About Us




Brainchild of founder, Ed Heyse (above, far right), Philadelphia Elite MMA opened its doors on June 1, 2016 as one of Northeast Philadelphia’s newest MMA and Fitness facility. Ed and his team of instructors opened the facility with one simple mission in mind: to provide diverse training programs so that the families of Philadelphia may have access to a healthy and competitive sport at a reasonable price.

You will often find Ed in the gym cleaning the mats before each day begins or talking with his members about where they would like to go in their training. Ed shared his motivation behind opening Philadelphia Elite MMA, saying “We wanted a place for kids and adults to come for great training and a great family atmosphere.”

It is truly a family affair with Ed. Katie Heyse, Ed’s youngest daughter, is the Gym Manager and, when not overseeing the day-to-day duties, can be found participating in many of the classes Philadelphia Elite MMA offers. Classes are diverse – taught by highly experienced practitioners across the disciplines of Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, and Physical Fitness.

In Ed’s own words, Philadelphia Elite MMA was created to be a place that “anyone looking to train would want to join, and that anyone who did train here would want to come back.

If you are interested in joining Philadelphia Elite MMA, please fill our our Membership Interest Form on our Elite Membership page.



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