Bestt MMA Schools In America

Justin KellerContributor IDecember 17, 2009

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 19:  UFC fighter Vitor Belfort  (L) battles UFC fighter Rich Franklin (R) during their Catch weight bout at UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort at the American Airlines Center on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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As MMA continues to grow, so do the number of schools in America, and you won’t want to be left out!

Schools and academies are filling up more quickly each month, so jump on the band wagon of MMA training before it’s too expensive and too crowded.

Don’t know where to find the top schools? No need to, I did all the work for you.


Florian Martial Arts Center

Six Webster Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Phone: (617) 232-3228


The professor’s at Florian Martial Arts Center are veteran UFC Fighter Kenny Florian and his brother Keith Florian, whose credentials include a first-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Florian Martial Arts boast numerous programs for all skill levels. Its fundamental program is in place for men and women who are new to general martial arts and need basic training.

The Blackbelt Club is perfect for students who want to acquire a black belt in BJJ. MMA VIP Club is a guild designed for students who want advanced training in mixed martial arts.

And what would a Florian Academy be without a Muay Thai Program? FMAC even has its own junior samurai program to teach young boys and girls the art. They must be between the ages 6-15 to qualify. The school even offers a free class so you can get first-hand experience before committing. Prices for the Muay Thai, BJJ, and wrestling classes all range from $100-$169 a month, depending on how often you’d like to train.


Jimn Hughes and Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Headquarters: 276 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT

Phone: (800) 260-0981

Gracie jiu-jitsu has long been a premier fighting style in MMA. Now you too can get involved with the secret techniques of this fascinating fine art.

The ever-growing company owns 14 locations in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico. A major perk of encompassing so many locations is that, if you become a member of one camp, you’re automatically a member at all camps, and have access to train at all 14 facilities.

For the committed fighter, the monthly rate of $100 is reasonable. Hughes and Gracie jiu-jitsu also includes a convenient Family Plan that allows all immediate family members in the same household to train in everything Hughes and Gracie teach for one low price of $169 a month.


Chute Boxe USA Academy

633 N. La Brea Ave Suite D, Los Angeles, CA, 91709

Phone: (323) 230-9759


This American branch of Curitiba, Brazil’s infamous Chute Boxe Academy, is one of the more intense MMA schools and the training has remained top notch.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach and WFA fighter Jorge “Van Damme” Oliviera has been added to the staff, and the head coach/Chute Boxe representative is Roberto Piccinini.

If you don’t know much about Roberto, this should suffice. He’s trained the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Ninja Rua, Anderson Silva, Evan Tanner, and his newest up-and-comer Anthony “Rumble” Johnson is currently working his way through this grueling camp. Piccinini holds 26 years of muay thai experience under his belt.  

Chute Boxe USA has special pricing for college students and military personnel. You can attend a training session for $25, which will be placed on your account if you commit. The monthly price is $135 for two weeks of training.

It seems steep, but you’ll be working alongside the best in the world. I must caution: This school should only be attended strictly by serious participants.



Main Headquarters: 4631 Johnson Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073

PHONE: 954-425-0705

FAX: 954-418-6313


With over 1,000 students being trained at any given time, there are plenty of reasons to join one of ATT’s 55 schools across America.

American Top Team is home to many great and noteable fighters including Thiago Silva, Thiago Alves, Bobby Lashley, Kimbo Slice, Antonio Silva, Thiago Tavares, Jeff Monson, Wilson Gouveia, Allesio Sakara, Mike Brown, and many other talents.

Programs at ATT include adult training, a fitness program, and training camps. Adult training incorporates basic and advanced boxing, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The fitness program is to maintain flexibility and serenity by utilizing yoga and pilates. The training camps are great because American Top Team will often bring in world class fighters for you to train with and soak up knowledge from.

Classes start at $100 a month, and range to $125 for unlimited gym time.  UFC commentator and MMA enthusiast, Joe Rogan, believes that American Top Team is the best mixed martial arts camp in the country.


Team Quest Fight Club

Dan Henderson’s Branch

41561 Date Street, Murrieta, CA 92562

(951) 677-1684


Matt Linland’s Branch

18206 Southeast Stark St., Portland, OR 97233

Phone: (503) 661-4134

Team Quest was founded in the year 2000 by former Pride FC champion, MMA legend, and current Strikeforce middleweight fighter Dan Henderson.

Team Quest has quickly ascended as one of the world’s elite MMA academies. Pricing varies depending on what kind of training you’re looking for. You can go directly to one of Team Quest's five locations—Tualatin, OR, Redding, CA, Murrieta, CA, Portland, OR, and West Linn, OR—to be evaluated in person by one of there trained professionals for free.

You can discuss their programs and what’s suitable for you. The programs you’ll be able to choose from are submission wrestling, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, a get fit program, and basic mixed martial arts training. Team Quest exemplifies the code of humility, perseverance, determination and sportsmanship. These are qualities that head coaches Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland have cultivated through their tenure as amateur wrestlers and professional MMA fighters.


Miletich Fighting System (MFS)

325 16th Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Phone: (563) 355-3360


Miletich Fighting Systems was founded in 1997 by UFC veteran Pat Miletich. To get into this school, you better be bred for fighting because you won’t last otherwise. You’ll also be forking over the cash.

It’s going be tough to get in, and it’ll be tough to stay in. On the MFS official website is a list of must-have in order to join the camp that states:

  • You must pay $399.00 a month.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have proof of health insurance.
  • Must have proof of HIV & Hepatitis B & C test.
  • Need full name, social security number, and birthday for background check.
  • Includes basic classes for Mon-Fri. Advanced classes will be available by invitation only.
  • Food, lodging, and transportation not included.
  • There has to be a price of $650.00 per student for in house training for police and military personnel.
  • Do not plan on coming for the week until you have made contact via email.
  • Do not plan on moving permanently until the week is completed.

Instructors at the Iowa MFS location include Nate Schroeder, kickboxing/MMA, Rodrigo Uzeda, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Brandon Adamson, kickboxing, Mike Ciesnolevicz, no gi jiu-jitsu, Ramiro Hernandez Jr., kickboxing, and Gregg Humphries, judo.

Although the stipulations of this camp are almost sky-scraping, the credentials are there. Miletich has trained the likes of Robbie Lawler, Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia, Jens Pulver, and Ben Rothwell.  All of these men have been champions in their weight divisions except Ben Rothwell (Though in July 2008 Rothwell was ranked as the No. 10 heavyweight fighter in the world by Pat, too, has had championship gold around his waist in the welterweight division.

Training in MMA has far more benefits than just a goal to become a champion fighter.  Within mixed martial arts training you can change the landscape of your life by loosing weight, increasing your strength, boosting your metabolism, relieving stress, and raising your confidence. You’ll also develop routines that will give you more energy, better sleeping patterns, and you can get a vast knowledge of self defense. So learn something new today and have fun by signing up for MMA training. I’m positive that you’ll find the right school for you. Check on line for local academies in your area.





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