The Best Mixed Martial Arts Gym in St. Petersburg

Build Discipline Through Fitness and Self Defense. Learn to defend while being in the best shape of your life!

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52+ reviews

from families and students like you... and counting

4.9 out of 5

Average Customer Satisfaction Rating

Customers served! 1230 Students Trained!

I was looking for a good gym for almost a year: Challenging classes, positive atmosphere and friendly coaches who always inspire you! I am happy I found The Forge. After only one month of training I've started to notice the results I've been working towards! 💪 That's incredible!

Ana A. | Local Guide

I'm not great at motivating myself when it comes to working out. But When I joined this gym it made me finally get myself back into shape. It made me motivated. The staff are very friendly and are very helpful. I would highly recommend this gym to my friends and I have.

Jarryd K. | Member

I’m a recent transplant from Ohio and I’ve been training with some awesome trainers for several years. I didn’t expect to find amazing and dedicated trainers here in St. Petersburg but I found them here at Forge! Love this place!

Jeanine D. | Member

Why Choose The Forge Fit MA in St. Petersburg?

Whether your goal is fitness, self-improvement, or self-defense, we’re confident that you’ll find what you’re looking for at our martial arts gym in St.Petersburg. Beginners can take comfort in our easy to learn curriculum designed to teach self-defense while embracing the inner strength within.

The magic of martial arts is that it’s designed to accommodate everyone, regardless of your size or experience. You’ll have the foundation you need to defend yourself while building self-confidence, focus, and self-control. Obtaining the best health and fitness of your life is just a bonus. 

  • High Quality Values - Through our martial arts program we help students acquire greater self-esteem, self-control, respect and humility. 
  • Personal Developement - You will be taught and encouraged by our professional trainers while moving at your own pace..
  • Accessible & Enjoyable - we offer programs accessible & enjoyable by people of any ages.

Our programs

What makes us special is, we offer a wide variety of programs, designed to keep you or your child, active, build confidence, stay focused, shed, pounds, and protect themselves .

Kids BJJ / Tae Kwon Do

This class focuses on the fundamentals of exercise, basic martial art techniques, how to handle life issues appropriate for this age group, and, of course, fun!

Adult BJJ

This class helps you build strength, endurance, and confidence as you learn practical self-defense techniques. Suitable for men and women ages 18-100 regardless of experience level. Improve your physical fitness, reduce stress, and gain valuable life skills.

Catch Wrestling

This Class focuses on dynamic grappling martial art that combines takedowns, submissions, and pins offering a well-rounded and versatile skill set for effective ground-based combat and personal growth.

Pekiti Tirsia Kali

Is a traditional Filipino martial art renowned for its practicality in self-defense and combat situations. It specializes in edged weapon techniques, emphasizing precision and efficiency in close-quarters combat. The Forge is specializes in teaching this highly effective system, empowering students with vital skills for personal safety. Through rigorous training, practitioners develop heightened situational awareness, reflexes, and physical fitness. Additionally, Pekiti Tirsia Kali instills discipline, focus, and respect. It's a versatile martial art applicable in real-world scenarios, providing individuals with confidence and the ability to protect themselves and their loved ones, making it a valuable pursuit for personal growth and safety.

How to get started

Like what you see so far? Here is how you can get more information about our program, pricing, schedules, and get started.

Download our free starter kit

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Join us on an assessment class

Come join us in an assessment class. Our instructor will work with you or your kids to figure out which program will help you reach your goal.


Decided sign up for one of our programs

If you love what we have, and think we can help you or your child achieve and grow, let us know, and we will enroll you into the program that fits best for you.


Meet our instructors

Our school provide qualified, knowledgeable instructors who offer each child an atmosphere of co-operation and fair play.

Coach Chris
NESTA CPT, PTK Guro, SnakePit U.S.A. Catch Wrestling coach, Shotokan Karate 1st degree Black belt, American Karate 2nd degree Black belt

Coach Chris has over 25 years of experience training Martial Arts, and an extensive background in strength and conditioning for athletes of multiple disciplines. He is a passionate and driven coach, giving all he has to his students. Training with Chris you can be sure you’ll be putting every aspect of what you learn to the test, building confidence in your abilities in real time and in pressure tested situations. Disciplined, driven, and passionate…you will not regret beginning or continuing your journey here with Chris and the team.

