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Combat Mindset was founded by international security consultant Michael Saad with the mission of providing clients a private, non-intimidating environment to work on fitness and personal safety goals with highly qualified and experienced trainers.

With a name like Combat Mindset, most people think we are a male dominated studio.

But, in reality, our client base – and our staff- are mostly women. Our name simply refers to the mental and physical conditioning necessary to face life's obstacles.

About Combat Mindset

Combat Mindset is a self defense and personal training studio that specializes in preparing you for the worst that life throws at you. Combat Mindset is more than a self defense philosophy, it’s a way of life.

Our Headquarters, located in Dothan Alabama, and our Affiliate studios provide one-on-one and small group training for self defense and fitness by certified instructors to create a unique experience.

This enables you to achieve an optimal personal security posture, no matter where you are or the problem at hand. We’re a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of training studio with proven techniques and a raw, workhorse approach.

Friendship & Accountability

At Combat Mindset, our community is our greatest strength. You’ll make lifelong friends to help inspire, challenge and motivate you. We train together, socialize together, inspire each other!

Tailored Programs

Every workout we offer is programmed and tailored specifically to your ability and fitness goals. That’s right! Every class! Whatever your fitness level we’ll tailor a program to help you to safely and steadily improve your fitness.

Specialized Coaching

Our professionally trained, expert coaches actively coach each class you attend. Personal coaching like this would normally cost a fortune at traditional gyms but is included with our memberships.

Our Philosophy

To be effective in the real world, you have to train for the real world.

We provide our clients with the confidence, knowledge, experience, support, and strategies you need to keep safe – with real world self defense training, to respond to a real world attack.

We don’t just talk about our philosophy, we deliver.

It’s our explicit purpose to ensure that our clients build their inner and outer strengths while having fun getting fit or learning self defense. Pretty much the only thing we can’t do is give you the drive and motivation to do it. That’s on you.



repeatedly practicing techniques equips you to respond with gross muscle memory under stress.


what should you do when confronted with an attacker? should you flank them? hit left and dodge right?


fight, flight or fright. are you gonna freeze up and cower when attacked? are you mentally strong enough?


are you in good enough shape to even handle an attack? do you have what it takes to put them down?

None of the Frills, All of the Benefits

Our training programs are the best for one reason: We eliminate the distractions of traditional martial arts and fitness programming to teach men, women, and children of all ages what really matters: Essential, proven skills.

Focused Instruction

Our results-driven, high-energy, self defense and fitness programs are taught in small class sizes, ensuring you receive the attention necessary to execute techniques with skill and confidence.

Carefully Constructed Environment

We’ve designed our training to be both safe and fun, making it simple to nurture your growing arsenal of skills.

Multiple Formats and Programs

We utilize motivation, accountability and performance-based training programs to foster a unique combination of skills that translate into real-world application.

Success, No Matter Who You Are

Our innovative training program is designed for everyone, from the young adult, to the seasoned cop. Your success is guaranteed if you show up! Your only job is to put in the work—we do the rest.



Never feel like a victim again with realistic and easy to remember self defense methods from Michael Saad.


Lose weight, tone your body, become a stronger you, look years younger… or just be able to fit in that old dress.


Get one-on-one attention with our self defense or fitness personal training from one of our team members.



workout on your own, with guidance from our certified trainers.


​​get stronger with our strength program​ designed to build muscles and power.


​​a mixture of mma and muay thai combined with fast pace cardio and resistance training.

You never know what life will throw at you

but you owe it to your loved ones to at least be able to throw back!

Take Control of Your Life

A lot of places talk the talk, but Combat Mindset delivers with everything you need under one roof for the optimal training experience, starting off with a free one-on-one private training for all fitness and self defense programs

Joining Combat Mindset is about more than taking control over your health, safety, and well-being. In fact, it’s about pushing yourself to your physical and mental limits to reach your full potential and feel great in the process.

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