When I accompanied Sawyer to his first kids class, I didn't know what to expect. He was unsure of himself and didn't want to do any of the drills with the other kids or with the instructor. He only wanted me to help him. However after the class was finished and we were on our way home, he told me how excited he was to be doing Martial Arts and couldn't wait for the next week's classes.
After the last year, I have seen Sawyer's self-confidence soar. He is also more sure of himself and not as shy anymore. As he progressed and earned stripes on his belt you could see the pride swell in him. The instructors at Neutral Ground truly understand each kid in their class and what motivates them. In my honest opinion, there is nothing else quite like this in Central Wisconsin.
- Mike Fink (Sawyer's Dad)
I have always enjoyed sports and exercise and had become stagnant with the progress that I was making towards greater physical and mental peak performance. I have always believed that if you want something that you have never achieved you have to engage in something that you have never done. With this in mind, back in March of 2013 I ran across a display box that Neutral Ground Stevens Point had placed in a local business along with some business cards. In the back of my mind I thought Wow Mixed Martial Arts that looks interesting but is it for me? At that time I was in my late 40’s and most people would tell you that you should not do something like that at your age. Well I have never been one to flow with the status quo mentality that leads to mediocre results at best. I decided to inquire and called Mike Sixel. I visited the gym and observed a class and then committed to experience the free trial period and never looked back from there. Now 2 years later I have significantly increased my core strength, flexibility, and overall physical and mental conditioning. The benefits also reach much farther into helping you with mental clarity, confidence, and breaking barriers with your personal and career goals. Neutral Ground is dedicated to excellence in Mixed Martial Arts as well as Core and Cardio conditioning and displays a warm and inviting environment. Whether you want to get in the best shape of your life or desire to actively compete Neutral Ground is a Place to Belong and Succeed. Come Join Us and experience the difference!
- Perry Worzella
I remember the beginning of my junior year in high school i had weighed in for football at over 245 lbs. I had always known that i needed to lose weight, it was just a matter of committing myself to finding a way. Years after high school I started to make progress, I was down to nearly 180 lbs, but stuck to where I couldn't lose anymore weight. The one thing I had felt myself lacking was a real purpose to lose the weight, and keep it off. One day my brother had told me about an open house at a local martial arts gym, it had always been an interest to us so we decided to check it out. That gym happened to be Neutral Ground Stevens Point, and needless to say shortly after our first Jiu-Jitsu class we were both hooked. I remember being so nervous that first week of classes, but that quickly changed to excitement after realizing everyone is here to better themselves, just like I was. Every person here is so friendly and will go out of their way to help you understand anything you may be stuck on. It truly is a great environment filled with hard-working and inspiring people that only help make you work harder! After only a couple months of classes, I had dropped all the way down to 160 lbs! I simply cannot imagine a more meaningful, useful, and most of all fun way to lose weight and get in shape! I feel much more comfortable rolling than I did when i first started, and after earning my first stripe it has only motivated me more! I hope to eventually enter a tournament or competition, and with the support from all the great people at this gym I have no doubts that ill have everything I need when i do get that chance. To sum it all up, i'm grateful to be part of the NGSP family, and if you find yourself wondering if you should try the classes out, take the jump! You will not be dissapointed, and you may even be surprised with what can happen!
- Avery Week
We are so excited to enter into the Neutral Ground Stevens Point family! Since my husband and I joined a little over 2 months ago, I have lost 10lbs and gained a lot more self confidence. JD has also lost over 20 lbs and 1 pants size. Our overall physical health has improved greatly.
I never imagined myself getting through an entire cardio kickboxing class, but I can do it! The staff and members at Neutral Ground have made me feel so comfortable from the first day I walked through the doors. They have all been so encouraging, which has helped me stick to my goals.
It has been great partnering up and doing classes with my husband, which has given us a healthy activity to do together! He has also really enjoyed the Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu classes since joining. This is the first time I have a "gym" membership where I am so excited to keep coming back. I have Neutral Ground to thank for my journey to a healthier me!!!
-Kristen and JD Ballew
I actually don't do any form of martial arts at all but I do play a contact sport so I just dropped in for the fitness classes. This is a great oppurtunity for cross training! It incorporates strength, agility and endurance which are all things that will help improve my sports performance on so many levels. The instructor did a great job at working with different levels of fitness! I felt challenged and encouraged!
Love this gym! Not long before they opened I was contemplating traveling out of town for MMA and kickboxing training. I stumbled across their Facebook page and went to their first classes and have been attending classes ever since. I've had some prior experience with stand up striking but NGSP has definitely raised my striking defense and offense to another level. I've had little to no experience in grappling and its amazing how much I've learned and progressed in grappling in a short period of time. I still get pumped every time I'm on my way to this gym. Not only for the training, but the people and the environment. It definitely feels like a family environment, everyone is very friendly. We are always smiling, laughing, having a good time training and learning in a very laid back, but motivating atmosphere. With all jokes aside we train hard and definitely put work in. I highly recommend this gym for anyone looking to train or just go get into shape and have fun in the process
Elizabeth really enjoys going to the NGSP Kids Martial Arts Class. I've noticed that her coordination is much improved from when she started. I like that the classes teach her essentials such as working together with others and waiting her turn. As she has become more confident in her abilities, she has come out of her shell more. She is more eager to volunteer answers or to demonstrate moves. She shows a sense of accomplishment at the end of each class. The classes have had a positive influence on her and I'm glad that we signed her up.
-Yen Chang (Elizabeth's Mom)
3520 Post Road Plover, WI 54467
My wife and I started going to Neutral Ground the first year that they opened in the area and we could not be happier. We both had no previous experience, but the instructors made it known we could learn at our own pace and made us feel right at home. Both her and my jiu jitsu have gotten tons better, both standing and on the ground, and we're both in much better shape. All in all, great gym, great people running it and attending the classes, and great experiences. We can't recommend this place enough.
- Mike Ozanich
Neutral Ground went beyond my expecations as far as training quality, atmosphere, and the members themselves.I first came to Neutral Ground Stevens Point hoping to find more training partners and a fresh look on technique and I ended up finding not only that, but awesome instructors that are easy to learn from. They not only care about what they are teaching me, but about what new things I actually am coming away with and how I implement it in my practice. Coach Sixel and his team are always happy to help me when I have specific questions about the techniques I learn, or want to know more about a certain area of my fight game.
I've had marked improvements in my ground work, control, movement, and striking among other things.
The team culture at Neutral Ground is all about being a close knit family and constantly helping each other to improve: this is NOT one of those egotistical MMA gyms where anybody is out to prove something or try to hurt their teammates. Since I've been training with the NGSP team my confidence and overall mindset has improved more than I even thought that it could and I'm glad I made the decision to give Neutral Ground a try.