Primally Playful Workshops

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Self-Defense & Introduction to Mixed Martial Arts

  • If you were attacked by a group of people at night, how do you think you’d fair?

  • Interested in learning a martial art but don't know where to start?

  • Worried about sending your kid off to college without being able to protect themselves?

  • Traveling to an unsafe place?

  • Interested in learning basic mixed martial arts?


This is a non-intensive course that teaches the basics of self-defense and mixed martial arts in a game-based, fun environment. Limited availability, only 6 people per course for Level 1.


Level 1 Workshop

Two 2hr sessions    or   

One 4 hr session

  • Learn basics of Mixed Martial Arts & Self-Defense

  • Learn games that you can play on your own & with others that are fun, practical & allow you to develop your reactions & skills.

Session #1:   The Striking Arts          2 hours

 You will learn:

  • Fighting Stance & Movement​

  • Boxing Basics: Evasive movement, jab, cross, hook

  • Muay Thai Roundhouse kick, low, medium to high kicks

  • Basics of stand-up wrestling (clinch fighting)

  • Games & Drills to practice on your own & with others!

Session #2:   The Grappling Arts         2 hours

 You will learn:

  • How to not get taken down & ground movement!​ 

  • Wrestling basics & games

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu basics & games

  • How to fall with grace & safety

  • Striking on the ground & how to handle it

  • Games & Drills to practice on your own & with others!

Scheduling & Discounts

4 hrs or

2 2hr sessions

By Appointment                 

You can either schedule the 4 hour playshop for one time or we can schedule 2 different meetings, for 2 hours each. If you sign up with other ppl (to save up to $115 by signing up with 2 ppl or more), the group will have to decide when they want to do the sessions, together.



If you want only the striking or only the ground game, simply half the price of the full Play-Shop.




Workshop Pricing & Discounts


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Group Rate

3 or more people




Personal or Partnered Sessions

If you enjoyed the workshop & would like be coached by me while I am in your area, reach out to me!

I recommend taking the workshop first, that way, you can see if you like my style of coaching, if the sessions are fun, etc. Another reason why taking the workshop first is a good idea, you might meet someone there who you can train with, & reduce your cost of the sessions. I am also a Move Natural Certified Trainer, the rates for exercise/Move Natural training are the same rates listed here.

Individual Coaching      1 to 1 1/2 hr  sessions

w/ a partner



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About your Instructor



My name is Jared Hippler & I have been a martial artist for over a decade now training at 10 different gyms around the world.. I started out training in Judo at the University of Davis, CA from 2006-8. I trained in the Former Soviet Union in Kyrgyzstan from 2009-12, learning Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brasilian Jiu Jitsu & wrestling.


From 2012 to 2016, I continued learning Muay Thai & Jiu Jitsu in 5 different gyms, 4 in California & one in St Louis Missouri. I then trained & taught in rural Guatemala for 2017


I began teaching beginner level Mixed Martial Arts & Self-Defense in 2014. I became a personal trainer & Move Naturally Certified Instructor in 2014.

My courses are designed to be fun! These are non-intensive courses. The point is not for participants to get a workout, though everyone will. The purpose of this course is to teach you the basics, and give you games you can play that help train your reactions & allow you to master those basics in a fun way.