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Hi. I am an ACE certified personal trainer/group exercise instructor. I work out of my private studio. I provide one-on-one training as well as small group (2-3) people. I also teach private and small group yoga classes, bootcamp, and spin (cycling) classes.

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Peter Atanasson

19 May 2019

Clinch Academy offers modern combat sports training with a traditional Budo values while living up to their motto: "Battle tested! Family approved!" Classes at the Clinch strike the perfect balance between challenging you physically and providing you with technical proficiency and what's even more important: the culture and leadership at the gym is exemplary, which unfortunately has become a rarity in today's martial arts industry. If you live in the Frederick area, it's a no-brainer: This is the place for you to train! More...


Jenifer Zeglin

25 February 2019

My kids love it here! The coaches are knowledgeable and encouraging, and it’s a family-friendly environment.


Leon Steele

29 August 2018

Clinch academy offers a wide selection of options for children, youth, and adults with a core focus of health, fitness, discipline, dedication, and integrity. Definitely living up to the recommendation made by another instructor from Virginia, which speaks volumes! More...


Chris Morales

26 May 2018

Always ALWAYS an insightful and energetic experience at Clinch Academy!


Juan Rodriguez

26 May 2018

Great friendly environment. Suitable for all ages and skill level!


Sean Pulsipher

26 May 2018

Great family environment. Professor Luke and his coaches are great instructors and people.


Absolute Home Solutions Inc

26 May 2018

After researching and attempting to look for a good MMA establishment that was right for my son, we chose Clinch. From our first interaction with Tommy and Luke’s (owner) son, were very welcoming and made my son feel at home. My son, age 12, has been attending Clinch for about 5 months now. This has been a great experience for him and the coaches are patient. We have tried several sports and music lessons etc. even though he did well, it wasn’t anything he enjoyed. This activity to my surprise has lit a fire in my son. He use to be very shy and timid and now he’s exploding with confidence. He Ioves it so much that we find ourselves training on off days. Luke and his staff are amazing and the feeling of community is definitely felt here. I strongly recommend Clinch Academy More...


David Chism

7 February 2018

Updated 2/2018
I've now been at Clinch since Nov 2014. I'm halfway to my purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and attending 4-5 classes a week: mix between BJJ and workouts. Best place to train in Jiu Jitsu and keep in shape with great people and instructors.

Original Review 2014+
Can't say enough good things about the Clinch Academy. I am currently enrolled in their Title Fight Fitness. It is an ongoing HIIT workout program.

I had thought about joining CrossFit, but the schedule/timing didn't seem to work. Plus I wanted to ease back into a solid workout. Clinch was perfect. It is 3 days a week from 6:30-7:15am. It is the perfect workout before work!

It is the most challenging program I've ever done, but it is also quite addicting. I actually look forward to class.

Updated 4/28/2014
As I write this, I've been there about 5 months. I have never felt better and I plan on continuing long-term!

Updated 7/18/2015
Still enjoying the great workouts at Clinch. I also started their BJJ classes last November and really enjoy them as well. The training is top notch.


Matthew Rodatus

26 May 2017

I've been attending various classes at the Clinch Academy since the beginning. Luke is a world class instructor, a loyal friend and all around good guy. The BJJ instruction is rigorous and deep, the fitness classes are fun yet tough, and the children's classes are an excellent way to help your kids learn self-discipline as well as fitness and self defense. Clinch is very careful to teach kids to not use their skill to bully others and that the best way to win a fight is by not fighting. Self control over oneself and one's words in order to avoid fights is the best way to go. I highly recommend you check out all that the Clinch Academy has to offer, for you and for the whole family! More...


Matthew Schooley

26 May 2016

Love this place. This was my first introduction into martial arts and i wish i would have started sooner. I originally thought I would give jiu jitsu a try for a few months and probably get bored with it. Wrong. For myself, Jiu jitsu has been one of the most exciting, humbling, exhausting, rewarding, inspiring and challenging endeavours. I now consider myself an addict.I have enjoyed my entire experience with the clinch academy and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in perusing martial arts. I have made it a family rule that my son and especially my daughter take bjj. To Luke and all the coaches at clinch, Thank you. More...


Matthew Fox

27 May 2014

Went to Clinch Academy a few years ago and never got around to writing a review, but my brief 2-4 month experience was enjoyable, I learned a lot and the staff, the regulars and Luke himself were all very kind. A much friendlier environment than Frederick Fight Club to say the least. More...


Sam Herman

16 October 2012

I have been with the clinch family for over 2 and half years now. I have nothing but good things to say the coaches and the other students, they are all eager to help, learn, and achieve your personal goals. When i travel all around the country i always try other gym american top team for instance in orlando and still i have yet to find a gym that overall has more avaliable then clinch academy More...


My goal is to teach you what you need to know to maintain a lifestyle that provides what you desire, with the motivation to do it! I love to create a comfortable environment (non-intimidating) to work in. Training is not a one shoe fits all approach. Everyone is an individual with specific schedules, needs, goals, etc. Listening and understanding these factors is key. I like to create programs that are functional, sustainable, and fun for each person.

Finding an activity that is enjoyed combined with healthy food choices, a good attitude, perseverance, commitment, and a sense of humor! :-)

I love teaching and helping others. I love being able to make a difference in someone's quality of life simply by providing them the information and encouragement/motivation they need to do it.

I love the comfort of a private studio. Many woman I met didn't like to lift weights in front of men at the gym.

I believe I provide a safe, comfortable , encouraging place for people to be themselves. This is a non-judgemental space, full of hard work and fun all mixed together!