One-on-one promotion they have until sep 15, I bought it. Had my first session today with coach Brysco. I really enjoyed it.Tim is a head coach he is amazing to deal with.Have to say my both kids are in this club, my oldest is almost 2 years here and my youngest started too. Very good team, attentive coaches.I made a decision to start bjj too, but hesitated for few months feeling shy to start. This is why private training felt best option for me. if you are like me take private’s. It goes on your pace and all attention is for you.I think everyone should have skills which Jiu-Jitsu gives. Super self défensive , full contact confidence. Opening own capacity.Thank you Alavanka team More...
For the past several years Alavanca (formerly MMAU) has been my home gym in Calgary, Alberta. Of the wide-array of Brazilian jiu-jitsu head coaches I have met, Tim Blanchard stands amongst the select few that encompass what it means to be a community leader, martial artist, businessman, and friend. In founding Alavanca, Tim has created a community for the diverse demographic of individuals and families that the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu tends to attract. His teaching methodology is capable of being grasped by all, and his knowledge and continued interest to learn and grow as a grappler himself, makes his gym one of the best places to take up Brazilian jiu-jitsu while in Calgary. More...
I’ve been training at Alavanca for two months now once or twice a week whenever work allows me to and I love it!Tim and his team definitely know how to create a great community for martial arts and are amazing at giving BJJ classes. Process is so smooth and the facility is just so nice, modern, all white and clean. They have shower and everything you need. Since I’ve been practicing BJJ, even if I’m still a beginner, I’ve gained so much confidence, balance and strength. First class is free so you guys go try and enjoy! More...
Alx Diesel Mechanics
Feels right at home ! Oss
Great facilities, with a great group of guys. They were very friendly to a beginner and showing me the ropes. I would recommend trying a class if you're interested in first tine trying a combat sports, or even looking for a new place to train.
Amazing place to start Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or to build on your Knowledge about it!
Ludwig Martial Arts
This is an Amazing Martial Arts facility with friendly staff and world class instructors that are there to help you every step of the way! From Kids classes to adult, I highly recommend Alavanca for all your Martial Arts/Self-Defense and Fitness Needs! Plus their affiliate with the world renown Bas Rutten Inspired BANG Muay Thai Kickboxing Program! More...
Tim is the man for bjj. So good for sneaky moves
Amazing people and place to train! Everyone is very friendly and the place always has good vibes. The gym looks so modern and clean I definitely would recommend!!!
James A McMurtrie
Love training here, great coaches, great people and an awesome vibe
Joel Van Riper
MMA University is the kind of gym true winners are made in
MMAU is where I go to forget about the world and sharpen my martial skills! Amazing facility with even better people.
Facilities are top notch.. Trainers are welcoming and knowledgeable... I recommend it to anyone!
Great place to train! Great staff and family friendly.
My new favorite place. So many great classes and friendly staff
Great place to train, be encouraged and learn. Everyone is so positive and friendly.
Jeremy Carmen Henry
Check this place out folks, great place to train! Lots of knowledge and talent!!
MMAU is the best place to be pro in the ufc game MMAU is all about hard training which is the best to do to be a pro fighter to train hard
Great place to train. The instructors are down to earth and helpful, and the gym itself is a beauty. Highly recommended.
This is the best gym to train at! It is a great family gym! The coaches are the best and really care about my kids!! I love it there!!
The most glorious place to train bjj in Calgary. Have been lucky enough to be able to train there for years. Professor Tim Blanchard is the man.
Awesome gym! Great coach! Everyone is super friendly and supportive. Nothing but an excellent experience there. I would recommend it to anyone for BJJ.
I live in Olds and travel to the city just to train at MMAU....and I don't like cities. It's a great facility with excellent coaches and training partners. One of the best things about this gym is the lack of ego. You always feel welcome. It makes no difference if it's your first day or you've been there for years, you'll always be greeted by somebody. The martial arts spirit is strong at MMAU! More...
Every time I come to the city I try and make sure to stop in and do a few rounds at least! This gym is amazing. You feel at home from the moment you walk in. And every one who trains there couldn't be any more down to earth. Absolutely great place to check out no matter what your skill level More...
