There are several academies, clubs and studios throughout the state of Minnesota where one can get kung fu or multiple martial arts training. MMA is a fun way to improve fitness, build confidence and learn self defense.
Ultimate Martial Arts And Fitness
7771 College Road
Baxter, MN 56442
(218) 454-8728
www.ultimate-martialarts.com

At this academy, students learn from trained black belt instructors. The academy has age appropriate programs in karate, kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Even preschool children can begin learning the art of self defense. Older children and adults can begin self defense training or hone their skills in advanced classes. Ultimate Martial Arts has studios in Baxter and Crosslake.

Warrior’s Cove
3004 Texas Ave. S.
Saint Louis Park, MN 55426
(612) 808-8680
warriorscove.com

If you really want reality training in self defense, not self defense training from reality TV shows, you’ve come to the right place. This martial arts school has complete self defense programs in kickboxing, MMA, BJJ and eskrima, which is the Spanish term for the art of stick fighting. Don’t worry. Some of the toughest dudes have trained here, but so have genteel folks with no previous martial arts experience.

Minnesota Kali Group
4532 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 821-6800
www.mnkali.com

There are so many programs to jump into at Minnesota Kali Group: Jeet Kune Do, Kali & Panantukan, Silat and others. But before taking to the mat or jumping into the Muay Thai fray, Phase One should be your first move. Phase One is not a boot camp, but an introduction to all the academy’s martial arts programs. All MMA training is phased in.

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The Cellar
2828 Anthony Lane S.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 355-2259
www.thecellargym.com

Neither a wine nor storage cellar, The Cellar is a gym for MMA training. Also called The Cellar Gym, The Cellar has nearly every style of boxing and MMA you can name. In addition to international martial arts, The Cellar teaches traditional American-style boxing. Former boxing great, the late Muhammad Ali, would have loved to spar here. Competitive boxers and beginners are given the same core training and conditioning the champs received.

The Academy
6840 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center MN 55430
(763) 560-5696
theacademymn.com

The Academy believes in total mind/body fitness. If you want to be the next UFC champ, go full throttle into The Academy’s MMA program. If basic self defense or keeping in shape is your goal, a class in general self defense might do. If not, you can also learn karate, BJJ and Thai kickboxing. The Academy has personal training, seminars and group workshops for self development. Whatever your fitness level or training preference, The Academy can help you choose a program that fits you.

Minnesota Sword Club
4744 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, 55407
(612) 825-9935
www.mnsword.com

Although not traditionally considered in the same group as Kung Fu, fencing is also a martial art. You can dashingly learn to wield a sword at the Minnesota Sword Club, one of the few fencing schools in Minnesota. This facility teaches a variety of fencing techniques at sword’s point. Fencing is not simply a game of swords. As in a game of chess, you match wits with your opponent. You also develop grace, coordination and concentration. 

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