our students. Our primary focus is to make the absolute best that they can be and competition is a great way for a lot of students to reach the next level. Our quest for excellence has brought our competition team to five different continents and all academy members are welcome to join us when we travel for competition provided that they have put the time and effort into their preparation.

8. Are there age restrictions?

  • Yes, there are age restrictions for our kids’ and adult programs. Kids can join either of our SuperStart programs when they are in kindergarten up to the second grade. Our regular kids classes are limited to kids aged 7 to 12, our adult programs are for ages 13 and up.

9. I have a belt rank from another martial art, can I still wear it when I train with you?

  • Belt colours from different martial arts do not usually cross over. We mean no disrespect to your accomplishments, but we have a strict ranking system in our Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Kenpo Karate programs that have been developed for a reason. For example, a red belt in one martial art could be a student rank below black belt, while in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, red belt is the highest rank there is and is only awarded to a very small number of black belts who have been a black belt for almost 50 years.

10. What’s the difference in your kickboxing program and the fitness kickboxing class at my local fitness club?

  • Our kickboxing program is competition based and functional for self defense and the competition arena. It is the combination of three specific combat sports: boxing, karate, and muay thai; whereas, fitness kickboxing classes found at health clubs and gyms are aerobics classes with a kickboxing theme. In fitness kickboxing classes, participants focused on breaking a sweat. In our kickboxing program, participants are pushed to be at the physical, mental, and technical level they would need to enter the competition ring. Whether you wish to train with us recreationally or competitively, you will get the same real kickboxing training and all the benefits that come with it.

11. How does the belt system in Gracie Jiu Jitsu work?

  • The belt system in Gracie Jiu Jitsu is based around seven coloured belts for adults with four additional belts for kids under the age of sixteen. The belts for kids are white, grey, yellow, orange, and green – green being the highest rank a kid can hold in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After a kid turns sixteen years old, the adult ranking system opens up to them and includes blue, purple, brown, black, and the master ranks of red/black and red. A typical progression from belt to belt is one to two years for the first rank, and anywhere from two to five years for the higher ranks.