For the best martial arts and mixed martial arts studios, Cleveland has it all, with some of the most experienced instructors in the nation. Expect this sport to be a great workout for the whole family while it teaches kids self-discipline and respect.

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John Kim’s Martial Arts
21531 Lorain Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44126
(440) 331-4898

Price: varies by experience and activity
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

John Kim’s specialized Martial Arts studio, founded in 1970, was one of the first schools in Ohio and is still considered one of the most successful schools in Cleveland. It works to promote and increase knowledge of the sport to get entire communities involved. Since 1970, John Kim’s Martial Arts studio has taught more than 500,000 students and has more than 5,000 black belt students. It focuses on kickboxing, tae kwon do, jiu jitsu, MMA and wrestling, teaching proper striking techniques, situation drills and safety. Classes are between 60 and 90 minutes, from basic to advanced.

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Tracy’s Karate North Royalton
11390 State Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133
(440) 237-0191

Price: first month for $39.99/pricing then depends on experience and activity
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tracy’s Karate studio is a family owned business whose instructors boast more than 19 years experience. It provides private lessons, groups workouts for children and adults, and children’s group classes for ages 8 and older. It emphasizes fun and coordination and helps students develop strength and perfect kicks, punches, blocks and the basics. Because Tracy’s wants the whole family to join, prices are based on family packages.

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Hillcrest Academy of Martial Arts
4431 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44121
(216) 291-5040

Price: varies by experience and activity
Hours: Tues and Thurs – 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wed and Sat – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

This studio in South Euclid, on the corner of Mayfield Road and Green Street, offers training in all forms of martial arts. Masters S.J. Meola and J.M. Meola have been teaching the arts in the Cleveland area since 1976. Their studio is one of the best in town for beginners and advanced students. It specializes in training and techniques taught by Japanese experts in kickboxing, tae kwon do, jiu jitsu and MMA. Teaching proper striking techniques, situation drills and promoting safety, it offers training for children ages 6 and older.

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Martial Arts Middleburg Heights
7790 W. 130th St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44130
(440) 842-5425

Price: varies by experience and activity
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Located just off West Sprague Road, Martial Arts Middleburg Heights has been in business for more than five years and is one of Cleveland’s fastest growing martial arts center. It offers certified classes in MMA and self defense, as well as kickboxing and tae kwon do. It boasts a wide variety of experienced instructors to perfectly fit every family’s needs.

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Sport Martial Arts Training
5516 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44124
(440) 684-9855

Price: varies by experience and activity
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This dedicated studio offers mixed martial arts, tae kwon do, judo, self-defense and kickboxing for students from children to adults. It promotes children’s character development and provides empowering workout programs for students of all ages. For advanced MMA training, Sport offers fight team training as well. It teaches proper striking techniques, situation drills and safety as well to ensure success through proper training and hard work.

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