Leave your ego at the door. Every time I come to class, I'm humbled training with and meeting hard-working people who have the same intentions of becoming better each time they step into Animals. I love this place. This is true martial arts. Developing camaraderie, instilling discipline, having respect for each other no matter where each person is in their journey, and pushing yourself and others to become better. The trainers do an amazing job at facilitating those aspects. More...
Great environment and great place for training and learning. We work as a team and help each other out. So whoever's looking for a place everyone is welcome to Animals MMA. I'm with the Boxing team Danny is my coach so ask him for training programs. More...
Knowledgeable and friendly staff to guide you towards becoming a Mixed Martial Artist! If you want to compete or fight this is the gym for you! The owner Samer Marji AKA Shihan will give you the tools/opportunity to represent the gym! Train hard and reach your goals at Animals MMA. More...
Great gym with even greater people. Would highly recomend
Animals is like a home away from home. Come train no matter what your skill level and you'll be glad you did. Everyone is super down to earth and the coaches are all amazing, friendly and approachable. There really is no better place to start your martial arts journey. Whether you're looking to learn for self-defense, BJJ, starting MMA, or just trying to stay fit, this place has got you covered. ...And if you're a BJJ guy or gal looking for a place to drop-in, look no further. There are plenty of high-level active practitioners here. More...
I've relocated many times over the last decade and finding a solid place to train is always important to me so after moving to Yonkers from Long Island I signed up for Animals (Dec 2018). At Animals there is a great body of students ranging all levels of Jiu Jitsu and body types. There are also a lot of fighters/competitors out of Animals which always makes for some great training.Since I have a baby at home finding a gym with AM classes was also important so I can sneak in some Jiu Jitsu before the baby's up haha. When I first signed up, there was only one 6am class, within 3 months of joining they added another 6am, and then another. They offer a great schedule of classes and as long as people are willing to train they are very open to adding classes to meet that demand. Instructors and technique are top notch with everything from your traditional jiu jitsu to modern techniques. Also a lot of guest instructors and weekend seminars to keep things fresh.Looking forward to signing my son up in the future! More...
I’ve been training at animals MMA for the last year and the atmosphere is very positive. The location is great and the coaches are very Knowledgeable.
I've been coming to Animals for almost two years. The instructors are very patient and knowledgeable. Great atmosphere! If you're looking to get in shape and still have fun, I highly recommend this gym!
The best place to train in Westchester period. It has everything you’re looking far. Great staff, great members. If you’re looking for a place to train and learn martial arts, this is the place to be. I’m a lifer
I’ve been doing martial arts for a long time, so I’m picky where I want to train and who I want to train with. Instructors are so on point and patient teachers. The facility is very clean and accommodating... Monthly dues are incredibly reasonable... This is a true mixed martial arts school, offing whatever it is you’re looking for in the martial arts world. More...
A home away from home. My 8 year old daughter absolutely loves it here. She not only approved in her MMA skills, but also approved in certain life skills such as confidence, respect and responsibility. The instructors are great!! making sure that every child is trying their best and making every class fun and safe. Cant wait to place my youngest in!!!! More...
What a amazing place, world class instruction with a family environment. I’m a animal for life. Coach Stewart phenomenal and really good looking.
The best mixed martial arts gym in Westchester County! Animals MMA is one big happy family with knowledgable and helpful coaches in a positive learning environment. They offer numerous martial arts classes like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, and mma. If your goal is to either improve your health, stay in shape, boost self-confidence, or simply learn self-defense, Animals MMA is what you are looking for. I've been part of the Animals MMA family since 2012 and fell in love with Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Now looking back 7 years later, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. Now it's a place I call home. Head coach/owner Sam Marji is the man! Do yourself a favor and join! More...
Animals is a gym where you don’t just workout; you learn martial arts and grow as a person! The coaches are top notch and the environment is one that makes you want to work hard!! No one is snobby, everyone is friendly. More...
