For adults, training with top mixed martial arts professionals offers a great way to get fit and keep kids entertained. MMA helps children gain self-confidence and discipline and teaches them to prevent bullying and keep themselves safe when mom and dad aren’t around to help. San Francisco’s best MMA studios promise fitness and skill advancement for the whole family with supportive trainers and top-notch facilities.

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AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy
2975 San Bruno Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94134
(415) 467-6740

Price: free first class/prices vary by program
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – closed

AB Mixed Martial Arts Academy offers adults the opportunity to take beginner jiu jitsu classes and move up to intermediate and advanced levels as well. Classes for kids in Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts will teach them discipline and focus while they train. Other classes include cardio conditioning, muay Thai, yoga and Pilates training, taught by great professionals in a safe and controlled environment.

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Hybrid Training
350 Divisidero St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 255-9650

Price: varies by package
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Hybrid Training features jiu jitsu classes for both adults and kids, as well as boxing and fitness mixed martial arts taught by nationally renowned, Olympic instructors. Schedule a free, first-time session, self-defense class or workouts with Hybrid’s personal trainers. Hybrid keeps athletes coming back with a variety of heavy, speed, uppercut and double-end bags, upper cut shields, kettle bells, free weights, yoga and medicine balls, machines, bikes, bands, jump ropes and a cage.

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K-One Fitness
2001 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 474-3322

Price: varies by program
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K-One Fitness offers everything from beginning Brazilian jiu jitsu, capoeira and muay Thai kickboxing to professional, competitive mixed martial arts. Weekday afternoon classes in martial arts for kids will teach them cooperation and self-confidence while improving their coordination and motor skills. Sign up for a fitness boot camp with K-One’s martial arts experts, or set up fitness goals and the gym’s instructors will help you track and reach them every time.

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Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy of San Francisco
603 Taraval St.
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 933-0585

Price: varies by program
Hours: Click here for schedule

Schedule a free introductory class at jiu jitsu legend Charle Gracie’s academy. Take private and semi-private classes, or join in on no-uniform and open-mat sessions. Serious competitors will see results through a combination of classic martial arts, real-life practice and MMA fighting skills. Children at the academy may compete with students at other Gracie academies when they’ve mastered an appropriate level Brazilian jiu jitsu discipline.

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Peace of Mind
727 Leavenworth St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 608-3723

Price: $25 to $75 per session/click here for pricing
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Owner and instructor Tim Richards of Peace of Mind places great value on healing through complete wellness even before injuries. Richards’ adult sessions show students how to increase strength and agility through a combination of activities including boxing, ground fighting, kicking, energy drills and martial arts in a personal training environment. Classes at the China Town YMCA or smaller personal group sessions help kids develop their physical abilities and self-confidence in friendly, welcoming environments.

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