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Top 10 martial arts classes in Vancouver, WA

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

Defend

5.0(3)
27+ years in business
Serves Vancouver, WA
Justin N. says, "Master Ken has a heart of a teacher and a sole of Lao Tzu. He’s patient and lets the student learn at their pace." Read more
Kicks N'  Sticks Dojo LLC

Kicks N' Sticks Dojo LLC

New on Lessons
16+ years in business
Serves Vancouver, WA
Traditional Instructions on Filipino Karate and Korean Karate, focus on self-defense, focus on mental, emotional and physical capacity. I am an experience Instructor since 2004 and have been learning martial arts on Filipino System since I was 13 years of age back home in the Philippines, practitioner of Korean Tae Kwon Do since 1997 till present, competed local, nationals, state games and U.S Opens in both Art. Have my own personal instructions since 2008, have instructed and held seminars at Bally's TMA, Blackbelt leadership Academy. Making a difference to the community, while sharing my culture as the same time....
Samsara Self Defense

Samsara Self Defense

New on Lessons
6+ years in business
Serves Vancouver, WA
We provide friendly real world self defense instruction. Proven concepts that will make you feel confident should the unfortunate need arise where you must defend yourself. I have been a martial artist for over 30 years, and have a 3rd degree black belt in Dragon Kenpo, and I taught group classes for a 12 years.
Portland Kenpo

Portland Kenpo

New on Lessons
3+ years in business
Serves Vancouver, WA
We are an American Kenpo Karate school from the Parker/Planas lineage. We welcome any Kenpo practitioner, and focus on quality training and understanding the principles of Kenpo. Portland kenpo teaches some boxing skills, kickboxing, Filipino martial arts, self defense as part of the curriculum. Kids classes and adult classes are available. These are are a non-profit community based school- small class sizes, individual attention and a great community of practitioners.

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 Vancouver martial arts classes

Recent success stories from people in the Vancouver area.
Maria H.
A Shining Star: Our Review of Mr. Kenneth at Friends Family Martial Arts From the moment our children stepped into Friends Family Martial Arts, Mr. Kenneth has been an absolute gem. Their journey began with zero experience in any discipline, and we were initially apprehensive about how they would adapt. Thankfully, those worries quickly dissipated thanks to Mr. Kenneth's exceptional guidance. His professionalism shines through in every interaction. He creates a structured and focused learning environment, while simultaneously fostering a sense of camaraderie and fun. This balance has been instrumental in motivating our children and keeping them engaged. But Mr. Kenneth's influence extends far beyond physical skills. He instills in his students valuable life lessons like discipline, respect, and perseverance. We've witnessed a remarkable growth in our children's moral compass, and we firmly believe that Mr. Kenneth's positive reinforcement plays a significant role in this development. The confidence Mr. Kenneth has nurtured in our children is truly remarkable. They approach challenges with a newfound determination, and their self-belief continues to soar. This newfound confidence extends beyond the dojo, radiating into their academics and everyday interactions. If you're looking for an instructor who combines professionalism with genuine care, then Mr. Kenneth is the shining star you've been searching for. His dedication to his students' physical and moral development is truly unmatched. We wholeheartedly recommend Friends Family Martial Arts and, especially, the incredible Mr. Kenneth!
Defend
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