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60+ Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Gyms + Classes in North County San Diego (2018 Master List)

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Parents sign their kids up to instill confidence and give them the tools they need to deal with bullying. These mixed martial arts classes aren’t just for kids. Adults of any age can train to improve their mind and body. For those who are seeking glory, train from the best instructors in the United States to be on your way to earn a championship.

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(Del Mar to Oceanside)

1. Center For Martial Arts

Center for Martial Arts teaches Tang Soo Do, also known as traditional Taekwondo. They also teach Hapki Do which utilizes soft style techniques for self-defense. These two martial arts coalesce into a comprehensive way to build stamina and strength.

2. Encinitas Karate

Give Encinitas Karate a try with a Groupon special for five martial arts classes, a uniform and belt for only $29 or get the first week for free.

3. Church’s Martial Arts

Take a class that combines principles of Kempo Karate, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Filipino Martial Arts, and more. Their web offer includes a free introductory class of a full week of classes for only $9.99.

4. Paragon Taekwondo

Their free trial offer includes two weeks of unlimited training and one private session. Pricing plans start at $150 per month or less with more monthly commitments.

5. USSD Encinitas

USSD Encinitas has been training North County residents for over 20 years. Learn self-discipline and self-defense from Master Craig Joyner and other qualified instructors.

6. Gracie Barra Encinitas

Schedule a free class in their fundamentals class, advanced class, or enter their black belt program

7. Carlsbad Kickboxing Club

Learn the ins and outs of Muay Thai boxing (kids classes available), boxing, and all of the fundamentals to protect yourself. Base membership starts at $99 and includes access to one discipline or for $119 per month you can take classes in all martial art forms.

8. Higley Fit Martial Arts

Higley Fit has an astonishing 100 classes per month including classes in MMA, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, wrestling, strength & conditioning, and personal training.

9. Gracie Jiu Jitsu

New members get a free trial which includes a free fitness evaluation and an introductory, one-on-one class. Instructors make classes challenging enough to build skill, but safe enough to prevent injury.

10. Gracie Barra Carlsbad

Whether you want to learn self-defense or win championships, Gracie Barra Carlsbad gives you the chance to try their one of their classes for free. Learn as much as you can about Muay Thai and increase your stamina in the process.

11. AK Martial Arts & Fitness

Sign up for one of their award-winning classes in Tang Soo Do. An online Groupon special gets you five martial arts classes, a uniform, and a belt for only $29.

12. North County Martial Arts

Get an introductory special month of classes and a karate uniform for only $49. Learn the martial art of Tang Soo Do, a Korean style that involves striking and grappling techniques from shotokan karate, subak, taekkyon, and kung fu martial arts.

13. Martial Arts International

Martial Arts International offers a 2-week free trial. Adults can learn martial arts from an experienced black belt instructor.

14. Alliance Jiu Jitsu Carlsbad

Membership plans start at 2-days a week ($125/month), 3-days ($150/month), and an unlimited plan ($175/month). They offer traditional Jiu Jitsu and No-Gi Jiu Jitsu training along with private lessons. Call them to ask about a free week trial.

15. Goju Karate Center

With Goju Karate Center, you can learn the karate style Goju-Ryu which includes elements of Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and yoga.

16. Excel Jiu Jitsu MMA & Fitness

Excel Jiu Jitsu specializes in the sport of Jiu Jitsu, even if you are a beginner. Try their three-day free trial to get a feel for their martial arts classes starting from $65 a month up to $165 per month for unlimited training.

17. Compound MMA & Fitness

Compound MMA offers a free 1-month membership with no sign-up fees, four personal training lessons, four massage sessions, a body assessment plan, and gear from their shop. Train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, Judo, wrestling, boxing, or mixed martial arts (classes available for all ages).

18. Kaigan Karate-do

Sensei Jorge Lopez holds multiple black belts across a variety of martial arts including authentic Shito Ryu, a traditional form of combat developed in Okinawa, Japan.

19. Extreme Power Gym

As the only traditional Muay Thai gym in San Diego County, Extreme Power Gym instructors have produced two world-class Muay Thai championship fighters and a host of amateur champions. Learn the basic fundamentals of amateur boxing and the ancient art of Muay Thai from certified instructors.

20. Oceanside Jiu Jitsu

Train in the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, advanced Jiu Jitsu, competition training, open mat classes, and attend Jiu Jitsu seminars to learn from guest instructors. New members get a free trial class.

