Our System


patch_logoMixed American Freestyle: A Practical, Well-Rounded Mixed Martial Arts System

Our system, Mixed American Freestyle, has been created by Grandmaster Art Hinkelbein over the course of his 60+ years of training and is continually modified with modern concepts designed for practicality in today’s world. Our students are taught a dynamic blend of the most effective elements of various martial arts disciplines including Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kickboxing, along with our own concepts and ideas, merged together into one complete program. Unlike most stand-alone systems that can be one dimensional, our system is both hard and soft and covers self defense from every angle, from the top down. Our students are also taught to understand the psychological aspects of confrontation, how to adapt and the proper amount of force to use depending on the severity of a situation. With this approach we are able to consistently develop students who are proficient in blocking, striking, evasion, takedowns and submission, but who also understand how and when it is appropriate to use their skills. 

Age Specific Curriculum

We believe students should be taught based on their capacity both physically and mentally, which is why our classes are broken into age specific groups. The basis of the curriculum is the same across all age groups but the content is modified based on maturity level.  You can visit our program pages for more information about our Little Ninjas, Children’s, Youth & Teen and Adult Martial Arts Programs.


Based on 102 reviews.
Gina Downing
Gina Downing
September 30, 2022.
We are so thankful for Master Art, Master Melissa & Staff! We knew from the moment we met them that AHMA was the right school for our child. Not only do they teach self defense but also life skills, respect and integrity. The positive influence they have had on her is invaluable.
William Ball
William Ball
September 26, 2022.
Great place for your son or daughter to be taught not only how to defend themselves and others, but taught valuable life lessons in self respect and respecting others! I’m sure it’s just as great for adults. I would recommend this place to everyone and anyone!
Jolanta Sienkiewicz
Jolanta Sienkiewicz
September 24, 2022.
Master Melissa and Master Art have created a truly unique space that positions kids for success. While the Martial Arts instruction is absolutely 5-star, including basics, self-defense, and sparring, the true gems are the core lessons in discipline, respect, self-confidence and leadership that allows kids to shine. Our son has been with the Academy for almost 2 years, and each moment spent here has been well worth the hour round-trip. He’s grown as an individual, and has applied the core values he’s learned at AHMA to his home life, academics and extracurricular sports, and has received numerous accolades in all areas. Thank you Master Melissa and Master Art for all you do - we are certain that AHMA has been an invaluable part of his life, and are so grateful to be a part of the AHMA family! 🥷
Jennifer Staples
Jennifer Staples
September 23, 2022.
My son has been going to this martial arts studio for almost 3 years now, and it has truly been a great experience for him and our family. My son started in the little ninja program, and is now a one stripe orange belt, and he is looking forward to continuing his skills with martial arts. Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa are wonderful instructors and take the time to explain new skills and lessons to the kids while teaching the children discipline and respect. They also take the time to talk to all the kids in attendance and make them believe they are all valued and important. They also take time to say hi to my daughter who just comes to watch her big brother. The students going through this program have to work hard for every belt promotion, and you can see that every child who earns their next stripe or belt is proud of their accomplishments, but so are Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa. My son loves to go to martial arts, and I look forward to him moving forward at the studio and all the skills he will earn.
Nicole Bayard
Nicole Bayard
September 22, 2022.
It's clear that every instructor has a passion for their craft...and Grandmaster Art and Master Melissa take time and care with every individual child. They are shaping and enriching their minds as well as their Martial Art skills.
Angelique Facciolli
Angelique Facciolli
September 21, 2022.
Our son started attending AHMA almost 2 years ago and quickly fell in love with Master Art and Master Melissa. They not only teach a artful sport but life lessons, encouraging respect, honesty and discipline. After watching our son excel, our daughter decided to join and has been loving every minute of her time at AHMA! It is a lot of fun to watch the interaction between our children and the instructors. We highly recommend AHMA!
Megan Miller
Megan Miller
September 18, 2022.
Our son has been going to AHMA for almost a year and it has been a wonderful experience. I appreciate that Master Melissa spends a lot of individual time with each student to make sure they are doing skills correctly and hold them accountable. They do not just go through the motions and send them to the back of the line. Students have to put in a lot of time to earn each new stripe or belt which helps them understand the importance of commitment and perseverance rather than instant gratification. Both Masters Art and Melissa make the effort to get to know each student as an individual. They have helped our son recognize his personal strengths and continue to encourage him in the areas he needs to improve.
Briana Ridgway
Briana Ridgway
September 13, 2022.
My son absolutely loves coming to his classes every week! We started attending with a free class special they had going on and the smile and enjoyment my son had when he walked out of the building I knew instantly, he said can I please go here mom and we haven’t stopped learning and thriving since. The instructors are so friendly and absolutely fantastic with the kids!! They keep him focused and teach him how he should be respectful and responsible, how things are earned and not just given to you. Also, everytime a holiday comes near they always have some fun game or activity that involves basic skills and techniques while still enjoying the holiday fun which I think is an added bonus. All around awesome martial arts school to send your kids to, strongly vouch for them!!!
Erin Chibbaro
Erin Chibbaro
September 8, 2022.
The best place to go for Martial Arts. We've had an absolutely wonderful experience this past year at Art Hinkelbein Martial Arts Academy! Master Melissa and staff have an excellent teaching style that is great for children, teens and adults. We are looking forward to enrolling our other daughter.
Danielle Saranczak
Danielle Saranczak
September 8, 2022.
AHMA has been an important part of my family for many years. 2 of my children have learned discipline, respect, and a love for Mixed Martial Arts being taught by Master Art and Master Melissa. They teach the children with a perfect combination of tough love and nurturing. They not only teach MMA, but self-defense to prepare them for what could be a dangerous world. My children love coming here and have found a forever love for MMA. I could not recommend them more.

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