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Worcester Martial Arts

Learn how to protect yourself & your loved ones. Get in great shape at the same time.

The 5 Life-Changing Gifts of
Martial Arts. For Kids AND Adults.

Hi and welcome!

Have you been wanting to take control of your life for a while now but have been unsure how to do that? Perhaps you're looking for a new outlet for your kids to work off some of that extra energy while learning and growing.

Our Worcester Martial Arts school can certainly help you with those things. 

At first glance, most people think Martial Arts is a way to get fit and learn self-defense...which is true...but...

Martial arts is so much more than just kicks and punches! Our students are amazed at how Martial Arts truly enriches their lives in ways most people are not prepared for. Really.

These life-changing benefits are more "subtle" than the physical benefits you see from our classes. While we can see lean muscle forming, and feel the effects of cardio training within the first week, the benefits below are felt on a deeply personal level and with some phenomenal side effects.

Read below to see how amazing your life is about to get from taking a chance on yourself and leaping feet first into the action-packed world of Martial Arts. We can't wait to see how your life changes from our classes too!

Get ready for...

#1 Confidence Booster

Learning new skills and trying new techniques are challenging! But when you commit and keep at a challenge, and come out on top, you realize you're stronger and more capable than you ever thought possible!

You’ll feel more confident when you see that on a regular basis and more sure of your ability to handle any life challenge that comes up. Both kids and adults feel their self-esteem and confidence soar quickly!

#2 Remarkable Focus

Martial arts is challenging and requires your full attention. As you concentrate on listening to the instructor, then performing what they taught you, you start to build crucial links in your brain that increase your ability to focus… and for longer periods of time. 

What’s great is that this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life. 

Adults report being able to not only focus better at work, but they’re able to release things and clear their mind at the end of the day, as well. Kids benefit too as they pay more attention at school and at home. 

#3 Ready…Set…Let’s Get Physical

Our classes are an absolute BLAST and are based on functional fitness. We use positive motivation and high fives – never any type of military style yelling or doing the same thing over and over again. There is nothing boring about our classes.

This means that every one of our classes is loaded with challenging, fun exercises designed to enhance your self-defense skills. Dynamic striking, high intensity intervals of cardio training, and movements that mimic how the human body should move are our focus. 

Don’t worry if you think you won’t be able to keep up… you will. We work with all levels from total beginner to pro athlete. And you know what...they all sweat the same at the end of our workouts!

#4 Community Values

Oh boy, your family is about to grow... big time! We're a tight-knit group here and our students are all about support and friendship. As you struggle through tough training times, and laugh through wins and victories, you’ll have your martial arts family at your back.

Friendship, motivation, and high fives are a part of every class. As you train together, you and your classmates will form an amazing bond. It's truly great to experience.

#5 My Personal Favorite: FUN!

These classes are NOT military-style where someone shouts at you and forces you to do a bunch of things you hate! No, these classes are filled with FUN. Laughter can be heard throughout every class, people can be seen smiling, and the time flies.

We want you to enjoy coming here, so we make it as fun and engaging as possible for you. That goes for both kids and adults.

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Are you looking for a top-notch martial arts center as a way to get fit, develop life skills or to protect yourself and family? Well look no further, because first class martial arts instruction is right here in Worcester!

Hello and a warm welcome to the Worcester Martial Arts Academy. We offer a variety of classes for both kids and adults in Judo, MMA, Women’s Kickboxing and Self Defense, Boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It’s a positive, holistic learning center the WHOLE FAMILY will love!

It’s All About You. Classes here at Worcester Martial Arts Academy are designed to meet your needs, whether it’s for personal fitness, self-defense, or competition. We work with students of all ages, sizes and fitness levels so if you’re totally NEW to martial arts (and maybe a little nervous about starting), no worries at all. We love beginners just as much as intermediate or advanced level students and will train you safely and at your pace.

Martial arts provides a FUN, healthy and EXCITING way to learn new skills, tone your entire body from head to toe and increase mental focus and confidence. And you know what that means?...

Martial Arts + Fitness Fun = A Winning Combination!

Check out the super-low, RISK-FREE web special going on right now! Classes fill up fast because it’s such a great deal so reserve your spot today and watch your life change in amazing, empowering ways!

The entire staff focuses on providing a positive, safe, and encouraging martial art and fitness environment for all our students. Taking the first steps in beginning or advancing your martial arts training, getting physically fit, or finding an outlet for your child\'s never-ending bursts of energy can be difficult.

That’s why we\'ve worked hard to create a warm and welcoming space for you in an effort to reduce your stress in finding what you’re looking for. We strive to make each and every experience you have with us the best one possible.

Martial arts is not quick fix to what you’re looking for and it’s not easy… but it is super FUN, action-packed, and a GREAT way to get fit! And not just get fit…but stay fit, too.

Whether you’re 4 or 84, you’ll learn new, challenging fitness moves that keep everyone moving around and physically fit. Learn awesome self-defense techniques like kicks, punches and throws that are super exciting.

Make new friends, laugh and feel good about yourself and your accomplishments. And the best part about it all is that it is SO FUN! Where else can you learn and have fun at the same time without it costing a fortune?

We have an amazing curriculum that is designed to provide a lifetime of opportunity for you and your family. We believe that families that spend quality time together on a regular basis become closer, stronger and more loving. Training together is a great way to strengthen those FAMILY BONDS, which makes it easier to get through any difficulty in life.


Worcester Martial Arts Academy has the most fantastic instructors around! They are all certified black belts, have years of experience and the utmost dedication to their art. It makes their heart sing to be able to share their knowledge and skills with you and watch you grow physically, mentally and emotionally.


Your life is about to get amazing in totally unexpected ways! We look forward to joining you on your journey to optimum health and fitness, Black Belt level skills and success!

Head Coach & Instructor

Luis Soto began his training in 1991, studying the martial art of Miyama Ryu Ju-Jitsu and Judo in the Bronx, New York.

In 1998, Luis moved to Massachusetts to attend Holy Cross College and continued his training at the Worcester Judo Club in Worcester, MA.

Luis holds a 6th degree black belt in Miyama Ryu (Japanese Ju-Jitsu) and 3rd degree black belt in Judo.

He is a national level coach certified with USA Judo and has had the privilege of training with or competing against some of the top Judo athletes in the country. He has also competed at the World Masters/Veteran Judo Championships.

Luis received a BA from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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