Looking for a tighter physique…
and the confidence to protect yourself?

Get both at Crazy 88, learning at your own pace, from the mid-Atlantic’s most accomplished Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai Kickboxing instructors

That’s not just empty boasting. We’re the only Baltimore-area program to produce Jiu-Jitsu World Champions and we have professional Mixed Martial Artists fighting all over the world – Bellator to OneFC.

But if you’re thinking we must all be hardcore professional fighters… well, that isn’t it. Rather, our philosophy is that students should be able to achieve what they want. Some want to be world-class fighters. Some want to get in shape and learn self-defense. Whatever you want, we have a place for you.

Also…

  • Our 15,000 square feet headquarters is the largest in Maryland. It’s hard to get comfortable training in dinky-stinky hole-in-the-wall dojos that are so cramped you’re constantly worrying about getting another student’s elbow in your face. Our gym is spacious and relaxed.
  • Our locations are very convenient—we have training centers in Baltimore, Howard County, and Frederick.
  • We foster a friendly, professional, and ego-free training environment. No one at our school has anything to prove. We don’t take on students (or instructors) who just want to “beat people up”, or have other attitude problems.
  • Our instructors have specialist fitness training—because martial arts are a great alternative to grinding out pushups at the gym.

So those are some reasons we believe there’s no better place than Crazy 88. If you’re thinking of starting a martial art, picking one up again, or just getting in shape, why not check out our programs to see what’s right for you?

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Crazy 88 Instructors and Students can be seen All Over the World

“Crazy 88 students are people just like you who are willing to work hard to achieve their personal goals … and have fun doing it”

—Julius Park, Founder, Crazy 88 MMA School

Three Convenient Locations

Elkridge – Howard County

Crazy 88 – Elkridge
7024 Troy Hill Dr
Suite L
Elkridge, MD 21075
(443) 283-1450

Owings Mills – Baltimore County

Crazy 88 – Owings Mills
5 Easter Ct
Suite E
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(410) 999-1064

Frederick – Frederick County

Crazy 88 – Frederick
1845 Brookfield Ct
Suite B (upstairs)
Frederick MD 21701
(301) 909-8852

What We Teach

Our Specialties

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & No Gi Grappling
Muay Thai Kickboxing
Mixed Martial Arts
Kids Martial Arts
Specialized Womens Programs

How We Teach

Solid Curriculums

In any form of serious education, educators have detailed, finely-tuned curricula to guarantee that a student learns the required material. Could you imagine a college professor teaching whatever popped into his mind that day, instead of what was on a carefully-formulated curriculum? How would you feel about going to a doctor who had learned like that?! Yet unfortunately, this is the way most academies operate. This is because, unfortunately, there are no proper certification standards in martial arts the way there are in other industries. Fortunately for you, I have the solution — and it’s one of the reasons our students are so happy. We have developed a curriculum for our classes and a structure for the entire school’s progression.

Beginner Classes

Not only are our classes organized but our entire school structure is – so you’ll be able to advance and not get bored as you get in better shape and improve your skills. Many people think because we have one of the best competition teams in the world, everything we do is geared towards competition. That is completely wrong. Many people begin training out-of-shape and they wouldn’t be able to enjoy a full-blown competition-oriented training session. That is why we almost half of all our classes are geared towards the pure beginner! And the best part about it is that the students taking the Beginner Classes are learning the exact same techniques and our exclusive training systems that our champions and advanced students are learning.

Competition Tested

Most people handicap themselves because their instructors have no fight experience — they don’t know what works and what doesn’t. The end result: tons of students developing BAD HABITS. This is actually a huge problem especially in fighting due to its reactive nature. If you are taught these movements incorrectly from the beginning, not only are you in danger if you need to use your skills, but you will have to spend valuable time “unlearning” these bad habits afterwards. Our instructors are champions in their own right… And we only pick instructors who can actually pass their knowledge on (what’s the point of having world champion instructors who can’t teach what they know, right?)

Respect for the Art

Many instructors label themselves as “Muay Thai” or “Jiu Jitsu” instructors but have no experience in the actual style. We believe that each art, especially those that are tested in competitions, has very valuable aspects that need to be studied and mastered.

Online Learning

On top of this, all our students get access to our exclusive online learning interface. All the top universities in the world are incorporating the internet to better teach their students. They have realized how important it is to have access to study materials at home, and not just in the classroom. Crazy 88 takes the same approach, putting videos, PDFs, and training manuals all online for its students so they can make the most of each practice session

Advanced Level Training

Most academies do not have an advanced population of students and competitors. This is why you see aspiring fighters and competitors always rummaging around Facebook looking for training partners. At Crazy 88, our sky-high retention rates and real expertise allows us to produce a truly advanced training environment for experienced students and fighters.

“What was your #1 worry before coming in?”

Crazy 88 conducted a poll of its student base, men and women, asking what their #1 fear was before coming in. Here are the results.

Top Misconceptions

  • I need to get in shape first.
  • I just won’t “get it”.
  • I’ve never done anything like this before.
  • I’m going to have to fight on my first day.

The Reality

  • All Experience Levels Welcome – we have specialized classes for Beginners to Pro Fighters.
  • All Fitness Levels Welcome – Really! We love to be the starting point for a better physique and healthier body.
  • All Ages Welcome – our students include everyone, from high school to retirement age.

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5 unshakable guidelines to choosing a martial arts school

You now know that not all schools are created equal. It’s very important to make an educated decision when picking a school.

I’m going to urge you to never join a school or program unless it meets all five of the following criteria:

1. Their instructors are qualified.

What are the instructors’ credentials? Unfortunately there aren’t any “industry certifications” for martial arts — but have they competed? What is the reputation of the organization that they represent? Do they just “sell belts” or are they committed to producing high-quality athletes?

2. The school must have a written curriculum.

Is there a method to the madness? Most schools don’t follow a step-by-step program—so neither the student nor the teacher knows where they are going, how they’re going to get there, and how far along they are.

3. The school must produce winners.

Ask yourself, has this school produced any national champs or winning teams? No matter the credentials of the instructor, it does you no good if he can’t pass on that expertise. So what levels are their best athletes competing at? Also, if they have produced winners, find out who they are—are they all Div 1 athletes, or are they “normal” people who have been trained up to a championship level?

4. The school should have a diverse group of students.

Some programs are attended only by casual non-competitive fighters who just want a place to hang out and shoot the breeze. Other programs consist only of 18-25 year old tattoo-covered wannabe MMA fighters. Whether you want to be physically fit, learn self defense, train for the World Championships, are a man, a woman, out-of-shape, or an Olympic athlete…the school should have a program for you when you start—and a program to progress toward.

5. The prices are not unbelievably low.

Remember that you get what you pay for. Lots of places offer grappling and MMA training just like many restaurants have steak on the menu…but there is a biiiig difference between getting a steak at Applebees and ordering one at Ruth’s Chris, right? These “bargain” schools usually have dirty facilities, unqualified instructors, and limited schedules (and they won’t meet most or any of criteria 1-4 above). Make sure you distinguish between affordability and value if you are forced to consider training at these kinds of places.

Of course, it’s a given that the school should be clean and well-maintained, and the staff are courteous and professional.

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Experience the proven system of Crazy 88 — you will get into the best shape of your life and learn the world’s most effective fighting styles from America’s #1 team—all while having more fun that you could think you could have at a martial arts school.

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