Whether it’s karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, jiu jitsu, kickboxing or any mixed martial art form, improvements in physical health and well-being are all but guaranteed. Martial arts also help improve focus and concentration, and help build confidence. The area’s best MMA studios offer a little something for every family with top-notch classes at reasonable rates.

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Meng’s Martial Arts
1718 Fry Rd.,  Ste. 225
Katy, TX 77084
(281) 492-0090

Price: $39 for a six-week course
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Meng’s Martial Arts has been part of the West Houston scene for about 24 years. The facility includes two training floors and maintains a friendly but focused environment. Meng’s offers instruction in Brazilian Jujitsu, kickboxing, even MMA cage fighting. Classes are based on interest level, with special programs for all age groups. The renowned adult Kung Fu program is directly affiliated and certified by the only martial arts museum and research institute in the United States. While mom and dad learn the concentration and skills in kung fu, kids may learn at a child-appropriate level in the tiny tigers program or the junior kung fu/karate program.

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Elite Mixed Martial Arts
10640 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77042
(713) 339-4662

Price: contact for rates
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Elite Mixed Martial Arts sports a staff of highly trained, highly qualified masters ready to help you reach your martial arts goals. The facility offers more than 6,000 square feet of Dollamur wrestling mats, 25 hanging bags, a speed bag and kicking shields. Classes are offered for all skill levels with programs in areas such as Brazilian jiu jitsu, self- defense, kickboxing and even weight training. Each program at Elite Mixed Martial Arts is offered at a beginner’s level, intermediate level and advanced level with special programs exclusively for women and children. The three levels allow newbies to start out slowly and advance at their own speed.

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American Martial Arts Academy
12288 Westheimer, Ste. 230
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 597-0580

Price: contact for rates
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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American Martial Arts Academy of Houston specializes in kids’ martial arts and fitness kickboxing. A well-qualified staff is ready to assist newcomers and more advanced students in martial arts as they hone their craft and advance through the ranks. Whether an individual is serious about martial arts, wants to learn self defense or just wants to have fun, American Martial Arts Academy has a class to match. Children complete the American Martial Arts Academy kids’ martial arts program with an elevated level of confidence, discipline and focus. Adults, too, may benefit through improved physical fitness, greater flexibility, stronger cardiovascular health, and sharper mental and spiritual capacities.

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Mousel’s Self Defense Academy
747 N. Shepherd, Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 654-3819

Price: contact for rates
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Mousel’s Self-Defense Academy is promotes the mastery of MMA, jeet kune do concepts, jiu jitsu, Thai boxing, combat submission wrestling, boxing, Filipino martial arts, reality-based self-defense and women’s self defense. Five highly qualified instructors are ready to teach students the skills of martial arts and the fine details of effective self defense. Mousel’s self-defense courses offer training for groups, but also provides personalized, individual training and instruction for those who prefer it. Seminars and direct classroom instruction are the primary means of instruction at Mousel’s Self-Defense Academy, but the eduction continues outside the facility with instructional DVDs and additional training tools.

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Team Hoger
5717 Richmond Ave., Ste. A
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 808-9682

Price: contact for rates
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Team Hoger specializes in MMA with boxing, muay Thai kickboxing and jiu jitsu. Team Hoger places emphasis with physical fitness through a combination of kickboxing, cardio conditioning and other mixed martial arts during executive power hour. Serious MMA students may train with some of the best instructors in the Houston area and join the Team Hoger Black Belt Club: an intense, fast- paced program intended to help individuals achieve the coveted black belt more quickly. Whether the goal is strictly physical fitness or training in kickboxing, Team Hoger has the expertise and specialty program to help make martial arts goals a reality.

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