Core Combat Sports

★★★★☆
  • 7135 Clinton Rd

    Loves Park, IL 61111

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  • 779-423-0502

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This is my Review on Core Combat Sports. It is my opinion and experience about Core Combat Sports. I'm not a professional reviewer, martial artist, or businessman. ***Level of Training in Jiu Jitsu: (3 out of 5) The level of training I received at Core was I believe the experience of the Head Coach Tommy Woodruff was up to par enough to be coaching. The way he showed his techniques were very easy to learn and very effective. However, this was when he actually taught the class.. Over the last 4-5 months of my training there, he was hit or miss with the basic fundamental classes. He either sat in his office and talked to potential or current students or he wasn't there.. Which wasn't the problem. The problem was that he had others teach the class and in my opinion, they weren't qualified to teach such a high standard Tommy Woodruff teaches. So my experience dropped quickly. In those months I learned more from the student body then an actual Coach. Some classes were just guessing games on how to do a technique. I even did a technique wrong in front of one of the coaches on purpose, and he never corrected me. Tommy Woodruff should be the only one teaching Jiu Jitsu at Core Combat Sports. ***Level of Training in Muay Thai: (5 out of 5) Even though Muay Thai wasn't my cup of tea, When I participated in the classes, I was pushed to my limit every time I was there. Coach Darby and Coach Tom are very experienced and when they seen something wrong, they fixed it. There was no disappointment with this class at all! You went to learn and get a workout, that is exactly what you got. ***Level of Professionalism: (2 out of 5) When I sat down with Coach Tommy Woodruff to discuss my first Jiu Jitsu tournament he assured me he would work with me in the intermediate classes to get me ready for the tournament. However that quickly soiled. In the next 3 classes he only worked with the fighter who had an upcoming fight. He completely blew me off and worked with only the fighter when we should have been both, working together. ***Experience at Core: (2 out of 5) I say the best experience I had was the student body. They are a great group of students to train with and hang around with. They aren't afraid to help you out with anything. I believe everybody should get what they paid for. I'm not entirely sold that I spent my money in the right place. ***Business side of things: (1 out of 5) To train at Core, you have to sign a contract. When you sign this contract you are legally locked in. Cool.. However, you had to request a copy of it. You should never have to ask for a copy of a legal binding contract. It should be automatically copied and given to you when signed. They were also not kept at the office. They were kept else where so he had to bring it some other time. I stopped training at Core around October 2013 after around a year and a half. After being gone, I have realized that 3 other people had left for the same exact reason I did. Because the Head Coach is rude, disrespectful, and incompetent of running the business side of things

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This is my Review on Core Combat Sports. It is my opinion and experience about Core Combat Sports. I'm not a professional reviewer, martial artist, or businessman. ***Level of Training in Jiu Jitsu: (3 out of 5) The level of training I received at Core was I believe the experience of the Head Coach Tommy Woodruff was up to par enough to be coaching. The way he showed his techniques were very easy to learn and very effective. However, this was when he actually taught the class.. Over the last 4-5 months of my training there, he was hit or miss with the basic fundamental classes. He either sat in his office and talked to potential or current students or he wasn't there.. Which wasn't the problem. The problem was that he had others teach the class and in my opinion, they weren't qualified to teach such a high standard Tommy Woodruff teaches. So my experience dropped quickly. In those months I learned more from the student body then an actual Coach. Some classes were just guessing games on how to do a technique. I even did a technique wrong in front of one of the coaches on purpose, and he never corrected me. Tommy Woodruff should be the only one teaching Jiu Jitsu at Core Combat Sports. ***Level of Training in Muay Thai: (5 out of 5) Even though Muay Thai wasn't my cup of tea, When I participated in the classes, I was pushed to my limit every time I was there. Coach Darby and Coach Tom are very experienced and when they seen something wrong, they fixed it. There was no disappointment with this class at all! You went to learn and get a workout, that is exactly what you got. ***Level of Professionalism: (2 out of 5) When I sat down with Coach Tommy Woodruff to discuss my first Jiu Jitsu tournament he assured me he would work with me in the intermediate classes to get me ready for the tournament. However that quickly soiled. In the next 3 classes he only worked with the fighter who had an upcoming fight. He completely blew me off and worked with only the fighter when we should have been both, working together. ***Experience at Core: (2 out of 5) I say the best experience I had was the student body. They are a great group of students to train with and hang around with. They aren't afraid to help you out with anything. I believe everybody should get what they paid for. I'm not entirely sold that I spent my money in the right place. ***Business side of things: (1 out of 5) To train at Core, you have to sign a contract. When you sign this contract you are legally locked in. Cool.. However, you had to request a copy of it. You should never have to ask for a copy of a legal binding contract. It should be automatically copied and given to you when signed. They were also not kept at the office. They were kept else where so he had to bring it some other time. I stopped training at Core around October 2013 after around a year and a half. After being gone, I have realized that 3 other people had left for the same exact reason I did. Because the Head Coach is rude, disrespectful, and incompetent of running the business side of things

