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I know that mma is fairly popular in california and that the west coast is littered with various mma camps, but i cant seem to find a place in wichita, KS that specializes in mma. theres lots of different martial arts academies but not anything that brings them together or specializes in the sport of mma. I heard that there was a place in Topeka but ive never seen it. Myabe mma just hasnt spread across the country that far yet...

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I'm from the UK and I have no idea, but I will ask friends on other sites and see if I can find out any information for you, that being if nobody else has anything to offer..

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I really don't think there are many MMA Gyms in the Midwest. Your best bet would be to find a good Kickboxing gym and a good Jiu-Jitsu gym and just cross train. Or move to St. Louis and train at Finney's.



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ya i would love to learn some kickboxing, but it seems like u never know what ur going to get with all these tae-go and aerobic kickboxing classes and gyms around. Theres a muy-thai place in my city im thinking about joining... and thats about as close as it gets

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Try and do a little investigating and find out if any gyms around your area actually sponsor figters. If they do then they are most definitely a "fight gym." Shamrock Promotions puts on about 5 Midwest Fight Fests per year which is a mixed Kickboxing/Boxing/MMA event and we have fighters come from all over the place, Kansas included. Just look up Martial Arts in the phone book and start calling schools and asking questions.

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Go to www.fightresource.com. you should be able to find something there.

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Wichita

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is there really a bjj place in wichita?! i saw some judo places and muy-thai in the phone book but no bjj place, must be fairly new

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A bit far from the area you are describing, perhaps, but MMA gyms are thriving in Ohio. There are quite a few in Columbus alone. We also have several events per year, both amateur and pro. I just participated in my first Octagon fight on 1/27 in Columbus and it was a blast.

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Janjira Muay Thai is in the phonebook, located on south Oliver. There is a boxing, muay thai, and bjj instructor under the same roof. They put on the Midwest Cage Combat at the Cotillion.

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I live in KC and there isn't really shit here either. I was taking kickboxing with an independant guy and training BJJ with the police academy. I know theres a division of ATT in columbia missouri. I wish there was a more complete MMA training center located in the midwest. Would be totally kickass.

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I feel everyone's pain. I live in southern Indiana and it seems like all we have here is karate.

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i live in northeast missouri, and you are lucky if you can find something other than tai kwon do around here

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Posted by Gladiator

ya i would love to learn some kickboxing, but it seems like u never know what ur going to get with all these tae-go and aerobic kickboxing classes and gyms around. Theres a muy-thai place in my city im thinking about joining... and thats about as close as it gets



I tell everyone to start out with boxing, or traditional kickboxing before stepping up to Muay Thai. Muay Thai(atleast for me, and a lot of other people I've talked to) is much much more of a commitment. Start off with something that focuses more on technique like boxing/kickboxing, and then when you think you're ready step on over to the thai bags. The main difference I've experienced/heard is that Muay Thai is basically a much higher level of intensity because they incorporate a lot of cardio into the workouts as well.

Check out the local kickboxing gym, find out what they offer. But don't join any of that tae-bo or cardio kickboxing stuff. Thats for what exactly it says, cardio. They don't stress technique, and you most likely won't do ANY live sparring, which gets you nowhere. Hope it helps.

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actually ive got good news for anybody else in wichita, KS theres actually a place here called The Dog Pound that is a gym specifically built for boxing, jiu-jitsu, and MMA purposes. i was just there last week and its a really nice facility, they have lots of trainers and classes for each disipline except muy-thai right now. im going to join later this month but i dont know if i should start off with MMA first or just learn some basic boxing, im not exactly sure what the MMA class teaches but i imagine it covers ground and standup. anyone in the area should definitely check it out, if its your first time there u get a pass for 2 free sessions, they have sparring three times a week and a competetive MMA league, they sponser the Chaos in the Colloseum events.

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