For the first time in history, the two top styles that redefined martial arts, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Sityodtong Muay Thai, have joined forces in Chicago. Over nearly 100 years, the Gracie family has developed a grappling-based fighting system that enables a person of average size and strength to defeat a much larger, much stronger opponent. Sityodtong Muay Thai kickboxing, the art of eight limbs, was founded in 1959 and continues to produce the most world champions in the history of the sport. To develop more complete martial artists with skills in grappling and striking, Chicago MMA now offers classes in both arts.



Muay Thai kickboxing –“The Art of the Eight Limbs” – is widely regarded as the most effective striking art in the world. It incorporates techniques utilizing the hands, elbows, knees, and legs—hence eight limbs—in various combinations and from various angles in order to defeat an opponent. 


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that focuses on grappling to establish dominant control of an opponent and the use of submission holds to force an opponent to “tap out.” The underlying principles and techniques of BJJ allow a person, regardless of size, to control and finish a much larger opponent through the use of technique and timing. 


The women's martial arts program was created for women by women. The women's only class is focused on teaching authentic Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for self-defense and fitness. Many students in the program are new to the sport, so it's designed to support beginners as well as the advanced. 

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