Best MMA Schools in New York City: Top 10

8-2017 by -Amy Koller


The Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts academy is one of the most well-rounded and trustworthy in the NYC area. It prides itself on offering MMA techniques that included substantial fight training in boxing, BJJ, Muay Thai, freestyle wresting, Judo and Greco-Roman, so regardless of which MMA style you are seeking to truly build upon you can be sure that you are going to have the incredible opportunity at Williamsburg MMA. Training under Prof. Roger Mamedov and Coach Diego Lopez, you can take heart in knowing that you are going to be trained under two of the finest instructors in the world, both of who have a ton of knowledge and complete understanding of the MMA world.

NYC’s Best MMA and Martial Arts Studios

8-2016 by CBS


Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts will boost your confidence and help you gain strength. The environment presented makes customers feel like they are part of a community, and they continue to return to the welcoming atmosphere because of it. This gym offers a large amount of classes and programs and has something for everyone. The three main classes are Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai/boxing and strength and conditioning. There are classes for all levels, and the gym also offers classes for kids and teens.

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Oct 12, 2016, 3:00pm by Anthony Noto

Over in Brooklyn, on Dobbin Street, is Williamsburg MMA. While not exactly the type of neighborhood you'd expect to find an MMA school, it's where you can seek the expertise of Roger Mamedov, a lifelong martial artist who enjoyed a professional MMA career before launching the school.

Kicking Ass in BK: Some of Brooklyn’s Best Martial Arts Schools

9-2-2015 by Sam Blum


Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts: Although the idea of training MMA in Williamsburg sounds as as a Picasso painting, you’re likely to get a solid foundation of how to meld different fighting styles together at this north Brooklyn fight factory. They’ve got it all, from striking (Muay Thai, Boxing) to grappling (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling) and even yoga and introductory MMA classes for kids. The head instructor is Roger Mamedov, a lifelong martial artist who enjoyed a professional MMA career before starting up his own school. If you want a crash-course in all things punchy, kicky and chokey, this is your spot

Kicking Ass with Kindness – Williamsburg MMA Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

Mar 12, 2015 by Tanay Warerkar


At Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts, on Dobbin Street, it’s not about having the buffest body in the ring, it’s about building community and promoting a broad range of personal fitness goals.

Last month, the studio celebrated six years in North Brooklyn, no easy feat considering the neighborhood’s highly competitive fitness industry with Chalk Gym, Quick Fitness and Brooklyn Athletic Club just a few blocks away from the studio.

According to owner, Roger Mamedov, what sets the studio apart is that people recognize his sincere passion for raising awareness about the benefits of martial arts.

“[We] believe in providing a support a supportive and positive community for students and providing a space to improve, relax, reduce stress, and meet personal fitness goals,” said Mamedov, in a written statement.

Greenpoint Women Empowered To Defend Themselves

Jul 11, 2013by Otto Campos

Roger Memedov, owner and instructor of the Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA) wants women to learn to defend themselves. On Saturday, July 20th, he will offer a Women’s Empowerment seminar at his school, all the more important with the recent news of a woman raped at knifepoint less than a month-ago in Greenpoint.

Memedov, a soon to be father, has been giving martial arts instruction since he was 12-years-old and wants every woman, regardless of background, to walk around with the confidence of knowing how to defend themselves.

“It’s like driving a car without car insurance. You’re not going to be too confident. But if you have insurance and God forbid something happens then you’ll be well protected. Self-defense is like car insurance,” said Memedov.

The instructor has developed programs to fit all types of people. Memedov says that 20 to 25 percent of his students are females. The school also has toddler classes (three-years-old to five) and kids’ classes (six-years-old to 12).

Ultimate toddler fighters train at Greenpoint gym


The Brooklyn Paper


These pint-sized pipsqueaks are a long way from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but while their fellow toddlers are busy picking their noses and learning their ABCs, they are preparing for combat.

At Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts school, which is actually on the edge of Greenpoint, kids as young as two years old train to perfect their roundhouse kicks, jabs, and foot sweeps. But how to annihilate adversaries is not the only thing these tots are learning, according to their muscly headmaster.

“We teach them better focus, concentration, and practical self-defense,” said school director Roger Mamedov.

Mixed martial arts incorporates elements of a variety of fighting styles, including judo, Muay Thai, boxing, and jiu jitsu, and is the basis of the wildly popular pay-per-view sport in which two fighters beat the daylights out of each other for five rounds, stopping only if one is knocked or submits.



by Thom Friend


The most important thing to Roger Mamedov, the owner and an instructor at the Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts Academy, is the community MMA builds.

Best of Brooklyn: Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts Academy offers karate for toddlers



Some Brooklyn toddlers are trading in their ABCs and crayons for karate kicks and black belts. 

The Williamsburg Mixed Martial Arts Academy has a new program for 2- and 3-year-olds to learn karate and Jiu Jitsu. 

The pint-sized martial arts masters aren't chopping blocks yet, but they do use soccer balls to simulate kicks and noodles to blow boxing punches. 

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