Amazing gym and great coaches and people. I felt at home after my first class. I learn so much every time i'm there. Would recomend this gym to anyone !
Excellent place to practice. As a female, I find myself intimidated at first however with time and comfort from my mates, I become relaxed. The maturity displayed by the people practicing there makes it enjoyable.
Jiu Jitsu is awesome! More...
Amazing gym filled with amazing people
Such an amazing gym. The staff and teachers are friendly. Coach Tim is very helpful and welcoming, and the gym is always super clean.
Too legit to quit
Great rolls at open mat! thanks for having me. Oss!
Great place. I'm new to martial arts and everyone in the gym was very kind and inviting. Tim is a great instructor with lots of patience! Highly recommend to anyone that wants to up their fitness and practice martial arts. More...
We have been bringing our son to bjj with Tim for almost two years now. Such a great atmosphere, everyone is welcome. Our son particularly enjoys being a part of the kids team and competing with his friends against kids from around Alberta. The teaching is awesome and the professor and coaches are all great mentors for the kids. More...
I have enrolled my 5 year old boy here 3 months ago and he has been enjoying his classes.The coaches have been great, they easy explain the exercise, follow up to make sure that everyone understands and keep the discipline in the class. There are different age group kids that make the adaptation easier for the new kids.The classes are going every day so if you miss a class you dont have to wait for your next week class.I would definitely recommend this place. More...
Best place to be for kids and their parents! Awesome and family-like atmosphere
The best place to train Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Calgary!! Highly recommend to everyone of all levels and ages.
Professor Tim is an awesome coach, very knowledgeable and supportive! The team and school are very welcoming and high end, the kids and I love going to class. Oss
This Place is amazing! Professional quality equipment, amazing ownership ! Tim takes pride in what he teaches. I recommend that everyone check this place out!
Tim demonstrates all of the qualities you want in a BJJ Professor. I am happy to train at this facility. 5 Stars.
I’ve been taking my son for 2 months and I’m very happy with the place. The staff is very friendly and get my little tornado to listen, which is fantastic.
Great positive atmosphere to learn martial arts. Knowledge and experienced instructors.
Best place to train in Calgary. Friendly relaxed atmosphere for anyone from beginner to advanced. Lots of different classes to take that work with any schedule.
Arsh Kaur Dhaliwal
The ideal atmosphere, with some of the best people in the city teaching Jiu Jitsu ... highly recommend checking them out!
I LOVE working out here. The first gym where I don't feel like an outsider and part of a family.
Awesome gym, extremely friendly and knowledgeable instructors/staff. Offers a variety of martial arts such as BJJ, muay thai and wrestling. If youre interested in learning BJJ, cannot recommend this place enough. More...
Great gym, awesome coaches, and good teammates. Whether you’re a serious martial artist or just looking to get in shape Alavanca is a great place to train BJJ, Muay Thai, or Wrestling.
Great training family to be part of.
If you want to train with the best, whether to fight internationally or just for fun, this is the spot! Owner and Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Professor Tim Blanchard is one of the most devoted and patient coaches you will ever have the pleasure to train under. The team's supportive and welcoming atmosphere (whether it's your first class or 100th) will make you feel like part of the family. Alavanca achieves international recognition with their affiliation with Atos Jiu-Jitsu (Andre Galvão, 3rd degree black and 5 time world champ) and Bang Muay Thai (Duane Ludwig, UFC coach to TJ Dillashaw and 2 time coach of the year). More...
