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There are a good number of MMA Gyms in the Orange County area with many offering free introductory classes and extensive tours of the facilities. One needn’t necessarily have aspirations of fighting on a world stage in order to benefit from MMA training. The intensive workouts will give your body more strength and flexibility while also giving a great cardio workout. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Here is a look at some of the best choices in the OC.

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Joker’s MMA
23211 Del Lago Drive, Unit B
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 351-5555
www.jokersmma.com

For those in south Orange County, Joker’s MMA is a convenient choice. Not just the location, but the training is top-notch as well. There are different instructors depending on which fighting style you are seeking. Head instructors Mike “Joker” Guymon and James Wilks have many years of experience as professional MMA Fighters and both men have also been champions. If you wish to specialize outside of MMA, Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu instructor Roger Defrietas will lead the way. If you wish to hone your wrestling skills, former California State Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling champion ‘Anthony’ will lend his considerable knowledge. Come on out and give it a try.

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OC Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts
18241 W. McDurmott
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 833-8338
www.ockickboxing.com

Daniel Sullivan is the founder of OC Kickboxing & Mixed Martial Arts. His vision was to create an environment which fosters the development of all students, no matter their skill level or motivation. Some come in with a mindset of becoming serious MMA fighters, while others come in for the physical health, self-confidence and weight-loss benefits which are a natural by-product of the program. Whatever your motivation, come on out and have Mr. Sullivan and his capable staff get you on the right track with a program tailored to your goals. If you are a beginner, there is a specialized introductory program just for you. Children and Adults of all ages are welcome. There is nothing to lose except some excess pounds.

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UFC Gym – Huntington Beach
7362 Edinger Unit A
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 842-2269
www.ufcgym.com

At UFC Gym in Huntington Beach, there are a wide variety of training programs. From children to adults, there is something for everyone. Some come here to train in MMA, while others come in just for the unique and challenging fitness classes. Everything from MMA to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to functional fitness classes, are available. Whether you want to train like a champion, or just get in better shape and start some good healthy habits, you will find what you need. Come out and try the signature Family D.U.T. workout, which is their 50 minute class tailored for the whole family to enjoy; especially if you enjoy a good sweat – Prepare for the endorphin rush.

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Rounders MMA & Boxing
1241 E. Chestnut Ave # H-1
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 599-0826
www.roundersmma.com

Rounders welcomes participants of all ages and skill levels. No matter your ultimate goal, their top-notch training staff will get you whipped into shape and headed in the right direction. Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Judo and Muay Thai kickboxing training are offered, and this is where many pro fighters come to train. There is also cardio-kickboxing and yoga classes on offer, where you’re almost guaranteed to burn tons of calories. With all the diversity, this is really a one-stop shop. Convenient morning and evening classes are available as well, so check your schedule, give Rounders MMA & Boxing a call and get started right away.

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(credit: David C./yelp)


Kings MMA – Anaheim
4388 E. La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 768-9903
www.kingsanaheim.com

At Kings MMA Anaheim, you will find great instructors in an environment conducive to achieving your goals. There are training classes for kids as young as four years old, up to adults of any age. Additionally, the staff are more than happy to help you familiarize yourself with the surroundings and there are classes of all levels. Head instructor Beneil Dariush is a top-ranked MMA fighter who competes in UFC. He and his staff lend a wealth of experience to those willing to learn. Stop by, tour the gym and get yourself on the path to improvement. Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and general fitness, it is all right here in the heart of Orange County, inside a great gym which has over 1500 feet of mat space – There is room for you.

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