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We pride ourselves on being a martial arts gym that is welcoming, non-intimidating and accommodating to everyone of all skill levels – who want to have fun and reach their own personal goals.

Empire Martial Arts is Barrie’s premier and most distinguished martial arts gym and athletic training center. We specialize in improving all levels of fitness and martial arts training for men, women and children with professional and exciting classes that can be enjoyed by the whole family. We teach a diversified array of martial arts and fitness programs for beginner to advanced levels from instructors who have over 40 years of teaching experience in multiple disciplines, such as Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling and mixed martial arts. Our focus is to provide the students with a close-knitted martial arts family that lasts beyond gym hours – as we train, compete and hang out together.


Kru Achilles Meridis, Founder

Kru Achilles always welcomed students with open arms and bared no judgement, constantly willing to share his knowledge and absolutely loved to see everyone’s determination in class. He created an inclusive environment for everyone and instilled hard work, respect and dedication. He fostered self-belief within everyone and impacted the journey of so many students, and it will stay with us all forever.

Empire MMA proudly stands for everything that Kru Achilles championed. We will continue to push his hard work forward and fulfill his vision.

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Expert Instructors

Despite competing at the highest levels, our instructors are friendly and teach to all levels. With over 40+ years of teaching expertise, we have some of Barrie’s premier martial arts instructors.

Great Facilities

Our facilities provide all of your fitness and martial arts needs as we boast over 8,000 sq-ft facility with 3,500 sq-ft Zebra matted area and 20 heavy-bags, showers and saunas.


A vital part of our culture is to promote and provide a healthy environment to learn and train for people of all ages, gender and backgrounds – the perfect martial arts gym for the whole family.


  • BJJ GI (Youth)
  • 4:45pm - 5:15pm
  • Jason Blackwood
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  • Muay Thai (Youth)
  • 4:45am - 5:15am
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Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
BMI Weight Status
Below 18.5 Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 Normal
25 - 29.9 Overweight
30 and Above Obese