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Top 10 martial arts classes in Waltham, MA

Students agree: these Waltham martial arts classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center

Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center

5.0Exceptional(5)
1 hire on Lessons
32+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
Robin K. says, "I'm excited to be writing about my experiences at Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center. Classes focus on personal improvement in a welcoming and supportive environment. In my adult class, there is a wide range of ages, fitness, experience, and abilities. Students have included extremely fit people in their 20s up to and including elderly or impaired people in their 80s. Rick's strong understanding of the body encourages good practice and minimizes the chance of injury. As a large-ish middle-aged woman, I find the content of classes are challenging but definitely achievable. Rick creates an environment that fosters learning, is non-competitive and non-toxic. Other students are encouraging and supportive. Rick is a kind and patient teacher who works well with students of all levels. More experienced students will recognize and appreciate Rick's depth of knowledge, while beginners can rest assured that they will be welcomed and treated respectfully. Whether you're a complete novice who is curious about Tai Chi or an experienced practitioner, Rick has a lot to offer. " Read more
Bob Lynn's Kenpo Karate

Bob Lynn's Kenpo Karate

New on Lessons
Serves Waltham, MA
I love seeing the faces of my students after I tell then how GREAT they were doing ? The empowerment of developing students. We as Martial Artists take it for granted....but when you witness the growth of these students, its Invaluable........
Metrowest Boxing

Metrowest Boxing

5.0Exceptional(9)
8 hires on Lessons
20+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
Meghan S. says, "Doug is knowledgeable and motivating. I have really enjoyed boxing with him! I was a complete beginner when I started, and he kicked my ass the first few times for sure! But after about a month, I already feel like I know what I’m doing. I feel more confident and like I’m getting back in shape. If you are looking for some great boxing lessons, hire Doug! " Read more
Martial Arts Is Life

Martial Arts Is Life

New on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
Sharing and helping students achieve they goal and beyond... everybody learns and fight in a unique way it's a pure form of self expression.
Boston Karate Institute

Boston Karate Institute

5.0Exceptional(6)
11+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
Charul says, "Amazing " Read more
Alain Khnaisser

Alain Khnaisser

New on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
Master in wushu kungfu and chinese boxing. - Ex lebanese national team fighter competed in multiple world championships and olympic asian games. - Currently Head coach of the national lebanese team in Sanda chinese boxing - More than 15 year’s experience in teaching kids and adults in multiple types of martial arts. Certified ski coach - Ex team lead of a racing ski team - Multiple experiences in difficult type of skiing.
Villaris Martial Arts

Villaris Martial Arts

New on Lessons
Serves Waltham, MA
Family atmosphere
BMMAC .Balanga Martial Arts Center

BMMAC .Balanga Martial Arts Center

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
10+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
Cardio kickboxing lose weight and tonific your body, the best training and selfie defense and workout
Martial Arts

Martial Arts

New on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
I've been doing Martial Arts for many years. I've had and been around some of the best GrandMasters and Masters. I'm also going to be teaching in New Bedford at The Rec Center on Saturday 11 until 5pm
No Weapon Needed Martial Arts

No Weapon Needed Martial Arts

New on Lessons
43+ years in business
Serves Waltham, MA
No Weapon Needed offers a one on one look into your self defense needs for this modern world we live in. With over 45 years of martial arts experience in various different styles and lineage holder of Tu Shou Arts /No Weapon Needed, some of our accomplishments and works in the community can be veiwed online at www.noweaponneeded.com

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 Waltham martial arts classes

Recent success stories from people in the Waltham area.
Carole C.
I was curious about tai chi, but wasn’t even sure what it was. I had heard that it was good for flexibility, balance, strength and relaxation. With more than a little nervousness and self-consciousness, I attended one of Rick Wong’s beginner classes. I was immediately welcomed into the group. After some stretching and warming up, Rick had us begin with very simple movements that he both demonstrated and explained. Every week we built on what we had practiced, and within a few months, we had learned a complete form. In addition to being a martial arts master, Rick is a practicing physical therapist who understands how the body moves. Not only is Rick a very knowledgeable teacher, he is very patient and kind. He never puts anyone on the spot, and he provides a lot of helpful information, including very useful explanations of the martial arts origins of various movements. Rick has many long-time students whose loyalty is a testament to his teaching ability, friendly demeanor and good humor. I highly recommend Rick Wong’s tai chi classes!
Rick Wong's Chinese Martial Arts Center
Jacquelyn K.
Doug is an excellent teacher! He explains the combinations he wants you to do well and he is very patient. I entered the ring with prior experience but he taught me new techniques which was awesome. I had a class with him on Monday night and I am still sore! It has been one of the best workouts I've had. Doug is very knowledgeable and passionate about boxing which is exactly what I was looking for. I am looking forward to training with him and entering some exhibition fights in the future!
Metrowest Boxing
Janhvi K.
Good
Boston Karate Institute
Patel
Best karate class...
Zanshin Karate, Kenpo, Jiu jitsu & Traditional Japanese Weapon of Billerica
Melanie J.
I'm thrilled to say that Will continues to enjoy your Martial​ Arts program. It’s been a wonderful source of confidence and inspiration for him. He's so happy to be part of it -- thank you for making such a unique, empowering program available in this community, Ravi. ​I will continue to refer others, especially those challenged with how to engage their kids in physical activities and disciplines. Options like what you offer are critical in a town where other mainstream sports can predominate (and perhaps discourage kids from pursuing other physical activity options.) Again, thank you!
Wellesley Martial Arts Center
Joan
Dave is very knowledgeable and has an excellent teaching style for someone like me who often finds it challenging following along with an instructor. He is patient and kind and I have learned a great deal, and his class has helped me with my issues of balance.
Cultivating Qi
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