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About Us

Deeds, not words.

This is the mantra that drives of the spirit of the Academy of Combat Arts. Founded by esteemed MMA fighter and trainer Dylan Spicer in 2009, the ACA has grown into one of the premier martial arts gyms in the upper Midwest. No other facility in the Fargo-Moorhead area has trained more nationally-recognized fighters nor offers a comparable level of teaching expertise. This isn’t hyperbole either; our gym has sent two fighters to compete on the reality television show The Ultimate Fighter, including former UFC fighter Pablo Garza.

Spicer, who himself claims an undefeated 8-0 record in competitive mixed martial arts, is committed to empowering every student at the Academy of Combat Arts to achieve their personal goals. As someone who once drove over five hours from Grand Forks, ND to Brooklyn Park, Minn. to attend the Academy, training under acclaimed mixed martial artist Greg Nelson, he understands the drive and commitment it takes to attain excellence. His fellow instructors similarly share this spirit of determination, and seek to pass it on to their students at the ACA.

Our facility features a full ring and cage, in addition to an ample amount of floor mat space for our students to train at their best. We offer our classes six days a week, with available times to suit diverse schedules. Men and women of all ages are welcome to pursue their martial arts goals with us, whether their interest is in recreation, exercise, or training for competition.

Located at 3433 4th Ave S, the ACA also offers a convenient central location in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area, and is easily accessible by interstate for out-of-town students. For the casual enthusiast and the professional fighter alike, the ACA offers a welcoming atmosphere to develop your skills, get in shape, and meet like-minded martial artists who will support you in your goals.