Student Reviews

Ciesnolevicz-Mike-TUF9-2 I highly recommend Danny Ives as a coach. He has played a very significant role in my growth as a Mixed Martial Artist and was my first real Jiu Jitsu/MMA instructor.

Throughout my time in the UFC and IFL I’ve used many principles and techniques he taught me, which included me being awarded two submission of the night honors in the IFL as well as two IFL World Team titles.

I won my UFC debut by submission also, and alot of it goes back to my time spent studying under Danny in the past. To this day I still give Danny phone calls when I have technique questions. I owe alot to him as an instructor and friend.

Mike Ciesnolevicz
Former UFC fighter
2x IFL World Team Championship Member-Silverbacks
Black Belt in Miletich Fighting Systems under MMA Legend Pat Miletich

Ivey League’s Boot Camp workouts are like a breath of fresh air. Each class is challenging but at the same time fun and encouraging. She changes up each workout so you get to work different areas of your body, it helps to keep me motivated.

The whole staff tend to stay very in tune with the group, and keeps a close eye on everyone to ensure they’re properly performing the exercise and understand the workouts.

I know it helped me learn good workout techniques during the class. Oh and even though these are group classes I always felt that the personal attention I receive makes it feel more like I’d hired a personal trainer then taken a group class.

Thank you Ivey League for everything!

Melissa Ellis
Severna Park, MD
Accountant and full time mother of two

The Women’s Bootcamp classes you’ve lead reminded me my mind is really the only thing stopping me from exceeding my perceived physical limitations, and it’s my choice to give up or give it my all.Our small group of women has felt like a team since day one, which has been an abundance of support and encouragement. There’s definite comfort in knowing we’re all in the same boat, and also sense of wanting to make sure I’m doing my share of rowing!

I’ve enjoyed the variety of work outs and always appreciated the choices you’ve offered (i.e.: weights, modified movements) to help me meet my individual goals.

I also think it’s fantastic you’ve expanded on classes by explaining how we can do circuits at home using regular household items.

These classes have provided an opportunity to teach my children (and myself) the importance of taking care of and challenging oneself. They have also been a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to hear what you have planned for the future!

Thank you again!

Emily Boyce, School Teacher
From Annapolis, Maryland

bridget Boot Camp at Ivey League MMA is like a breath of fresh air. Each class is very challenging. Our coach changes up class to work different areas of your body, it helps to keep you motivated. She pushes you harder and harder each class. Just when you think you can’t do another rep, she gives you a reason to keep going. She also is in tune with the group, she keeps a close eye to ensure you are properly performing the exercise so as to not injure yourself. It helped me take away good techniques from the class, the personal attention is appreciated I felt like I had a personal trainer.

Thank you!

Bridget Avila, Mother of 3
From Arnold, Md

Danny Ives is the man! If you’re looking for high-level martial arts training, then look no further than Ivey Legue MMA!

Mike Easton

amy I’m feelin’ the burn tonight!! And it feels good – I can’t wait to get in shape and have more energy, and when you are sore from working out, there’s another bonus – it’s a physical reminder to stop and think about what you’re eating.Thanks for changing your life to help others, Coach. You are helping me and others live longer for their kids and for themselves, and have fun in the process.

Just like you say, you’ve gotta start somewhere, & I’m going for better health, & a strong body. With your help, I feel like I can get there.

By the way, I really enjoy your Kickboxing instruction!

Amy Dvorak, Computer Engineer
From Cape St Clair, MD

lauraBoot camp and kick boxing was a bit intimidating for me but when I heard that it was strictly for women, I gave it a shot.Now that I am two weeks into this, I have more energy, am feeling better about myself and am more determined to become healthier and become the athlete I used to be!

Ivey League women’s boot camp and kick boxing is the reason why!!!

