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.
Bashta’s Martial Arts
905 Shepard Avenue
Hamden, CT 06473
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30pm to 8pm; Sat – 9:30am to 11am
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.
Connecticut Martial Arts
61 Newtown Rd.
Danbury, CT 06810
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10am to 9pm; Fri – 10am to 8pm; Sat – 8:30am to 1pm; Sun – 10am to 11am
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.
Ultimate MMA Training Center
79 State St.
North Haven, CT 06473
Hours: Mon and Wed – 11am to 1pm / 4pm to 10pm; Tues and Thurs – 8:30am to 12:30pm / 4pm to 10pm; Fri – 11am to 1pm / 5pm to 7:30pm; Sat – 8:30am to 1pm
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.
Strike Zone MMA
31 Clinton Ave
Norwich, CT 06360
Hours: Mon & Wed – 5pm to 8:45pm; Tues & Thurs – 5pm to 8pm; Fri – 6pm to 7:30pm
Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.