21. Revolution Ryu

Take classes in Yamashita Shorin-Ryu, Suikendo, and cardio with Sensei Jacquie Dunevant and Sensei Jon Haar.

22. High Performance Training Center

Join for a free class that range from Muay Thai to boxing/strength and conditioning and cardio kickboxing.

23. Small Axe Jiu Jitsu

Get a 2-week free trial of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training based on your experience. Classes are available for all age groups.

24. Champion Eyes

Sensei Armando Anselmo has earned national and international championships. Take an adult class to perfect your karate, fitness, or train in Kobudo (using ancient weapons like a samurai sword).

25. USA Taekwondo Center

A three-week trial is $39 while three personal lessons are $29. It’s never too late to start learning self-defense from certified black belt instructors.

26. USSD of Oceanside

Try their 4-week introductory program for just $49. USSD focuses strictly on beginners in martial arts separating adults and children during class.

27. Key Martial Arts

Ket Martial Arts offers Shaolin Kenpo/Kempo as their primary self-defense style, but also incorporate multiple disciplines in their classes.

28. Kosty’s Kung Fu San Soo

Train in Kung Fu San Soo, a fighting style that involves combinations of strikes, kicks, and blocks done in a swift and seamless movement.

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(Rancho Bernardo to Escondido)

29. SwiftKick Martial Arts

SwiftKick offers a free training session ($25 value) that mixes boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu, and grappling in a way that can be used in a real-life scenario for defense.

30. Warrior Elite Krav Maga

Try a free trial class of their adult Krav Maga or Jiu Jitsu classes based on your specific skill level ranging from basic to graduate level. Join for $125 a month for unlimited Krav Maga or $100 a month if you’re a full-time college student or active military.

31. West Coast Martial Arts Academy

Take advantage of their online special (4 weeks for $49). Earn your black belt in Kempo-Jiu Jitsu, Fu Jow Pai Tiger Claw Kung Fu, Hung gar and Mi Jhong I, and Tai Chi Chi Gong.

32. 4S Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Try their free introductory class with head coach Andrew Eidson, a double black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu who has produced several junior world champions under his tutelage. Train in Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, both grappling martial arts which can help you feel safer and more confident.

33. The Stronghold Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The Stronghold gives you affordable monthly rates for unlimited group classes and private training in CrossFit or Jiu Jitsu. You can also schedule a free introductory lesson in Jiu Jitsu from a black belt instructor.

34. RB Karate Center

The Rancho Bernardo branch of the Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation is led by Sensei Steve Duz (fifth-degree black belt). Learn the fine art of Goju-Ryu karate, a form of karate that relies on the fighter’s hands and feet as weapons.

35. Spirit Martial Arts

Enjoy three free trial Taekwondo classes for self-defense or competition from head instructor Miss. Thomas (fourth-degree black belt).

36. Pro Kenpo Martial Arts

Kenpo Kung Fu involves the use of quick hand movements. Take regular classes in Kenpo Kung Fu and Mok-Gar Kung Fu or specialized classes in Qi Gong, Iron Palm, Hand Conditioning, Tai Chi, and self-defense. New students can get a free class or four one-on-one private lessons with a black belt instructor for $40. The lessons are half an hour once a week.

37. East West MMA

Come be learn mixed martial arts, one of the world’s fastest growing sports, with a holistic and comprehensive mixed martial arts program and Jiu Jitsu program for those interested in learning the grappling art to always have the upper hand on your opponent using locks and chokes.

38. North County MMA & Ultimate Fitness

Learn Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, or boxing with a 2-day trial so you can get a chance to meet the coaches and find out if their programs are a right fit for you. Whether you’re young or old, it’s never too late to learn practical self-defense or fighting techniques from world-class fighters.

39. Gracie Barra Escondido

Sign up for a free trial of Jiu Jitsu classes among other self-defense programs for men and women.

40. Aikido of Escondido

Learn Aikido under Sensei Kevin Kelleher, a 5th Dan Black Belt owner. Through non-resistive techniques, you can learn how to neutralize your opponent’s moves, as well as improve your flexibility, coordination, and concentration.

41. Escondido Center for Martial Arts

Join for a 7-day week trial in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Boxing for kids and adults. Come learn the basics of grappling for when you enter in competitions or simply for self-defense.

42. RKM Martial Arts

RKM offers Taekwondo and Jiu Jitsu training for all age levels. Sign up now for a free introductory class.

43. Eldred’s School of Martial Arts

Eldred’s offers Taekwondo, Hapkido, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Eskrima classes with multiple degree black belt instructors.

