Kids Martial Arts

Would You Like Your Child To Learn Respect, Leadership, Self-Confidence, and Self-Defense in A Safe, Clean and Friendly Environment?

Your Child is Destined For Greatness, and Martial Arts Training Could Hold The Key

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Dear Parent,

At Ivey League, we believe martial arts is about so much more than just learning how to punch and kick. We’re committed to helping your child develop more confidence, self respect, and motivation in every part of their life.

Yes, we do have world-class instructors who will give your children the best martial arts training found anywhere in the Annapolis Area. But, just as importantly, they’ll learn valuable life lessons in a safe, supportive and FUN environment.

When you enroll your child, you are giving them a gift which will benefit them forever, including:

  • Learn important life skills
  • Increase self confidence
  • Discover how to be polite and respectful
  • Enjoy physical benefits of high-energy (and FUN) classes
  • Get cool daily tips for proper nutrition
  • Learn how to avoid peer pressure
  • Find out the right way to defend against bullies (Bully Buster Training)
  • And, so much more!

You’re about to discover we offer so much more than the best martial arts training in the world…

Listen To What Our Parents Are Saying…

“She’s Come From A Shy Introverted Kid To A Confident Outgoing Young Woman!”

“We Have Seen an IMMENSE Change in Our Daughter. The Faith In Herself Has Increased.”

Give Your Child A Fighting Chance
No Experience Required

For your convenience, we offer a variety of different types of classes for your kids, including Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Boxing and Wrestling.

We split our classes into two main groups based on age. Lil’ Ninja classes are for kids ages 5-9. Juniors classes are for kids ages 10-14.

Kids’ classes are offered six days a week. Many of our parents also train here, too!

We also offer for advanced classes for students in the Combat Athlete and Black Belt Club programs or by invitation.

Absolutely no experience is required for your child to begin training on the very first day.

Our most popular kid classes include:

  • Mixed Martial Arts Basics. Your child will learn the fundamentals of standup, takedowns, and ground fighting…
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics. Your kids will discover the art of this dynamite discipline with or without the classic Gi…

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or BJJ, is a ground fighting style that focuses on joint locks and holds to subdue opponents and also teaches your child to stay in the most optimal positions for top-notch self defense.

Muay Thai Kickboxing Basics. They’ll learn the timeless secrets of this high-energy and effective martial art…

With Muay Thai Kickboxing, your child will learn to use their whole body to strike. It includes punches just like they would see in Boxing, but takes it up a notch with kicks, knees and elbows that give them a truly complete understanding of the art.

In all of our classes, your kids will be treated to the unparalleled Ivey League style of hand-to-hand training.

Our style takes the fundamentals of BJJ and Muay Thai and combines it with the best of Sombo, the throws of Judo, and the takedowns of Wrestling to give your child a great set of athletic tools and martial arts skills.

This is the same high level training that we teach to the adults and we have brought that right to the kids’ classes.

That means you can have confidence knowing your child is learning superior martial arts and quality self defense from one of the best gyms in the world.

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Come in or call (443) 339-8130 today to start your child’s FREE 7-Day Trial.
Includes complimentary tour, personal consultation and FREE uniform/gloves to use.

Can You Imagine Your Child Begging You To Work Out?

Is it difficult to motivate your child to exercise? Is hard to pry them away from the TV or game station? Don’t worry … we’re here to help!

At Ivey League MMA, our kids just can’t get enough of the fun!

In fact, it’s not uncommon – even after a high-energy session – for kids to beg us to keep the class going.

Can you even imagine what it would feel like for your child to plead with you to let them spend more time getting healthier as they discover the self esteem, personal strength, and all-around great character that a martial arts program can provide?!

Believe it or not, that’s exactly what a properly designed martial arts curriculum for kids taught by great instructors who truly enjoy helping youngsters grow into champions should do.

While other martial arts schools can be so b-o-r-i-n-g, we’ve created super fun and interactive classes your kids will love!

We’ll get them moving from the second they start class. Our high-energy sessions guarantee your child is going to sleep well tonight!

We’ve developed a number of fun games and drills that are designed to build your child’s athletic abilities and overall martial arts skills, including:

  • Ninja Ball
  • Foot Tag
  • Sumo
  • Gymnastics and Tumbling
  • Tug-of-War
  • The Blob
  • The Balance Game
  • King of the Hill
  • Chase Game
  • Sharks and Minnows
  • Plus, many other drills and games your kids will absolutely LOVE!

