Welcome to Absolute Mixed Martial Arts — world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Strength, and Fitness training in Shanghai.

At Absolute MMA we strive to provide a safe, clean and enjoyable environment with a focus on modern and proven training methods, systems and techniques. This focus on effectiveness doesn’t mean that you have to be experienced to start training at Absolute MMA; we cater to students from all walks of life and can personalize training and fitness programs just for you.

From fitness and weights programs to get you in the best shape of your life, to the study of the world’s best fighting and self-defense systems — we have a wide range of classes to meet all needs at Absolute MMA. We also offer a range of personal training and corporate training options with programs specifically tailored to your needs.

A diverse, international and truly world-class array of competitors, professionals, trainers and teachers, the Absolute MMA team has the knowledge and experience to help you reach your fighting and fitness goals.



Mixed Martial Arts

The fastest growing sport on earth, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) represents a fundamental part of Absolute MMA.

As its name implies, MMA is a combination and refinement of the very best of all martial arts and combat sports for use in a full-contact and competitive environment.

MMA is a diverse ring and cage-proven form of self-defence and a fantastic way to get fitter, stronger and more confident.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) was the first martial art to dominate the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and it remains one of the most effective forms of self-defence and an essential component of modern MMA.

A grappling-centric art, the goal of BJJ is to force your opponent into submission with joint locks and chokes. The emphasis is on technique and leverage and BJJ was designed to allow a smaller person defeat a stronger foe with ease.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai, “The Art of Eight Limbs”, is one of the most devastating striking arts in the world.

Utilizing punches, elbows, kicks and knees, Muay Thai teaches ring-proven techniques for the competitive arena and self-defence.

Although the Thai art is a challenging physical workout that will hone your balance, speed and power, Absolute MMA has classes for all fitness and skill levels.


An intricate and challenging sport, boxing calls for the use of punches combined with head movement, footwork, timing, intuition, power and speed. “The sweet science” is a simple art to learn but a difficult art to master.

Absolute MMA has boxing classes for all experience and fitness levels. Whether you are looking to enter professional and amateur competition or if you are just getting started, we have the perfect class for you.


Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the world and a core part of mixed martial arts.

Absolute MMA’s wrestling program teaches takedowns, takedown defence and positional dominance for mixed martial arts, allowing you to dictate the flow of the fight.

Wrestling is also fantastic for developing explosive power, strength, balance and leverage skills.


Absolute MMA offers challenging and fun fitness programs for all fitness and experience levels that utilise elements of Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA.

Our MMA FIT program uses real combat sport techniques in a supportive and positive non-contact environment and they will quickly get you into fighting fit condition while teaching you a lot of new skills along the way.

Kid's Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The Absolute Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Program helps build life skills for your child through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Your child will develop discipline, respect, honour, leadership and self-confidence, and much more.

Our program ensures that your child is bully-proof and ready to face life’s challenges.



Saulo Melo

BJJ, No-Gi BJJ, MMA Grappling
Saulo (BRA) started his martial arts journey practicing judo when he was 5 years old, and received his black belt at the age of 16. After finishing his business school degree, Saulo started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the famous Ribeiro association in Rio. He currently holds his brown belt and is actively competing and coaching full-time.

Kemal Akagündüz

Kemal (TR) started training jiu-jitsu in February 2012. Prior to falling in love with the gentle art, he was an active Muay Thai coach back in Turkey. He founded the East China Normal University BJJ Club several years ago, and became a no-gi coach as a blue belt. He's currently a Checkmat BJJ brown belt under Leo Vieira and Ibrahim Inal. He's actively competing in international competitions and has won medals in all his belt levels.

Jowad Mahmoudi

Muay Thai, MMA Striking
Jowad (FR) has been training Muay Thai for as long as he can remember. He lived in Thailand for 2 years, has had 50 fights (both amateur and pro) and his family's Muay Thai gym has been producing both national and international champions for over 30 years.

Stefanie Candela

Boxing, MMA Fit
Stefanie (BE) started boxing when she first moved to Shanghai back in 2011. She became certified under the Hatton Boxing Academy and has had 3 matches with 2 wins. She started her Brazilian jiu-jitsu journey in 2016 and is actively competing in regional competitions in China, always bringing back medals in her division.

Matt Leonard

Matt (USA) wrestled in college at the Division I level and has coached youth, high school and adult athletes in both the US and China. Post-college, his first introduction to martial arts was with judo, followed by BJJ, where he holds brown and blue belts respectively. His classes focus on all aspects of takedowns, including offense, defense, and counters and are tailored towards BJJ competition.

Rustam Boboev

Rustam (TJK) has been training wrestling since he was 10 years old. He has trained with multiple world champions, and became the Tajikistan freestyle wrestling champion. He has been a wrestling coach for the past 3 years, and actively competes and medals in various tournaments.

Dorothy Dao

Dorothy (USA) is a Ralph Gracie/Eduardo Fraga purple belt. She regularly competes worldwide and has medaled at major international competitions including the IBJJF World Championship, Pan-Americans and No-Gi World Championship. She is a contributing member of BJJASIA.


Grappling Area

Fitted with premium MA1 floor and wall mats, you'll be rolling on the cleanest, safest and highest quality training surface.

Striking Area

Offering a large a range of premium quality heavy bags and fenced in by Mixed Martial Arts cage panels for training across all striking disciplines including Muay Thai, Boxing and MMA.

Gym Facilities

Absolute MMA Shanghai is fitted with all of the strength and conditioning equipment you need to ensure you are in fit and fighting shape.

Change Rooms

Modern male and female change rooms complete with clean shower facilities maintaining high standards of hygiene and comfort for our members.


Contact Absolute MMA today to obtain more information about our world-class classes, facilities and coaches. You may send an online enquiry to us using the form or simply send us an email.

You are also welcome to visit any of our facilities during our class hours listed above.

To speak to a membership consultant, please call +86 158 0170 9103.

E-mail: info@absolutemma.asia

Telephone: +86 158 0170 9103

Address: 800 Changde Road (800 Show), Building C4, Room 301, Jing'an, Shanghai
Metro line 7 Changping road station exit 2


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