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Top 10 martial arts classes in Nashville, TN

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Individual Fighting Systems

Individual Fighting Systems

4.3(3)
Offers online services
Serves Clarksville, TN
Jake says, "I've been training with Sifu Andrew for about a year and a half. It's alot of information at first but after two days I had skills that I was confident I could defend myself with, also by using the strength training at home I have been able to manage my chronic back pain with minimal need for aspirin " Read more
Sheepdog Krav Maga

Sheepdog Krav Maga

5.0(4)
Serves Lebanon, TN
Mandy G. says, "Confidence it builds in my children, Coach Bill & Trinity firm but patient. " Read more
Punches N' Bunches

Punches N' Bunches

5.0(1)
Serves Nashville, TN
Becca G. says, "I love the detailed instruction, variety of workouts, and positive reinforcement. It’s so great to get a complete workout in just 50 minutes while also having fun and relieving stress. The coaches are motivating and supportive to people of all athletic abilities. Highly recommend Punches N’ Bunches and their wonderful trainers!" Read more
Traditional Karate Nashville

Traditional Karate Nashville

New on Lessons
Serves Nashville, TN
My name is Zack Stewart. I'm the head instructor at Traditional Karate Nashville. I have been training in Karate for over 20 years and it is my passion to share Karate with others. The style of Karate I teach is called Shotokan Karate. It is considered by many to be the most widely pracitced style of Karate World-wide. I enjoy teaching group classes at my dojo as well as private sessions with a single person or small group. The private sessions can be developed to fit a student's personal goals in Karate. My qualifications: Yon-dan (4th degree black) World Traditional Karate Organizaiton (WTKO). Liscensed Instructor, Examiner, and Refer...
Nashville Shotokan Karate Club

Nashville Shotokan Karate Club

New on Lessons
Serves Nashville, TN
International level competitive experience and high quality Karate instruction. We encourage the philosophy of the Champion. Our goal is balanced physical and psychological development of respected and successful personality. We believe that Karate could be learned by anyone independent of age or level of physical fitness. Using latest sport and medicine methodologies, we apply a personalized approach to every student! Being a member of world-wide Karate community. https://nashvilleshotokankarate.club/ https://www.facebook.com/NashvilleShotokanKarateClub/...
Kato Dojo

Kato Dojo

New on Lessons
Serves Nashville, TN
1990-1995 : Japan Self Defense Force. 1995-2000 : World Oyama Karate Chief Instructor/International Champion. 2002-2007 : US Navy Master at Arms (MP) taught Defensive Tactics for Command. Taught College PE class Taught mentally challenged children, Blind person. Taught Elementary School after class activity. Former South Carolina Police Defensive Tactics Instructor/PPCT instructor/knife defense instructor. Former Rape Agressive Defense for women Instructor. Currently teaching at Center hill Martial Arts center every weekend....
Dojo Of Nashville

Dojo Of Nashville

New on Lessons
Serves Nashville, TN
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Your Martial Arts Classes questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 Nashville martial arts classes

Recent success stories from people in the Nashville area.
Christian H.
Nice people
Individual Fighting Systems
Scott M.
Bill taught my whole family. I'm almost 50 and my kids are 9,9 and 8 and one has special needs. He can adapt to anyone's skill level and learning style.
Sheepdog Krav Maga
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