As ultra-popular mixed martial arts forms drive up participant numbers with killer work outs and Ultimate Fighting Championships, the area’s gym scene is exploding with MMA options. Finding the right fit in a city like Vegas isn’t an easy feat. Start with the best of the best, five gyms that set themselves ahead of the rest with the better prices, locations, facilities and trainers than any other gyms in the city.
Excel Defense Studios
5803 W. Craig Rd., Ste. 102
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Price: first day free/prices vary by program
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This all-around fitness and training facility offers families a place to master a variety of martial arts and fitness programs. Excel Defense’s new, 5,500-square-foot studio in northwest Las Vegas was initially created for law enforcement and military personnel but offers membership to the public. Its unique set up allows children go to a martial arts class while mom does cardio and dad takes a self-defense class. The 300-square-foot MMA training cage offers MMA enthusiasts the opportunity to step into the ring for themselves with more than 50 MMA classes offered per week. Private fitness and martial arts training is also available.
Throwdown Training Center
6670 S. Tenaya Way Ste. 140
Las Vegas, NV 89113
Price: free three-class trial/free private session trial/prices vary by program
Hours: Mon to Sat – 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Throwdown Training Center’s full schedule of training is devoted to providing the best mixed martial arts education the sport has to offer. It offers training at all levels from beginners to professional fighters. Throwdown’s trainers all have backgrounds in professional martial arts competition. Students may choose boxing, muay thai, Brazilian jiu jitsu or olympic wrestling, making TTC a top pick in the Las Vegas valley.
TapouT Research & Development Center Las Vegas
4040 W. Hacienda Ste. 130
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
Price: prices vary by program
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
You’ve seen the T-shirts and apparel on celebrities, professional fighters and millions of fans around the world, but TapouT is actually a huge MMA supporter. Its team of 21 fighters train and compete professionally. These are the pros that give the best advice to newbies and hardened fighters stuck in a rut. Education here includes mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu jitsu, muay Thai, boxing, judo, self defense, cardio kickboxing, yoga and wrestling. Students here also take advantage of weekend seminars, fight camps, personal training, and children’s programs and classes.
Xtreme Couture MMA
4055 W. Sunset Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Price: from $19.95 a month for membership
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Founded in 2007 by Randy Couture to pass on his mixed martial arts style, nutritional philosophy and conditioning programs, Xtreme Couture is also home to Forrest Griffin and Vitor Belfort. With training that has spawned one of the most successful MMA teams in the world, Xtreme guarantees results. On top of the world-class training it offers in the fastest growing sport in the world, Xtreme Courture also hosts the USA MMA team trials and regular UFC viewing parties for members, friends and family.
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Sim Go Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu
1525 W. Oakey Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Price: $110 per adult per month pay as you go/$100 a month with a three-month commitment/$75 per child per month pay as you go/$70 a month with a three-month commitment
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Specializing in the versatile Brazilian jiu jitsu, sim go cobra kai jiu jitsu focuses on grappling with this part martial art, combat sport and self-defense system. Cobra kai teaches students how the smaller combatant may defend his or herself against stronger assailants. Its system uses leverage and technique to defeat and restrain attackers. Its Las Vegas facility offers disciplines including kickboxing, mixed martial arts, jiu jitsu, and strength and conditioning classes. It prides itself on taking a personalized approach that caters to all ages and skill levels.
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