Molding Your Child To Be A Champion On and Off The Mats
Our Kids Martial Arts classes are run by a group of high-level instructors, who take great pride in teaching kids martial arts. We believe that the best martial art for kids is brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as boxing or muay thai. Our instructors are active practitioners in the martial arts, who have been molding their skills for years. Our kids martial arts classes start at the age of 4 years old, and revolve around a systematic and progressive approach to the fundamentals kids jiu jitsu and MMA. We believe every child should be well-rounded in all aspects of self-defense training. This training consists of the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling. As the kids get older in age, we are gradually able to expose them to more intricate techniques, and live training, in a controlled environment. In addition to self-defense training, the children also get educated on different core Life Skill values to help them navigate through life's challenges more efficiently.
Why Should You Choose Ultimate MMA In CT
Here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center in CT, everyone of all ages and skill levels is welcome. We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly environment. Whether you have no MMA training experience at all, or you have prior experience at another mma gym, there is a spot for you here! We have a variety of fundamental mixed martial arts classes geared to cater to beginners, classes for intermediate practitioners and competitors, as well as, more advanced mma classes to cater to a seasoned Amateur and Professional fighters. Whether you are here just for recreational fitness or to challenge your Mixed Martial Arts skills, you will be receiving the highest quality of mma training and technique.
Muay Thai vs. Traditional Fitness
Muay Thai classes can best be described as functional kick-boxing training. This can be practiced for self-defense purposes, or merely for traditional health and fitness benefits. In a Muay Thai class, you are learning to use your body to function efficiently, while getting a whole body workout in at the same time! Muay Thai training helps condition the muscles, build strength, and burn fat, all while having a great time and learning realistic self defense. Training Muay Thai by far beats the boring treadmill or elliptical, cardio style workout!
Transforming Your Life With Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
If you have never heard of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you should know that it has proven itself, many times over, to be the most dominant Martial Art practice in the world. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gains it's dominance primarily due to the use of leverage techniques. BJJ classes are suitable for everyone of all ages, sizes, and strength levels. Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not only FUN, but it has endless benefits, for both physical and mental health. When you train BJJ with us here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center you will make lifelong friends, get in shape, and gain valuable skills to help you be more confident in everyday life. We have the best BJJ in CT, the most dedicated instructors, and a family friendly environment that will help you feel comfortable as you grow in the sport.
Increasing Your Self Confidence with Boxing
Training Boxing helps you grow as an individual, while also experiencing the diversity of a group setting. Actively being involved in a systematic Boxing curriculum allows you to gain the confidence to know that you can defend yourself and your loved ones if necessary. Being exposed to the stimulating environment will help you to explore what you're capable of, track your progression, and actively boost your self-esteem.
The Best MMA Instruction In Connecticut
Owner and head instructor, Andrew Calandrelli is a professional MMA fighter and has fought in venues such as Bellator. Head instructor Andrew started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1996 and is now currently a 3rd Degree Black Belt under Marcelo Garcia with Team Alliance. Through diverse training exposure over the years, this has allowed Andrew to be able to teach the students of Ultimate MMA a very well-rounded style of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for sport, self-defense and Mixed Martial Arts.
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    I get tons of personal attention and more than anything it's the atmosphere that keeps me coming back. People are friendly and it feels like a second home.
    - Mike Chung

  • blair

    The gym is great for all kinds of people. You don't have to be looking to compete to get something out of this gym. He offers a wide variety of classes (kickboxing, boxing, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, Gi Jiu-Jitsu and Women's Boot Camp, kids classes). So if your looking for a fun way to get in shape, learn practical self defense, meet some new friends and be around great people, Ultimate MMA is the place for you!
    - Blair Tugman

  • peter

    Always a great workout with friendly people and staff who want to help you get better! The classes are well-paced with a good mix of stretching, drills, technique, and grappling
    - Peter Tseperkas


