Benefits of Mixed Martial Arts

  • Learn to compete in the most challenging form of competition in the world
  • Develop the ability to protect yourself against punches, kicks, takedowns, and submissions
  • Becoming a ‘complete’ and well-rounded martial artist
  • Develop a functional and practical level of fitness
  • Enjoy training and competing in an activity that combines the best aspects of both team and individual sports

What is Mixed Martial Arts?

Mixed Martial Arts allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts. MMA originally was promoted as a competition with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real-life combat situations.

The original MMA competitors were matched against one another with very few rules. Fighters incorporated techniques from many martial arts styles while MMA event promoters formed additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote the mainstream acceptance of the sport.

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Mixed Martial Arts consists of three components:

  • Striking (i.e. Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing)
  • Grappling & Submission Holds (i.e. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No Gi Grappling)
  • Takedowns (i.e. Wrestling, Judo, Sambo)

Ever since the Ultimate Fighting Championship exploded onto television, there has been an breakout of “Mixed Martial Arts” (MMA) gyms popping up all over the USA, and especially in Maryland. Some of these programs are run by qualified instructors in a professional environment. Others, however are not.

Crazy 88 is one of the few Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) schools in the United States that offers both a beginner-safe family environment for students who just want to learn and get in shape, and a professional training environment for experienced students and professional fighters.

Maryland MMA Champ - Jon Delbrugge

Currently 9-2 Pro and 5-0 Amateur, Jon Delbrugge started at Crazy 88 with no martial arts experience beyond one year of high school wrestling.


Baltimore Maryland MMA Fighter Aungla N Sang with Hands Raised

Our Mixed Martial Arts program is structured for everyone – from athletes to couch potatoes, experienced martial artists to total newbies. We are proud of the fact that we develop our fighters from scratch. It is not uncommon for students to come in as inexperienced novices and a few years later begin competing and winning in professional fights all across the Globe.

  • You will learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling from the only program to produce Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No Gi World Champions
  • You will learn Muay Thai Kickboxing from striking coaches who spend one month every year living and fighting in Thailand, gaining real world fighting experience and hands-on experience
  • Best of all, you will learn from and develop with a team of instructors who have proven success in the coaching field.

There is no guesswork about what it takes to be successful in MMA. We put you on the path to success whether you have dreams to be the next UFC champion or simply desire to learn the real MMA fighting skills found in the tournaments themselves.


Crazy 88 student throws a punch in an amateur MMA fight

The idea of getting into a ring and competing does not appeal to most people who come to us to learn MMA. Only about 10% of our students compete, yet 100% of our students are learning the real world skills of the fighting trade in our MMA classes. As a beginner, you’ll go through training phases that are appropriate to your skill and fitness level. You’ll learn the fundamentals of striking, grappling, and takedowns – and then put them together in our higher-level MMA classes.

For those individuals interested in pro and competition level training, we have professional-level sessions which are of higher intensity. Regardless, no student at Crazy 88 is ever made to compete if they are not comfortable doing so. You will receive the same professional training that successful MMA fighters receive, even if you’re not interested in competition.

Rave Reviews from Other Mixed Martial Arts Students

I’ve been other places where coaches aren’t very diligent at teaching, and a little bit lazy. Crazy 88 is a really good environment. Everybody’s been nice, but at the same time training very seriously.

Byung L.Butcher

This gym is hungry to make good fighters and have people with good character. I am proud to say I train at the Crazy 88 and can’t wait to improve my skills.

Milton C.Engineer

I have countless stories of beginning students who I wasn't sure would continue, turning into confident and serious fighters over time. You just cannot know by looking at a person who the next competitor is.

Jon DProfessional MMA Fighter

The instructors are really trying hard to make sure you’re learning a skill, and that’s what I love. I really feel like I’m paying for something that’s going to stay with me for life.

Rudy P.Construction

Why go anywhere else and train with someone not as good as Crazy 88? I’d rather come here and get beat up everyday. That way I know I’m learning and I’m getting better.

John J.Physical Trainer

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