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Martial Arts & Physical Fitness classes in Philadelphia

Maxercise is a mixed martial arts training academy and sports fitness gym located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. It is dedicated to teaching a variety of martial arts, and to helping the Philadelphia community achieve its health and fitness goals.

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes in Philadelphia

The main philosophy behind Jiu-Jitsu is to learn to avoid the unnecessary use of 

strength. You learn instead to dominate an opponent through the application 

of techniques such as sweeps, joint locks, or strangles, and force them to quit(submit). By employing the techniques taught in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a smaller person, male or female, can face a much larger, stronger opponent and actually dominate and control them. Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program at Maxercise incorporates self defense, submission grappling, & Judo, making it great for the recreational student who wants to train for fun and exercise; or for the motivated athlete who would like to join our world class competition team.

Call today to schedule your FREE private lesson! 

Muay Thai Classes in Philadelphia

Muay Thai or Thai Boxing consists of utilizing kicks, punches, knees and elbows in an effective and challenging martial art. It is also known as the "Art of Eight Limbs", referring to the eight points of contact used in the sport. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is great for both the serious athlete and the recreational martial artist. Maxercise is a proud affiliate of the Payak Muay Thai system, headed by Arjarn Josef Pearson. The Payak, is a prestigious creature similar to a tiger, but greater. The Payak is cunning, strong, fierce and most important has an unbreakable spirit. This program follows a proficient curriculum, ensuring a solid foundation in the martial art. The Muay Thai program at Maxercise is suitable both for the beginner, as well as the seasoned fighter. Contact us to schedule your FREE lesson!

Judo Classes in Philadelphia

Judo is a Japanese Martial Art and sport, developed by Dr.Jiguro Kano in 1882. It is comprised of throws, pins, joint locks, and chokes. Our head instructor, John Disimone has practiced this exciting martial art for over 20 years and currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) under the United States Judo Association (USJA) and the rank of Rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) under Karl Geis Shihan. Judo is a highly competitive sport, with hundreds of annual competitions occurring the world over.


Kettlebell Classes in Philadelphia

Kettlebells can look like cannonballs with handles attached, but they are much more. With weights ranging from 17 to 88lbs, Kettlebell training is a total body workout that improves your cardiovascular health and flexibility, and challenges your muscles to their limit just a half hour workout.  We have these short, body-strengthening Kettlebell classes conveniently scheduled most days of the week, several times a day. Although kettlebells can look a little intimidating, these classes are perfect for both men and women, of any athletic ability! Contact us today for your free lesson!

Personal Trainers & Women’s Fitness

Maxercise also offers general fitness options, with certified personal trainers who have been active in the Philadelphia Community for the past 20 years. Some are so popular they’ve worked with the same clients for just as long. Maxercise has always taken great pride in it’s commitment to fitness, especially for women, which is why we also have dietitians and nutritionist to help you with every aspect of your training, making sure you reach your fitness goals. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!


Children’s Classes

Kids Martial Arts in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s premier children’s martial arts program, powered by Maxercise. For nearly two decades Philly Karate has proudly inspired countless children and teens, teaching them the benefits of hard work and dedication! Not only is the promotion of physical fitness a priority but also academic achievement. Enrolling your child in Martial Arts has been shown to greatly increase focus, respect, self-confidence and self control. We offer children’s classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate, MMA and a “Little Ninjas” program for younger students. If you would like your child to gain more focus and confidence or just burn off extra energy,  Maxercise has a program to suit you and your child’s needs! Call today to schedule your FREE lesson!

MMA Classes in Philadelphia

MMA in Philadelphia starts with Maxercise, as the first MMA academy in the City. Established in 1991, Maxercise was teaching Mixed Martial Arts in Philadelphia years before the very first UFC in Denver, 1993. With having such a long history of MMA training in Philly, Maxercise offers a well-balanced curriculum in both Grappling and Striking, suitable for the Professional or Amateur fighter as well as the recreational practitioner, just wanting to be in “Cage Ready” shape! As MMA fighters are seen as some of the best athletes in the world, MMA training in Philadelphia has reached outside the Cage Fighters and has a growing number of members enjoying the amazing fitness benefits this type of training has to offer…


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Maxercise is pleased to announce the opening of it’s new state-of-the-art facility located in Philadelphia, PA!

The new location provides additional space to accommodate a full schedule of martial arts and fitness classes, and our growing family of dedicated students of all ages.

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