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Top Spots For MMA And Martial Arts Studios In Connecticut

April 21, 2012 6:00 AM

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When the state’s athletes need more than a treadmill and a little sweat, they hit the mixed martial arts mats. Connecticut’s martial artists boast skills in fighting from around the world, with thousands of disciplined, fit students to back up that hard-hitting action. Check out classes taught by the best of the best right here in Connecticut.

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Bashta’s Martial Arts

1535 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514
(203) 248-2274

Price: $50 to $100 per month/$30 per hour private lessons
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Bashta’s Martial Arts frames its philosophy around tae kwon do and judo. It also offers classes in kickboxing, MMA, body blast and baby bulls for youth and adults. Its family atmosphere teaches respect and discipline with a curriculum that includes self defense and boxing. Students must follow 10 school rules as they move from yellow belt to black belt, taking advantage of open mats on Sundays.

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530 Kings Highway Cutoff
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 292-5935

Price: prices vary by course and skill level
Hours: Mon and Wed – 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Tues and Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri – 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of classes.

CT MMA’s facility for mixed martial arts offers classes in Brazilian jui jitsu, muay Thai, MMA, judo, kid’s capoeira and BJJ competition training, and it will soon feature women’s classes as well. Most classes last an hour and a half, but students here love open mat Saturdays. CT MMA gives athletes a leg up on the take down with internationally renowned instructors.

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Connecticut Martial Arts
61 Newtown Rd.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 792-1544

Price: $99 to $149 per month unlimited classes
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Instructors from around the globe provide this MMA studio with an international reputation. Their 10,000-square-foot facility has 15 instructors and 124 classes each week with students ranging from age 3 to more than 60 years old. Students learn blocks, strikes and self defense strategies in Thai kickboxing, cardio kickboxing, competitive teams, self defense, black belts and specialty classes with weapons.

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Ultimate MMA Training Center
79 State St.
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 230-9017

Price: free 30-day trail and one free class or one private lesson/six-month or one-year agreements
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tues and Thurs – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fri – 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This 5,000-square-foot facility carries a 60-day money back guarantee that its students just don’t take advantage of. Learn submissions, holds and take-downs in beginner to advanced classes for children 4 or older to adults. Classes include Brazilian jiu jitsu, wrestling, boxing and muay Thai. Ultimate MMA Training Center is a mixture of a training center and an academy for BJJ that offers pros and joes ready to learn the craft. Its children’s classes incorporate a social development program teaching respect, leadership and citizenship.

Related: Top Indoor Training Facilities in Connecticut

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Strike Zone MMA
367 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
(860) 857-2598

Price: prices vary by course and skill level
Hours: Mon, Tues and Thurs – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed – 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Fri – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Strike Zone’s casual environment values the meaning of a team. Join for fitness or to develop competitive martial arts skills. Classes offered include MMA, judo, jiu jitsu, sombo, boxing, wrestling, women’s self defense, strength and conditioning, and submission grappling. Open mat is available on Saturdays. Strike Zone is home to the boxing team’s 2010 Western New England Champions, open mat Saturdays and programming for at-risk youths.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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