Mixed martial arts (MMA) has grown in popularity in the United States since its introduction in the 1980s. Across the Washington, D.C. area there are centers providing MMA classes for competitors and non-competitors. The conditioning that is part of MMA training is considered by many to be an excellent workout and there are studies that find MMA is an efficient calorie-burning activity. Here are some of the area’s top-rated MMA centers.
Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts
1041 S. Edgewood St.
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 521-1000
www.pentagonmma.com

Housed in a converted fire station with more than 4,000 square feet of space in Arlington, Va., Pentagon Mix Martial Arts offers a fun and modern training facility. Its adult program includes training in Muay Thai (kickboxing) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It also has programs for children and youth including an after school program and camp. In addition to it’s martial arts classes, Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts offers a number of fitness fitness classes.

BETA Academy
1353 Florida Ave., N.W.
Washington DC 20009
(202) 538-0422
www.betaacademy.com

Founded by Khun Kru Nakapan in 2009, BETA (Body Efficient Tactical Arts) Academy is a comprehensive MMA training center. At its Northwest D.C. center, it offers Mauy Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and MMA classes for adults. Its youth program is also very comprehensive. BETA Academy has a strong dedication to competition with placements earned through “hard work and determination.”

NOVA MMA
1425 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 807-0342
www.novamma.com

Arlington, Va.-based NOVA MMA boasts having “the most expansive selection of martial arts classes in the area.” It offers instruction in Brazilian Jiu-Jistu, Krav Maga, Judo and Mauy Thai. NOVA MMA also has kickboxing fitness classes and a CrossFit program. Its membership program allows students access to all services for one monthly fee. Classes and programs for youth are available.

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Champion Boxing & Fitness
11540-A Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 255-0011
www.championboxingfitness.com

While boxing is obviously the focus at Rockville, Md.-based Champion Boxing & Fitness, it has a extensive MMA program with classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. The program is designed for MMA competitors but is open to non-competitors as well. Burmese Boxing, wrestling, and traditional boxing are included as part of the MMA exercise routines. Champion Boxing & Fitness center includes an onsite MMA cage.

Capital MMA & Elite Fitness
6836 New Hampshire Ave., N.E.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 388-5020
www.capitalmma.com

Capital MMA & Elite Fitness was founded in 2001. Its location in Takoma Park, Md., receives rave reviews. Its MMA program includes training in Muay Thai and Judo. It also has classes in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As part of its general fitness program, Capital MMA & Elite Fitness has yoga and kettlebells and bodyweight conditioning classes. In addition to Takoma Park Capital MMA & Elite Fitness has another location in suburban Maryland and three locations in Northern Virginia. Classes and programs for youth are available.

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