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Marin MMA

Marin Mixed Martial Arts is the product of the evolution created by the Gracie family. We have incorporated all of the styles that have been proven in MMA competition. We incorporate Muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, wrestling, and Jiu jitsu into what has developed into the most effective martial art style in the world. This allows us to understand and grasp both the concepts of fighting on the ground as well as standing up, and then to meld them together into one complete fighting style.

The goal of Marin MMA is to keep up with the evolution of the martial arts. Many traditional martial arts were established long ago in a different age and a different time. Although martial arts serves the purpose of gaining self confidence, discipline, focus, and direction, it should also be an effective way of defending yourself and the people you care about. As our society has advanced many of the “old” ways of the world have changed. We have advanced in the knowledge of technology, as well as the human body. We take this knowledge and apply it to the martial arts by using scientifically proven training methods and incorporating it into our system. Marin MMA is the most effective hybrid style possible, melding both the “old” ways with the “new” ways and making it into one complete martial art.

The majority of self defense situations start standing, to make our students able to defend themselves while standing we teach them kickboxing. The style of kickboxing that we teach at Marin MMA is called Muay Thai. Translated into English as Thai Boxing, it is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army.  It evolved from Krabi-Krabong, literally meaning sword and baton, the hand-to-hand tactics of the Thai army.  The early Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Siamese army against each other with few rules and no weight divisions or time limits.  They became quite popular and eventually were shown in stadiums across the country.  In the early 20th century, time limits, boxing gloves as well as a uniform set of rules were introduced.  During the latter half of the 20th century Muay Thai was exported to many countries and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

Muay Thai is known as “King of the Ring” in kickboxing circles.  These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent.  Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed and superb cardio-vascular endurance as well as fighting spirit.  Muay Thai  training is also quite safe thanks to sophisticated pad training that evolved to keep fighters healthy between fights.  Muay Thai has also proven very effective outside the ring and has been embraced enthusiastically by practitioners of a variety of self-defense, sporting, military and law enforcement activities. Muay Thai has been proven to be one of the most effective striking arts.

Although the majority of self defense situations start out on the feet, most of them end up on the ground. The type of grappling art that we teach at Marin MMA is called Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art and combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting with the goal of gaining a dominant position from which to force an attacker to submit. The system is based on the idea of a smaller, weaker person using leverage and proper technique to defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant. BJJ can be trained for self defense, sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition. Sparring and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition.

The art began when Mitsuyo Maeda, a master of Japanese jujitsu and judo, emigrated to Brazil where he taught his system to Carlos Gracie, who passed it on to his younger brother Helio. The brothers trained many of their sons, who now carry on the family tradition today. The Gracie family continued to develop the system throughout the 20th century, often fighting vale tudo matches (precursors to modern MMA), during which it gained its focus on ground fighting and refined its techniques.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu came to prominence in the United States when Royce Gracie won the first, second and fourth Ultimate Fighting Championships in the earlier 90s. It has since become a staple art for many MMA fighters and is largely credited for bringing wide-spread attention to the importance of ground fighting. Sport BJJ tournaments continue to grow in popularity worldwide and have given rise to no-gi submission grappling tournaments, such as ADCC.

The art is sometimes referred to as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (GJJ) but this name is trademarked by Rorion Gracie and specifically refers to the style taught by him and his selected teachers. Other members of the Gracie family often call their style by personalized names, such as Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and similarly, the Machado brothers call their style Machado Jiu-Jitsu (MJJ). While each style and its instructors have their own unique aspects, they are regarded as variations of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  • Sid Jamotte says:

    Marin MMA was my first introduction to martial arts and it was an extremely positive one. Mikyo Riggs and his talented team of instructors were always polite and willing to provide the best training they could. Marin MMA is a great and welcoming environment for men and women of all ages; training among Mr. Riggs was an honor and one of the best decisions i have ever made. Thank you Marin MMA!

  • Chelsea says:

    I’m so blessed to be training at Mikyo’s gym. He’s such a talented martial artist and brilliant teacher who has the capabilities to not just teach his students the sport, but lifetime goal settings and self-improvement. The entire team is like a family and they’re always welcoming to any newcomers. It’s a great gym to throw yourself into the deep end and you might be surprised at how far you can push yourself. Whether you’re a parent, child, student, even grandparent, each person learns at their own pace and discovers their inner talents they might have not known they possessed! If anyone is in the bay area, I highly recommend a drop-in and see what you’ve been missing out on!

  • Mike says:

    I’ve been at MarinMMA for about six months and my only regret is that I did not join sooner. Very talented instructors, great Mixture of stand up and grappling classes, and an overall fantastic workout. I did a lot of research before deciding which school to join and there is no doubt that they are not only the best at what they do, but also operate as a very tight-knit family environment!

  • Brendan M. Laing says:

    Marin MMA was the first place I started training, and it could not have been a better introduction. Everybody was incredibly helpful, and while I do wish they had more super-heavyweights for me to work with, no gym has more than one or two. I still rely on thing I learned from my first couple months there, and every chance I get I will be returning to train there.

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