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Mixed Combat Arts

Mixed Combat Arts is a full-scale martial arts school available to all Life Time members ages 4 and up. With fully certified instructors, members have the unique opportunity to experience the profound effects martial arts can have on the body as well as the mind. For many of our members, it quickly turns into a passion and becomes a new way to stay in shape for life.

All of our instructors are experts in their arts and will provide a solid foundation of proper technique and skill development, increased cardiovascular ability, core strength, muscular conditioning, stress relief and valuable self-defense skills. MCA is available in private training sessions or in a group setting, where you can meet other members who share your passion.

Join us. We welcome you at any skill level. Our classes will help you achieve your current fitness goals and challenge you to take them to the next level. We encourage you to try all of our classes. Depending on your club location, complimentary and/or fee-based classes are available. Check your club for details. Full Mixed Combat Arts studios are available at the following locations: Chanhassen, Lakeville, Colorado Springs, Centennial and Syosset.

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed Martial Arts, commonly known as MMA, is a combat sport that incorporates a wide variety of techniques and skills by combining the arts of Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu. MMA Fighters need to be strong as well as highly conditioned. Fighters train to develop explosive movement and conditioning to last round after round. If you want to become lean and muscular while you train your body like a real fighter, you want to take MMA classes.

MMA Conditioning
This is a circuit-based MMA class that uses striking, and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground. Training stations featuring sprawls, clenches, knees, punches, elbows, kicks and ground and pound.


Boxing packs a serious punch and delivers an incredible workout. It’s one of the best ways to get fit and one of the toughest fitness programs out there. Boxing classes offer you an athletic workout that gives you the opportunity to take out your aggression on a 120-pound heavy bag, relieve stress and learn some effective self-defense techniques. Every single muscle in your body is pushed to the limit during a boxing workout, so you will burn fat and create lean muscle, resulting in a leaner, more toned physique.

Boxing Conditioning Classes
We pack the most basic and effective set of punches into the class and combine it with footwork, drills and overall conditioning. Boxing Conditioning Classes keep your heart rate and metabolism up long after the workout is over, resulting in less absorption of calories as fat and less weight gain.

Ultimate Boxing Levels 2 and 3
For intermediate and advanced boxers, this is the class to expand your skills. This is a fast-paced class with pads work, and teaches defense, counters, advanced footwork, angles and advanced combinations and light sparring. You need to know your basics for this class, so check with the instructor for placement.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. It uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs,” Muay Thai makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight points of contact, as opposed to two points (fists) in boxing and four points (hands and feet) in sport-oriented martial arts. It’s a form of unarmed combat that is appropriate for everyone, including children. Muay Thai is famous for its incredible conditioning.

Thai Kickboxing Conditioning
Thai Kickboxing Conditioning teaches basic punches, kicks, knees, footwork, Thai combinations and conditioning. Class features heavy bags, is offensively based and run in short intervals with the intention to keep members working a lot and resting a little. This class is a great place for beginners to learn their basic skills and a great place for advanced student to get some intense Thai conditioning.

Muay Thai Kickboxing levels 2 & 3
This is the class for intermediate Thai Kickboxing students. These classes offer plenty of conditioning and the opportunity to improve your techniques. This class works on all aspects of Thai Kickboxing, including kicks, punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, clinching, footwork, defensive strategy and counter-striking. This class incorporates pads, bags and light sparring. You need to know the basics of Thai Kickboxing for this class, so check with the instructor for placement.


Most real-world confrontations don’t take place standing up, so Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling classes take place almost entirely on the ground. Unlike boxing, they don’t rely on brute strength. Part of the appeal is that smaller men and women can triumph over heavyweights. These arts will enhance your coordination, balance, flexibility and total body conditioning.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is more than a martial art, it’s a way of life that promotes physical fitness, building character and going beyond the traditional arts. Jiu-Jitsu focuses on grappling and ground fighting. We teach how to defend completely against a bigger, stronger person by using leverage and proper technique, most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.

Submission Grappling
Submission Grappling focuses on clinch and ground fighting with the aim of obtaining a submission using submission holds. Fusing the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Folk Wrestling, Sambo and Judo, this class focuses on transitions from your stand-up to your ground game by using leverage and technique to control your opponent. And it’s a great workout.