Find a martial arts class in Manhattan Beach, CA

Find martial arts classes in Manhattan Beach, CA

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Top 10 martial arts classes in Manhattan Beach, CA

Students agree: these Manhattan Beach martial arts classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.


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8 hires on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Manhattan Beach, CA
Trinh N. says, "SMARTFITT with Theresa, along with Emily her assistant, are an amazing team of personal trainers! Both Theresa and Emily provide high level personal training tailored to the individual health goals of each of their clients. Theresa also provides a personalized nutrition plan and guidance to get you on track to a healthier lifestyle. SMARTFITT personal trainers create dynamic, fun, and very challenging workouts every time. They provide tough love, are engaging, as well as provide encouraging motivation to get you to the the next level of fitness. I am definitely getting stronger and healthier both physically and mentally. SMARTFITT is without a doubt the right choice if you are looking to reach your heath and fitness goals!" Read more
Santa Monica Striking

Santa Monica Striking

New on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Manhattan Beach, CA
Santa Monica Striking, founded in 2019 and located in Santa Monica, California, is a dedicated martial arts and self-defense school. They offer comprehensive training in traditional Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, and grappling, tailored to all skill levels. The experienced coaches, with over 15 years in the field, have extensive training in Thailand and provide personalized attention to students. They also offer private lessons upon request. Santa Monica Striking is not just a martial arts school, but a community that fosters fitness and personal growth.
Coach Julian - Fight Science MMA

Coach Julian - Fight Science MMA

1 hire on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Manhattan Beach, CA
Adriana V. says, "Coach Julian is a martial arts encyclopedia; he is well-versed in all forms of combat sports. He is very patient when teaching, and makes his class time fun, yet informative. I highly recommend taking a course with Julian." 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 Manhattan Beach martial arts classes

Recent success stories from people in the Manhattan Beach area.
Amy R.
Theresa is awesome! She helps me with different varieties of workout aside from the kickboxing. She works with my work schedule. Sweet but tough too. I totally recommend her. Very reasonable!
Working with Coach Rush has great experience for me. Always professional, and you can tell that he does research with his scientific approach to training.
Coach Julian - Fight Science MMA
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