Best mma gym i have ever trained at. Coaches are outstanding and very knowledgable. If you want to learn from the very best this is the gym to train at
Great school with great people, classes, instructors. The list goes on and on. Caters to people from all walks of life.
Great place to keep body and mind in shape! I've been training BJJ for a couple of years. Great coaches, great training partners and I just set my 2 kids (7 and 12) to start training and they are loving it. I'm very happy!
Animals MMA is truly a special place with an atmosphere that not only harbors world class competition but is rooted on respect and discipline. The instructors and students alike are all incredibly nice and will go out of their way to help each other. This is by far the best MMA gym in NY. More...
I have since moved to Austin, Texas, but I still try to come here whenever I get a chance. I can’t say enough good things about this place. If you really want to experience world class mix martial arts, from Brazilian Jiu jitsu to Muay Thai, this place offers it for you and even your kids. I have personally seen MMA fights from this gym and the results speak for themselves. I’m so glad I came here years ago to take them up on their membership trial. Learning the fundamental offense and defense is something that you wish may never use, but very glad to know you can use it. More...
I have met a lot of great people from a lot of different backgrounds and different disciplines here. Phenomenal place to be a fighter or just to get in shape, and learn some self defense.
Absolutley the best place to train. Extremly knowlagable trainers great environment regardless of age or skill level. wish i could give 6 six stars.
Great place to be
You want a place that can push you in the best way possible? You want a place that has no ego but everyone pushes each other to better themselves in every way whether it’s to compete, get in shape, challenge yourself to do something different? Somewhere you call a second home? A place that treats you like family? Then congratulations you’ve found it. Everything you’d need to give you the tools to be successful is right here. The only excuse for you not to utilize the opportunity and make something of it is yourself. An the only person that would be missing out is YOU. Such a great environment to grow from the kids and youth to Adults. No judgement, no ego, just martial arts. More...
All trainers in this gym are highly qualified, active athletes, still competing and very passionate about their jobs. They care about their students and their self-improvement. Animals feel like a family and a community. Everybody is very friendly and communicative and create a positive and welcoming environment. I have tried all other schools in the borough and this is the best and most legitimate martial arts school. If you are passionate about martial arts and you look for a gym where instructors care about you, are qualified and share the same passion as yours then this is the place for you. More...
Excellent academy with hard training and excellent instructors! Highly recommend to everyone and anyone seeking a meaningful and challenging new adventure!
My daughter recently started at Animals. I originally did 20 classes just for the summer. My husband & I, as well as our daughter, ended up loving it and we decided to put her in for the entire year. We love their teaching style and discipline. Not to mention, loads of fun at the same time! The coaches, especially coach Ricardo, are so attentive to newcomers as well. Great for staying in shape, discipline, or even just to try out a new skill/hobby. Thank you Animals for making us feel welcome & making each class very fun for our girl! More...
Can’t find the right words to say how thankful we are finding this place for our daughter. All the coaches are amazing and friendly. My daughter had learned a massive deal on martial arts as well as self discipline. Thank you so much again More...
Overall a great place to train. Tons of mat space, knowledgeable staff, and great people all around. Sam and Timmy were always willing to take extra time to help out with technique after class. Hands down the best gym in the area for a super reasonable monthly rate. More...
Great place for beginners and more to come and learn every facet of self defense, or just get in good shape. They even have a cross fit gym downstairs if you want to sign up for that too, the only place I’ve been able to get back into awesome shape and have constantly different workouts and brain stimulation to keep me wanting to come back every day.
Been going for about six months... and it’s been one of the best decisions i ever made. Everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming and open to teach. I’ve learned so much in the short time I’ve been attending and i look forward to continue my training at Animals MMA. More...
Kev Gee Bee
Excellent all inclusive MMA gym. Kickboxing, boxing, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, they do it all here. Very friendly staff and the owner is a really good guy. I would highly recommend anyone come in and try a class. Ask for Timmy at the front desk and wear gym clothes. More...
