FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes! DCS is happy to offer introductory classes suitable for the absolute beginner in each of our disciplines, as well as our strength & conditioning programs. We are the ideal gym in Vancouver for beginners and pros alike.

From our owner/head instructor Ryan Diaz:

“Starting Martial Arts and even walking into a new gym can be very intimidating. We make this experience as easy and pleasant as possible. At many gyms there is a feeling of intimidation.This occurs many times because there is a misconception that to be a tough you have to act tough. This is not a problem at DCS, I personally assure you. I can tell you from training all over the world with the best Martial Artists, they all don’t have to tell you they are tough they just are. We aren’t some fight gym and do not promote an MMA fight team. We are a group of various individuals from all walks of life with different goals. We all want to better ourselves and help each other get better and achieve our goals through Martial Arts.”

DCS has a crew of world class instructors providing lessons in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), no-gi grappling, wrestling, MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and strength & conditioning. Further, we are proud to offer women’s only classes in either BJJ or kickboxing 6 days a week. We are confident no other MMA gym in Vancouver can match the strength of our selection or the expertise of our instructors!

Yes! Offering quality kid’s martial arts classes in Vancouver is something we are proud to do. Each day we offer kids classes in either kickboxing, BJJ, or wrestling for your child to take part in. Our youth instructors are animated, passionate individuals who will engage your child and help them grow into a life-long martial artist. Our instructors instil values of courtesy, integrity, respect, self-discipline and confidence and each one of our classes. We strive to have a perfect balance of fun and discipline in each one of our children’s classes.

Nope! DCS welcomes students of all fitness levels and body types looking to train martial arts in Vancouver. You are never forced to do anything you don’t want to do or cannot do due to injury. We encourage everyone to go at their own pace and instructors are glad to help in anyway possible even it means to give alternatives to exercises or techniques in class.

Of course! We are happy to welcome older persons to our gym in Vancouver. We pride ourselves on our safe, welcoming atmosphere and we believe you are never too old to begin (or continue) your journey in martial arts

* Please note we have gear you can borrow for your first classes if you do not have any.

You will need different gear depending on the classes you choose, but standard comfortable athletic wear is recommended for all.

For Boxing classes:

Hand wraps
Boxing gloves* (rentals available)
Boxing
Shoes/sneakers (optional)
Mouth guard (Sparring only)
*16oz gloves required for sparring

For Muay Thai Kickboxing:

Hand wraps
Boxing gloves* (rentals available)
Shin guards (Intermediate/Advanced/Sparring only)
Mouth guard (Sparring only)
Athletic Cup/Support (Sparring only)
*16oz gloves required for sparring

For Wrestling/No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu:

Mouth guard (recommended)
Wrestling shoes (wrestling only, recommended)

For Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu:

Gi with belt
Mouth guard (recommended)

For MMA:

MMA gloves
Mouthguard
Athletic Cup/Support (Sparring only)

Yes. DCS has a broad selection of high-quality gear available for purchase at our Vancouver gym, including Muay Thai and MMA shorts, rash guards, Fairtex boxing gloves, hand wraps, and shin guards!

While there are many places to train kickboxing in Vancouver, our Muay Thai kickboxing classes present a thorough, full body cardio workout that will help you improve your balance, strength, flexibility, and help you burn a significant amount of calories.

DCS is home to many amateur and professional fighters, as well as world-class coaches. Our instructors currently train some of the top fighters in the world who compete in organizations like the UFC, Bellator, PFL, Glory Kickboxing to name a few. If you wish to compete in BJJ, boxing, Muay Thai/kickboxing, or MMA in Vancouver, our instructors can give you the skills and knowledge you need to reach your potential – the only limit is your own drive!

The Number One reason people love DCS is the amazing, unparalleled vibe we have created. The welcoming, non-intimidating, fun, friendly and positive atmosphere we have is unmatched in the city. We ensure that all egos are left at the door and we boast that our instructors are not only the most knowledgable in the city but also the nicest. Everyone is welcome to come train with us regardless of experience, gender, age, religion. Our doors are open to anyone that wants to learn!!! We firmly believe DCS to be the best gym in Vancouver, if not all of Canada, for fitness and martial arts. We are set apart by our world class team of instructors – including coaches of world champions and multiple-time world champions themselves – and by our atmosphere, which is marked by enthusiasm, inclusivity, and positivity. We are home to a full boxing ring, half MMA cage, ample strength & conditioning area, and mat space galore.

