If your family is looking to grow and train together, COR Fitness MMA is perfect for you. There is something for everyone at COR Fitness MMA. Classes ranging from Cardio Boot-camps to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We offer a wide range of activities for adults, youth, and the MMA enthusiast.

Today’s youth are becoming more reliant on technology, video games and social media. The days of “going outside to play” are no longer the norm. We will offer a community based facility where we can bring the heart of physical activity back to our youth.




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Our Facility and Team

Our center is one of the largest fitness and MMA facilities in the Charlotte Metro area. A 9000 square foot facility that has dedicated 3500 square feet for mat space, a separate area for boot camps and fitness, and a relaxing area for parents and care takers.


His passion for family, fitness and martial arts has translated a vision into a community focused facility dedicated to families, and martial art enthusiast.


Paulo is a fourth degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt whom has competed and won as international competitor, he holds a pan american world champion and many other championship honors. He has many decades of instructing BJJ. Ultimately, he has dedicated his entire adult life to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Since he started training at the early age of 16, “Mushu” (as he is known in the International BJJ community) has trained under the sport’s greatest practitioners.


Juan has been performing martial arts from a young age. He is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, has many years experience in Boxing, and Kickboxing. Juan has owned his own Dojo and loves to teach what he is most passionate about. He is currently an active Mixed Martial Arts fighter.


Leo is currently a First Degree Black belt. He began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu career at the age of 13. He holds multiple Brazilian Championships, and currently competes in many US Based Tournaments. Leo owned his own school in Fortaleza Brazil before coming to the US to pass on his love for BJJ.

After School Program

Cor Fitness MMA After School Martial Art Program is designed to protect your kids from violence and temptation while having fun at the same time. From the moment they leave school until they are picked up by their parents they will learn moral principles, etiquette, structure, the importance of teamwork, and self confidence.

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Cor Fitness MMA After School Program

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We will offer a variety of Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness classes. Do not worry if it is your first class, or if you are advanced there will be something for every level.


All of our fitness classes will push you to your limits. If you are looking for a challenging workout that burns 800 calories per 1 hour session, this is for you. Classes will include: “Kick-Kamp, Cardio Kickboxing, Cross-Training, Fit-Jit and many more. Take advantage of the kids classes and work out while your kids are being instructed and taught the Cor Fundaments.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

With lineage stemming back for decades, BJJ was created to teach leverage and advantage points for self-defense. The origin of BJJ was created by the Gracie family by combing tactics from Judo and Japanese Jiu-jitsu. Today, with years of practice and modernization Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is one of the fastest growing martial arts in the world. We are proud to be affiliated with Checkmat Jiu-jitsu.

We are also very proud to be a certified and accredited International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) school.

We are excited to have a partnership with North American Grappling Association and be recognized as an Accredited School.


Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, historically developed from Karate and Muay Thai. Kickboxing is an imperative element of current Mixed Martial Arts. There are many lineages and histories of kickboxing that spread over a variety of countries.

We are proud to have recently partnered with and Roufusport Kickboxing/MMA. The Roufus name is well known through generations of dominance in many styles of Martial Arts, with emphasis on Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Boxing.

Roufusport Mixed Martial Arts Academy is run by partners Duke Roufus, Scott Joffe and former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. They serve as the guiding influence for our Roufusport Kickboxing and MMA classes. Duke Roufus, a 4-Time Heavyweight World Champion Kickboxer now considered one of the world’s top MMA trainers, is head coach of the Roufusport competition team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. He is one of the most recognizable striking coaches in North America. Roufusport is currently home of many UFC Fighters including Tyrone Woodley UFC Welterweight Champion, Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder, and many others.



A traditional martial that dates back to nearly 700 BC. Learn the fundamentals of modern day boxing by working on foot placement and movement, defensive techniques and the core striking techniques.

Children’s Karate

Sensei Juan is a student of Cecil Peoples founder of Peoples Kenpo Karate. Cecil Peoples Karate, in Van Nuys, California, he has taught thousands of students and has awarded more than 50 black belt degrees at various levels in the past decade. Karate employs a belt ranking system, similar to those of BJJ and Judo. Karate is a Japanese martial art whose physical aspects seek the development of defensive and counterattacking body movements.

Kick Together

Come and try martial arts with your children. If your child is a member at our school, you are welcome to take a “Kick Together” class with them. We will teach everything form personal self-defense, to sharing with parents what we cover during our classes.

