Maryland makes mixed martial arts a favorite pastime for locals with some of the best classes around. Tae kwon do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and muay Thai kickboxing are taking Baltimore by storm.

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Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
7024 Troy Hill Dr., Ste. J-L
Elkridge, Md. 21075
(443) 283-1450

Price: 30-day free trial
Prices provided after trial period, when instructors determine which program is right for you based on your goals.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Muay Thai kickboxing, mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are just some examples of the training provided at Baltimore Mixed Martial Arts, commonly referred to as Crazy 88 BJJ. Conveniently located between Columbia, Md. and Baltimore, Crazy 88’s martial art training is suitable for both beginners and extreme competitors. Its friendly, expert and professional staff make the gym one of the most popular martial arts facilities in Baltimore.

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Baltimore Martial Arts Academy
6565 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, Md. 21228
(410) 465-7799

Price: $277.50 for three-month unlimited trial program/$555 regularly
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Sun – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Baltimore Martial Arts Academy accommodates individuals and families with fitness training and full-fledged competitions. Its diverse martial arts programs are what make BMA so unique. You have plenty of training to choose from, such as mixed martial arts, karate, judo, kung fu, aikido, muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Forge a new physique, new friendships and a new skill set under BMA academy’s amazing martial arts masters.

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Tiger Paw Martial Arts
113 Beacon Road
Middle River, Md. 21220
(410) 286-0606

Price: $19.95 for three introductory classes/$75 month after with one-year contract
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tiger Paw Martial Arts is Middle River’s crown jewel of mixed martial arts instruction. Whether you want to become a black belt, get fit, or simply challenge yourself mentally and physically, Tiger Paw has much to offer. Its new facility, along with its founder’s more than 25 years’ experience in tae kwon do and tang soo do, promise the ultimate martial arts experience.

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Team Maryland BJJ
8805 Orchard Tree Lane
Towson, Md. 21286
(443) 275-2390

Price: $135 adult two-year membership/$155 one-year membership/$170 six-month membership
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu hits Baltimore in Towson with Team Maryland BJJ to help adults and children alike learn the art of leverage and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Improve your balance, master your body’s natural movements or increase your flexibility by learning the techniques passed down from Helio Gracie himself. Count on some of the most uniform, consistent classes to make every student confident and comfortable every time. Learn from an Olympic silver medalist in his field of expertise with one of the best teams around.

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U.S. Kuoshu Academy
11000 Owings Mills Blvd., Ste. 5
Owings Mills, Md. 21117
(443) 394-9222

Price: $100 per month average based on program and class frequency
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn kung fu and tai chi chuan in Owings Mills at U.S. Kuoshu Academy. The academy offers nationally and internationally renowned instructors for students at any experience level. Hone your skills competing at one of the best academies in the area. With tai chi and Daoist meditation practices, Kuoshu Academy heals and trains its fighters from the inside out.

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As a Life Development Strategist, David Newby works with spiritually-minded business owners and other professionals who are looking to improve their quality of life and make positive contributions to society. David was born and currently resides in Baltimore. His work can be found at

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