With so many of today’s kids not getting enough exercise, we’ve made it our mission to make exercise something your kids will value for a lifetime.

And, they’ll get a LOT of it here. We make sure your child will take part in challenging (but totally fun) training that allows them to stretch and grow, physically and mentally.

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Come in or call (443) 339-8130 today to see for yourself what the buzz is about!

A Confident Kid Is UNSTOPPABLE!
So Much More Than Kicking And Punching

It’s going to be great to see your child develop physically. It’s going be terrific to see them learn a new set of skills, too. But, that’s just scratching the surface of the amazing benefits a martial arts training can offer your kids.

Here’s just a small sample of the types of growth you’ll experience with your child starting from their very first class:

Grade Improvement:

The grades go up and stay up! Our program helps with a lot more than just self-defense and physical agility. It is an educational program that will give your child the discipline needed to study, complete homework and organize their time wisely. Ultimately, this leads to better concentration at school and better grades. We make success a habit your child enjoys, not a chore!

Leadership Skills:

To help them succeed in life! Thai-Jitsu will teach your child how to set goals and take responsibility for their own actions. These qualities, more than any others, will help your child develop as a leader and not as a follower. This, in turn, will ensure their success in school, college and life!

Increased Physical Aptitude and Fitness:

To help your child develop physically! Our programs increase speed, stamina and agility in children. They also help develop balance, coordination and timing, all of which help your child in sports and other activities.

Mental Development:

To give your child the courage to say NO in the face of peer pressure! One of the scariest problems facing many parents today is the possibility that their child may become a victim of peer pressure. At Ivey League Martial Arts, we’ve created programs, including anti-drug program, which are designed to promote self-confidence and self-esteem – giving your child the strength to resist peer pressure.

High-Energy Classes:

Fun-filled classes your child will truly enjoy! From the children’s point of view, the best part about our program is how much fun the classes really are. We focus your child’s energy in a positive and productive manner.

Realistic Self-Defense Skills:

That could save your child’s life! While we wish it didn’t have to be a factor in our program, we nevertheless live in a world full of potentially dangerous people. We don’t give children a false sense of reality by teaching them how to be victorious only in competition. You can be sure that your child is learning techniques that really work and is being taught in an environment that will make sure they are sweating, smiling, and learning!

Personalized Attention:

To ensure rapid progress! We focus on quality instruction and personal attention. Our students are treated as individuals. All of our classes are taught by highly-trained instructors committed to excellence and continued learning. You’ll feel safe knowing your child is receiving the finest instruction possible!

Come in or call (443) 339-8130 to get started today!

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Big, Tall, Short Or Small
The Best Martial Arts For Girls & Boys

At Ivey League MMA, we recognize that boys and girls come in all shapes and sizes.

We also realize that children mature at different rates, both physically and emotionally.

Your child can be short, tall, big or small, but – when given the right training and attention – they will THRIVE!

That’s why we work one-on-one with your child to make sure they’re always getting the most appropriate and effective training for where they are in their young lives.

As a result, our instructors will develop a personalized approach and style that works best for your child. We strive to make sure your child’s experience is the absolute best it can be.

And, that’s our promise to you: To help your child find BIG success in every class.

Does your child have problems with attention such as ADD and ADHD? Not a problem!

Martial arts is a fantastic way to help children focus and develop more attention. We use mental exercises and discipline procedures to help your child gain more focus and perform better overall in life.

Plus, if your kids have any physical challenges, we can create a customized program that’s just right for them.

We believe everybody should be able to enjoy the benefits of martial arts training and we do everything in our power to make this a reality!

Meet Your Instructors

It’s our outstanding instructors that make Ivey League MMA a step above the rest.

Our instructors are some of the most high level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, MMA, Kickboxing and Wrestling experts you’ll find.

But, their #1 passion is simply getting on the mat with your kids and teaching them one-on-one how to reach all of their goals.

At Ivey League MMA, you and your family will always feel welcome and supported by every one of our instructors. That’s because we are a martial arts team and a family. That means we make it our business to take care of your kids from the second they walk in our doors. It’s just what we do.

