Downtown Toronto Martial Arts

InnerCity MMA is Toronto's premier Downtown martial arts gym, offering Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Karate and other martial arts classes. We believe in community - whether you’re an experienced martial artist or a newcomer to the sport, there is a place for you here. We have created an environment for learning, fitness and practice where everybody can feel safe and welcome.


In addition to boasting the most female friendly dojo in the city, we offer classes suited to every skill level from beginner to experienced martial arts practitioner. If you have a positive attitude, an open mind and a desire to improve, InnerCity MMA has a program suited for you.
With Professor Shah Franco, one of the most decorated martial artists in Canada, you will receive focused, hands on instruction. Combining world-class teaching with the support of your teammates, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve at InnerCity MMA.

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Jiu Jitsu

The Gentle Art – Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is the perfect way to train your body and mind. Our Gracie style Jiu Jitsu will increase self-defence skills, strength, fitness and flexibility in a workout that is rigorous yet low-impact.

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InnerCity MMA’s Jiu Jitsu program is headed by Professor Shah Franco – the most decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in Canada.

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A safe, fun kickboxing program to develop self defence and conditioning

InnerCity MMA’s Kickboxing programs provide an environment where beginners and experienced strikers can feel safe and comfortable. These classes are fantastic for weight loss, toning and definition, as well as offering fantastic tools for self defense.

Our program teaches an MMA oriented style of Kickboxing, as opposed to a traditional Muay Thai style; this offers our students an opportunity to join their practice with other martial arts styles in a more holistic fashion, as well as having more practical self defense applications.

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Kids & Youth Martial Arts

Child safety is the number one priority of the Happy Kids Martial Arts After School Program. The after school program combines Judo, Karate, and Jiu Jitsu, so your child has the best chance for well rounded self defense. Techniques, and traditional cultural study from these martial arts are used towards anti bullying, and character building. Through our positive style of martial arts training, we aim for them to grow up to be high achieving, happy, healthy adults. Through our unique grading system, they will be masters in multiple martial arts- Shotokan Karate, Judo and Gracie Style jiu jitsu, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM. Please see our "Karate Kid Starter Program"


Why InnerCity MMA’s Kid’s Program?

“Almost 1/3rd of students in Ontario experience bullying at school, and one quarter report having bullied someone else.” – CAMH, 2009

Martial Arts provide a solid foundation on which to build strong character. By instilling children with confidence and respect, we can help to safeguard them against bullying. A nurturing, welcoming environment full of new friends and encouragement ensures your children are safe, happy and active. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM. Bring in your child. We would love to meet them.



What they will learn?

The Happyy Kids after school program combines judo, karate and jiu jitsu, so your child has the best chance for well rounded self-defense. These techniques are combined into one comprehensive program that encourages learning, self-respect and camaraderie. Through our unique grading system, they will be trained in multiple martial arts- Shotokan Karate, judo and Gracie style Jiu Jitsu, or better known as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.



This is for those who want the UFC experience. In other words we train you like an ultimate fighter – combining top level training in striking, grappling, and high intensity fitness program with dedicated coaching for competitions.


The sport has come a long way from the days when it focused on pitting martial art styles against each other to see which doctrine was the most powerful. Today, MMA event showcase matches between very versatile and well-rounded athletes at the top of their game.

MMA is one of the fastest growing sports out there and it isn’t hard to see why. If you want to learn what it means to be a mixed martial artist in today’s competitive leagues, we’ll see to it you get the support and coaching you need.

Please enjoy, study, and train to your best abilities, and remember to be gentle.

— Prof Shah Franco —

Professor Shah Franco

Professor Franco, often called “The Godfather of Canadian MMA” has a lifetime of experience as a teacher and practitioner of martial arts. Holding an impressive record as a competitor, Professor Franco now focuses his attention on his role as director of InnerCity MMA, where he is developing well rounded martial artists and a vibrant, thriving MMA community



Professor Shah Franco’s Achievements Include:

• North American Kumite Champion • Multiple time Canadian National champion • World Games Athlete • Professional MMA coach since 1997 • Trained and cornered numerous athletes and coaches, including UFC fighters Antonio Carvalho, Rob MacDonald, Sean Pierson and Justin Bruckman • 3rd degree BJJ, 8th dan Shotokan Karate, Kru Muay Thai • Highest ranked Canadian BJJ coach • Canadian MMA and BJJ pioneer • Over 30 years of experience teaching both children and adults • International Karate World Title, 1985 • National Captain of Canadian Karate Team

Join Innercity

InnerCity is always open to new members. Whether you’re looking to sharpen your practice, get in shape or try something new, follow these three simple steps:



Say Hi – Give us a call at (416) 731-6697 or send us an email at info@innercitymma.com to set up a first visit and answer any questions you might have.


Come See Us – Once you set a time for your first visit, come down to the gym and see what we’re all about. It’s understandable to be a little nervous your first time in – give yourself a few extra minutes to relax and meet some of the team, you’ll be at ease in no time.


Sign Up! – We’re confident you’ll be hooked after your first class – at that point, we can talk about setting up a membership. Don’t forget to ask about any deals or promotions we might have on!



InncerCity MMA is run by lifetime martial artists, not fly-by-nights looking to make a quick buck on a trend. We believe in smaller classes which translates to more hands on instruction.

— Prof Shah Franco —



InnerCity MMA is the premier gym in downtown Toronto. Bringing together the bustle of Chinatown, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto and Queen Street, into a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. We’re not the biggest gym in the city, but what we lack in size we make up for in top quality facilities including: Boxing ring, Olympic weightlifting area, 10 Different bags (including one-of-a-kind custom made bags), Padded grappling area, Lockers, and artisan changing rooms.



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Innercity MMA, 403 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

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