Find a martial arts class in Durham, NC

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Top 10 martial arts classes in Durham, NC

Students agree: these Durham martial arts classes are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Pure1 Fitness And Performance

Pure1 Fitness And Performance

5.0(3)
9 hires on Lessons
5+ years in business
Serves Durham, NC
Kelcey B. says, "Wes seems to know the right things to focus on for our 12 yr old son and we’re excited to work with him. He pays attention to the overall skills that he needs to succeed. " Read more
Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter

New on Lessons
2+ years in business
Serves Durham, NC
I am a Certied Personal Trainer, Martial Arts Coach and Sports Conditioning and Strength Trainer. I have a great focus on building athletic bodies in all age ranges and love to take on new challenges with my clients. Easy to get along with and good with most populations, including the disabled or just deconditioned. My goal is to become the number one sports trainer in the Triangle! I will be creating a Facebook for Andrew Carter as well as share my social media as I begin to grow. Starting from the ground up! Though I have been training for 20+ years and it is simply my favorite thing to watch athletes develop! Certified PT, Nutritionist, I...
Kempo And Fitness

Kempo And Fitness

5.0(1)
6+ years in business
Serves Durham, NC
Jim B. says, "Precise Pragmatic and Patient. They tailor make training to your particular needs...., " Read more
United Thai Boxing & MMA

United Thai Boxing & MMA

5.0(1)
11+ years in business
Serves Durham, NC
Kimiki W. says, "I actually trained with 3 different instructors at United and loved all of them!! They are very friendly, approachable and informed. And the workouts are killer fun! I lost about 15lbs in 4 months and gained muscle. I just feel better. " 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 Durham martial arts classes

Recent success stories from people in the Durham area.
Markeith N.
Wes carter is a dope coach and definitely recommend him for all age groups he has the knowledge and wisdom to take your game to the next level and has great energy I can’t wait for the next session
Pure1 Fitness and Performance
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