About Us



T-Town MMA /Checkmat Tacoma is Tacoma’s longest-standing school for MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), and Kickboxing. T-Town MMA’s core mission: To positively impact the lives in the Tacoma community through Mixed Martial Arts.

We are seated in the heart of Tacoma, and we have been serving the community since 2006. Our MMA & BJJ program, and when you come to see us, we treat you like family. When it comes to training in Mixed Martial Arts, we understand that most people share one of two goals:

  • Get in Better Shape
  • Become a Competitor

Our program(s) are designed to help you achieve either one or both of these goals. We are deeply rooted in Mixed Martial Arts with a structure in teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Kickboxing as separate classes. Not only will you learn the attributes of MMA, but you will also experience changes in your life both mentally and physically.


Since 2006, we have trained people from all walks of their martial arts/fitness journey. We have the honor of continually transforming the lives of members who have either wanted to compete or get into shape.

We understand that not everyone’s fitness journey is alike. Whatever direction you decide as a member, we have experience in helping you achieve your goals.

Members, both past and present, have benefited tremendously from the training at Checkmat Tacoma/T-Town MMA. They have achieved success!


If you decide you want to compete, you have the option to do so. We can prepare for you to compete in MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Grappling, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and more.

Most of our instructors have competed [or have helped prepare teammates to prepare] for one of the programs mentioned above.

We have been successful in competition over the years, and many of our members have experienced success in MMA, Muay Thai, and BJJ. If you are interested in the competition aspect of T-Town MMA, let one of your coaches know, we will work with you to determine the best approach.


Our members are so motivated to get in shape, learn something new, be a part of a team, meet others, or compete that they share in a goal just like you. That translates down to the classroom level with everybody working and helping each other achieve success. Mix in the coaching, motivation, and energy level, and you have a recipe for great things to happen. In the end, you are the one who reaps in the benefits and rewards of a great lifestyle! Checkmat Tacoma/T-Town MMA WE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!