God willing I will be an Animal for life ! Great coaches , great gym !!!
My 9 yr old son has been attending Animals MMA over 3 yrs
We have seen a huge improvement in his focus and attention while learning life skills with martial arts .
I highly recommend Animals MMA to any parent seeking to improve their child's future . More...
My kids are lucky to have been animals for 10+ years! My oldest are now in the adults classes and my 12 year old has been training from the day she was allowed on the mats at 4 years old. Animals MMA has helped turn my kids into confident, accomplished, intelligent and respectful people. They are leaders amongst their peers and respected amongst adults. The coaches at Animals MMA are dedicated and talented. They take the time to ensure not only great tecniques and physical fitness in their students, but also instill manners, respect and dedication. This is a sport that demands concentration and focus, and the coaches are great at bringing out the very best in their students. More...
My son has been attending the kid’s program for over 4 years and it has helped him grow in so many ways. It has built up his confidence and he has made many friends. The monthly Animal Homework teaches my son responsibility and allows him to get a ‘life-skill’ stripe to keep him motivated. The program is well run by Coach Timmy and the facility is large and clean. The instructors are actual BJJ coaches that understand how to breakdown each of the moves to teach to the kids. Each month the kids learn a new ‘move of the month’ where they can earn a ‘skills’ stripe that goes towards their belt promotion. Coach Timmy and the instructors encourage the kids to participate in tournaments and coach them the entire time. My son had a great experience at his first BJJ tournament and he even took home medals to show all of the hard work he has put into training. All of this combined are the great reasons that we love to train at Animals MMA!! More...
My son has only been attending Animals MMA for a few months, and he completely loves it. He does not have many friends within his age group (5yrs old), and he looks forward to attending his classes so that he may run, exercise, train, and have fun with his teammates. His instructors are very attentive to his needs and those of the other kids. I signed him up at four years old due to the fact that he was bullied within the first month while in Kindergarten (YES, bullied in kindergarten). My son is generally a very passive child, that is very innocent, and loving, he has never truly shown aggression. Since he has been attending Animals MMA, his confidence has grown, and we utilize the discipline he has learned at Animals at home and in school so that it may become a way of life, not just a few days a week for the time he is attending. He is now 5 and we (my wife and I) are grateful to see him growing in confidence, and self discipline. He has always been a wonderful child in regards to discipline, but as he grows we know that the lessons he is learning on the mats, and by the culture established by the instructors is going to be carried on. The family atmosphere, and support of the other parents is so encouraging, to know that there are so many like minded individuals who want the best for their children, and will treat your child with the respect you would want them to receive. We are definitely grateful to have the blessing to be able to have our child attending Animals, and plan on signing up our daughter as soon as she is old enough. Coaches Timmy, Greg, EQ, Panda, and the others (including the older students who occasionally assist) are worth much more than their weight in gold. More...
I can't say enough great things about MMA. After my daughter's first week of class, she would excitedly ask on the days there weren't class for her age group, if there was class. When I would reply not today, you go back on Monday, she would be disappointed & say how much she liked her martial arts class, how much fun she had playing dodge ball & she wanted to go back. After that, I was beyond convinced that signing my daughter up was the right decision. The coaches are phenomenal (have to especially mention Coach Tim & Coach Greg) they truly show a love for all the kids and are always consistently friendly, positive and supportive as well as the assistants that help the coaches and the kids (have to mention Hannah that is always so sweet, helpful and loving towards my little girl) we couldn't more grateful and happier to have found such a well rounded martial arts school. We have only been members for about 5 months, but in that short time, we have seen great improvement in our girl. She has become more confident, stronger, tougher and disciplined. We look forward to being members of MMA for many more years to come. Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and for educating my daughter. My son will be next in a few years lol. More...
