Wash Park Martial Arts(credit: Wash Park Martial Arts)
Mixed martial arts (MMA) has become very popular over the past decade, attracting fans of all ages. With this has come the rise of MMA gyms in many areas, including Denver. MMA gyms offer a variety of classes and other events for people of all skill levels. It is an excellent way to get in shape and build muscle, to learn self defense and to connect with a new group of people. If you’re interested in trying MMA for yourself, get started at one of the following gyms.
Grudge Training Center
5405 W. 56th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 432-8858

If you’re looking for next level training in a fun and supportive environment, check out Grudge Training Center. Its trainers are serious and professional, equipped with the knowledge and passion to help you achieve your personal goals. The studio itself offers a wide variety of professional equipment from its weight lifting area to the practice area. Its classes range from fitness classes to technical classes in Brazilian Ju Jitsu and MMA, and the gym offers a free trial so you can come in and assess it before committing to a membership.

Wash Park Martial Arts
1073 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 733-3210

Wash Park Martial Arts offers classes for kids and adults in a form of martial arts known as “Ninpo Tai-Jutsu.” The art is based in self defense and combines traditional Japanese style martial arts with modern self defense tactics. Classes are available for children and adults and range from basics and skills to weapons training. The dojo also offers self defense classes for women who will be trained in a variety of moves that can be used in a sticky situation. The instructors are knowledgeable and professional, making training challenging but not intimidating.

Edge MMA And Fitness
5305 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 433-3343

Although Edge started out as a boxing gym, it has since expanded to include mixed martial arts of different styles, such as Muy Thai and Russian Sombo, among others. It still offers its boxing program as well, and it offers fitness programs for people who are more interested in improving their fitness than getting in the ring. Edge utilizes drill methods in its teaching, placing a lot of emphasis on conditioning and endurance. It is also a great gym for wrestlers to hone their skills. For those interested in competing, the gym has a team of fighters that compete in various events.

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Train Fight Win
921 W. 9th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
(850) 322-5813

With various classes including Group Conditioning, Striking, MMA and Women’s Kickboxing, among others, Train Fight Win is fun for people of all ability levels. Its instructors will work with the class on form and other avenues that help to prevent injury while improving your technique. Classes and memberships are available at a variety of price points, and its schedule is easy to work into your own. For fans of fighting, Train Fight Win hosts monthly bouts during First Fridays in the Santa Fe Arts District.

Factory X
4731 S. Santa Fe Circle
Englewood, CO 80110
(720) 297-7727

Serious competitors flock to Factory X for its high quality training programs and classes, but the gym is welcoming to beginners as well. Its training programs utilize proven techniques, and its certified coaches are well known in the MMA community, having won various awards. Those who are interested in fitness can benefit from the gym’s yoga classes, which also help fighters build core muscles and increase flexibility and stability. Factory X also has a kids’ program for parents who are interested in enrolling their child in a martial arts program.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.