When it comes to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) gyms or schools, Los Angeles has plenty. But how do you choose an MMA gym that's the best fit and right for you? Obviously location is important, but there a few other factors you should consider before joining an MMA gym in Los Angeles or any other city for that matter.
With the popularity of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) increasing, there has been a rush in MMA gyms popping up, especially in big cities like Los Angeles. Choosing the right MMA gym for you can be difficult, especially if you're a beginner. So, here's a list of questions you should think about so that you can choose the best MMA gym for you whether it's a Los Angeles MMA gym or any other city.
Does the MMA gym offer a free trial class? This is important so that you can get a feel for the gym itself, as well as your prospective instructor or teacher.
Does the MMA gym owner see you as a student, or do they see you as a dollar sign? Make sure that they care about you, and not just your money.
Does the MMA gym over promote the fact that MMA or UFC fighters train, instruct or teach there? I've seen this a whole lot, and let's face it, just because someone is a high level athlete and participates in the highest levels of a sport, doesn't mean they are good teachers of it. Magic Johnson failed at coaching the Lakers and Michael Jordan was fired from a management position with the Wizards. They were the best at their sport, just not great at teaching and or managing others in the sport. Judge the gym's instructors on their teaching/coaching ability and not their celebrity status.
Does the MMA gym offer the Martial Arts disciplines that have been proven effective in the UFC and other high levels of MMA competition? These disciplines for the most part are, wrestling, submission grappling (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Sambo ) Muay Thai, Kick boxing and Boxing.
Is the MMA gym clean? Let's face it, no one wants to get sick because of training at at dirty, dingy, stinky gym. Not to mention the unpleasantness of a foul stench.
How long has the MMA gym been in business and how much experience teaching do the instructors have? Teaching is not just a skill, but it's also an art. The skill and art form of teaching is honed over years of trial and error.
Now with all that out of the way, here is a directory of some of the best MMA gyms in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
In Highland Park Los Angeles:
SoCal MMA and Fitness
4440 1/2 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041
Training styles offered include: Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Women’s Kickboxing, Kettlebell, Kid’s Fitness and various Self Defense techniques.
Holding it down for MMA in the San Gabriel Valley (Los Angeles County):
The Vault MMA and Fitness
109 W. Colorado Monrovia, CA 91016
Training styles offered: Hapkido, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
Moto: Discipline, Respect, Honor
For those of you looking for an MMA gym in the LAX / Westchester area:
Brood 9 Martial Arts
6508 1/2 Arizona Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Representing MMA by the beach in the Los Angeles area:
Triton MMA Training Center
200 N. Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
Styles offered by world class instructors include: MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai,Wrestling, Krav Maga, Cardio MMA, and Kids/Teen Programs.
Representing MMA in Glendale (Los Angeles County):
Main Event Sports Club
747 Salem St. Glendale, CA
Just outside of Los Angeles County, in the city of Upland:
Basic Skills Gym
1252 Monte Vista Ave #14 Upland, CA 91786
Los Angeles MMA gyms and schools are some of the best, so get out there and start training in this awesome sport. Whether you want to join one of these MMA Gyms in Los Angeles or otherwise, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is great for self defense, fitness, confidence and life skills.