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Hendersonville, NC

FighterWithin Mixed Martial Arts, LLC

127 Four Seasons Mall Hendersonville, NC 28792

[email protected]


Meet your trainer

Leanne Hensley, Operating Owner and Sensei

3rd Degree Black Belt Sandan Karakido Karate

Certified Personal Trainer

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter/Instructor

I first developed an interest in kick-boxing when I moved out on my own at the age of 18. I began an exercise class that was designed for self defense at a local karate school (Karakido Karate).

 I joined because the ladies that I worked with “made me”. I quickly realized that not only did I need the lessons that were being taught; I had a passion for it.  After about a year of taking this class, I began sparring (play fighting), and then starting into very small local competitions. After I had won a couple of matches, I proceeded to do bigger competitions. I started becoming more familiar in the Mixed Martial Arts especially in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, Karakido Karate, Krav Maga and a few others. I was fortunate enough to have several trainers, and alot of great influences that has made a huge impact on my life.

In April of 2006, my life changed with the birth of my child, Mason. My path of instruction changed. I realized that I had a special set of skills that made me feel confident not only as a parent but as a female. I realized that I had an extreme passion to share these skills with other people and children. I feel that EVERYONE has a "Fighter Within" themselves if they will just unleash it. Therefore, FighterWithin was born.

I am a very unorthodox type of trainer and I thrive on challenging my clients to their fullest potential. What I offer is definitely not for the weak of heart but for the warrior that strives to build a mind stronger than any muscles formed. With that said, I also believe that your body is a work of art and with proper nutrition and formation, it is created to perform as a well built machine, IF you will condition it to do so.

A native to Hendersonville, North Carolina, I graduated from West Henderson High in 1997. After graduation, I attended college and attained many certifications and accreditation in Massage therapy, Early Childhood Development, and business management. I work closely with firearms and instructing others to acquire the same passion for safety and proper use with them. I was awarded my first degree Shodan Black Belt from Grand Master Roger Yarborough in September of 1999. My level of training and achievements still continue to this day as I believe a true teacher never stops learning.

What I can offer:

Karakido Karate Classes for ALL ages: Cost $/135month

Now enrolling students for Karate class at a mature age of 4. All class will be held Tuesday's and Thursday's starting at 4:30, depending on age group and belt level.

Originating from Karakido Karate, ths Christian based and highly disciplined Karate teaches self worth, confidence and control. This art is focusing mostly on stand up and striking, however, ground work and grappliing is also incorporated into this training. Great for any age (4 and up) or achievement goal. I have taken the discipline of Karakido Karate and blended it with my personal touch and the knowledge of many skills in mixed martial arts to insure the best form of Karate in children and in adults.

I have had a background in Karate and mixed martial arts for over years as well as holding a 3rd degree Sandan Black Belt. As a trained fighter myself, I have 20 years martial arts experience and I've had the privilege of coaching students to compete themselves. I also own and operate the most versatile gym in the area. Fighterwithin offers what no other gym can in a top notch training facility. These classes, along with many others will be taught twice a week.Introductory rate is $125/month. This rate does not include your Karate Gi (which is recommended but not required). Any promotions and or certificates and belts are also outside of the class rate. Please call 828-606-9705 to sign up!

Rilion Gracie Elite Brazilian Jui-Jitsu: Cost $85/month

Now enrolling students for Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. Taught by Tott Otarola-Nietzen, Black belted out of Rilion Gracie Jui-Jitsu. Classes are Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Friday evenings from 6pm-8pm. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. Open Roll mats are also available throughout the week upon request. $5/mat fee.

Basic Self Protection and Awareness for Women Level I: Cost $59

My class targets females of all ages, strengths, and sizes. I have a background in martial arts and a history of competitive fighting. My class consists of basic but most importantly, realistic movements varying in different styles of martial arts.

I feel confident that you will leave my class feeling stronger and more aware of your inner strength. I teach you practical movements that anyone of any physical condition can do.

My classes are smaller so that it is a more intimate environment that enables you to learn quicker. Our hands on involvement allows to practice on real body parts, not a bag!

