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AGOH Fitness

AGOH Fitness

New on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
I'm a boxing and martial arts coach. I specialize in teaching others how to box the right way and in the process get a good workout . I enjoy helping others learn the art of boxing and develop confidence. I can teach anyone the sweet science of Boxing.


New on Lessons
Offers online services
11+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
PMA Fitness offers various programs which include Residential and Community Fitness along with Sports/Athletic Fitness Training, Personal Training, Group Training and special events. It is a way of life for me. I really enjoy seeing others making positive strives to become healthy and fit for life!
Until Valhalla Firearms Training

Until Valhalla Firearms Training

New on Lessons
2+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
As a former US Marine and avid shooter I love to teach new students and even returning students / shooters the proper ways to defend themselves
Hybrid Grappling

Hybrid Grappling

New on Lessons
14+ years in business
Serves Columbia, SC
Zach has been wrestling for over 14 years, and it all started in Indian River County Florida. In middle school he briefly wrestled with Wayne Ivey at Vero Beach HS and then wrestled at Sebastian River High School under Jim Adams and John Martin. While in high school he won 2 district titles and 2 conference titles while earning a team regional victory in 2003. He then went to the University of Central Florida where he walked on and fought his way to a starting position at 174lbs as a freshman. That year, along with teammates current UFC Fighter Tom Lawlor and world class grappler Jason Patino, UCF won the NCWA National Championship as a team...

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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?

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