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I spent about 2.5 years training jiu jitsu and kickboxing at Core Combat. There is a wide variety of people who attend this gym: high school students, dentists, vets, fighters, etc.. Some people who go to this gym are trying to learn basic self-defense and get a good workout in, while others are there to train for MMA fights. The atmosphere is a very friendly and inviting environment where everyone is willing to go out of their way to help each other improve...not intimidating. The school offers very high level instruction. The instructors have proven themselves in jiu jitsu tournaments, kick boxing tournaments, MMA matches, and through years of dedicated training. I am extremely pleased with my time at Core. (The only reason I left is because I moved out of town for a different job) If your looking for somewhere to learn jiu jitsu, kickboxing or MMA, I strongly recomment Core Combat Sports...I went there looking to learn some fighting techniques, and ended up getting much more than that out of it!

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I spent about 2.5 years training jiu jitsu and kickboxing at Core Combat. There is a wide variety of people who attend this gym: high school students, dentists, vets, fighters, etc.. Some people who go to this gym are trying to learn basic self-defense and get a good workout in, while others are there to train for MMA fights. The atmosphere is a very friendly and inviting environment where everyone is willing to go out of their way to help each other improve...not intimidating. The school offers very high level instruction. The instructors have proven themselves in jiu jitsu tournaments, kick boxing tournaments, MMA matches, and through years of dedicated training. I am extremely pleased with my time at Core. (The only reason I left is because I moved out of town for a different job) If your looking for somewhere to learn jiu jitsu, kickboxing or MMA, I strongly recomment Core Combat Sports...I went there looking to learn some fighting techniques, and ended up getting much more than that out of it!

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When I was looking for a gym to join, I wanted a place that was based in tradition and had a solid teaching background. I found that at Core Combat Sports. Every class offered is taught by amazing teachers who take the time to critique and help you. After checking out several gyms in the area , it was easy to see that Core was ahead of all the others in training, technique, respect, and variety of classes. The knowledge base is incredible and the coaches here are the best teachers I have ever had within this sport. Whether you are looking for a good workout or looking to become the best well-rounded fighter you can be, and anywhere in between, Core is the place for you. Core Combat Sports gives you the skills you need to take care of yourself physically and mentally. As a female, it feels good knowing that I can realistically take what I have learned in the classroom and use it to defend myself if necessary. I feel Core has better prepared me for the sport and for life. The best decision I ever made was joining Core. Everyone here is supportive, pushing you to do your best at every practice. When you come to Core, you become part of something bigger than just a gym; you are part of a family. It??s good to know that at Core, you always have people in your corner.
~Amy J.

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When I was looking for a gym to join, I wanted a place that was based in tradition and had a solid teaching background. I found that at Core Combat Sports. Every class offered is taught by amazing teachers who take the time to critique and help you. After checking out several gyms in the area , it was easy to see that Core was ahead of all the others in training, technique, respect, and variety of classes. The knowledge base is incredible and the coaches here are the best teachers I have ever had within this sport. Whether you are looking for a good workout or looking to become the best well-rounded fighter you can be, and anywhere in between, Core is the place for you. Core Combat Sports gives you the skills you need to take care of yourself physically and mentally. As a female, it feels good knowing that I can realistically take what I have learned in the classroom and use it to defend myself if necessary. I feel Core has better prepared me for the sport and for life. The best decision I ever made was joining Core. Everyone here is supportive, pushing you to do your best at every practice. When you come to Core, you become part of something bigger than just a gym; you are part of a family. It??s good to know that at Core, you always have people in your corner.
~Amy J.

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To provide the most current and highest level of instruction for our students. To maintain a healthy environment for learning and achieving goals. Break through BARRIERS to achieve a better you on and off the mat!

More about Core Combat Sports

Instruction and coaching in the art of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for the ultimate in self- defense and fitness. Are Kickboxing/Boxing program is second to none in the Rockford area! which emphasize proper technique as well as it excellent fitness benefits! Our MMA program boast a 75% win ratio which indicates a system that works! Core Kids Gracie/Brazilian jiu-jitsu is our latest program which includes Our "Bully Buster" program! Children learn Jiu-jitsu/self defense with unique and fun Jiu-jitsu games. Core Combat Sports is for Men and Women and children of all ages!

 

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