This class differs from others due to the fact that we work with adrenaline. When you are under attack, you will more than likely become frozen in fear because your adrenaline reaction shuts down any knowledge that you may have been taught. However, in my class, we practice actual attacks so that you can become familiar with adrenaline and re-challenge that energy into a positive force of protection.

It is recommended that you take this class several times to insure that you programming your muscle memory. Self Defense is something that you can remember, but you must practice or you will lose mostly all skills. PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT!! 

Muay Thai Kick-Boxing: (Mondays & Wednesday 5:30-6:30 $20/class)

*(or sign up for month and receive 15% off.

This class designed for everyone! Men and women ​both are welcome in this class. I offer a MMA style kickboxing class that targets every muscle and builds core strength. With this class, you also gain important self defense moves and protection. We use heavy duty kickboxing bags so when you are kicking and punching, you are striking a hard surface which sheds fat while you build muscle. This class is also taught one on one so that you will achieve proper technique. Guaranteed to get anyone in shape.

Ages 14 and above are welcome to participate.

 *You can bring your own gloves or you can rent mine for $1.00

Advanced Self Protection for Women Level II: Cost $59

In these classes, I cover a lot of pressure point striking and ground attacking. This class can ONLY be taken after you take the "Basic" class. I highly recommend this class to ALL women considering most fights and attacks will end up on the ground. It is important to know how to fight on the ground so that you can defend yourself back up to the floor.

During this class, you will learn how to grapple and fight in the worst situation possible. I teach you simple, quick and easy moves to warn off any size. This class is a must!

Little Warriors Kid's Self Protection and Awareness: (ages-3-7) Cost $49

In our life today we need to make sure that our children are protected when we can’t protect them ourselves.

It is designed to teach self discipline and safety. My method comes from a background of respect and avoiding combat. However, I also teach how to handle situations that come from childhood behaviors. I cover family plans and family passwords with children and I teach them self protection moves with respect. I also cover "stranger-danger" and 911. Many topics are covered. Parents are welcome to attend but only if you are not a distraction. I LOVE this class because it gives them a confidence needed at that age to give them self assurance and protection to prepare them for the adolescence stage in life. This class is amazing for children with ADD and other conditions that challenge their energy levels.

Some of the things we talk about are:

  • Bullies
  • Strangers
  • Knowing their full names
  • Using Kid identification kit
  • Child vs. Adult attacks
  • Family secrets
  • Family passwords and plans
  • How to respect each other
  • Gun Safety (how to recognize)
  • Car Safety

There will be many other things discussed. I believe that if you teach your children from the beginning than they will live healthier and safer lives. This class should be taken several times to ensure that the children are retaining the things taught. My son (Mason) will be present in each class to help demonstrate to others proper technique. Join US!!!

Young Buck's Kids Self Protection and Awareness: (ages 8-16) Cost $49

Now that they are getting older, they maybe facing challenges.

This class is designed to help build confidence and self protection. My method comes from a background of respect and avoiding combat. However, I also teach how to handle situations that come from adolescent behaviors. I cover family plans and family passwords with kids and I teach them self protection moves with respect. Many topics are covered. This class is the most important of all because this age group is learning life skills and becoming who they are going to be in life. This class gives them inner strength and skills to succeed in life. It has been shown to help with school activities, family troubles, energy output, stress management and communication.  

One on One Total Body Training:

If you don't feel comfortable training in front of others or you have had a scary situation that prevents you opening up in front of others, I can train just YOU!

I offer one on one training customized for your needs and your needs only. Everyone is built differently and so should their workout. We can train on specifics or overall training.

Once a week $59.00/session

Twice a week $40.00/session

Three times or more a week $35.00/session

Boot camp Training: (ages 4 and up) Cost is $20.00 per class

No excuses here! This type of training is for the true warrior at heart. I have designed my very own Boot camp course that is designed to get you fit and fast! There is NO gym equipment here!!!

This is designed for functional muscle training which is the best type of training. Instead of a machine that isolates one muscle, this type of training works your entire body at the same time. Cosmetic muscles from the gym look pretty but they are useless. Functional builds your strength while sculpting your body at the same time. Some of the things in the course includes flipping tractor tires, throwing sandbags, sledgehammers, etc.