Yes. Members can put their memberships on hold for a prepaid fee of $28 per month. Please email info@diazcombatsports.com to confirm any holds.

You are never forced to do anything you do not want to do or cannot do due to injury. So depending on the nature of your injuries, you may not be able to participate in certain classes/activities, we will do our best to recommend a class that won’t aggravate any pre-existing injuries, or our instructors will try to give you alternative exercises if you cannot perform the ones in class. You are never forced to do anything you do not want to do or cannot do due to injury.

DCS is proud to offer a full slate of classes from 6:30am-8:30pm Monday to Friday, as well as 9am-1pm Saturday. Check out our full schedule here! We are also open for private lessons during periods with no scheduled class times.

Absolutely.The principles you’ll learn in any of our BJJ, MMA, boxing, or kickboxing classes are all excellent for self defence. Further, we routinely offer free women’s self defence seminars as well as children’s anti-bullying seminars. Anyone looking to learn self defence in Vancouver would be wise to check us out!

Yep! We are pleased to offer you one free trial class of your choice, which you can sign up for here. While there is a drop-in fee of $30/class for non-members, we offer discounted prepaid rates of 10 classes for $200 ($20/class) or 20 classes for $360 ($18/class). You can find all the details of our membership rates here.

You can cancel your membership at any time, however we ask that you give us 30 days notice for a 6 month membership and 60 days notice for a 1 year membership. Cancellations can only be requested by email.

Please email info@diazcombatsports.com to submit or confirm any cancellations.

Our instructors are, quite frankly, the best! At DCS we employ legitimate, world-class talents to instruct our martial arts programs. Our instructors are multiple time world champions, coaches of current world champions, or trained by world champions themselves.They come from all over the world — Thailand, the UK, and Las Vegas are a few places our instructors call home – and bring our gym in Vancouver a truly global perspective on martial arts. They are truly passionate about their students’ progress and count your triumphs as their own.

All of our instructors offer private lessons that can be booked at our front desk. Lessons can be catered to your personal needs and wants, whether it be fitness, technique, cardio, conditioning or even for competition. No matter what discipline you choose, at DCS you can have a top-notch, world class instructor as a personal trainer in Vancouver!

For any number of reasons, DCS is the best Mixed Martial Arts gym in Vancouver. Regardless of the martial arts you are looking to train in Vancouver – from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, Boxing, Wrestling, to MMA – our top notch team of instructors, positive vibe, exceptional facilities, and affordable rates all make us Vancouver’s best gym. Drop by and see for yourself!

You can go to our website or even visit us in person to sign up for your free trial class, purchase prepaid class packages, or sign up for a monthly membership here and for a prepaid package/membership here.

We recognize that every person may have unique fitness needs, but between our high intensity martial arts courses and our strength & conditioning programs, we are confident we can help you meet any fitness goals you have in mind! Our Muay Thai classes, for instance, are among the most rigorous forms of kickboxing in Vancouver and are particularly effective at burning calories and strengthening the body.

Muay Thai is differentiated mostly by its focus on elbow and knee strikes, as well as the clinch – a close quarters mix of standup grappling and striking. Muay Thai fighters are also uniquely recognized for their rhythm, their long guard, and their use of front kicks to maintain distance. Our instructors are real Thai fighters who are thrilled to teach authentic Muay Thai in Vancouver.

While Muay Thai – the “art of eight limbs” – allows for the use of hands, feet, elbows, and knees to strike opponents, western or “traditional” boxing focuses entirely on striking with the hands. DCS is home to amazing boxing instructors, including former world champion Skipper Kelp, who’s focus on footwork and crisp, technical boxing make DCS the perfect spot for those interested in the sweet science to train boxing in Vancouver.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a ground-fighting art that focuses on using leverage and techniques such as joint locks and chokes to control opponents. BJJ is notoriously effective, allowing smaller persons to overcome strength disadvantages through technique. Our BJJ program is helmed by world-class black belt Stuart Cooper, making DCS the best place to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Vancouver.

Our strength and conditioning programs are some of the toughest, best fitness classes in Vancouver! The instructors, led by head strength coach Tak Sasaki, are strength and conditioning specialists who will help you reach your full potential. Each one is happy to offer private lessons, so your search for the best personal trainers in Vancouver is over!