Mixed Martial Arts Training Gyms
Although you can train at any gym if you are into mixed martial arts, it is better to go somewhere where the
instructor is knowledgeable about MMA fighting. These mixed martial arts training gyms are springing up all over
Europe, America and Japan an the sport experiences a huge boost in popularity.
Mixed Martial Arts Training Gyms
Mixed martial arts training gyms may specialize in one aspect of the sport, say, boxing or judo, over others, so
if you have a leaning towards one particular martial art, you should ask about it before you pay any joining
It really depends why you want to join a mixed martial arts training gym. Some people join mixed martial arts
training gyms in order to train for competition while others join to increase their level of fitness or to be able
to protect themselves on our increasingly dangerous streets and some want to lose weight while achieving fitness.
When you join one of the mixed martial arts training gyms, you will probably be asked to show what you know
about MMA, because it involves all the fighting disciplines. However, it would take a long time to be proficient at
all of them, so most MMA fighters have a leaning towards one or two martial arts, usually boxing, wrestling,
kickboxing or judo.
Other very popular disciplines at mixed martial arts training gyms are muay thai (Thai boxing), karate,
Brazilian jiu jitsu, aikido and kung fu. Mixed martial arts training gyms charge in different ways. Normally, there
is a basic membership which allows you to use all the equipment. Then, you would pay on top for instruction in MMA
or individual MMA disciplines.
The best place to start looking for mixed martial arts schools is on line, because you can learn more about the
gym there than from a classified advert in a newspaper or phone book. It always seems to me that the more
information a firm puts on line, the straighter they are trying to be with people. So, look for web sites including
prices, training schedules, list of equipment, trainers' names, successful ex-students et cetera.
Costs may be billed monthly at some mixed martial arts training gyms or they may commit you to a year's
membership. If the membership is for a year in advance, ask if there is a facility for freezing it for a few months
if you become too busy or have to go away.
Some mixed martial arts training gyms will also have one-on-one training, if you do not want to be part of a
group session. These solo MMA training sessions may seem expensive, but you will learn a lot more than you would in
You can try to check the reputation of the MMA gyms in your area by looking at the results of local
competitions. Who keeps winning and where do they train? Go along and watch a few local competitions and ask some
of the spectators, if you cannot get to talk to the competitors.
If you want to take your quest of finding the best mixed martial arts training gyms to the next level, you could
write to the MMA governing body in your country. Which is the governing body is still a contentious issue itself in
many countries - in the UK there are at least three vying to rule over MMA, but NAKMAS (National Association of
Karate and Martial Arts Schools) seems to be winning for the moment.
In the USA, you could try the American Kickboxing Academy or the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Things are likely to change swiftly in this regard, so keep your finger on the pulse.
If you are still having a hard time looking for a mixed martial arts gym, why don't you go to a local MMA event
and ask to fans and fighters themselves so you will know where they train. You can also ask people at work if any
of them are members.
Another way of seeking out the best mixed martial arts training gyms is to note the names of sponsors of fights
or national fights on TV and check whether they have a franchise in your area - especially a UFC gym or a featured