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Welcome to GCU Co-Ed Mixed Martial Arts Club

The GCU Mixed Martial Arts Club is not just about teaching student-athletes how to defend themselves in the proper way.  Students will also learn the importance of the values of martial arts – including respect, courage, self-discipline, and leadership – and how to incorporate them into their daily lives.  MMA Club kicked off in January of 2019, and we currently teach a unique combination of No-Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling, and basic self-defense techniques.

The Mixed Martial Arts Club will not just come together as a group for practice 2-3 times per week at the brand-new Canyon Activity Center, but their sense of camaraderie and community will expand outside of the team for community service and teaching younger kids proper techniques.  GCU Mixed Martial Arts is excited after a strong first year, and hopes you’ll sign up to be part of an even stronger and disciplined Year 3!

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MMA Schedules

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Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Sunday 01/09/2022 Grappling Industries Phoenix Tournament Scottsdale 9:00 AM TBA

GCU Mixed Martial Arts Club Roster (Coming Soon)

MMA Coaching Staff

Sammy Sieckmann

Student Head Coach
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It’s no accident that sports psychology is Sammy Sieckmann’s major as he enters his senior year at Grand Canyon University. It’s the understanding of sports psychology that has brought Sieckmann to his second year as the student head coach of the GCU Mixed Martial Arts Club.

Sieckmann – who hails from Omaha, Nebraska – enjoyed his first two years at Elkhorn High School in Omaha, but just felt like there was something missing: self-discipline. He found it when he walked into the Victory Boxing Club in South Omaha, and two years later, his grades were better, he was a student of the “sweet science”, he felt better about himself, and he had found his calling. He “graduated” from boxing to MMA when he stepped into the ring with a couple of MMA fighters, and realized when they took him down that he didn’t know what to do next.

He then learned that set of skills to add to his self-discipline, has brought all of those teachings to GCU, and has put them in motion to grow the GCU MMA program as it begins its third year of existence.