Cost: Free introductory class is available. Drop-in sessions are $20 each. Discounts are available for full-time students, fire fighters, police officers and military personnel.
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Martial arts has always been regarded as a great way to learn self-defense, but it also doubles as a high-impact workout. At Top Flight MMA Academy in Belcamp, participants can learn various forms of martial arts, muy thai and Brazilian jujitsu.
“It’s a total body workout, and it confuses the body as far as muscle memory goes,” says Ron Stallings, owner and professional MMA fighter at Top Flight MMA. “It exercises all parts of the body, from big muscles to little muscles and there’s cardio at the same time. You’re not just going to the gym and lifting heavy weights.”
Stallings, whose Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter stage name is “The Choir Boy,” has been practicing mixed martial arts for about 12 years.
“As a professional fighter, I love the competitive aspect of it,” he says. “But outside of the competition, I love the discipline martial arts brings. Mixed martial arts is for everybody.”
Cost: A 30-day free trial is available.
101 Walter Ward Blvd. Abingdon
401 Thomas Run Road
2315 Belair Road
1659-D Robin Circle
Top Flight MMA
1371 Brass Mill Road
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