Laura Coe, Teacher and Soccer Coach
From Pasadena, MD

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Jason Rush
Jason Rush
23:08 05 Nov 18
We brought our daughter to Ivey League 1 year ago. My daughter is a very passive easy going kid. Being 12 years old and in middle school, the stress of kids bullying her was getting to be an everyday occurrence. When we brought her to Ivey League she was nervous and not wanting to stay, that’s where the Coaches and Staff came in. They treated her like she has been there for years, made her comfortable and got her involved in the class. That evening she wanted to sign up and become part of where she is today. She has since started competing and has won a gold metal. Her confidence is incredible and we owe it to the staff at Ivey League for getting her out of her shell. They believe in teamwork and get the students involved to help each other. My daughter has a whole new group of friends and then make her feel like family. I highly recommend Ivy League!read more
Gregg Johnson
Gregg Johnson
14:40 02 Nov 18
Our son has been a fan and participant of martial arts since his junior high days in Nebraska and has been a part of several different gyms, under various leaders. As an adult, now living in Maryland, he joined Ivey League Mixed Martial Arts. Several years ago he invited us to visit the gym and introduced his mother and I to the owners, Danny and Teresa Ives. We knew immediately that he had found another ‘family’ and I cannot stress that truth enough ‘FAMILY’. Ivey League Mixed Martial Arts isn’t just a ‘gym’; a way for the Ives’ to create an income - it is ‘family’ who trains hard, with determination and a life-goal of excellences; all while knowing and caring about one another, . Now not only is our son a member of Ivey League, so are three of our grandchildren. On every trip to Maryland to visit family - we love to visit our extended family as well and so we go to the gym and to share with Danny and Teresa. If you’re looking for Mixed Martial Arts training facility for yourself, and your family, you’ve found it here. Join up today - and your life will be changed more
19:25 06 Oct 18
I have been going to this gym for about a year now and in my experience I have nothing but good things to say. The coaching staff are great teachers. The facility is cleaned daily and the classes range from getting great excercise to learning proper technique. You feel like a family when you attend this more
Nicholas Angiolilli
Nicholas Angiolilli
17:50 05 Oct 18
Personable and knowledgeable coaches who are very willing to help you learn and push yourself, and an overall great MMA gym. They have everyone from people who train weekends to people who compete, and everyone there is more than willing to help you achieve your own goals within mixed martial arts. The facility is nice and clean every single time, the classes are aptly paced and the technique is on point, and they have plenty of equipment for others to utilize for their own more
Chris Cracknell
Chris Cracknell
11:15 17 Sep 18
I’ve been kickboxing on and off since i was 7 years old I always try to stop in and check out different gyms when im traveling. I looked this place up online and decided to try them out.As soon as i walked through the door I was greeted by the owner Danny Ives, who was standing there with a broom in his hands sweeping the matsCoach Danny was extremely friendly and welcoming. He stopped what he was doing and took the time to give me a tour of his gym and told me the story of how he ended up teaching MMA in Annapolis.I couldn’t tell from the outside but it’s actually two separate training floors. The upstairs is painted in a brighter color and I could tell this was the more kids/family training environment. The downstairs training room was night and day different, with way more of a “Hardcore” look and feel to it. I liked the downstairs room more personally. Also, most of the equipment is downstairs. They had a lot of stuff people could use on their own time like punching bags, a full weight room, bikes, treadmills and kettlebells. They have a very clean and well organized layout, which was refreshing because most gyms are dirty and smell like an old sock. I can't say enough good things about this place and even though I was only visiting for a few days I learned so much and never once felt like an outsider. Egos are checked at the door unlike some other places I've been to. You owe it to yourself to check this place out if you are looking for a home to train Kickboxing or Jiu Jitsu. Top more
Sharie Neptune
Sharie Neptune
20:36 13 Sep 18
A great place to train! I joined this MMA gym as a fun alternative to the normal everyday weightlifting/cardio class gym. I was out of shape and needed to lose weight. Ivey League helped me to get into the best shape of my life and I’ve had a blast doing it. The instructors are amazing, and I've made some great lifelong friends along the way. My goal was never to become a MMA fighter, but I’ve certainly enjoyed getting to know the pros and those just starting out and supporting them throughout their fighting careers. I've also learned some great MMA moves and techniques that I never imagined myself more
Richard Hill
Richard Hill
12:24 13 Sep 18
Martial arts is more than punch kick block! It is about empowering our youth to be better than they were yesterday and to grow up to be better than we are. Professor Ives and his team are dedicated to teaching the character lessons that are needed to succeed and grow in today's world. They are passionate about what they do and it shows! Great program for kids and adults as well!read more
Naomi Johnson
Naomi Johnson
12:14 13 Sep 18
Master Ives and his awesome team of instructors are the best you'll find for martial arts anywhere, especially for children. My two younger siblings (now 8 and 10) started with Ivey League as beginner white belts a little over two years ago and It's truly been life changing for both of them.The journey they have taken with Master Danny Ives and the Ivey League MMA team has provided them with excellent, realistic self-defense and martial arts skills, but it's also increased their level of confidence, leadership and personal integrity towards others. This was key for my younger brother who'd been the target of bullies for years.What I really like about the kids program at IL (Adult program as well) is that they continue to evolve and improve their classes year over year to better enrich the quality of the instruction while at the same time keeping it both fun and interesting for the students.It's now a whole family activity because both my dad and I started training as well. We are so lucky to have found Master Danny and his crew of amazing coaches and staff. Go Ivey League!read more
Sophie Collins
Sophie Collins
20:04 16 May 18
Master Danny and Ms. T. are phenomenal. All the coaches have been nothing but good to me and atheists atmosphere is more
Sam Moore
Sam Moore
22:21 09 Mar 18
I've been training at Ivey League for several months and so far I'm really happy. My health has improved due to being active and my confidence has improved as well. Thank you to Danny Ives and the great coaching staff .read more
Marta Savage
Marta Savage
00:52 29 Dec 17
Can't say enough good things about Ivey League MMA. My daughter has been a student here for almost exactly a year and absolutely loves it - and we love how it has helped her. She is more focused, confident, coordinated, and, of course, way stronger and learning great skills. The coaches are all extremely good with kids and good at teaching, keeping things fun and high-energy but also disciplined. Everyone here is professional, welcoming, inclusive, and friendly, and they really are like family. The summer camp is amazing, more
Amy Bates
Amy Bates
23:43 15 Dec 17
Though only in the area for a short two week period, Ivey League ensured I had the greatest possible experience at their gym. Not only was I given a free trial with t-shirt, they truly dedicated time and expertise to me as a student. Coach Joe and Sebastian were both professional, knowledgeable, and of the highest quality and standard I would expect from an MMA training facility. I finished every 1-hr kickboxing lesson wanting to keep working and learning, and I left wishing I still lived in Maryland. Thanks again to the staff and coaches at Ivey League, and I hope I can return one day!read more
John Laffin
John Laffin
02:03 07 Oct 17
This gym is outstanding. With a dedicated professional staff that cover the fundamentals and advanced elements of ground fighting, striking, athleticism, and discipline you are sure to have a rewarding experience at Ivey league. No exaggeration- this gym changed my life and I spend every second I can there. I highly recommend more
Andy Grahn
Andy Grahn
16:03 08 Sep 17
***OUTSTANDING!!!*** Whether you want to learn self defense, get in shape or try a new hobby. Ivey League MMA is the place! The kids program is very good for kids of all ages. Danny Ives coaching is patient, fun, and disciplined. There are separate class rooms for different types of classes. All in all you won't be disappointed checking them out. read more