Find a martial arts class in Berkeley, CA

Find martial arts classes in Berkeley, CA

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Top 10 martial arts classes in Berkeley, CA

Students agree: these Berkeley martial arts classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
GenX Fitness LLC

GenX Fitness LLC

5.0Exceptional(5)
Offers online services
2 hires on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Berkeley, CA
Vida C. says, "He's experienced, knowledgeable and makes classes fun. He knows how to push you just enough to get you to reach your potential." Read more
Danilo Jacob

Danilo Jacob

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Berkeley, CA
I have boxed since the age of 12 and I am currently a boxing coach for Team USA and King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland, CA.
Bay Area Boxing And Fitness

Bay Area Boxing And Fitness

5.0Exceptional(7)
1 hire on Lessons
4+ years in business
Serves Berkeley, CA
Alex C. says, "Yusef has been my best/most motivating trainer to date! His enthusiasm and passion for boxing is exemplified through his training. If you’re looking to improve your boxing skills, I definitely recommend Yusef" Read more
Threat Scenarios

Threat Scenarios

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
9+ years in business
Serves Berkeley, CA
We provide realistic, affordable, safe firearms and self defense training. Empowering students with knowledge and skills to protect and defend themselves.
Projekt 8020

Projekt 8020

5.0(1)
Offers online services
9+ years in business
Serves Berkeley, CA
Allison E. says, "I enjoyed the personal workout plans tailored weekly to my needs/goals. There is a great attention to detail, corrections to my form which is so important yet often overlooked by personal trainers. I always felt motivated and encouraged, and looked forward to my next session." Read more

Your Martial Arts Classes questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

What is mixed martial arts (MMA)?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat spot that incorporates striking, footwork, and grappling techniques from boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai. Many MMA fighters also blend techniques from judo, karate, kung fu, kickboxing, and other martial arts.

Mixed martial arts competitions take place in an octagon-shaped ring, sometimes called a "cage", with fighters competing against others in their weight class. Fighters are free to punch, kick, knee, elbow, slam, and grapple their opponents. However, for safety purposes, biting, eye gouging, head butting, and certain other moves are against the rules.

How much do mixed martial arts classes cost?

Mixed martial arts classes cost $100 to $180+ per month on average, depending on the class age range, number of classes per week, combination of martial arts taught, and the coach's expertise and reputation. MMA gyms are typically more expensive if they have well-known coaches who are UFC champions on staff, with some membership fees reaching $300 per month.

Many MMA gyms offer a 1-day drop-in option for $10 to $20 to give you the chance to attend a class and see if the gym is right for you.

Is mixed martial arts good for self-defense?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is ideal for self-defense training because you'll learn a combination of skills and techniques to help you escape dangerous confrontations without injury. MMA's "no holds barred" style is often considered the closest to real-life fighting when compared to other martial arts.

However, MMA does not teach you techniques like knife defense or how to disarm an opponent with a weapon. MMA training is also geared toward dealing with only one attacker at a time.

What does mixed martial arts training help with?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) training incorporates strikes—including punches, knees, and elbows—short and long-range kicks, groundwork, and grappling. You'll also practice controlled and supervised sparring. This training provides a wide range of benefits:

  • Build your confidence
  • Improve your discipline
  • Get fit and increase your endurance
  • Improve your strength, balance, and flexibility
  • Reduce stress and improve your concentration

Where can I learn mixed martial arts near me?

Follow these tips to find the best mixed martial arts gym near you:

  • Research the instructors' competition record and reputation.
  • Read gym and instructor reviews on Lessons and Google.
  • Confirm the gym offers classes for your experience level.
  • Visit the gym in person to confirm it is clean and well-maintained and the staff is professional.
  • Take advantage of their free one-day pass to take a class and ensure the gym is a good fit for you.
  • Get a copy of the membership contract in writing before making any payments.

What questions should I ask mixed martial arts gyms?

Before deciding on an MMA gym, be sure to ask these questions:

  • Is the gym beginner friendly?
  • What kind of membership contracts do you offer?
  • Do you offer a free trial class or one-day pass?
  • What is your class schedule?
  • How many students do you have?
  • How many students are in a typical class?
  • What is the instructor's competition record?
  • What kind of uniform or clothing is required?
  • Do your students and instructors compete regularly?
  • How often do you clean your mats?

Reviews for Berkeley martial arts classes

Recent success stories from people in the Berkeley area.
Gabriela C.
Great coach, great people. 100% recommend
GenX Fitness LLC
Megan M.
Youssef has been my boxing coach for a couple months now and I absolutely love it! He’s teaching me the techniques behind boxing and helping me gain my skills in this sport. He pushes me past my limits and encourages me to stay motivated. He’s the perfect balance of determined & hardcore and friendly & fun! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to get into boxing as a sport or just to get a killer workout in!
Bay Area Boxing and Fitness
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