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Lightning MMA

Lightning MMA in Laguna Hills, California, is Orange County’s newest gym whose staff and instructors have a rich history in Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing.  Founded by James “Lightning” Wilks, Lightning MMA is committed to providing top level instruction in Mixed Martial Arts to its students.  We provide the best quality instruction in a friendly atmosphere.  We are a full service gym with classes in Kickboxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Cardio, Yoga, and Kids MMA.

Lightning MMA is the home of head instructor James “Lightning” Wilks.  After Season 9 of the Ultimate Fighter, James decided to share his knowledge of MMA instruction with Orange County by opening Lightning MMA.  Our 3200 square foot facility features huge mat space, gym equipment, full locker room with shower, changing area, and lockers.  And, most importantly, the world class instruction available from James Wilks and our other instructors.  Call us today and come check out a class!

Lightning MMA is a new Orange County MMA gym whose staff and instructors have a rich history in Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing. Founded by James “Lightning” Wilks, Lightning MMA is committed to providing top level instruction in Mixed Martial Arts to its students. We provide the best quality instruction in a friendly atmosphere. We’re a full service gym with classes in Kickboxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Cardio, Yoga, and Kids MMA. Call us today and come check out a class!

MMA

Mixed Martial Arts is the cornerstone of Lightning MMA. Our head instructor James Wilks is an experienced MMA veteran and has had a successful MMA career. He was recently on the Ultimate Fighter Season 9 with great success. As he continues to improve he shares his knowledge in the classes he instructs and his fellow instructors here at our Laguna Hills gym. Our instructors are also all professional mixed martial arts fighters. Whether you are taking a Cardio MMA class or are participating in one of our Advanced classes, you will be getting instruction from top quality professional MMA fighters.

Jiu Jitsu

Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds also found in numerous other arts with or without ground fighting emphasis. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground.

At Lightning MMA we like to train Jiu Jitsu without the traditional gi because, although valuable, gi Jiu Jitsu is not as applicable to MMA. Our classes are usually a combination of Jiu Jitsu and wrestling to keep your game well rounded. We also throw in some of Erik Paulsons signature CSW training since most of our instructors have spent a majority of their training being coached and taught by Erik.

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is a big part of the MMA program at Lightning MMA. Although we don’t have any classes solely devoted to Kickboxing, its highly emphasized in our MMA classes. Kickboxing is a martial art that combines striking with hands, legs, elbows and knees. In our MMA classes we teach how to combine this fighting style with the art of takedowns and submissions to create a truely effective style of fighting that can be applied in any situation.

Cardio

Our Cardio Program is a great way to have fun and get in shape at the same time. We have a good mix of men and women in our classes and our instructors are professional fighters. Not only will they give you a tough and fun workout, but you’ll be learning proper technique at the same time. Take a look at our schedule and come try out our next Cardio class for free!

Kids

The Kids program at Lightning MMA is a great way to get your kids involved in martial arts in a safe and fun environment. Not only is it more fun than traditional martial arts but its more applicable to real life. MMA is a great way for kids to build confidence, get in shape, and build long lasting friendships that they will carry with them. Starting your kids early in MMA will put them on the path to success not only athletically, but in other aspects of their life. At Lightning MMA kids learn discipline, respect, and become confident individuals.

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