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5 Reasons Women Should Do Martial Arts

May 7th, 2018 by Eileen Durma

Find out why all women should do martial arts… (Yes, that means you too!) “Are there any girls in the class?” A question I hear all too often when working at MMA NYC. The short answer is “yes, of course there are girls!” Now to be clear, there are plenty of times when men far … Continue reading “5 Reasons Women Should Do Martial Arts”


The Martial Artists’ Stretching Guide

April 16th, 2018 by Eileen Durma

Follow our stretching guide to learn how and when to stretch! Stretching; that ever important but often overlooked step to exercise. Though many of us can attest to being repeatedly reminded of the importance of stretching from coaches, teachers or other fitness professionals, how many can say that they do it regularly and confidently? For … Continue reading “The Martial Artists’ Stretching Guide”


Why You Are Never Too Old to Start BJJ Classes

April 9th, 2018 by Eileen Durma

BJJ Classes Can Be Started At Any Age “Age is but a number”.  A phrase most of us have heard but do we really believe it and is it even true? It’s undeniable that our bodies undergo a good deal of wear and tear over the years and inevitably we will find ourselves not able … Continue reading “Why You Are Never Too Old to Start BJJ Classes”


Kids Martial Arts: When is the best time to enroll?

March 27th, 2018 by Mary Murphy
Kids Martial Arts NYC Eastside Westside

This is one of people’s biggest questions when they come to us: when is the best time to enroll my kid in martial arts classes? It’s a hard question, and no answer will fit everyone perfectly, but there are a few guiding principles. At MMA NYC, we start kids in martial arts as young as 3 … Continue reading “Kids Martial Arts: When is the best time to enroll?”


After School Activities: How to Choose

August 15th, 2017 by Crystal Carlton
After School Martial Arts Graduation

After School Activities It’s that time of year again when you need to comb through after school activities to find one that works best for you and your family. There are so many options to choose from in just a short time. Time Management A large part of what goes into choosing after school activities is … Continue reading “After School Activities: How to Choose”


I Am Here – Black Belt Essay

August 4th, 2017 by Mary Murphy
Black Belt Candidates - June 2017

Owen, a 12 year old from the Upper East Side, fulfilled one of the mental components of his June 2017 black belt test in this reflective essay on what his martial arts journey so far has meant. Take a look for yourself: BLACK BELT ESSAY by Owen M. Wow. This is it. I am here. After … Continue reading “I Am Here – Black Belt Essay”


Journey to Black Belt – A Personal Essay

July 19th, 2017 by Mary Murphy
Black Belt Graduation June 2017

When students test for black belt, one of the requirements is to submit an essay on what being a martial artist personally means to them. We were so blown away by some of the kids’ essays from our June exam that we couldn’t not share them. Check out what Ben, a 12-year-old from the Upper East … Continue reading “Journey to Black Belt – A Personal Essay”


Martial Arts Builds Confidence

March 1st, 2017 by Crystal Carlton

The first time I took a Martial Arts class I did not have a clue what I was doing. I was not alone though. There were plenty of other adult beginners just like me who were trying it for the first time. Luckily I had an instructor who knew how to teach not just advanced … Continue reading “Martial Arts Builds Confidence”


Summer Camp: What to Consider When Choosing the Right One

January 24th, 2017 by Crystal Carlton
Summer Camp Kids Martial Arts NYC

I remember signing up for summer camp as a kid. There were so many things to choose from and only a short time to decide before they all filled up. This was more stressful for my mother than it was for me. I was just excited to be thinking about the summer. No matter if … Continue reading “Summer Camp: What to Consider When Choosing the Right One”


How to Have a Successful Workout in The New Year

January 10th, 2017 by Crystal Carlton
successful kickboxing workout

You may have started working out again recently, or maybe you are a long-time fitness enthusiast. No matter how long you have been working out it is important to remember that fitness is not only about getting in shape, its about working out the right way. This can mean different things for each of us. I … Continue reading “How to Have a Successful Workout in The New Year”