TESTIMONIALS FROM CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS:
"The day I joined Pentagon MMA my life was changed forever. Prior to joining to my self-esteem was at an all time low, and weight was at an all time high, but since joining those two categories have flip-flopped in a major way. The PMMA gym is not just a place work out; it's a place to gather and form personal connections with great people. The staff at PMMA will, from day 1, make sure you know you're not just another number on their stat-sheet, but a welcome addition to a growing family."
- Mike Cruse
"I am so happy and proud to be a part of the Pentagon MMA family and fight team. I have had only positive things happen - I have improved my conditioning, cardio, confidence, technique, the list goes on! But the things that stand out the most to me are the camaraderie and support I have received since day 1; without these, I wouldn't have been able to push past the mental limits I had set for myself. I couldn't ask for a better gym to be a part of."
- Jen Gaines, Fight Team Member
"As a martial artist training at many different gyms for over twenty years, I know it is rare to come across a gym as passionate, friendly and dedicated to martial arts as Pentagon MMA. One year ago when I moved to the area, Pentagon MMA welcomed me into their gym and immediately I felt comfortable and at home, even though muay thai was a new art for me. The training I receive from the instructors at PMMA is superior in detail and expertise, and the classes are intense and rewarding. The instructors genuinely want you to succeed and take pride in having their students set high standards and push themselves every day. I am proud to represent PMMA and feel very lucky to have found a gym, “home”, once again."
- Elle Ross
"I LOVE MY TEAM! To me PMMA is my second home, the staff and members are my extended family. I have been a member for a little over a year and I do not see myself training and representing another gym. I never experienced a gym that gives so much support just by being a member, and being a part of the Fight Team I receive extra attention to be at my best in preparation for upcoming fights. PMMA offers health and self-defense awareness seminars to the members so that we can maximize our goals and knowledge. I strongly encourage you to come in and try out our FREE trial classes and get a feel for the gym. I guarantee you will love it!"
- Nancy #Hashtag Tran, Fight Team Member
"My son's mother and I wanted to personally thank Master Vivek Nakarmi and the staff at Pentagon MMA for being positive role models and teaching our son many valuable character traits that Pentagon MMA is built upon. My son was with his mother at his gymnastics class and as they were leaving one of is team mates kept dropping her jacket. My son proceeded to let good his mothers hand and proceeded to help carry his team mates jacket. The character trait he expressed was "Caring" which Master Vivek has been instilling in all the children's classes. My son demonstrated this sign of character not only at PMMA but outside the club under his own judgement (my son is 4yrs old) my son never questioned what to do but did the right thing. For the parents who are in need of a family oriented place for their children to learn many core values to not just be wonderful Martial Artist but Wonderful human beings, Pentagon MMA is highly recommended."
-Nick and Annie, (parents of one of our Warrior Kids)
"Pentagon MMA is the best, and I mean THE BEST mixed martial arts gym in all of Northern Virginia. While training here, I have learned so much about muay thai kickboxing and jiu jitsu. I am in a happy mood every time I come in to train because of the awesome environment surrounded by great training partners, knowledgeable instructors, and a clean facility! I’ve visited two other MMA gyms in the NOVA area in the past, but none of those gyms came close to the excellence of Pentagon MMA. I highly recommend this gym to anyone interested in martial arts because I guarantee this is the place where you will learn muay thai and jiu jitsu in a supportive atmosphere. If you’re still undecided in joining, there’s no need to debate about it, the decision is to do it! Training here has changed my life for the better and I look forward to being here for a very long time."
"It takes a lot of skills to make a great coach and Vivek has them all. He knows his craft, he loves to teach it, he makes you want to be your best, and it’s fun to work with him. Vivek taught me to box, American stand-up style, and it has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences I’ve had. I was an award winning powerlifter, and Vivek taught me the choreography of American boxing, how to get quick, focus my mass and “sting like a bee”. He’s just the best."