Let’s meet your kids’ coaches…

Master Danny Ives

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Danny, or better known as Master Danny to the kids, is the Founder of Ivey League Mixed Martial Arts.

Master Danny grew up in the fighting city of Philadelphia and got started with martial arts at 10 years old. He wanted to better defend himself against attackers in an area known for violence.

He fell in love with Martial Arts almost from the start. As it turns out Master Danny had a knack for martial arts and started competing in local tournaments and events with great success.

Some of his credentials include:

  • Undefeated Professional MMA Fighter
  • 2001 Pan Am Gold Medalist in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (the first American to win this division)
  • 25x NAGA Grappling Champion
  • 3x Grapplers Quest Champion
  • 1x California Open Gold Medalist

Once his competitive career ended Master Danny turned his attention to the teaching of his brand of mixed martial arts. As it turns out, he’s pretty good with children.

The Ivey League Kids Program is one of the most respected and accomplishes programs in the United States, having one numerous championships and awards.

His knowledge, experience and success with kids made him a highly sought after consultant for school owners across the globe.

When it comes to teaching kids, Master Danny Ives is a very passionate and committed instructor who only wants his students to be successful and be the best they can be, on the mats, in the classroom and in life!

Coach Naomi Johnson

Coach Naomi spent her entire childhood doing sports of all kinds, including Track and Field, Field Hockey, and
Softball. She’s always loved competitive athletics and the challenges they bring both
physically and mentally.

Her martial arts journey started after her dad talked her into trying a class at Ivey League. She was hooked ever since that day. As a competitor on the mats, she’s won gold at a number of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Grappling Tournaments like the IBJJF NY OPEN, NAGA, New Breed and Grappling Industries.

On top of athletics, Coach Naomi was an excellent student who excelled in school, and just recently graduated from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD with a Bachelor degree in Art. She believed in order for a child to have a strong body first they’ve got to have a strong mind.

Naomi was named Ivey League Kids Program Director in 2018. Since that time has produced multiple champions in various Grappling/BJJ competitions, most notably a gold medalist at the IBJJF US Nationals in Las Vegas. When it comes to working with kids, she had this to say.

“While I love to train and compete, my true love is teaching kids! There isn’t anything more fulfilling than helping a child grow in this sport. Nothing brings me more joy than watching them go from timidly attempting a move on day one to executing it a month later with absolute confidence!”

Your Child Is Our #1 Priority
The Ivey League MMA Difference

The moment you walk in the front door of our Annapolis location, you’ll realize there’s something different about our school.

You’ll be greeted with a smile in an ego-free environment where we pride ourselves on our customer service and our dedication to your kids.

Unlike other martial art schools, every aspect of our school and classes was designed to create the perfect space for your child to learn.

Take a quick look at what we offer compared to other programs and you’ll see the Ivey Leagues MMA difference for yourself:

YES! High-energy Classes: We keep our kids motivated and interested and always moving! Your child will get a great workout in every class … and have a ton of FUN, too!

YES! Realistic Self Defense: We teach techniques that children can use in real-world circumstances. Theory is great, but unless your child actually learns how to use proven stand up and ground techniques, they will not have the self defense skills the need.

YES! Family Environment: As one of our students, your child joins our martial arts family. We’ve created a fun, safe, and inviting atmosphere your child will WANT to be in and that cultivates real learning.

YES! Highly Structured Program and Curriculum: Every one of our classes is designed to maximize your child’s mental and physical development using a proven system of teaching and practicing. We’ve developed a systematic approach to training our kids – it’s both organized AND fun. Come in and watch a class and you’ll see this immediately.

NO! Low-energy, Boring Classes: Many other programs spend a lot of time talk, talk, talking instead of having fun playing active games and throwing punches and kicks. Your kids quickly lose interest and won’t want to go back. Can you blame them?

NO! Flashy, but Ineffective Techniques: Many programs teach showy moves like jumping spinning kicks and complicated katas (choreographed martial arts “dances”). These are pretty to look at, but they simply will not help your child if they are ever attacked. Additionally, most programs fail to teach ground fighting skills which are essential because this is where your child is likely to end up needing to protect themselves in a fight.

NO! Belt Factory: In other programs, your child is just a number in a sea of kids that should not be training together. Many classes are more like a babysitting service, than an elite martial arts school. Belts are great, but the value of a genuine martial arts training cannot be underestimated.

