Akido, karate, judo, hapkido and more ,artial arts to learn in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Aikido Club Dubai Classes in this Japanese martial art for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. There are also kids’ classes.Call for the latest prices. Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, www.aikido.ae (050 795 2716 / 050 855 7996).
Dubai Karate Center Karate, aikido, judo, taekwondo, kudo daido-juku, you name it, this established school will teach it. All new members are subject to a Dhs100 membership fee. Monthly packages start from Dhs400. Open Sun-Thu 5pm-9pm. Al Raizi Boys School, Jumeirah, www.dubaikarate.com (04 344 7797).
Generation Xtreme Classes in classic boxing, Thai boxing and kickboxing. Gym members have won gold in the UAE Boxing Championship and ADFC Mixed Martial Arts Championship. Personal one-to-one classes are available for both men and women. Packages from Dhs3,000 per month. Timings vary. Al Joud Building, Times Square Service Road, Al Quoz (055 967 5730).
Glory MMA & Fitness The go-to location for expert mixed martial arts training, with one-to-one and group sessions available. Classes offered include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, boxing, strength and conditioning, circuits, Zumba, capoeira, kids’ MMA, ladies-only muay Thai and personal training sessions. Packages from Dhs600 per month. Business Center, Al Meydan (Muscat) Road, Al Quoz 1, www.glorymma.ae (04 338 2922).
Golden Falcon Karate Centre Established in 1992, this karate centre focuses on building students’ self-confidence, courage and self-discipline through karate. Instructor Pradeep (Black Belt 7th Dan) is chief examiner of the GCC. Dhs150 two classes per week, Dhs210 three classes per week. Open Sat-Thu with classes at 4.30pm-6pm, 6pm-7.30pm. Behind Sony Jumbo, Karama, www.goldenfalconkarate.com (04 336 0243). Other location: Dubai Marina (04 450 8538).
Hapkido Club Mett Sayer teaches this Korean martial art that uses joint locks, and draws from other forms of martial arts. It also uses traditional weapons, such as swords and ropes. Open Tue & Thu 7.30pm-9pm, Sat 10am-11.30am. Al Areesh Club, Dubai Festival City (04 232 5670).
MMA Fitness Center This club offers traditional MMA and muay Thai training, and a variety of other high intensity cardio classes. Dhs100 per class, membership from Dhs598. Pacific Building, TECOM, www.mmafitcenter.com (04 367 5077).
MK Fencing Academy Mihail Kouzev, president and founder of Dubai Fencing, represented Bulgaria in several world championships before coming to the UAE. Beginners’ group training session: Dhs80 per person (60 minutes). Ten group training sessions: Dhs720 per person (60 minutes). Raffles International School, south campus, Umm Suqeim, www.mkfencingacademy.com (050 794 4190).
Shotokan Karate Club The Shotokan Karate Club was established in 2011 with the goal of introducing martial arts in the UAE. Certified by the UAE Taekwondo and Karate Federation, the centre upholds the highest standards in martial arts and offers group or individual lessons in the disciplines of karate, muay Thai, taekwondo and self-defence. Dhs400 for eight classes. Sun & Wed 7.30pm-9pm (adults), Mon 4pm-5pm (kids). Ahli House Al Nahda 2, www.karateclubuae.com (04 2383699).
Team Nogueira Dubai This martial arts and training academy offers classes in MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay Thai, boxing, kickboxing, capoeira and much more. There are classes are available for adults and juniors. Membership packages from Dhs475 per month. Team Nogueira Dubai, behind Audi Showroom, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.teamnogueiradubai.com (04 338 8967).
World Black Belts Center Offers tang soo do, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, mixed martial arts, hapkido, power yoga, kickboxing and arnis. Classes are available for men, women and children. Open Sat-Thu 3.30pm-midnight, Fri 9.50am-12.30pm. Al Fardan Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl (04 343 4397).