-Bob Vastine, President, Coalition of Service Industries, Washington, DC
"I am a former Olympic bobsledder and I have been in the fitness industry for 14 years. I've always been the one to keep workouts fresh and new for my clients but when I got into a rut of my own, I now was the one looking for a change. With no kickboxing experience I was a bit nervous to start. Vivek's professionalism and amazing teaching skills made it very easy to pick up. I would consider myself a very technical trainer and could really appreciate the technicality Vivek brought to the session. He tought me that It's not just about hitting mitts and kicking the bag as hard as you can but about focus and balance as well. If I were to train for a fight, there's no one else I would rather have to prepare me, but for now I'll just try to use his knowledge and training to help me stay in shape."
-Mike Savitch, Owner, Verve Health & Fitness
"I have been a competitive athlete for 20 years, including competing nationally in Sprint kayaking and qualifying for the US Olympic trials in 1996 and outrigger canoe racing on the East Coast and Hawaii and adventure racing and other endurance sports. After a couple of years dealing with various injuries I was looking for a change in my training routine; one which would build strength and also provide cross-training and bring me back up to the fitness level I needed to continue to compete at the level I wanted too. I have been doing kick-boxing one day per week and strength conditioning once per week for 6 months with Vivek and the experience has been everything I wished for. I am stronger and the training has fed into positive results in my paddling sports. Every week Vivek prepares a routine where I am challenged and motivated in new ways. This pushes me to achieve what he knows I am capable of and keeps me motivated as he develops routines that keep me interested and challenged. Vivek has taken the time to research my paddling sports to understand how best to incorporate both the kickboxing training and strength training style and technique so I am getting the most out of my training."
"I have been training with Vivek Nakarmi for close to 2 years now. We have been working mostly on Muay Thai and Boxing, with emphasis on speed and conditioning. Vivek is a great instructor, who is very professional, respectful, and humble. He has a great knowledge of MMA and personal training, and always tries to pass his knowledge to his clients/students. He personally has gotten my hand speed up immensely. I fractured my patella ligament playing soccer, which Vivek assisted me to gain strength and confidence in rehabbing my knee after surgery and Physical Therapy. Unfortunately after 85% back, I fractured my patella playing soccer gain. This time, Vivek has been working with me while my knee was in a cast day 1 (with doctor’s approval). We trained with very light conditioning workouts with pads (boxing) with no movement, so my cardiovascular would not suffer and drop like before. Now that cast is off, we have increased our workouts. I am anticipating when I am 100% back, so Vivek and I can training like we started and get me into great shape. Vivek is a great instructor, and many of my friends train with him today. He is a great athlete, professional fighter, personal trainer, and teacher. He is a positive role model in the community, and I highly recommend Vivek as a personal trainer and MMA teacher to all."
-Jahan Moghadam, Vice President, WorldWide Solutions
"As a life long competitor and athlete I was extremely impressed with Vivek's knowledge, his skills and his passion for helping others. Rarely do you find a teacher as exceptional as Vivek. His classes have a high level of intensity, but they are also fun and exciting. Vivek can structure his training for students of all levels, when I first started I didn't even know the basics. Now my Muay Thai, Boxing and conditioning have drastically improved under his instruction and training. A true master of his craft, he is never one to sit back and rest on his laurels. He is always looking for ways to get better and sharpen his skills, and he never hesitates to share what he has learned with others. Never one to brag, Vivek is an exceptional competitor and has the credentials to back it up. He has the heart and work ethic to achieve all his goals. It was an honor to train and learn from Vivek and even more of an honor to call him my friend. Anyone fortunate to have this opportunity will be a better person because of it."
