(617) 285-2401
180 Kerry Place, Norwood, MA 02062

Norwood Martial Arts

Get Fit. Be Strong. Feel Empowered.

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

Dear Friend,

Our Norwood Martial Arts school might seem like any other place to get fit and learn self-defense.

Well, we do help people with that, but there are some more "subtle" things that happen when you train here.

Here are just a few of those “subtle” but transformational things people walk away with...

More Confidence

One of the first things both children AND adults notice when training with us is a big boost in confidence. And it makes sense when you think about it.

After all, martial arts is challenging. Yet when you persevere in the face of challenge, and come out on top, you realize you're stronger and more capable than you thought.

Realizing that makes you feel more confident. You feel more sure of your ability to handle whatever other challenges life throws your way.

This goes for kids, too. Their confidence boosts quickly as well.

Increased Ability to Focus

Martial Arts is so much fun! You’ll learn all sorts of new skills and techniques like striking drills, defensive moves, and even super secret functional cardio drills. But... when you learn a new skill, you have to concentrate hard on listening to the instructor, then perform what they taught you.

The neat thing is this intense concentration naturally pours into all other areas of your life as you develop laser like focus. It’s one of the most amazing side effects of martial arts — many call it getting in the zone, unlocking your untapped potential, or peak performance.

Whatever you want to call it, one thing is for certain — you’ll learn how to focus your mind to perform tasks you once thought impossible.

Physical Fitness

Each class is loaded with challenging, fun exercise. But because you're so focused on performing techniques, and having so much fun, you hardly notice it. Before you know it, the class is over, and you not only learned powerful martial arts...

... you got a great workout, too. Being physically fit boosts energy, mental clarity, and confidence as well.

Gain a Sense of Belonging

Many martial artists claim they always felt like an “outsider” before they found martial arts. Some of our students just never got into organized sports in school or felt that social clubs weren’t for them.

But the same students that tell us how they “never fit in” or weren’t popular seem to come alive and shine in our classes! We provide a safe, non-intimidating environment where we all want each other to succeed. We don’t have bullies or students trying to outdo each other. 

Everyone is super friendly and supportive. Both kids and adults make friends with the other members, which then makes our martial arts family flourish.

We provide the kind of environment that encourages friendship, motivation and success. It's something quite amazing to feel.

You’ll Do FUN Stuff!

No two workouts are ever the same. We use functional fitness focused on getting your body in tip top shape. After all, if you can’t move your body in the real world or have enough endurance to get out of a bad situation then we’re not doing our job right.

You’ll learn how to move your body in fun new ways that will wreck your core, tone your arms and legs, and ensure that you stay as injury free as possible. Of course we do this with positive motivation. No military style yelling or body shaming, ever.

Kids and adults both work hard, but play harder.. Laughing, smiles, and high fives are part of every class.

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Connors Mixed Martial Arts Academy is the premier fitness and personal development center in Norwood that specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts. We teach people from all walks of life including men, women, teens, and kids as young as five years old. Our students include single and two-parent families, busy professionals, and middle class folks alike.

With the motto "We Build You Up!"… you can expect to learn, grow and SUCCEED in life, as we work together to reach your full potential – both on and off the mat.

Beginners Welcome! If you’re new to martial arts and maybe a bit nervous about starting or wondering if you’ll be able to keep up, fear not! No matter what age or fitness level you are, we have classes that will meet your specific needs. We will work together as a team to help you advance your skills quickly and safely so that you become the best martial artist you can be on the mat… and the best version of yourself off the mat.

The majority of our students train in order to work out their bodies and minds while they master a FUN and EXCITING martial art.

Variety is the Spice of Life! You can only jog so many miles, and bench press so many weights until boredom sets in. Our martial arts programs give you an opportunity to continually learn new and exciting techniques, while getting in the BEST shape of your life and learning powerful self-defense techniques.

Are You a Warrior at Heart? We are primarily a BJJ academy and train about a dozen fighters to get in the cage and compete in MMA. We also have an active team that competes in BJJ tournaments. Both amateurs and professionals train here, and our professionals have fought in Bellator and The World Series of Fighting, as well as in local shows. If you like to work hard, compete, and enjoy the thrill of VICTORY, you’ll love our advanced training!

Martial arts isn’t just about punching, kicking and fighting. It's something you can use to improve your entire body, mind, and spirit. Our goal is to help you and your family to excel to greatness and become better, stronger, and wiser in ALL areas of your life.

At Connors Mixed Martial Arts Academy, we love what we do and think you’ll love what it does for you as you get…

Believe it or not, but martial arts is actually a low-cost activity… with PRICELESS benefits!

Check out the SUPER-LOW web special going on right now and say hello to big savings! You’ll get more than just savings though with this RISK-FREE deal… you’ll enjoy physical and mental fitness, invaluable personal development skills and self-defense know how.

Our facility may have somewhat of a “hardcore” look to it, but it’s a work in progress that is professional, safe, and clean. The mats, floors and equipment are always meticulously clean with your health and safety in mind, always. The energy here is incredibly uplifting and positive because we won’t have it any other way.

Our students and instructors make us one big happy family. We’re here as your friends to support and encourage you, to gently push you past your limits and to celebrate your successes. You’ll see a lot of smiles, laughter, and high fives here because we all have a lot of FUN!

Are you ready to experience the best prices, the most caring staff, and have the most fun you’ve ever had getting fit? We look can’t wait to train with you and watch how far and how fast you EXCEL. See you soon!

Head Instructor

John Connors grew up in Roslindale, attended and graduated from The Roxbury Latin School in 1981, and went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from Harvard University. He currently resides in Dover.

John started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in January of 1999 and received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in October 2006 from Roberto Maia at Boston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

John has owned and operated his own Jiu Jitsu academy since July 2005 and has been studying Muay Thai kickboxing since 2006 with the trainers at Sityodtong Academy in Somerville, MA.

While Mr. Connors won a Gold Medal at the Pans as a Blue Belt back in 2000, he has dedicated his life to coaching for the last 10 years. He coaches kids and adults in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.

In 2012, his MMA team won nearly 95% of their matches and Connors was named MMA Trainer of The Year 2012 by Cage FX HEX Awards. His gym was also named Gym of The Year 2012 by Cage FX HEX Awards.

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