The best mixed martial arts and martial arts programs in St. Louis offer a range of MMA experiences, from programs focusing on fitness and fun, children with disabilities, and serious MMA techniques. Each of the mixed martial arts programs offer classes to fit your schedule and level of intensity in the city’s best MMA studios.

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Wise Warrior MMA
8514 Manchester Rd.
St Louis, MO 63144
(314) 630-7280

Price: $15 per class/$60 five classes/$60 monthly unlimited/$60 per hour personal training/$150 Intro to Wise Warriors MMA package for new clients only, includes two personal training sessions and five classes
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Wise Warrior MMA programs are fitness oriented, providing workouts that include Brazilian jiu jitsu, boxing, kickboxing, strength training and yoga. Using MMA techniques, Wise Warrior promises a solid, challenging workout. Students engage in non-competitive mixed martial arts training through group fitness classes or personal training. Small class sizes allow additional time for individual instruction.

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St. Louis Martial Arts Center
1133 N. US Highway 67
Florissant, MO 63031
(314) 921-7337

Prices: $10.40 to $20.54 per class/new students receive one free week after registration
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St Louis Martial Arts Center School offers students physical, mental and spiritual workouts. In addition to agility, strength and self-defense, students will develop confidence and discipline with experienced, patient instructors. The master instructor is also a missionary and traveling evangelist. He believes in bringing a Christian, spiritual approach to martial arts, focusing on development instead of fighting.

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St Louis Family Martial Arts Academy
PO Box 1542
Ballwin, MO 63022
(636) 227-3098

Price: $99 to $139 depending on age and program enrollment/one month free for new students
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St. Louis Family Martial Arts Academy has operated for more than 20 years and is one of the largest and most successful schools in the St. Louis area. The academy offers programs for families, kids and adults. Each class offered is age-specific and includes free belts and exams. The academy teaches skills such as positive thinking, respect for authority, paying attention and good manners. The academy also offers programs for children with disabilities such as Down’s syndrome and autism. These programs for children with disabilities are offered through the Pujols Foundation.

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The Pit: St. Louis MMA
5017 Northrup Ave.
St Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-9906

Prices: $89 adult monthly membership/$35 young warriors monthly membership
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The St. Louis Combat Institute sponsors the Pit MMA and the young warriors program. Class instructors are members of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, former military and U.S. State Department protection specialists. The Pit Mixed Martial Arts  program, designed by trainer John “Pit Master” Hackleman, works well at most any fitness level. The program is geared toward those who want to learn mixed martial arts but prefer not to compete. There is a structured curriculum for each class that covers aspects of standup and ground fighting, boxing, submission grappling, judo, kickboxing, jiu jitsu and wrestling. The Young Warriors program, developed with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, equips kids ages 4 to 12 with the skills to defend themselves. Children learn basic jiu jitsu, Israeli krav maga, Russian martial arts and fitness skills, while focusing on improving motor skills and listening.

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St. Louis Training Circle MMA Club
3500 Lemp Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63118

Prices: $40 per month for two weekly visits/$50 per month for three weekly visits
Hours: Mon – 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wed – 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The St. Louis Training Circle MMA club caters to serious-minded adults who want to improve their level of fitness and focus on technical fighting techniques. Expect great fellowship without the bowing and sensei obsessions other gyms encourage.  The club offers wrestling, boxing and Thai boxing, and Brazilian jiu jitsu as self defense and combat sports. The training is intense, and students are encouraged to train often, adding cardio and weights in addition to the program training circle.

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