The best martial arts clubs in Toronto will render you well-equipped to deal with a situation where you're "stuck in an elevator with someone going berserk," or "minding your own business in a crowded bar when a couple of hooligans jump you," as some facilities advertise.

While there are many different types of martial arts--everything from Jiu-Jitsu, to Karate, to Muay Thai and Krav Maga--solid instruction can make all the difference. Plus, the Art of Eight Limbs is best expressed when you know how to use them properly (and which eight limbs we're talking about).

Here is the list of the best places for martial arts in Toronto.

Toronto BJJ

Toronto BJJ is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts academy. It offers BJJ, MMA, and Muay Thai kickboxing classes, as well as many women-only classes, from its massive facility on Bloor between Christie and Ossington. And if holding the top spot on our list doesn't convince you to check it out, surely this message from UFC Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will. read more

TKMT Academy

The Toronto Kickboxing and Muay Thai Academy prides itself on its friendliness. As its mandate states, "The traditional 'meathead' and 'thug' attitudes that characterize other gyms are not welcomed here." Take that, meatheads. Still, its classes are quite rigorous, offering various levels of kickboxing, competitive fighting, and Muay Boran. read more

Northern Karate Martial Arts Club

Northern Karate Martial Arts Club has 10 locations throughout the GTA. It offers a Quick Start, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced program, as well as free workshops called "Bully Proof" to help kids and parents deal with bullying. Kids can also start young, and enroll in the KinderKarate program at just three years old. read more

Revolution MMA

Boasting itself as Toronto's largest MMA facility, Revolution MMA is also sleek and modern inside, offering classes to both adults and kids. At 401 and Leslie (and another location in Thornhill), Revolution has classes in Mixed Martial Arts, boxing, Krav Maga, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and more. read more

Grant Brothers MMA

Owners Otis and Howard Grant once served as an Olympian, former Canadian Lightweight Champion (Howard), Canadian Middleweight Champion, and WBO Middleweight Champion of the World (Otis). So much for "those who can't, teach." Grant Brothers MMA offers youth, pro training, and regular membership classes from its facility on Dufferin south of Steeles. read more

Axe Capoeira

Axe Capoeira on St. Clair west of Dufferin teaches classes in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art. Youth, introductory, beginner, and mixed classes are available, as well as dance classes, boot camp, gymnastics, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Private classes are also offered every Sunday. read more


This FIGHTCLUB isn't underground. With an exclusive focus on self-defense with no competition training or belt system, FIGHTCLUB on Donlands Avenue south of O'Connor offers Martial Arts classes for both kids and adults. Private lessons, special workshops, and fitness classes are also available. read more

Siam No. 1 Muay Thai

Siam No. 1 Muay Thai claims to be the first and largest Muay Thai school in Canada (better talk to Revolution about that one) with its 11,000 square foot facility. Siam No. 1 offers a variety of different classes for various ages and skill levels, as well as personal training (and a women's boot camp, though only available at its Woodbridge location for now). read more

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