Of course, for the young warriors, it is quiet different and catered to their little bodies. I start teaching at age 4, so that they are instilled with the importance of being fit and healthy not computerized. It also builds incredible self confidence and self worth! Since I have my own family, we all participate. I welcome your whole family to join to get everybody on track in life and fitness, not just one member.

Whether you have been training for years or just getting started, this course is awesome!!

We will offer more dates and times after the spring time change due to lighting. This class is at my home and is scheduled to change at any time without any notice. You must call first to take this course and directions will be given at that time.


Elite Kid's Club: (Ages 5-10)

Finally a program that is made for kids! This "elite" group of kids belongs to their very own club. In this club, they will have the opportunity to learn top of the line Karate lessons, support with their homework, after-school activities, and socialism with other children.

Since this club is for selected students only, the children will develop friendships and a bond with the instructors because they will be with the same group of students and trusted adults

This program is offered to students immediately after their regular school day. In doing this, the parents are allowed to finish their day at work or any other errands they may need to take care of.

If transportation to our club from the already attended school is a problem, then we can provide transportation for a charge. However, you may choose to provide transportation for your children at a discounted rate of tuition.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday-Friday from 3:15-5:45.

Cost is $85/per week. If transportation is needed, than fee will be discussed.

Home Invasion Awareness Mock Break-in: $95

This exercise is to bring awareness to the faults of your home and increase security. In this activity, I will give a time frame of 3 hours. You will not know how or when I will break into your home. It is up to you to catch and find me. Without the use of weapons, of course. Afterwards, I will show you exactly where the faults of the security are so that we can address them and fix them.   

Birthday Parties:

Let us plan your birthday party "Martial Arts Style"! Do something different and special for your child on their birthday. Your birthday kid and all their friends will enjoy 2 hours of Martial Arts fun. This type of party is designed to get the kids moving and having fun without knowing they are working out!

We provide the invitations for your party, pizza if desired, decorations, cleanup, AND we also give a special gift to everyone at the party. The birthday child will receive a "one on one" private Karate session. The guests of the party will receive 2 FREE weeks of Karate at our school.

"Little Kickers" (1-10 Kids) $125.00

($15.00 extra if we provide pizza)

Includes invitations, decorations, and Karate passes, cleanup. This party includes 1 hour of Karate fun and 1 hour for opening gifts on the Karate floor, and refreshments.

"The Roundhouse" (11-15 Kids) $145.00

($25.00 extra if we provide pizza)

Includes invitations, decorations, and Karate passes, cleanup. This party includes 1 hour of Karate fun and 1 hour for opening gifts on the Karate floor, and refreshments.

"The Knockout" (16-20) $165.00

(30.00 extra if we provide pizza)

Includes invitations, decorations, and Karate passes, cleanup. This party includes 1 hour of Karate fun and 1 hour for opening gifts on the Karate floor, and refreshments.

We are able to provide anytime of any day to reserve our facility to your birthday party! Call us today to schedule your next party!

Parent's Night Out:

Need a date night out with your spouse? Got errands to run? Last minute end of the week "to-do's"? Or do you want to just spoil your kid with a fun and active evening? Drop your kids off at 6pm and pick them up at 9pm. I'll feed them dinner, get them moving and teach them some in Mixed Martial Arts!

See Calendar for future dates!

*Current students receive a $5 discount.

Infrared Sauna Sessions: $5/session or $25/unlimited use for the month

The health benefits are endless with saunas. Weight loss alone is a major offering. Sauna use will be available at any time during operating business hours. Amazing for detoxing, cleansing, weight loss, joint pain, muscle pain, and overall well being. Book your session today!!  

Scholarship Program:

I understand that we all have financial troubles. I understand them. If you are needing training sessions but are having troubles affording them, please let me know. I will do my very best to help any situation!


127 4 Season's Mall

Hendersonville, NC 28792

This location is my public location.



Monday thru Saturday 9:00am-7:30pm