Best Martial Arts Academies in the World

When it comes to training in martial arts, there is nothing better than training at an elite gym or academy that drastically improves your skills.  

Maja Ma

With a lot of academies for different martial arts popping up, there is no shortage of places to train. 

We’ve researched and chosen the best martial arts academies after analyzing the head coaches, training partners, training environment, and overall reputation. 

1. Renzo Gracie Academy

Location :New York, United States Head Coach :Renzo Gracie Notable Athletes :Georges St-Pierre, Matt Serra, Roger Gracie, Chris Weidman, Shawn Williams, and Ricardo Almeida. 

2. Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Location : New York, United States Head Coach : Marcelo Garcia Notable Black Belts : Marcos Tinoco, Paul Schreiner, Matheus Diniz, and Scott Kaplan. 

3. Kodokan Judo Institute

Location : Tokyo, Japan Founder : Kanō Jigorō  

4. American Top Team

Location : Florida, United States Head Coach : Conan Silveira Notable Fighters : Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley, Pedro Munhoz, Yoel Romero, Junior Dos Santos, Amanda Nunes, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk 

5. American Kickboxing Academy

Location : California, United States Head Coach : Javier Mendez Notable Fighters : Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

6. Songshan Shaolin Traditional Wushu Academy

Location : Henan, China Martial Arts : Wushu, Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, Mei Hua Quan, Sanda, Tai Ji, and Qi gong.  

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