MAMA’s History

Serving the greater Omaha metro since 2003, our eclectic blend martial arts provides students with a unique opportunity to explore various systems of training and fitness for overall personal development.

At Mid-America our members are our family and taking care of each other is our primary concern. The strength of a school lies in its members! No matter your martial arts interest or ability, MAMA has something for you. Our friendly and energetic atmosphere provides a fun way to improve your martial arts skills or just get in shape.

Students training at MAMA have benefited from increased fitness, weight loss, greater self-image, and pure fun!

Competitors training at MAMA have experienced success at the highest levels of sport:
UFC – IFL – BoDog FIGHT – Extreme Challenge – StrikeForce – Titan – Bellator
Victory Fighting Championship – King of the Cage – Pan Am Games – NAGA – Grapplers Quest

Mid-America’s origins began as a “hand-me-down” martial arts club located on Offutt AFB in Bellevue, NE. The club was started by Mr. Norris Domangue (East Wind Academy, VA) then passed to Mr. John Cammarata before being inherited by Mr. Aaron Cerrone who eventually moved the club off base into its present location.

Mid-America Martial Arts (MAMA) opened its doors Labor Day weekend 2003 with little more than a single wrestling mat and some punching bags. The school has consistently grown to occupy an 8000s/f facility in Omaha and a second location in Lincoln.  MAMA boasts a thriving family-oriented student body and a successful competition team.


Philosophy
Every good standing member is part of the Mid-America family.  Mid-America understands that we are Stronger Together than we are apart.  As every student improves, our school as a whole also improves.  Our success as a school is determined by the students’ successes.

Vision
To make available to every student, a comprehensive system of quality martial arts instruction providing a working knowledge in all ranges of combat and self-defense while maintaining a family oriented environment, encouraging personal growth and liberation through the expression of martial arts.  Mid-America pledges to provide knowledgeable and experienced instructors that dedicate themselves to the advancement and growth of every student that commits to the program.


Core Values
The Student Always Comes First
Mid-America continually pursues a “student first” philosophy with passion, making sure that every student is trained and developed to their fullest potential.  The goal of Mid-America is to create the best martial arts education and training facility available.  Our measure of success of is through development of our students’ martial arts skill, physical fitness, and personal growth.

Treat All Students as Equals
No student is better or more deserving than another.  Whether a competitor or martial arts enthusiast, all students at Mid-America are part of the same family and will be given due respect and are expected to do so to one another.

Empower Students to Achieve Their Goals
There is no cloud of smoke or grand promises at Mid-America.  The student’s development and goals take consistent training and dedication to honest hard work.  Our instructors will motivate you, push you when you need pushing, and pull you when you need pulling.  Ultimately, true martial arts development and personal growth starts and ends with you: the creative and hard working individual.

Ensure Quality Instruction in Every Class
Mid-America will continue to research, develop, and share the techniques, training methods, combative strategies, and concepts of the worlds most effective martial arts. Students are offered the opportunity to study and train in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Jun Fan Gung Fu, Filipino Weapon Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, and MMA. Our youth program is a compilation of these systems, providing students with a well-rounded martial arts education.


Creed
Honor to country and family
Trust and brotherhood among friends
Courage to seek personal growth and liberation
Respect to fellow humans, their beliefs, and goals

“I want to be the Best I can be Today
Better than I was Yesterday
Better Tomorrow than I was Today”
–Sensei Tim Hoover

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