NO! Disorganized and Misdirected Programs: Unless a school invests the time and effort to learn how to teach kids the right way, your kids will not excel. Many programs appear to teach with no particular purpose or guidance and focus only on the more experienced kids in the class.

As you can quickly see, we offer something very different for you and your kids.

Why have we worked so hard to create winning programs for your kids?

It’s simple: There is nothing more satisfying for us and our instructors than watching our young students turn into fine young men and women and model citizens.

And, that’s exactly what training at Ivey League MMA offers you now.

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Enroll Now For Your 7-Day Free Trial Includes FREE Uniform/Gloves to use, Free Introductory Lesson, And Free Consultation

The best way to find out if Ivey League MMA is right for you and your family is to come on down and take advantage of our 1 week no obligation free trial course!

Once you experience the Ivey League Difference firsthand for yourself, we know your entire family will be hooked. But, to make it even easier, we’re giving you a 7-day pass 100% for free.

Come in today and you’ll receive:

Personal Consultation
Enjoy the benefits of a custom consultation and strategy session. We’ll work with you to find the perfect class for your child.

FREE Private Tour
Are you worried your child may feel awkward trying their first beginner group class? Don’t worry, before trying out any group classes, your child can take advantage of a FREE private tour with one of our world-class instructors. That way you and your child will get a basic idea of what to expect and get a chance to feel more comfortable with the training.

Plus, you’re going to discover that getting the personalized attention you and your child deserves is always our top priority.

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What about the uniform? Yes, we will also give your child a FREE uniform/gloves to use. And, to make it even easier for you to decide, you can also borrow any additional equipment from us.

Yes, you’re right! That *does* mean there is literally nothing you have to buy or pay for to see if Ivey League MMA is right for you and your family … for an entire 7 DAYS!

So, call of come down to visit the school, meet our staff, and speak directly with our instructors.

You can start with a private tour, and your son/daughter can participate in a regular group class – all for FREE!

Don’t worry – there is no catch. There’s no fine print to read. Nothing to sign or buy. After 1 week, if you’re not totally hooked, we’ll be sad to see you and your kids go, but will wish you well … and you haven’t lost a single penny.

Stuck In A Contract With Another Martial Arts School? No Problem!

If you’re already enrolled in another program, it’s no problem. Simply ask for a photocopy of your current contract and bring it on down to us. We’ll apply a credit toward your registration with us for whatever amount you owe in a cancellation fee or remaining months on your current contract (up to $400). Yes, you’re right – We do things differently around here!

Come in or call (443) 339-8130 today to start your child’s FREE 7-Day Trial.
Includes complimentary tour, personal consultation and FREE uniform/gloves to use.

Got Questions? We’re Here To Make It Super Easy

At Ivey League MMA, we pride ourselves on superior customer service.

We know making a choice to enroll your son or daughter in a martial arts class can be overwhelming.

So, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about our programs and classes or your child’s unique needs.??Additionally, since all our instructors are trained athletes, we would be happy to consult with you regarding your child’s health and ability to participate in any of our programs.?
If you have questions that haven’t been answered here on the site, please feel free to contact us by email or phone and we’ll be glad to help you.

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Contact Us by email at info[at]
Or, call us at (443) 339-8130

Thank you for your trust in us. We won’t let you down.

With that said, there’s just one question left to ask yourself…

Are You Ready For FUN?
The Time To Act Is Now…

It’s time to make the decision:

From learning the basics of Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sombo, Judo and Wrestling to getting in great health and learning important life lessons – we do it all here at Ivey League MMA … and we do it all for YOU and your kids!

It’s time to let Ivey League MMA show your kids a new world of possibility when they learn martial arts the right way.

Our instructors are waiting to work one-on-one with your kids. They’re ready to teach your children everything they need to know to learn the basics of MMA in a fun, ego-free environment.

It only takes a few minutes to enroll your child for a trial class. Let’s get started today, so they can enjoy Mixed Martial Arts ASAP!

Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to call or come in.

Come in or call (443) 339-8130 today to begin your child’s 1 week of FREE CLASSES.
Includes complimentary tour, personal consultation and FREE uniform/gloves to use.

“We Teach Your Kids They Can Achieve the Unachievable!”