When I first stepped foot through the doors of MMA U five years ago, I was completely new to the world of mixed martial arts. I wanted to get in better shape and I figured why not learn some self-defence skills in the process. I remember my first Jiu-Jitsu class and how awkward I felt trying to “shrimp” across the mats. I remember getting submitted again and again by pretty much everyone I rolled with. I was amazed at how easily my best efforts were repeatedly countered and at the seemingly endless number of ways I could be forced to tap. I knew I had to learn this magical power that allowed guys and girls half my size to exert such complete physical control over me. Besides having my mind blown by the awesome powers of jiu- jitsu, I was also blown away by how nice people were. Every person I rolled with introduced themselves with a smile and the customary hand slap/fist bump combo, and after wiping the mats with me, I’d be congratulated for a good roll with same slap/fist bump. I realised over the years of training at MMA U that this feeling of camaraderie and friendship is something that comes from the top down. Owner and black belt Professor Tim Blanchard, along with the other awesome coaches, have always done an amazing job of creating a team environment where students trust, help and encourage one another. When you are a member at MMA U you are truly part of a family, but don’t let this family vibe fool you, we get down to some serious business here. If you’re just starting out, there are people who will teach you, and if you’re a seasoned player looking for a new place to train, there are people who can push you to the next level. Professor Tim has done an excellent job of creating a world class training facility that attracts elite athletes who in turn can become your training partners. The equipment is new and well maintained with plenty of heavy bags, a huge mat space, free weights, a full sized octagon and an area for cross fit. From Muay Thai to BJJ to Wrestling to Cross Fit, MMA University is a great place to start your training or progress to your next level. They also have a great kids' program that I wish my parents had put me in when I was a kid. For the skill and level of commitment and passion displayed by the coaches as well as the excellent facilities I highly recommend coming and giving MMA U a try. More...
JEAN PAUL baruis
Went there during open mats tim was very accomodating feels likes im in my teams gym in the philippines. People are very friendly, so sad that I need to transfer to sask and cannot train anymore. Thanks you guys!! Oss!
Awesome place to train. Great people. Friendly and knowledgeable coaches. Amazing programs and variety. Excellent for adults and kids.
Great gym to learn and improve your BJJ, kickboxing (muay thai) and Wrestling. Or, just to get a workout in. I've trained here for over a year - and I've made some great friends, the staff is kind and friendly and, the instructors are top notch and will always encourage and motivate you.
In the short span of nine months I changed both my jobs, lost a bit of weight, become more social, and gained confidence. Call it what you will but this place changed my life! I now have a place to go, a place I feel like I belong, a family who welcomes me with open arms whenever I get onto the mats. Everytime I finish a class I feel like I have nothing to fear!Thanks mma university and a special thanks to all the staff and instructors. More...
A great place to workout, the trainers are excellent
Hands down the best MMA facility in Calgary. Not only do they have the best equipment and mat space, but world class instructors. My experience at MMAU was the most fun I've had training in a long time More...
This is a great facility with a wide variety of classes for different fitness levels. From CrossFit to martial arts classes for beginners (like me at 40) and kids too. The staff work hard to keep the facility clean and give it a family atmosphere. More...
Great gym! Great atmosphere. Love training here, they have a good range of equipment and excellent trainers! No complaints at all. Awesome people. Only gym I have and will commit to. More...
Great instructors who push you everyday. When I go to a "regular" gym when I'm not able to make it here, I feel like those are my rest days because the workouts are never as tough as the ones at MMAU!My only wish is that there were later classes at night so I could come more often. :D More...
I currently go to the CrossFit section of this gym and absolutely love it. There is a smaller community and everyone takes an interest in how you are doing with your workouts. The instructors ensure you are doing the correct form and they help you out with achieving that move you cannot complete.I tried their JuJitsu once and it definitely was an environment where everyone was welcome.I highly recommend this place. More...
Tim and the rest of his MMA University team have created a wonderfully supportive and welcoming environment in which athletes (whether elite mma fighters or weekend warriors) can achieve their fitness goals. The facilities are first class (state-of-the-art equipment) and exceptionally well cleaned and maintained (which is very important). Classes are structured in a progressive manner that allow both beginners and more advanced students to improve their respective skills. I was so impressed with Tim and his staff that I have asked him to help train the football team I coach. The students have enjoyed their team training sessions that have focused on speed, explosiveness, and flexibility (all critical to on-field success). Therefore, I would highly recommend checking out MMA University and judge for yourself. More...
I have tried a lot of gyms in this city and MMA university was the cleanest, most professional and most of all WELCOMING AND FRIENDLY GYM I have been to! The staff push you hard in a positive and encouraging environment. More...
Great gym for me and my family. Planned on checking out all the MMA gyms in Calgary, made it through five or six then stopped searching after my first Muay Thai class at MMAU. If your looking for fitness classes, martial arts or personal training I am sure you will be impressed.This gym is going places. More...