“Great all around coach/ instructor… Always has the time for sound advice and giving you some fine tuning while handling a whole class. Great sense of humor to go along with his undying passion towards this art.”
~ Josh B.

“Great teacher!! good times at the best school in western mass, New England Submission Fighting!”
~ Ryan H.

“Amazing instructor. Even with large classes, he still finds the time to work individually with you.”
~ Travis J.

“Great gym with extremely knowledgeable trainers! They are ready willing and able to train all skill levels, ages, and genders! If you are willing to learn, you will receive appropriate level training for the goals you are trying to achieve. As a woman, I have found that the staff, as well as the great group of guys who train here, have always been willing to work with me without hesitation! I have never been made to feel out of place in a rather “male dominated” sport. They are very much welcoming and I have always felt comfortable there! I encourage anyone interested in learning valuable self-defense techniques to stop in and check it out!”
~ Stacey M.

“The instructors are great guys — all of them, as far as I’m concerned, and with legit credentials, too. Very patient. I did traditional martial arts for a long time, so it’s nice to be learning something *practical*. I learned more in one week here than I did during my many years of horse stances and memorizing forms. You will get your ass kicked! But in a nice, safe, responsible, purposeful way.”
~ Arvid N.

“Been training here since February and my ground game and stand-up have progressed by leaps and bounds thanks to Dave Roy and his tough and effective methods. Anyone who lives in Western Ma and wants to train for either competition or building a good base should look here.”
~ Tyler F.

“I’ve been training at NESF on and off since 2002. I have had a lot of great experiences and gotten a lot of great instruction in that time. Dave and Kirik are two of the nicest guys you will ever meet, and they know their stuff backward and forward. I’ve always found the atmosphere at the gym to be friendly and welcoming, and those studying there to be lacking a lot of the ego and posturing that seems to be rampant in MMA. In short, you will not regret a decision to train at NESF.”
~ Patrick C.

“I have been training here for 4 or 5 years now and can honestly say that the learning environment here is great. Classes during the school year can get pretty big sometimes, but the trainers are always there to answer questions, give feedback etc. Throughout drilling and learning/demonstrating new techniques. The wide range of students is also really cool. A lot of very cool, humble and often talented training partners who are willing and able to work with people at all levels of the sport. If you’re at all interested in learning MMA and/or grappling and you’re in the Amherst or Northampton region, come and check this place out.”
~ Alex M.

“It really doesn’t get better than this. I have trained at 5 different schools now and can say A) NESF is the most affordable and B) You will not find a better team of instructors than Kirik and Dave. Between the two of them, they know everything you need to really get started and enter the intermediate and advanced levels of MMA and Jiu-jitsu. No trainers are more attentive and responsive and are part of a small group of instructors that actually practice WITH YOU and go at your level instead of either barking orders from the side or just dominating you so you know who is boss. As I said, it does not get better than this.”
~ Lev K.

“I’ve been to several martial arts schools in the area and NESF is absolutely the best of them. The instruction is excellent and the environment is very friendly. It’s not just a bunch of angry dudes brawling stupidly. It’s also not about practicing choreographed forms and bowing to the Sensei. The material is very practical and beginners are always welcome. I greatly recommend the place.”
~ Elliot B.

“Dave Roy is a fantastic trainer and training partner.”
~ Jeff F.

“Having only just started MMA this past semester, I would strongly recommend NESF for anybody wanting to get his or her foot in the door. The staff is knowledgeable, with a strong emphasis on getting comfortable with the fundamentals before moving on to more complex moves. Everyone there is unassuming, and I have never felt intimidated by or less important than the other members. Finally, the more experienced members are also open to helping newer members to learn. After fights you discuss what you did wrong, right, could have done differently, etc. This gym not only represents a great place for more experienced members to continue toward greatness but is also a great place for beginners to learn the ropes.”
~ Andrew M.

“I have been training martial arts for about 20 years, I have had the opportunity to train with a lot of different people through the years, The environment at NESF is very friendly and comfortable, The coaches are very knowledgeable in all areas of MMA and I never stop learning different aspects of the game. The training partners are great and are always there to help bring your skills to the next level. I highly recommend checking NESF out.”
~ Mark P.

“Dave Roy is an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated Martial Artist. He is a true pioneer of modern day mixed martial arts in the New England area. New England Submission Fighting is the only place I train when I’m in western Mass. And if you’re serious about training, it’s where you need to be.”
~ Din Thomas (UFC veteran)

“Where better to learn Mixed Martial Arts than from the best people who both live and breath MMA… I highly recommend that all who live in the Amherst area check out New England Submission Fighting and train with the Pros!”
~ Bruce Buffer (UFC announcer) (Yes, this is a real Bruce Buffer quote.)



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.
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