    Harris Bonfiglio

    I have trained at many so called MMA schools. This one has them all beat. There isn't one school that I have been to that has the amount of skill, professionalism, and dedication this place has. I'm honored to be apart of the team.
    Albert Silva

    Albert Silva

    Andrew Calandrelli is not only extremely knowledgeable, he is also a talented teacher. I've been to other martial arts schools, some good, some not so much and I have never had the quality of instruction that I've had at this school. Andrew's staff is professional, friendly and have a sincere love for what they do. The facility is exactly what you would imagine a great school to be. The students range in skill level from beginner to expert, but I've noticed that if you train with someone who is much better than you are, it's likely that they'll take a moment to give you some tips to make you better. Great staff, great students, great facility. No need to go anywhere else.”

    LJ Jurczak

    Fun, friendly environment. Completely different than most would expect. The staff and students are all great mannered, friendly, fun and challenging. You won't be disappointed, also like to add how clean the gym and facilities are.

    Daniel Williams

    Andrew, Marisa and the rest the instructors are making a huge difference in both my sons life's for the better! I cannot thank them enough for all they do! Rocco and Gianni love it there I'm very lucky that Andrew took them under his wing!

    John Nelson

    This school is top notch! Visited while on business and saw a ton of really talented people from jiu jitsu to striking. Andrew is a great teacher with over 20 years of experience in jiu jitsu, boxing & MMA. Thank you for having me!

    Naomi Edwards

    Excellent school. Very professional and caring staff. My son loves it and can't wait to start back after football season.

    Michael Anderson

    A place where you are accompanied by great staff and instructors who show you the most effective ways of self-defense, all while having a great time and developing camaraderie. I would recommend to anyone looking to try something new and seeking to learn skills that will change your life.

    Heather Pajestka

    Great place with excellent coaches!

    Anthony Lauria

    Great facility with great coaches and equipment. The atmosphere in the gym is awesome. Ultimate MMA is my second family and wouldn't trade it for the world. I always come back here when I'm on leave from the Army.

    Reynaldo Cotes

    I been going to this gym for alittle over a year and between the instructor and staff I could not give one complaint. Very family oriented place could not ask for a better place to improve my overall health and wisdom.

    Carlos Villa

    I've been coming to Ultimate MMA for over a year now. This place is the place to be if you want to learn from the best. The instructors and students here all care about your progression as a Jiu-jitsu practitioner. The instructors and most students also compete so you know that you're getting instructions/lessons that are useful both in real world application and in competitions. The owner of the gym, Andrew, also trains in Jiu-jitsu and in Muay Thai to make sure he is providing his students with the most up to date techniques. I have definitely seen a change in my fitness and confidence because of Ultimate MMA. I would recommend anyone to come here to learn, have fun, or just have a great workout.

    Nick Giulietti

    Ultimate MMA is the premier training facility in the north east region of the United States. With world champion Jiu-jitsu competitors, professional athletes, and a dedicated staff this gym creates an atmosphere that breeds champions while maintaining a family-friendly environment for anybody. Whether you want to just get in shape, exercise, or excel in Mixed Martial Arts, Ultimate MMA provides a more than suitable bridge to get you closer to your goals. The coaches are world class and the facility is great! I definitely recommend this gym.

    Calypso Portugaels

    Before setting foot at Ultimate MMA, I had tried several different places around New Haven. Nothing felt « right ». When I got to Ultimate MMA, I felt like I had found the right place. An MMA gym can feel a little scary at first, but there, I felt so very supported, so welcomed. At first I tried striking classes and the women's boot camp. Marisa is an amazing teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. Then after a while, I listened to the suggestions and tried Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu too. I was hooked right away. Patience, as well as, skills and an extensive knowledge of the sport, are something that all the instructors have in common at UMMA. Even when I felt very helpless or when I didn’t understand something, there was always a teacher or teammate to help. Going to UMMA, made me understand what it is to be part of a team. Now, several years later, I can honestly say that some of my best friends are people I met at the gym. I’m so thankful for that place.
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