How does the free, one-week trial thing work?

If you are thinking about joining NESF, you can try out a week of classes for free with no strings attached. The free week starts when you take your first class and runs for a continuous 7 days from that point.

If you have no experience, you should take a fundamentals class first, otherwise, you could easily get lost in the regular classes. This offer is only open to local residents and college students in town for the semester. If you are just passing through, a day pass fee is required.

How much are membership fees after the free week?

Membership fees can vary a great deal depending on your availability and commitment level. During your free week, you can look over the different membership options and find one that fits your individual needs and budget.

Do you require contracts for memberships?

We have optional contracts. We do not require them. There are many different ways to pay for your membership.

I have very little, or no experience. Can I still join?

Absolutely. The fundamentals classes will get you up to speed in no time.

Do women train at your gym?


Do you offer private lessons?

Yes. Please visit the Private Lessons page here.

Do you have a kids program?

Not at this time.

What is the minimum age?

Currently, the minimum age required to participate in NESF’s classes is 15.

Can I watch a class for free?

Yes. All classes on the NESF schedule are open for public viewing. We only ask that you remain fairly quiet while the class is going on.

What day should I come in for my first class?

That really depends on which class sounds like it interests you the most. If you have little or no experience, you should only come on a day that has a fundamentals class that you can attend. Any day that has a fundamentals class is okay to start. Check the NESF schedule, pick a day, and come on down. Try to be about 10 minutes early for your first class to fill out the necessary paperwork.

What should I wear to my first class?

Most NESF students wear a t-shirt and board shorts or something similar. Whatever you decide to wear, it should be comfortable, non-revealing clothing that you’re okay with sweating in. When you are in the training area on the mats, you are required to wear a shirt.

Do I have to buy equipment?

Until you know what classes you like and which ones you’ll be attending, we do have some gear you can use. It’s always best to have your own gear though, once you get going.

Can you get me a fight?

NESF has been in the MMA business since 1993 and has produced several champions. If you have the skills needed and you’re in great shape, then yes, we can get you a fight. But first … we’ll need to make sure. 🙂

I still have questions. Can you help?

Sure, no problem. Contact us here.



NESF has been teaching MMA in Western MA since 1993, making it the oldest MMA school in New England in continuous operation.

We offer instruction in Mixed Martial Arts, a sport and approach to martial arts that draws the most effective techniques from Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling, and other practical combat styles.



(Less than 30 days experience)

Tuesday -
Kickboxing: 630-7:15pm

Wednesday -
MMA: 630-7:15pm

Friday -
Jiu-Jitsu:  630-7:15pm

Saturday -
Jiu-Jitsu: 1:45-2:30pm

Free training


Take advantage of our free, one-week trial period of instruction and training in Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Submission grappling.

Your free week starts when you take your first class and runs for a continuous 7 days from that time. Click here for more information.

Contact Info


NESF is located in South Amherst, MA, just 2 miles south of Amherst center, on Route 116.

Click here to send us a message.

  Phone:    413-345-2928
   Address: 460 West St.
  E-mail:    Click here