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Best MMA And Martial Arts Studios In Los Angeles

L.A.'s influx of Southland MMA and martial arts studios in the last decade or so makes it rough to find just the right fit. Whether you're looking to study street fighting, Brazilian jiu jitsu or more traditional martial arts, pick from these perfect places with professional instructors and some of the best facilities in the city.

Robot Fight Fitness
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Lotus Club Robot Fight and Fitness
2028 Stoner Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 478-5425

Hours:  Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.; Sun – 12 a.m. to  2 p.m.
Prices: 30-day free trial for private lesson/prices vary by program and experience

Top martial arts from Brazilian jiu jitsu to muay Thai at this Santa Monica-based gym take a professional approach to learning these ancient ways of fighting, with a boot camp for those who really want to get down and dirty. But it's not all work and no play for members of the Lotus Club, who often meet up for beach trips and cookouts. Take advantage of tournaments or a 30-day free membership, which includes an evaluation to determine the best practice to meet your needs.

True Warrior Fitness
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True Warrior Fitness
633 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 839-8374

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 8:30 a.m. to  8:30 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun – closed..
Prices: 30-day free trial for private lesson/prices vary by program and experience.

Get ripped working out at True Warrior Fitness where little ones start martial arts training at age 6. Adults looking for a good lesson in self-defense course may sign up for a private class at this La Brea Avenue mainstay, lauded minimalistic approach to spreading the love for martial arts. Learn from world-renowned artists in muay Thai, Brazilian jiu jitsu and MMA. This isn't just a warrior's gym, it also boasts a team of wellness gurus who provide chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and podiatry.

Hollywood Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
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Hollywood Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
1106 N. La Cienega Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
(310) 360-0544

Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – closed.
Prices: vary by program and experience

Hollywood Brazilian jiu jitsu is the premiere place in West Hollywood and the surrounding area to study this martial arts form, but it also offers everything from black belt fitness and conditioning to MMA kids' programs. Along with in-house training, videos by Hollywood BJJ instructor Sean Patrick Flanary get up close and personal with such moves as the no-arm-in-triangle choke hold and the the half-guard transition move. Pick one up to practice at home between bouts and keep up with the serious competition here.

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Legends MMA
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Legends MMA
5176 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 665-5856

Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to  3 p.m.; Sun – closed
Prices: vary by program and experience

Throw down at Legends MMA if you are looking for a slick outlet with every conceivable contraption necessary to up your game. The massive, 20,000-square-foot facility is a mecca for MMA thanks to world-class trainers Eddie Bravo and Chris Reilly. As you evolve into a proper martial artist, take advantage of two indoor boxing rings, kettlebells and more than 10 heavy bags to get in supreme shape. Legends' pro shop keeps competitors stocked with the right gear and apparel to thrive here, but loaner gear is available for your initial class.

XTreme Training Center
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XTreme Training Center
2131 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 259-9009

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to  9 p.m.; Fri – 9 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Prices: vary by program

Go extreme at XTreme Training Center where everything from kickboxing, jiu jitsu and MMA to muay Thai, tae kwon do and capoeira are on the roster, as are aerial fitness, boot camps and personal training. The facilities are ample, with 6,500 square feet to practice and excel in the marital art of your choice. A full fitness center, XTreme provides the classes martial artists need to thrive and a weight room and fitness classes to keep the whole family in shape. Check online for monthly promotions to save money on any of the center's classes.

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on

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