Miami locals are becoming increasingly interested in martial arts for their physical fitness, for competing professionally and to grow personally. The best studios provide a combination of expert instruction, experience and dedication to the craft. Expect seasoned experts to provide top-notch teaching every time at Miami’s best martial arts training facilities.

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Freestyle Fighting Academy
1423 S.W. 107th Ave.
Miami, FL 33174
(305) 225-4610
Price: free first 30 days/prices vary by program
Hours: 24/7

Freestyle Fighting Academy offers compelling training programs for kids, teens and adults. In addition to teaching the core fundamentals of martial arts, the academy emphasizes physical fitness. Its 30-day free trial and 60-day money back guarantee programs attest to its trainers’ confidence in providing superior conditioning and education. Freestyle fight, take a women’s only bootcamp class or sign the kids up for an MMA class taught by true fighting gentlemen.

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American Karate Institute
12981 S.W. 112th St.
The Crossings Shopping Village
Miami, FL 33186
(305) 385-8811
Price: $49 trial program
Hours: Tues and Thurs – 3:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed and Fri – 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun and Mon closed

This martial arts facility has been training students in traditional Japanese martial arts for more than 20 years. With the same trainers since 1983, it demonstrates consistency and dedication to its students and to the profession. Its state-of-the-art facility enhances training and students’ overall experience to provide physical, mental and spiritual enrichment to each athlete. With more than 10,000 students under its belt, it’ll keep parents in shape and bully proof kids for an all-around MMA experience.

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Knockout Zone

5084 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 754-9663
Prices: vary by program
Hours: daily – 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Knockout Zone’s multi-faceted offerings include a full gym, cardio classes, training in MMA and martial arts. Trainers are highly skilled in a number of disciplines, including jiu jitsu and tae kwon do for any age level. It also offers after-school and summer-camp programs for kids, making this one of the most family friendly facilities in the area. Join a boot-camp club to up your game, or burn out those muscles in the Zone’s full gym between classes.

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Family Martial Arts Academy
9835 SW 72nd St.
Suite 213
South Miami, FL 33173
(305) 337-5425
Price: $89 four-week intro with uniform
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This facility possesses a unique vision, emphasizing enrichment, fitness, self-esteem, self-confidence and sportsmanship. The instructors at the academy combined boast 65 years experience in the area of martial arts, and provide training for local and national competitions as part of their curriculum. In 2011, the academy was voted best school by the Professional Martial Arts Association for its dedicated instructors and long-standing traditional classes.

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Moti Horenstein’s Mixed Martial Arts

18425 NE 19 Ave.
North Miami Beach, FL 33179
(305) 935-1855
Price: first session free/packages vary
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; closed Sun

Moti Horenstein’s MMA has earned a great reputation and national recognition as a premier Miami martial arts institution. To develop its students into black belt champions, the facility’s intensive training incorporates techniques from a variety of martial arts. Use krav maga, an Israeli-perfected self-defense technique, Horenstein’s students build a lasting understanding and skill set instead of a few quick moves.

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