44. NRK Karate

This traditional Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate-Do Dojo teaches one of the oldest styles of karate (the first week is free; bring a friend and get a month for free).

45. White Dragon Martial Arts

Get a free week of classes at any of these White Dragon Martial Arts locations. Whether you like one-on-one lessons or group classes, White Dragon incorporates a combination of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kickboxing, and MMA to create an effective and comprehensive training experience.

46. Aikido San Marcos

Adults can receive Aikido training for $125 a month ($100 for college students with 12 units or more). You can attend as many classes as you want.

47. Orion Martial Arts and Supply

Serving the community since 1982, Orion Martial Arts teaches Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate), wrestling, grappling, and ninja classes (using a sword, nunchaku, Sai, Kama, Bo, and stars), and special needs classes. Come for one of their evening karate classes after work to stay in shape and learn a new hobby.

48. International Institute of Martial Arts

Come try a free class of Wado Ryu, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu (only at San Marcos location), American Freestyle Kickboxing, and Gojo Ryu. Consisting of 20 elite martial artists, this martial arts institute has produced national and world champions under Sensei Jeff Brown.

49. Master Chun Taekwondo Center

Take Taekwondo classes from Grandmaster Kae B Chun himself. Open six days a week (except Sundays), the center offers over 20 classes per week.

50. Mahanaim Taekwondo Studio

Master David Hong (6th degree black belt) and Master Sunyoung Mo (6th degree black belt) teach you the principles of taekwondo. This form of martial art is perfect for stress relief, fitness, and self-defense.

51. San Diego Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Housing one of the country’s largest spring loaded floor system, this academy has state of the art equipment, an octagon, and sparring areas so you can learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, NOGI, Muay Thai, and boxing. This academy specializes in submission-based martial arts like Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and NOGI, all important fighting techniques for a well-rounded mixed martial arts background.

52. Gracie Barra San Marcos

Just across from restaurant row you can train in the gentle art of Jiu Jitsu.

53. Bushikan Karate Dojo

Learn the basics of Karate and Kobudo (using traditional weapons) with highly experienced martial artists at Bushikan Karate Dojo.

54. California Karate & Jiu Jitsu Academy

Learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in this 16 & older class taught by Professor Steve “The All American” Gable, a 2nd degree Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu black belt and a 2014 World and National Masters No-gi Black Belt champion. A $39 trial includes four classes or try their free introductory No-GI combat Jiu Jitsu classes to practice striking, grappling, and conditioning.

55. Karate Kids in America

Enjoy a 3-day guest pass to learn the art of Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan, a form of empty-hand combat developed in Okinawa, Japan.

56. Dojo Americana

Dojo American offers a free one-week trial for all members looking to be trained in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Train with third-degree black belts Martin Figueroa and Mark Hopkins. You can also sign up for kickboxing classes to spruce up your overall technique.

57. Nine Nine North Jiu Jitsu

Learn “the gentle art” at Nine Nine with head coach Robert Lopez, a brown belt with a 2-1 MMA record and an extensive list of martial arts awards. Adult classes are Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm.

58. DeJohnette Martial Arts Academy

New customers can get a voucher for $110 for only $45 which includes registration fee, training uniform, and five karate classes (held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7 to 8:15 pm). Mr. DeJohnette (4th Degree Master and Certified Instructor in the U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation) teaches you Soo Bahk Do, a traditional Korean martial art, that focuses on respect, tradition, history, and philosophy.

59. Martial Arts 760

Use their online special where you can get 6 weeks of lessons for only $69 which can be used within 12 months of purchase. Martial Arts 760 has an adults Krav Maga program that focus on high intensity training to learn applied martial arts that can be used for self-defense.

60. Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Academy

Contact Sifu Nick Wright for a free class or private lesson in Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu, a martial art that uses the entire body in a seamless and fluid movement to cause the most damage to an opponent or attacker. Instructors teach you how to leverage your body, whether big or small, to protect yourself.

61. An’s Taekwondo

An’s Taekwondo lets you try their class once for free. Master Gwen Heum An is a 7th degree black belt owner that teaches kids or adults using a unique martial arts program to increase flexibility and muscle, decrease fat, and build confidence.

62. Aikido of North County

Train in Aikido, a blend of traditional Japanese martial arts meant to use the opponent’s force against them.

64. Towey’s Academy of Martial Arts

Master Tim Towey’s personal dojo is the perfect place to learn striking, throws, takedowns, and grappling, Take classes from senseis Alex Towey and Paul Soto.

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