Our boys started at Animals MMA a year ago. Since then--because they’re so eager to learn and progress in their skills—they’ve been attending classes 4 or 5 times a week, including private lessons with Coach Timmy. Basically, the place has become a second home, but I’m not complaining, because I can see what a positive impact it has on the kids. With all the training, they’re so much more athletic and vibrant these days. Before starting at Animals MMA, our eldest son had begun to feel insecure about some extra weight he had gained (eating too much ice cream and spending too much time playing video games on those visits to the grandparents!), but now he’s much more tone and much happier, too. Also I’ll never forget the bittersweet yet proud moment when I held the hand of my ten-year-old and realized it was the hand of a “man;” the strength and power in his fingers was palpable. Just as the boys have grown in physical fitness and strength, they’ve also grown in focus and self-assurance as they’ve pushed themselves beyond their comfort zones. For example, Coach Timmy suggested that they start competing at tournaments only a few months after starting to attend classes, which seemed a little too soon from my point of view, but they’ve done well and have advanced in their mastery of various moves more quickly because of it. Losing is an opportunity to learn more and also motivates them to work harder because they do like getting those medals after all! Coach Timmy definitely knows what he’s doing; he has a solid, well-researched curriculum and he’s patient and supportive every step of the way, such as during classes, of course, but also by consistently showing up on his own free time for those Saturday morning competitions so that he can coach and encourage the kids during their matches. One thing I love about the kids at Animals MMA is that even though the competitiveness is clear, so is the camaraderie and good sportsmanship. In fact, the overall atmosphere at Animals is friendly and focused, and the kids coaches (Timmy, Gregy, EQ, etc.) are the best--highly skilled at their craft, expertly demonstrating and explaining each move, and able to maintain discipline and order while preserving the element of fun. Coach Gregy keeps the kids concentrated during muay thai drills, but after class he’ll have four or five kids laughing and dangling from his neck! It’s very reassuring to know that your kids are looking up to great role models. This is a place to truly become proficient in mixed martial arts and all it entails, not just to have your kid pushed through the belt ranks. Every stripe on the belt and every advancement is earned, so it means that much more to your kids and to you. When we walk out of the building, we’re almost always smiling and energized. I see the kids developing a lifelong passion for MMA, and my husband and I easily consider signing them up at Animals MMA one of the best decisions we’ve made for them. Just be forewarned: it’s so much fun that parents might end up joining one of the classes for adults! More...
Best martial arts school in Westchester.
Great environment, staff and members! I can't say enough good things about this place. Try it out and see for yourself!
A very welcoming and spacious gym. It is loaded with amenities for all walks of life. The professors and coaches are very professional and truly care for their students. One of the best gyms I've been to.
An amazing atmosphere with incredible people who really care about you As an individual!!!
Natalie Rose Richotti
Animals MMA is my second home. I started my Martial Arts journey with them over five years ago. I am 41 and in the best shape of my life. The training there is top notch and the team treats you like family. More...
Great times there. Kid friendly place as well.
Great spot. I usually go in the morning so I don't really know all the good fighters and trainers. But the morning is really just for pad work and forms the afternoon is where it's at.
I have gone to many gyms around Westchester and Putnam, and Animals is by far the best for mixed martial arts. The coaches are always supportive and will help you with any goal you want to achieve. If you want to compete you will never be turned down, but embraced for stepping up and put through training. Everyone is friendly, supportive and respectful, like one big team. Lots of talent here very happy I found a seriously legit MMA gym fairly close to home. I can't believe anyone would give one star, must be from another gym or has no understanding of martial arts. This gym focuses mainly on MMA unlike other gyms that use training only for fitness. More...
ANIMALS MMA HAS BEEN A HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR ME. THE TRAINING AND BROTHERHOOD HERE IS LIKE NO OTHER. I HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR 7 YEARS AND STILL HAVE THE DRIVE AND MOTIVATION I HAD SINCE DAY 1! THE PUSH HERE AT ANIMALS IS UNMATCHED AND I SAY THAT AS A STUDENT AND INSTRUCTOR! ANIMALS MMA IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE! More...