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I'm Marisa Messer-Belenchia, the head kids instructor at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center. I am a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an active professional MMA fighter and a professional boxer. I have have received many titles over the years, such as, but not limited to, Purple Belt World Champion and Pan American Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, along with multiple Golden Glove boxing titles. It gives me great joy to run our kids program and to be able to share my passion with the youth. I know that parents already juggle countless aspects of their child's life, and that sometimes, some guidance from a different figure in a child's life can go a long way. My everyday goal, for every child here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center, is to help kids stay on the right track, become respectful young adults, and to implement the importance of each child being responsible for their actions. As a team, we can help create the best future for your child. Below there are multiple options that you can select from that may be among the benefits you are looking for, so that we can better explain how we can optimally help you achieve your goals. If you are interested in joining us for a Free Trial Class, please enter in your contact information below, and someone will reach out to you to set up the best time that works with your schedule. At this point in time, we can also answer any other questions you have regarding the facility
Select The Challenges Your Child Is Facing

Gaining Confidence & Pride

Being involved in Martial Arts allows children to have constant goals to work towards. Accomplishing these goals allows the students to build confidence and earn a sense of pride in their achievements. The students work on different techniques that they are taught, and they are given the opportunity to apply them. The students quickly learn that hard work pays off, and that the more they apply themselves, the more they will gain from their everyday experience, in return gaining confidence in their capabilities. As the students move up in belt ranking, they are shown an even greater level of respect by their fellow classmates. The students earn their level in class ranking by working their way up the ladder of our custom belt system. Children get to leave every class with a sense of pride and accomplishment

Our Kids Martial Arts Classes Teach Self Control

Kids need a way to positively channel their energy. Our kids martial arts classes are energetic, high paced, engaging and fun!! Your child will learn to positively control their energy and behavior. Our instructors are very experienced dealing with children and know how to reinforce the positive behaviors you would like to see them develop. Your kids will learn how to control their impulses and channel them effectively. We have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying in the school. There is nothing better than martial arts for kids who are starting to exhibit bullying behavior. Often times children bully other children because they lack self confidence and discipline. Bullies soon see the error of their ways as they learn that the way to be respected is to respect others first.

Fun Exercise & Weight Management

While our youth program has a big focus on the development of your child's character, there are also many other benefits that your child will gain from training with us here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center. Each class begins with warm-up exercises, which allow the students to gain awareness of their body, build strength, stamina, endurance, and maintain and increase flexibility. Your child will become more aware of the capabilities of their body, as they progressively increase in strength and capability through consistent repetition. If weight management is a goal for your child, you will rest assured that he or she is getting a great full body workout, while having fun! If weight management isn't a concern of yours, you will still be confident in the fact that your child is enrolled in an activity that will condition their body to function optimally, while enhancing their capabilities and strength, which will also transfer over as superior performance in other varying sports.

Positive Environment & Making Friends

Having your child involved in our Martial Arts academy, will allow your child to make new friends in a positive environment, outside of the everyday kids that they meet at school. Our students are systematically guided to be positive role models for each other, while learning to carry themselves with the utmost respect for their peers and elders. Having constant goals, a positive outlet for their energy, and a different source of friends, will help keep your child on track and out of trouble!

Learning Self-Control & Discipline

If your child is like most children, he or she may be in need of some direction to stay focused on the task at hand. Here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center, our main goal is for every child to carry themselves with self-control and discipline. This behavior is something that is progressively achieved over time, as the children start to realize what is expected of them in our academy, as well as, how the behavior should carry over at home and in everyday life. Of course they are still children, so we let them play their games once the “work” is done! However, we do make sure that they are aware and understand the importance of displaying self-control, and using discipline when they would otherwise be distracted.

Helping Improve Your Child's Focus

Having your child involved in our Martial Arts program will help improve your child's focus in everyday life. Their improved focus will help with tasks at home, concentration in school, and organization in life moving forward. Here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center, we give the students progressive techniques to work on and master for the month. We stress the importance of the students dialing into their focus during the instruction portion of class, which will allow them to be able to apply the techniques on their own, and then therefore earn an advancement in their belt ranking each month.

Learning the Importance of Respect

Respect is the foundation of all Martial Arts. Every class starts and ends with the students showing respect to their instructors and fellow classmates. The students learn how to bow to their instructors and classmates as a sign of respect. Here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center, we stress the importance of the students learning to treat others how they would like to be treated. As a student moves up in belt ranking, they are given more responsibility, and therefore, the newer students learn to follow their lead, while also showing a higher belt the ultimate respect.

Our “Life Skills” Program

Our Kid's Martial Arts program is not just self-defense training! Here at Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center, we also tie in realistic core values with our unique “Life Skills” program. We believe that the students should be exposed to, and understand, the importance of values, such as, honesty, respect, discipline, control, and focus, just to name a few. Each month, the students are given a new focus word as “homework,” to think about, apply their thoughts in a hypothetical situation, and use this to earn a new stripe on their belt for the month. Through our Life Skills program, our students learn responsibility, accountability, and the importance of persevering through life's challenges with a positive attitude.