Coach Joe 

TKD Black Belt, Wing Chun Sifu, PTK Punong Guro

Coach Joe is a 30 year Air Force Veteran with over 30 years experience coaching both Fitness and Martial Art classes. He is the our director of our kids programs as well as the Martial Arts. Coach Joe's patience and passion have made him a sought after instructor for both kids and parents. His time in the air force allowed him to train in multiple arts around the world as well as with some of the leading gurus in Martial arts. Coach Joe's passion for teaching has kept him learning and mastering skills in over 10 different Martial arts. If you are looking for motivation, discipline, and knowledge Coach Joe is where it's at!

Here's What St. Petersburg Community Are Saying

Kelly Edna recommends The Forge Fit MA

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Started going to this gym in April and I’m obsessed!! It’s been a God send. I love that it is strength motivated and we lift heavy things but also-do some HIIT training. The coaches are amazing. Super knowledgeable and really care about you and your form and making sure you are doing things correctly! They do check in on you when you haven’t been in for a while after going consistently for a while without notice. This is a good gang of people with great knowledge and great results! Check it out!

mary gill recommends The Forge Fit MA

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This gym is such a fun and inviting place to workout. Regardless of fitness experience or goals, everyone can come and get a great workout! The coaches really take time to get to know each member and their needs to help customize movements for injury and strength levels. If you have fitness and health goals and show up, you will get your butt kicked and get results. All the coaches have different knowledge and backgrounds and tastes I'm music, lots of variety in class offerings and times. Fitness and strength, kickboxing, yoga, martial arts. It also offers kid classes, so I can do my fitness class while my son is doing a fitness/Taekwondo class.

Kristy Eilar recommends The Forge Fit MA

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I love this program and coaches that helped me. I'm in my 50th, overweight with a bad knee. The coaches were able to adjust my workout around my knee and make me look forward to every class. In about 5 months I was able to lose 40+ lbs, feel and look better and do things I haven't done in years. Highly recommended if you are serious about bettering yourself.

Jessica McCracken recommends The Forge Fit MA

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Joining this gym was nothing short of life-changing for me. In a time when everything was scary, stressful and uncertain, The Forge gave me the opportunity to gain a much needed sense of control. Starting with the 6-week challenge, I learned that I was capable of so much more than I thought both physically and mentally. The trainers here are amazing at what they do and they genuinely want everyone to achieve their personal goals (and then set new ones and achieve those too!). They make it easy with personal nutrition plans and customizable workouts that are doable even for people with limitations or injuries. I’m a stronger, healthier, more disciplined version of myself than when I started at The Forge and I’m confident that once you join, you will be too!!

Jj Jj recommends The Forge Fit MA

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The forge fitness is fantastic. Its a REAL GYM. Not a huge corporate empire where you pay your dues and thats your only relationship with them. The forge will build a personal relationship with you and will help you out when you need it. When i started coming to the forge I though the training waa going to be free for 6 weeks but i was wrong. Instead of them telling me to come back when i have money the owner just told me to pay him when i can. So i got to start training and everything worked out for both of us because of MUTUAL LOVE AND TRUST. I will always stay loyal to them because of this. The attitude is great here also its not too slacky or too strict. You dont have to throw up every session or they will get mad but they are not going to be happy with your lazy work out. If you want the max gains and dont care if you puke they can get you there also. They care very much and dont let you quit. If you quit you didnt talk to them and you just walked out because they would convince you to stay if you talked to them. Much love to the forge for forging me.

Ana Arapouf recommends The Forge Fit MA

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I was looking for a good gym for almost a year: challenging classes, positive atmosphere and friendly coaches who always inspire you! I am happy I found The Forge. After only one month of training I've started to notice the results I've been working towards! 💪 That's incredible!

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