Self defense skill development for everyone, building practical responses to serious threats. 



About FMA

FMA (Fundamental Martial Arts) is a practical, modern and no nonsense form of self defense training. Our mission is personal skill development, total body wellness and empowerment. Our goal is that you feel confident in providing a fierce response if you or a loved one is ever threatened or in harm’s way. 

Over time, students develop genuine functional ability in managing and adapting to all types of attack. Students of FMA learn and practice solutions to issues like being grabbed, choked, against weapons, multiple opponents and much more.

FMA is not traditional martial arts and not sport; sport has weight classes, only one opponent at a time, no weapons and RULES. 

The development of Fundamental Martial Arts points to Scott’s personal beliefs in what is important in studying Martial Arts and a result of the thousands of hours of training dedicated students. Many available martial arts today are a merger of several arts, or are “watered down” versions of an art. FMA has a lineage that is respected, but it is an evolution and is a fully refined meaningful martial art for today’s practical needs. 

Fundamental Martial Arts was launched in 2006 by Scott Shephard, reflecting what he emphasizes in the studying of martial arts. Fundamental Martial Arts is designed to improve every student’s ability to protect themselves and to encourage general health and wellness. The primary quest is to build true skills in the student to prepare them as well as possible for a violent engagement. The training will always be geared to improving the ability of his students to manage a confrontation with a determined and aggressive attacker(s).

In a dangerous encounter, a measly kick in the groin or a pounding on his chest will not do. There are many feel good type studios out there that unfortunately provide an unrealistic confidence builder type atmosphere, where sub standard results are acceptable and the training methodology is obscenely optimistic. FMA believes that approach is irresponsible and not in the best interest of the student.

Fundamental Martial Arts is designed for the current world. Although we believe focus and attention to the material is critical, we dispense with bowing and wearing special outfits. We may wear a school t-shirt, but generally regular workout clothes and athletic shoes (instead of bare feet). We do have a ranking system for the student to understand their progress and to help organize productive training groups when appropriate, but we do not wear belts in classes. There is a great deal more to a street fight than breaking a board too. Having said that, Scott personally respects ancient masters and their followers who seek more of the other side of training provided by most traditional schools. This simply is not the heart of FMA, there is far too much to concentrate on in developing someone into a person who can manage the serious threats of the modern world.


FMA Class Times

Women's Group Class: (We know you're busy, so choose one each week and flex as needed each week) Options are Thursdays 5:30pm-6:30pm, Fridays Noon-1pm, or Saturdays 8am-9am. These are at our downtown Prescott location.


Men's Group Class: Saturdays 9:15am-10:15am (Prescott location)


Kid's Class options: Serious students only. Private training (parent present), Kid + friend, or own group only. No Kid's group class available at this time.

Also: Private, one-on-one training is a popular option too. Semi-Private (2-4 people) is available. Create YOUR OWN Weekly Group class or Workshops for your organization.

Call for details. (928) 925-2642 

Wear regular workout clothes and tennis shoes. Bring a water.


About Scott Shephard


Founder, Director and Master Instructor



Scott Shephard has been studying martial arts more than thirty years. His entire focus has been practical self-defense methods and concepts. Over the years, Shephard has been exposed to many quality systems and studied six martial art methods originating from four countries, gaining expertise in close quarter practical weaponry such as sticks, knives and handguns.

Scott has experience in executive protection and has written many self defense related articles. He has decades of teaching experience in self defense personal training, workshops and group classes. Scott is a master instructor, who truly learned from the best. Scott began teaching in 1989 and has been an Instructor in three martial arts systems. In 2004, Scott Shephard was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Scott Shephard founded FMA (Fundamental Martial Arts) in 2006. FMA is focused exclusively on street application
“meaningful and parking lot practical“ martial arts. FMA has been featured on AZTV's Sandy & Friends and The Morning Mix, Leza’s Magic radio show, Prescott Woman magazine, Prescott Living magazine and Prescott Healthy Living magazine. Scott teaches annually at Embry Riddle Areonautical University and is involved with many nonprofit organizations. 

“All martial arts have value, the difference is what is being emphasized.” Sifu Scott Shephard 



Our Address:

107 N. Cortez, Fourth Floor

Prescott, AZ 86301


(928) 925-2642

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