Next Generation I.M.M.A. Ballymena

Next Generation I.M.M.A. Ballymena

A different fitness experience

About Us

The Institute of Mixed Martial Arts Ballymena was founded in 2001 by Rodney Moore with the aim of providing high quality tuition. Starting off in a garage with only three members, the club has grown year on year and is now running a full time gym with over 200+ members in a town centre location.

We joined forces and affiliated ourselves with Chris Brennan’s world famous Next Generation family in 2010. I received my Black belt under Chris Brennan in April 2019. I’m his only Black belt in Ireland and his twelfth ever issued black belt in the world.!!

We are the sole representatives for next generation mma in Northern Ireland with our gym head quarters based in Ballymena.


IMMA Gym Ballymena/Next Generation N.Ireland is not only for those who want to compete, MMA fitness training is suited to everybody from the absolute beginners to the most advanced athletes providing an extremely rewarding experience whatever your goals.

We teach the following Martial Arts and Fitness Programmes:

  • MMA
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • No-GI Grappling
  • Strength & Conditioning Training
  • Personal Training & Private Lessons
  • Group/Team Sessions
  • Systema (Russian Special Forces Martial Art)
  • Boxing & Thai Boxing

The History of I.M.M.A. Ballymena

Rodney has been involved with martial arts since he was seven years old, tackling karate first, then onto jiu-jitsu, boxing, eskrima and then mixed martial arts. He started M.M.A. training in Colorado Springs in January 2000 under the supervision of Mike Brewer and Pat Cross at the Cutting Edge Martial Arts Academy.

While living in America he travelled through it training with Dan Inosanta, Eric Paulson, Machaddo Brothers, Dog Brothers, Frank Mir and Master Toddy. He was the third person in Ireland to obtain a Blue Belt under Royce Gracie and the first person in N.Ireland to get a purple belt under Next Generation Founder Chris Brennan, he also achieved an Apprentice Instructorship in Warriors Eskrima under Krishna Godhania.

Rodney has taken his club members to fight in the UFC, and many top European and UK shows and promotions. He currently has an active semi-pro and pro fight team that travel the world representing his small but modest club. He holds an Irish and U.K. Middleweight title and competed for a place in the “Ultimate Fighter 3″ television series. He got through to the last fifty finalists from a pool of several thousand applicants throughout the world.


Exclusive membership only club
No walk ins or pay per class
Everyone must be on a membership payment plan.


6:00pm – 7:15pm MMA Striking Class (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


7:30pm – 8:15pm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ Fundamentals Class (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


8:15pm – 8:45pm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ Open Mat / Live rolling (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


6:30pm – 7:15pm MMA Clinch & Takedowns (Intermediate / Advanced) *Adults Only*


7:15pm – 8:00pm Open Gym / MMA Sparring (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


6:00pm – 6:45pm Beginners 8 Week Fundamentals Programme (Must be booked / pre-paid in advance *Adults Only*)


7:00pm – 7:45pm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


7:45pm – 8:15pm BJJ Open Mat / Live Rolling (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


5:30pm – 6:15pm Little Spartans (Kids self defence class from 6yrs old and upwards)
*Must be pre-booked*


6:30pm – 7:15pm No-Gi (MMA Based) Technical class (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


7:15pm – 8:00pm No-Gi Open Mat / Live Rolling (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


5:30pm – 6:15pm No-Gi (Competition Based) Technical Class (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


6:15pm – 7:00pm Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & No-Gi Open Mat / Live Rolling (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


10:00am – 10:45am Beginners 8 Week Programme (Must be booked & pre-paid in advance *Adults Only*)


11:00am – 12:15pm Open Gym / Sparring (Open to all levels *Adults Only*)


12:30pm – 1:15pm Little Spartans (Kids self defence class from 6yrs old and upwards)

Contact Us

Meet Us

24, George Street, Ballymena, County Antrim BT43 5AP

Call Us

+44 7494 848000

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