In recent years, study in mixed martial arts has grown in popularity. Thanks to the popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and other competitions, fighters trained in a variety of martial arts have been participating in mixed martial arts competitions across the country. While the sport traces its origins to Ancient Greece, popular attention on the sport began in the 1990s. Fans and athletes alike have been captivated by the excitement of the sport.
Nowadays, aspiring fighters and fans can readily find mixed martial arts classes in cities across the United States. Here in Grand Rapids, there are a number of places where one can get MMA training that mixes a wide variety of martial arts. In most cases, class offerings feature flexible schedules and are open to people of a variety of skill levels.
Some places where you can get MMA training in Grand Rapids, Michigan include:
Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts (5540 West River Dr. / Comstock Park, MI / Phone: 616-647-9199) – Located just north of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts is an excellent choice for mixed martial arts training in the Grand Rapids area. The facility claims to be “the only training facility offering all major aspects of mixed martial arts in West Michigan.” Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts lives up to this claim offering a full line of mixed martial arts classes including classes in Muay Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Fight Team Training, and wrestling. As a bonus, their head instructor is Nate Carey who is a veteran professional fighter who has participated in events like King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge. Classes are held on weekday evenings and there is an open gym/work out session on Saturday mornings. Call for more information.
Legion Mixed Martial Arts (401 Hall St SW Suite B-148 / Grand Rapids, MI / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Legion MMA’s head instructor Tom Fick draws on his extensive experience in Pilipino knife/stick fighting, Tai Chi, Boxing, and Muay Thai to offer well-rounded mixed martial arts training. Classes are held three days per week including Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Classes are $50 per month or can be taken in combination with Wing Chun Kung Fu classes for $75 per month.
Chan’s Kung Fu School & MMA Gym (3158 Division Ave S / Grand Rapids, MI / Phone: 616-475-9021) – Chan’s Kung Fu School and Mixed Martial Arts Gym offers a full line of beginner and intermediate MMA training in addition to invitation only MMA sparring sessions. Intermediate classes are each offered twice per week while beginner classes are offered once per week, see their schedule for current class times. Their mixed martial arts training includes techniques drawn from a broad range of martial arts with a focus on the combat arts of Boxing, Judo, Muay Thai, Submission Grappling, and Wing Chun. The training includes physical condition and endurance training. Participants in the MMA training cross train in Judo and Muay Thai and also take classes designed specifically to teach fighters how to meld their skills. Chan’s also features a program designed to give those interested in MMA the experience they need to become an effective cage fighter. For those seeking more information about prices, call ahead or look on their website. The pricing is a little complicated, so a phone call would probably be the easiest way to learn about their mixed martial arts classes.
Super T Karate (4336 Plainfield Ave NE / Grand Rapids, MI / Phone: 616-364-5111) – Super T Karate offers full mixed martial arts training that combines techniques from a variety of different disciplines. At Super T Karate, their mixed martial arts classes include training in Kickboxing, Shootfighting, Ju-Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, and Submission Concepts. Classes are offered for adults and children, see their schedule or call for more information. For interested customers, Super T Karate offers one free trial lesson.