Introduction to MMA

At Ultimate MMA & Jiu Jitsu Training Center, our kids program begins for children at the age of 4, and continues with systematic progressions, based on age and skill level. Our Kid's program consists of a variety of the basics of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling, as well as, traditional Karate and Taekwondo techniques mixed in. One of the primary benefits of having your child enrolled in our Mixed Martial Arts program, is that they will lean to gain confidence in all aspects of everyday life. Our instructors help the students navigate through adversity, learn to work cohesively as a team with others, as well as, overcome the struggles of dealing with bullies, as this is an unfortunate but realistic part of life.

Jiu Jitsu vs. Traditional Martial Arts

Although any Martial Arts program is great for your child to be involved in, it is best to do your research to learn why Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the most dominant and effective Martial Art. Although you may have not heard of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as commonly as the traditional Martial Arts such as, Karate or Taekwondo, that is only because it wasn't recognized in the United States for it's significance until the early 1990s. The benefits of training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are life-long, as the students learn how to defend themselves in real-life situations, with everyday hands-on learning. The difference between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and traditional Martial Arts, is the live training at the end of each class. This training is fully supervised by our instructors, and it allows the children to display and gain confidence in the techniques that they are taught and acquire.

Our Self Defense Classes For Kids Trains Them To Have A Non Quitting Spirit

Kids need a way to positively channel their energy. Our kids martial arts classes are energetic, high paced, engaging and fun!! Your child will learn to positively control their energy and behavior. Our instructors are very experienced dealing with children and know how to reinforce the positive behaviors you would like to see them develop. Your kids will learn how to control their impulses and channel them effectively. We have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying in the school. There is nothing better than martial arts for kids who are starting to exhibit bullying behavior. Often times children bully other children because they lack self confidence and discipline. Bullies soon see the error of their ways as they learn that the way to be respected is to respect others first.

Bullying Creates Both Internal And External Scars

Kids need a way to positively channel their energy. Our kids martial arts classes are energetic, high paced, engaging and fun!! Your child will learn to positively control their energy and behavior. Our instructors are very experienced dealing with children and know how to reinforce the positive behaviors you would like to see them develop. Your kids will learn how to control their impulses and channel them effectively. We have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying in the school. There is nothing better than martial arts for kids who are starting to exhibit bullying behavior. Often times children bully other children because they lack self confidence and discipline. Bullies soon see the error of their ways as they learn that the way to be respected is to respect others first.

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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

  • 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

  • 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

    Holland Teague

    This facility is very clean I checked out the bathroom because I have OCD. I spoke with Marisa the first time that I came and she contacted me back at a later date when I told her that I would be interested to start. Thumbs up because I didn't have to call them. She answered all my questions directly and honestly. I look forward to my children becoming a regular fixture around the place

    John Zimmerman

    The staff and students immediately made my son feel at home. Everyone was helpful in making Jacob comfortable in a new environment. Jacob had training in other facilities and was familiar with working out but the UMMA team made the adjustment easy

    Anthony Caciopoli

    I specifically wanted to train Marcelo Garcia Jiu Jitsu and that's exactly what you'll get here, in both Gi and No Gi. Along with Boxing, Muay Thai, and a women's boot camp, your younger children can come to train and learn a skill that will not only offer them a safe, fun environment, but serve them the rest of their lives. This facility is large, clean and packed full of competitive champions. Not only do they get out there and do it, but they get out there and keep doing it. No one is made to feel uncomfortable at any age or skill level. They have female instructors as well as males and the women teach the younger kids. My daughter went for her trial day and she loved it. They make the kids classes fun. I've been coming close to six months now and I haven't met one person that wasn't kind or helpful. I really look forward to training here a long time, making new friends with nice people and entering Jiu Jitsu competitions. The trial class is free with no commitment. Come give it a try, it will change and improve your life for the better.

    Brett Snider

    If there was one place to send your child to learn self defense, and more importantly, confidence, this would be the place. The staff not only knows what they are talking about, but they take a personal approach to every person that is part of the Ultimate MMA family. Contact them today to know that your child is getting the best guidance in the area.

    Kim Vasas

    I love Ultimate MMA. They have a great, attentive staff. Very welcoming environment. Whether you're a newbie or have experience- you'll fit in. My family and I have been coming here for roughly 2 1/2 years. The children's Jiu-jitsu and introduction to Muay Thai are great- my kids have a blast and they learn a lot. The adult Muay Thai class is fun and a great workout- for men and women. The Women's Boot camp run by the one and only, Marisa, is a great class for all levels of fitness and all age ranges. Marisa allows you to go at your own pace and you still benefit from a great workout. If you schedule a one-on-one private, you won't be disappointed. One-on-one private classes allow your instructor to really nail down your moves and improve faster. Andrew is awesome, too! - I don't train with him, but we have a blast. Ultimate MMA makes you feel like family.

    Mohammad Alturkistani

    My son is 9, he is not athletic and not into sports, but I want him to learn any kind of martial arts so he can gain confidence & some weight. He tried karate, Taekwondo, & Kung-fu. None of them caught his attention more than 1-2 months, now he has been practicing under coach Marisa for almost 6 months & he loves it. What I like the most about Ultimate MMA, is that all the higher belt kids are nice & supporting to my son. An A+ environment for your young kid. Don't let the cage you see at the entrance scare you, your kids will love it here, he/she will make lots of friends and learn something both practical & healthy. Best Mixed Martial Arts gym in New Haven County. My son loved it here before we moved out of Hamden. I cannot recommend it enough.
    Wil Horneff