-Ron Renzi, MMA Fighter, D-1 Wrestler, Arizona State University
"About 4 years ago, I was looking to transition from my boring treadmill workouts into boxing in order to increase my level of conditioning and have more fun. It was then that I met Vivek. His enthusiasm for the sport of Muay Thai and his natural abilities as an instructor had me hooked from day one. I liked his zero tolerance for giving less than 100 percent, both of himself and his students. He also has this uncanny ability to point out your imperfections without being offensive, something essential if you want to take your skills and/or conditioning to new levels. In the first six months I trained under Vivek, I lost 30 pounds. I have since competed in a national kickboxing tournament and am now instructing at the same school in which he began teaching me. I can easily submit that Vivek is a top trainer and fighter, and that whether you know him as a friend, an opponent, an instructor, or trainer, he will have certainly have left you wiser and more motivated simply by being himself."
-Misty Proctor, Elementary School Teacher, Muay Thai Fighter
"My 6 year old son Max has been taking group and private martial arts lessons from Vivek for over a year. The core strength, endurance, flexibility, and self-confidence that Max has gained from his lessons with Vivek has been remarkable. Vivek has an easy and natural connection with young children, and draws out the best from his students. His classes are both challenging and fun. I cannot think of a more qualified and experienced personal trainer for kids and young adults."
-Jing S. Vivatrat, COO, American Learning Network
“When I first met Vivek, I knew I wanted to train with him because of his energy and enthusiasm. I continued to work with Vivek because he focused on getting the technique right and continually corrected me to ensure I kept up good habits. In my group sessions, I am now ahead of the game due to Vivek’s instruction.”
-Thomas S., Federal Law Enforcement
"As a person brand new to kickboxing, training with Vivek is great! He is an excellent teacher and very enthusiastic about what he does which allows you to have a ton of fun while training. He will push you to your limit and then past it so that you get the best workout. I always look forward to my training sessions with Vivek!"
-Amanda Schuck, George Washington University, Midshipman, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
"Vivek's instruction and guidance is instrumental in my stand up game. Vivek understands personal fitness and understands how to achieve it. If you want a personable trainer with a vast amount of experience in striking, Vivek is the man. Whether you want to learn proper striking, self defense or just get fit, Vivek is undoubtedly one of the best people to help you achieve your goals. I cannot thank Vivek enough for the results that I have managed to achieve."
-David Win, Software Engineer
"Vivek Nakarmi not only is a Champion fighter, Vivek is able to bring his training methods to people interested in learning martial arts for health, fitness, real world self defense, and sport fighting. Rarely is a fighter a great coach, and Vivek possesses this unique ability. Not only is he able to work with someone new, he is also able to work with those with years of ability and bring fresh new insights. I myself have trained with Vivek in preparation for my own fights and he knows what is necessary: good cardio and strength conditioning, hard work, and sound techniques. I look forward to more years of training with Vivek."
-Matt Stampe, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist
"I've had the pleasure to work on my fitness with Vivek over the years, and I can tell you that he is one of the most positive, motivating, and encouraging trainers with whom I've ever worked. As a self-proclaimed couch potato, he has encouraged me to push past my perceived limits with routines that are creative and challenging, but not intimidating. Each time I've met with him, I never know what to expect, but I know it will be fun and interesting! I feel very fortunate to have Vivek in my fitness corner!!"
-Addie Sochats, Consultant
"Training with Vivek was one of the best experiences I could have asked for. He’s a fantastic teacher and athlete who brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to every training session. I was constantly learning something new and he was really the reason I was so excited to train every day. I would highly recommend him to any athlete of any skill level. Whether you are just starting out and looking to learn the ropes, or you are looking for a dedicated, athletic and skilled training partner, Vivek is your guy."
-Matt Gordon, Personal Trainer – Gold’s Gym International
"Vivek has taught me the technical aspects of boxing -- which he understands intimately -- while increasing my overall fitness level. He is a superior coach."
-John Wyma, President, John Wyma and Associates
"I was recently referred to Vivek by a personal trainer who admires his work. Vivek's technical expertise, ability to motivate and encourage me, and his abundant energy make every session a fulfilling and challenging experience. I would recommend Vivek to anyone, from a novice to an experienced enthusiast -- he is a wonderful trainer and coach."
-Daniella Landau, Senior Vice President, Wexler and Walker Public Policy