My understanding is that most, if not all, of the places in the US that exist for really elite level kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai or contact karate, places where an individual could possibly get good enough to be at the same level as the best strikers from Brazil, the UK, Canada, the Netherlands and others - and note, I am referring to fighters getting to that level on an individual basis, not in the sense of teams of fighters getting that good - would be in Hawaii, Southern California, Southern Florida,Massachusetts or NY. That was my understanding, which I know could be totally and 100 % wrong. I was wondering, do such gyms or training centers exist anywhere else in the country? Could you find them, in, for example, Northern Florida, Georgia, Western Texas, Northern California, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan or Ohio? If you lived in one of these places could you find kickboxing, Muay Thai, MMA,boxing or contact karate training centers where you can be at the same level as those who train in martial arts hotbeds and if so, what would be specific examples of such places?