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 available to brand new visitors of NESF and only to local residents and college students in town for the semester.

If you are just passing through or visiting, a day pass fee is required.

How does the free, one month of unlimited training work?

If you sign up and become an NESF member before the free 7-day trial ends, you will get one free month of unlimited training added to whatever membership you decide on. You have to purchase at least a one-month membership for 2x a week training or unlimited training. Ask the student coordinator for more details on this when you come to class.

This offer is only limited to brand new NESF members and is a one-time-only offer.

How much are membership fees after the free training?

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.

Do you have a dress code?

All NESF members should wear comfortable but non-revealing and non-see-through attire. There are bright fluorescent lights in the workout area and that makes things a lot more visible.

If you are unsure, hold your clothing up to a bright light and stretch it out just a little. If you can see objects through the material (not just the light), it is too thin to wear on the mats.

If you are wearing shorts, please make sure they are board shorts or something similar. Compression shorts are highly recommended to wear underneath your shorts/spats/pants.

If you are still unsure, ask an instructor.

Remove all jewelry. Jewelry can be accidentally ripped off or cut your partner.

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)

Monday -
Wrestling: 6:30-7:15pm

Tuesday -
Kickboxing: 6:30-7:15pm

Wednesday -
MMA: 6:30-7:15pm

Thursday -
Jiu-Jitsu: 6:30-7:15pm

Friday -
Jiu-Jitsu:  6:30-7:15pm

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

Contact Info


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

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