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Choosing the Right MMA School

Choosing the right MMA gym is very important, whether you want to step into the cage as an amateur, 

fight in the UFC, learn to defend yourself, or just get a fun and intense workout. The problem is, 

absolutely anyone can start an MMA gym and claim to be a "master." While these MMA "masters" might 

be able to give you a good workout, they're really just working out your wallet. Even if they have some 

training, it can be very dangerous to step into the cage without having properly prepared with an 

experienced MMA teacher. This article will help you decide if the MMA gym you're picking is a legitimate 


Finding an MMA Instructor

Finding a legitimate mixed martial arts instructor is the first step in picking an MMA gym. If they have not 

competed professionally, they cannot train you to fight in a professional MMA match. Even if they have 

had amateur fights, this is not enough. There is a huge difference between an amateur and a professional 

fight. To train someone for a professional MMA fight, the instructor needs to have gone through it and 

know what it takes. All fight records are available on line, sites like and will have results of all sanctioned fights.


If your goal in studying mixed martial arts is self-defense, it is still important for your instructor to have 

professional fighting experience. There are many self-defense techniques that are great in the gym with a 

cooperative partner, but would never hold up in a real fight. Training with an instructor that has been in 

real situations and knows what works and what doesn't can mean the difference between successfully 

defending yourself and getting beaten into the pavement.


Anyone can say they've fought professionally, so be sure to verify their experience. There are many 

websites that track professional records. and will have results of all 

sanctioned fights. A quick google search never hurts.  


  A professional fighter is also likely to have lots of photos of their matches. If someone claims to have 

fought but has no pictures, I'd be suspicious. Ask them who their teacher was and what their qualifications 

were. A properly trained instructor should be happy to tell you about their pedigree.  


What Martial Arts Should They Teach

The two most common martial arts taught at MMA gyms are muay thai and brazilian jujitsu. These two 

arts have proven the most effective combination for mixed martial arts competition and self defense. The 

MMA school you choose should teach both of these arts. In lieu of brazilian jujitsu, Greco-Roman 

wrestling can also be taught--it has proven just as effective in competition. Make sure the instructor has at 

least trained and has credential that can be verified. While other arts can be taught--muay thai, brazilian 

jujitsu, and wrestling are what you want to look for. The gym should teach you a solid stand up striking art 

AND a reliable ground grappling art.


The actual interior gym space can tell you a lot about an MMA school.   The two things you want to look 

for are proper equipment and cleanliness.  At a bare minimum, a mixed martial art school should have 

basic strength and conditioning equipment.  Things like jump ropes, pull-up bars, and kettle bells.  The 

gym doesn't need to have a lot of fancy fitness equipment, but if they don't have any, you will not be able 

to train properly.  The facility should also have heavy bags and plenty of thai pads and focus mits.  If you 

don't see any thai pads, go to a different gym.  The floor should be matted with special judo, jujitsu, or 

MMA mats.  You should not be training on bare floors or hard, inadequate mats.


Cleanliness of the gym is the most important thing to look at.  Staph infections and other "mat diseases" 

can run rampant in a gym that is not clean.  An MMA gym should be cleaning their mats at least once a 

day.  If they offer communal gear like thai pads, these should also be regularly cleaned.  No outside 

shoes should ever be permitted on the mats.  Even if an MMA gym is otherwise incredible, do not join a 

school that does not practice good hygiene.  Catching a staph infection is very real possibility and 

something you do NOT want.


A good mixed martial arts gym will cost you more than a traditional gym membership. The exact cost will 

depend on what area you live in and how many other gyms are in the area. Schools usually offer various 

packages, Schools in smaller markets (populations under 150,000) should range from $50 to $ 75 a 

month. Schools in larger markets (Las Vegas, Denver etc...) $100 to $150.00 a month is reasonable. 

 Visit a couple gyms and get an idea of what prices are like in your area before you make a decision. 

 Also remember that almost all MMA gyms will negotiate prices if you ask them to come down.

You have found gold if the gym is tied to its own fight promotion!  Training for a fight and never being able 

to showcase your talents can be discouraging at best.  Gyms that have their own fight promotion will be 

able to give you a better opportunity to fight. Promotions work together to provided fighter to one another, 

it can be hard to crack into a fight promotion without the backing of a promoter.  Gyms that aren’t affiliated 

to fight promotions are in danger of scheduling you in a fight where you are overmatched.         

When picking your MMA gym, trust your gut. If people seem to have egos, bad attitudes, or anything 

makes you uncomfortable, don't sign up. If the instructors talk a good game but you sense dishonesty, 

don't sign up. If their pricing policy is confusing or they expect you to buy a ton of gear from their store on 


day 1, don't sign up. Listen to your gut.

One of the best ways to evaluate a mixed martial arts gym is by looking at their students. Ask to observe 

a class and look at how their students do, especially the beginners. A great competitor is not always a 

great a teacher. While watching the class, take note of how actively involved the instructor is--do they 

correct students and give individual attention? Or do they stand up against the wall and just watch.