MMA Training Centers have a wide variety of different skills and disciplines of martial arts to offer someone interested in attending a training facility. MMA schools do a lot more than teach an individual how to beat up another person. Good Mixed Martial Arts Academies with great instructors will teach students the ART of being a true Mixed Martial Artist. As a student attending a Mixed Martial Arts school you will go through a life changing process of being a regular person then evolving and becoming a martial artist which forces you to focus the mind and train the body. When you transform into a mixed martial artist you will find that the journey is as much mental as it is physical which strengthens your brain and body. The many different disciplines of martial arts have come from all over the world with some of them dating back thousands of years.

The many different types of Mixed Martial Arts specialities include:

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which involves joint locks, submissions, and chokes. The Gracie family made Jiu Jitsu famous at UFC 1

Muay Thai, which is referred to as The Art of Eight Limbs because the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in the martial arts form. Muay Thai is very popular in Thailand and many Southeast Asian countries.

Kickboxing, which refers to the sport of combining the grace and style of boxing with kicking. Kickboxing is a standing sport and does not allow continuation of the fight once a combatant has reached the ground.

Grappling which refers to techniques, maneuvers, and counters applied to an opponent in order to gain a physical advantage or to escape a dangerous position.

Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of martial arts and it uses grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws, takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

Self Defense which is the act of defending oneself, one's property or the well-being of another from physical harm.

Fitness Boot Camp is a type physical training program that often combines running, interval training, and many other exercises using weights and/or body weight to lose body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, increase strength, and help people get into a routine of regular exercise.

The top mixed martial arts fighters in the world train at MMA training centers to learn new skills and touch up the skills they already posses. The majority of these top MMA training centers have coaches that specialize in all areas of mixed martial arts.

The best and most popular MMA Training centers and some of the fighters that train at them include:

Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and fighters include Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, and Gina Carano

American Top Team and fighters include Thiago Alves, Mike Brown, Kimbo Slice, Thiago Silva

Greg Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts and fighters include Georges St. Pierre, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine

Team Quest and fighters include Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Chael Sonnen

It doesn't matter if you want to fight in a cage or if you want to train in martial arts for the exercise and discipline there is something for the whole family at most MMA Training centers. MMA schools offer classes for all experience levels and all ages so there is no reason or excuse not to find the right school for you. The physical and mental results will speak for themselves so lookup a local school and give it a try and most MMA Training Centers offer first time students a free class so you can see if it is for you.

Author's Bio: 

Josh Rafferty
Professional MMA Fighter and Coach

Josh Rafferty has been absorbing and learning about Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness since childhood. Josh has competed in Mixed Martial Arts for over ten years both in the ring and in the corner of some legendary fighters. His fighting career has made him famous, appearing in the hit television shows The Ultimate Fighter and Adrenalin and even made a cameo appearance in the major motion picture Redbelt. Find more from Josh at