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He inches back across the crimson mat, arms raised, preparing for the next blow. His back hits the ropes; he's cornered. You take your shot and he falls, crowning you victor. This might be how a match plays out in the central ring at Disciple Mixed Martial Arts Academy—it's one of four spaces for sparring, including a cage. Of course, before fighters enter the ring, they undergo rigorous training in one of the martial arts programs available, including Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, MMA, and judo.

45925 Maries Road STE 120
Sterling,
VA
US

LA Boxing Sterling

There's no mistaking the purpose of the dozens of 150-pound punching bags dangling from the red metal frames that span LA Boxing Sterling's floor. Whether members consider themselves professional fighters or aerobic exercisers, the gym is a place to punch things. Under the watchful eye of mixed martial arts instructors, students pound away at bags with fist and foot, elevating their heart rates to fulfill the cardio-conditioning portion of the gym's signature national program. Participants occasionally pick up weights or jump ropes, but it's all part of the training to get back to the bag and make the stuffing rue the day it turned down the chance to fill a wild teddy bear.

20921 Davenport Dr
Sterling,
VA
US