Northern Colorado's Premier MMA Gym
Trials Martial Arts and Fitness is the premier martial arts and fitness gym in Northern Colorado. Owned and Operated by professional MMA fighters Ryan Schultz and Ed Herman, Trials offers the highest level of fight training available in the region. Whether you are interested in high level mixed martial arts training, or just looking to lose a few pounds, Trials has a class that meets your goals. Our 5000 sq. foot facility has two practice areas, with a full array of heavy bags, mats, and fitness tools. Ed and Ryan are MMA veterans that can take your fight game to the next level. Give us a call or stop in to see what Trials MMA has to offer.
Owner, Trainer, UFC Veteran
Ed "Short Fuse" Herman is a professional Mixed Martial Artist, UFC Veteran, and co-owner of Trials MMA. He appeared on Season 3 of the Ultimate Fighter, training under Ken Sharmrock. He holds notable wins over David Loiseau, Dave Menne, Scott Smith, Nick Thompson, and Joe Doerksen. Ed was raised in Vancouver, Washington, where he excelled at football and wrestling. After high school, Ed began his journey into mixed martial arts. He soon moved to Portland to pursue his fighting career full time. Ed started training under Team Quest, and in 2002 starting fighting as an amateur, where he amassed a 7-2 record.
After several professional fights, Ed earned a UFC contract via The Ultimate Fighter, Season 3. Although he was eventually eliminated by decision by Kendall Grove in the show finale, Ed was subsequently awarded a UFC contract based on his performance on the show. Ed has compiled an impressive 23-9 professional record, with 6 knockouts, 15 submissoins and 2 decisions.
Ed Moved to Colorado in 2010 with his fiancee Crystal, her daughter, and their twin boy and girl.
Owner, Trainer, IFL Lightweight Champion
Ryan "The Lion" Schultz grew up in North Platte, Nebraska. He was a member of his high school wrestling team, graduating in 1996. Schultz has a degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska, where he continued to compete in wrestling, coached by Matt Lindland. After graduation, Ryan worked as an apprentice plumber in Colorado, before embarking on his MMA career. Ryan enterered the IFL promotion as a member of the Portlan Wolfpack team, where he amassed a 13-7-1 record. Ryan quickly acquired the IFL Lightweight championship by defeating Chris Horodecki via TKO. Ryan successfully defended his title twice before the IFL promotion folded. Ryan's current professional record stands at 21-12-1
After a brief stint fighting overseas in the Japanese promotion Sengoku, Ryan decided to move to Fort Collins with his wife Jennifer and son Kilian to open Trials. Ryan is passionate about helping his fighters reach their full potential, using his expertise in submission wrestling and kick boxing to teach students an impressive array of fight techniqures. Ryan uses a vocal and intense training style to maximize the benefits each fighter receives from any class that he teaches.