Partner Services

We have partnered with other local martial artists to expand our offerings. In addition to our Mixed Martial Arts, we also offer the following

Taboada System (Balintawak Arnis Cuentada)

A Filipino combat & weapons training under Grandmaster Bobby Taboada. Tom Cohen is a direct student. Escrima (interchangeable with Arnis and Kali) is a weapons form, applicable to multiple weapons and empty hand techniques. You will train power, speed and reflex, flexibility, head movement, counters and defenses. We start with one stick. Grandmaster Taboada’s system is especially known for its timing, devastating power, and explosiveness. Any age, experience or fitness level welcome.

Daito Aikijujutsu

A classical school of Jujutsu that developed subtle and almost imperceptibly small versions of larger, power based techniques. Aiki teaches stance, body coordination, and unified movement to complete the defensive techniques. It is based upon using the opponent’s force, balance, weight distribution to effectively lock the spine, making it nearly impossible to complete an attack, launch a counter attack, etc. Modern Aikido and many jujitsu schools share a technical basis stemming from Daitoryu. While it’s not for offense, and it’s techniques take time to master, it is highly effective.

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 6:00am – 9:30pm
Monday – Friday: 6:00am – 8:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Cor Fitness MMA Rules

Gym Rules:

  1. No shoes allowed on the mats. Barefoot only. Please have on gym appropriate footwear when NOT on the mats. Closed toe shoes must be worn when using fitness equipment and anytime entering the restrooms.
  2. No chewing gum on the mats or while taking classes or private lessons.
  3. Personal hygiene maintenance is a must. Please come to class clean with toe and finger nails trimmed etc.
  4. Minors under the age of 16 are not allowed to use weight equipment without parental or instructor supervision.
  5. Please show up to each class 10 minutes early – classes will begin promptly. It is required that students arrive with the necessary equipment and appropriate training attire required. Loaner gear is only available for new students on a limited basis.
  6. Please refrain from using vulgar or offensive language in gym.
  7. Use of excessive force outside of the gym is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If you are found using excessive force that is NOT deemed self defense, your membership will be terminated immediately.
  8. Bullying and/or unnecessarily aggressive behavior at the gym will NOT be tolerated.
  9. Have respect for the gym, your instructor and for your fellow students.
  10. Do NOT be disruptive during class. No talking while the trainer is giving instruction and do not leave class without first being excused by the instructor.
  11. Students must be approved by instructor in order to take advanced classes.
  12. Have fun!

Sparring Rules:

  1. No sparring or grappling is permitted unless under the supervision of a Cor Fitness MMA instructor.
  2. All participants sparring must be in good health and do not have any communicable diseases, including common colds, cold sores, open cuts or wounds, viruses etcetera.
  3. Any athlete that has had head trauma/concussion must be cleared in writing by their physician in order to participate in any sparring or one on one practice sessions.
  4. Males must wear protective groin cups and females must wear protective bra cups when sparring.
  5. Mouth pieces must be individually fitted and worn during sparring and drilling.
  6. Boxing gloves shall be at least 12 ounces or more for each member.
  7. It is recommended by Cor Fitness that all members who participate in sparring wear hand wraps to protect their hands.
  8. Head gear, shin guards with foot padding, boxing gloves, mouthpieces and groin protection are mandatory for sparring.
  9. Students shall not wear contact lenses or glasses during sparring.
  10. Only light contact is permitted during sparring. Hard contact is not permitted.
  11. No one is allowed to enter Cor Fitness MMA under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Any member or guest that is observed under the influence will be asked to exit the facility.
  12. Hair shall be worn in such a way as to not interfere with vision.
  13. Report all injuries to the instructor immediately.
  14. Do not participate in any classes if you have a known injury. You and/or your parent signed a liability waiver, you are only hurting yourself more. Let your injury heal fully before returning to class or instruction.

All members and guests of Cor Fitness MMA will be required to agree and sign a Release of Liability. Click here to review the “Cor Fitness MMA Waiver”.


Don’t be shy – if you are a martial art expert and want to share what you have learned, or if you are a beginner and want to have fun, burn calories and learn a martial art let us know! Visit us in person, or send us a note. We are looking forward to meeting you.


9229 Lawyers Road, Suite L; Mint Hill North Carolina, 28227





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