State College MMA Academy Undertaking Major Expansion

Courtesy of Central PA MMAState College, PA. Central PA Mixed Martial Arts (CPAMMA), which brought such fighters to the area as Dan O’Neil and Juan Hernandez, made a major announcement to students and the public at large last night: a huge expansion is on the horizon. The full-service martial arts gym is arguably the largest in Happy Valley and it’s only getting bigger.

Head Instructor, Sifu Ryan Gruhn said in a statement on CPAMMA’s official facebook page:

We’re excited to announce that CPAMMA has signed a Letter of Intent with Penn State University and will be moving to our new state-of-the-art home in State College, PA in late 2014–early 2015! Located only a few minutes from our current location, the new space is on Penn State property near the golf courses at 1445 West College Ave. It is easily accessible from all parts of State College, on all CATABUS routes (with a bus stop in front of the gym) and within walking distance from downtown and PSU campus.

The new location will have ample free parking, full locker rooms including showers and will feature a state-of-the-art main MMA room with an MMA Octagon Cage, Ring, over 5,000 square feet of Jiu-Jitsu mats and triple the number of bags that we currently have. Parents and students will enjoy the new lounge area and families will love the new “kids area” for younger children to use while a sibling is having class!

Current students can expect more classes added to our lineup at the same price you are currently paying. Adult and youth classes will run concurrently to allow families to train at the same time. The new space is roughly three times the size of our current space. With the auxiliary training rooms, we will be able to run multiple classes concurrently.


To put CPAMMA’s expansion into perspective: the square footage of jiu-jitsu mats alone will be larger than the total square footage of their existing location.

With State College having no place to promote MMA locally, such an expansion is paramount to the health and growth of the Martial Art. In recent memory, there has been one MMA event and that promotion has no plans to return. Gruhn’s gym has a reputation of teaching respect, honor and character in addition to technique. This is the presence that MMA needs in State College in order to thrive.

The reaction amongst students and friends of the gym has been very positive. Students and instructors are all very excited about the future of the academy and have been sending support. With the expansion, CPAMMA will be more equipped to instruct their programs such as Renzo Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Erik Paulson’s Combat Submission Wrestling, Dog Brothers Martial Arts and their own Youth Martial Arts program.