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“The Most FUN Martial Arts In Severna Park”
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Now Enrolling Your Lil’ Ninjas (ages 5-9) and Juniors (ages 10-14)

At Ivey League MMA, 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 Severna Park. 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…

Give Your Child A Fighting Chance
No Experience Required

For your convenience, we offer a two different types of classes for your kids, Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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 AP Programs, by invitation only.

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

Our most popular kid classes include:

    • Kickboxing Basics. Your child will learn the fundamentals of footwork, defense, punches, kicks, knees and elbows…
    • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics. Your kids will discover the art of this dynamite discipline known for It’s many holds to subdue opponents and also teaches your child to stay in the most optimal positions for top-notch self defense against an attacker of any size…

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 both BJJ and Muay Thai Kickboxing 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 second to none. 

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.

Come in or call 443-339-8130 today to start your child’s FREE 7-Day Trial.

Includes complimentary tour and consultation, and information package. 

Can Anything This Fun *Really* Be Called “Exercise”?

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!

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:

    • Sharks and Minnows
    • Running/Sprinting
    • Sumo Drills
    • Gymnastics and Tumbling skills
    • Tug-of-War
    • 1 Leg Game of Balance 
    • Shark Bait
    • Steal the Bacon
    • Dodgeball (A FAVORITE FOR ALL KIDS)
    • Ninja Ball
    • Snakes in the Grass
    • Plus, many other drills and games your kids will LOVE!

And, remember, if all these energy blasters weren’t enough, your child will also be getting the very highest level martial arts training available anywhere in Annapolis.

Can You Imagine Your Child Begging You To Work Out?

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.

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.

We pride ourselves on creating an excitement in and around our classes that kids just love.

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 highly-decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Wrestling champions.

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.

Whether you’re looking for a new and exciting way to lose those stubborn pounds

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…

Danny Ives

Danny, or Mr. Danny to your kids, is the owner and head instructor of Ivey League Mixed Martial Arts. He started training in martial arts when he was just a small kid back in Philadelphia. It changed his life. An accomplished mixed martial art champion, Danny has committed his life to helping your child enjoy the same positive, life-changing experiences. “At Ivey League MMA,” Danny explains, “we teach your children and young teens more than just an understanding of self defense or winning. In fact, we have a saying here we truly believe in, ‘Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.’ We create a winning attitude in your children.”

Listen To What Our Parents Are Saying…



“My son Fard is eight years old and has been under Danny’s tutelage for about a year and a half. As a parent I can’t be more impressed with what he’s learned and with Coach Ives. Fard has tried a few other sports but he has really taken to Jiu Jitsu. One of the reasons he loves it so much is the fun, stress free environment that is structured for the kids. Another reason is Danny’s teaching style and temperament, which are both GREAT for working with children! In the time that Fard has been training under Danny he has gained confidence, has gotten plenty of exercise, learned valuable self-defense techniques and has made several friends in the class. In addition, Fard has been able to compete in some of the local tournaments and has earned medals in each one. As a parent there is no other instructor I have seen that is better with children than Danny. His impressive accomplishments as a mixed martial artist, coupled with the rapport he develops with his students makes Coach Ives and Ivey League MMA my hands down choice for jiu jitsu training for my son.”

– Edward Muhammad

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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! 

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?

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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! 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.

Come in or call 443-339-8130 today to start your child’s FREE 7-Day Trial.

Includes complimentary tour and consultation with one of our coaching staff. 

Enroll Now For Your 7-Day Free Trial
Includes Free Uniform, Free Tour, 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 7-day no obligation free trial!

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 the first month 100% free.

Come down today and you’ll receive:

  • Personal Consultation and Tour of our Facility

Enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute custom consultation and strategy session. We’ll work with you to find the perfect class for your child.

  • Tour of our Facility

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

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 set up your one-on-one private lesson, participate in a regular group class, and take a tour of our facility – 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.

Plus, if that weren’t enough, you’re also protected by our rock-solid…

Everybody here at Ivey League MMA wants to see your kids succeed.

We want them to reach all of their fitness and training goals.

We’re happy when you’re and your family is happy.

So, we doing something you just won’t find anywhere else. We offer a No Questions Asked 60-Day Money Back Guarantee.

Here’s how it works…

If after sixty days, attending class 2x a week at Ivey League MMA, your kid or kids aren’t having a blast and loving martial arts, just let us know and we’ll return every last cent of your money back to you.

If you’re not fully content, we haven’t done our job and we wouldn’t feel right keeping your money. All we ask is to give us a fair chance by making sure your child attends twice a week for the full 60 days. 

How can we offer such an amazing money-back guarantee?

It’s simple: We believe in our kids programs.

We know that our kid classes are one-of-a-kind and the best of the best.

Hundreds of children have experienced the benefits of our classes and we know they “work.”

However, if you discover it’s not for your family, we want to do right by you and are happy to return your membership dues. Sound fair?

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.

Got Questions? We’re Here To Make Going MMA As Easy As 1, 2, 3

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.

Contact Us by email at [email protected]

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 in a class.

Let’s get started today, so they can enjoy MMA ASAP!

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

Come in or call 443-339-8130 today to start your child’s FREE 7-Day Trial.

Includes complimentary tour and consultation.

“We teach your kids they can achieve the unachievable!”