Institute of Martial Arts MMA, Mixed Martial Arts San Jose Mon, 14 Mar 2016 18:06:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kenpo Karate Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:34:36 +0000 Kids Kenpo Karate is a program that instills discipline, focus, and leadership for today’s youth.




Mixed Martial Arts Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:50:12 +0000 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact sport popularized by the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). It has also been known as cage-fighting, Vale Tudo, Ultimate Fighting, no-holds-barred (NHB), and pankration. MMA has a long history dating back through similar competitions in the Greek Olympics where pankration matches, similar to MMA today, were fought with more popularity than any of the other Olympic events. Today Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

At The Institute of Martial Arts, our program involves building a student up by teaching basic fundamental fighting skills as they apply in a Mixed Martial Arts situation such as:
-Basic punching and kicking and defenses
-Basic MMA positioning on the ground and which areas to attack
-How to successfully execute take-downs in an MMA setting
-And finally we show how to successfully mix the jiu jitsu and kickboxing programs in a way that they can actually be applied in a fight.

Our MMA program mainly focuses on these components of mixed martial arts fighting:
-Using the cage offensively and defensively (wall-work)
-Using strikes to aid in take-down and using take-downs to aid in striking
-Using Jiu Jitsu holds to strike and to advance position in an MMA setting
-Effective G&P through top-positioning
-MMA Clinch-work

The skills are practiced through a series of drills in an effective but safe manner

The kids MMA program focuses on training the future generation of Mixed Martial Arts stars, your kids! The practices are controlled and the children drill in a manner such that they are able to get realistic training while still adhering to safety. The program focuses on less contact and more on proper positioning and control. It is the perfect program for your youth interested in MMA.

Your child will learn a variety of skills from punching, kicking, take-downs, defending take-downs, positional escapes on the ground, submission holds, clinch-work, and wall-work.

We have classes available for children of ages from 5 to 10 years
old and also for 10 to 15 years old.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:01:24 +0000 At the Institute of Martial Arts in San Jose we have programs to accommodate ANY ONE! From kids classes that start at the age of 3 to our black belt program we have a program specially designed to meet your needs. All beginners start in the Fundamental program! All of our classes are taught by IBJJF sanctioned and certified belts!




This “No-Gi” class is designed for beginners and advanced students and consists of basic traditional Jiu Jitsu technics adapted to make up for the lack of a uniform to grab. Students will learn how to take down, hold down and apply joint locks to submit opponents who are not wearing a Gi. Class consists of warm-ups, technics, drilling and rolling (live training). This class is an excellent way to transition your Jiu Jitsu technics into self-defense.  Students must wear shorts and a rash guard (or a t-shirt) to attend this class




History of Jiu-Jitsu:
Jiu-Jitsu, which means gentle art is the oldest form of martial art. It originated in India more than 2000 years before Christ. It was created by monks who could not use any type of weapons to defend their lives against barbarian attacks. It spread through China, and eventually took root and was elaborated on in Japan becoming the first martial art style.

The samurai clans in Japan adopted Jiu-Jitsu as their own traditional style to defeat an opponent regardless if the situation was striking, throwing or grappling. With the passing years, they split the techniques and developed other martial arts styles, such as judo, akido, karate, etc. In 1914, Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion Esai Maeda migrated to Brazil, where he was instrumental in establishing a Japanese immigrant community. His efforts were aided by Gastão Gracie, a Brazilian scholar and politician of Scottish descent. As an expression of his gratitude for Gracie’s assistance, Maeda taught the Brazilian’s oldest son Carlos the essential secrets of the ancient martial arts technique. Carlos taught Maeda’s techniques to his four brothers, and in 1925 they opened the first Jiu-Jitsu academy in Brazil. For the Gracie brothers, teaching the art was more than an occupation. It was their passion.

One of the brothers, Helio Gracie, paid special interest to the use of the techniques. Helio being of small frame, light in weight (only 135 pounds), and in frail health, was 16 when he began learning Jiu-Jitsu. Being unable to participate in classes, he would sit and watch his older brother teach every day. One day when Carlos was unable to make it to class, Helio was asked to instruct. Because of his size and stature, he began to work with and adapt the basic rules of Jiu-Jitsu. He introduced the application of leverage to the art, making it possible for a smaller opponent to defeat a larger one. He began experimenting, modifying and enhancing the basic techniques to make them effective for a person regardless of his or her stature.Thus began the development of a new and more effective art – Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Helio’s skills eventually enabled him to beat some of the world’s greatest fighters. Helio’s feats include the longest fight in recorded history – 3 hours and 45 minutes, nonstop – and the historic match against Masahiko Kimura, who was probably the greatest fighter Japan ever produced. Helio passed away at the age of 94. Helio’s quest became today’s Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a martial art that is continuously evolving as a result of input from practitioners throughout the world. – From Rickson Gracie


European Kickboxing Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:19:49 +0000 At the Institute of Martial Arts we have a program to meet your specific need, skill level and goal.

Kickboxing is made up of two components (can be taken individually): a Fight component, Muay Thai, centered around the technical skills necessary to control your opponent and a fitness component, FightShape, designed to give you the fitness and stamina to make it through the heat of battle.

Muay Thai: Created on the battlefield as the Siamese army’s hand to hand combat, over time, it has evolved into one of the most respected and ring proven stand up styles. Make use of all your body’s weapons (Punches, Kicks, Knees, Elbows) to brutalize your opponent with hard contact. Temper your body to shrug off impact.  We teach a hybrid system of the traditional and international muay thai. All traditional skills will be covered and added to with western style boxing techniques. Consisting of pad drills, partner drills and bag work. Taught technically, with an emphasis on skill development, and strategic understanding. You don’t need to fight to learn, but you will learn to fight.

FightShape: Much more than your average “Cardio” class. This is a program built to get you used to going hard round after round. Wanna shake off the stress of the day as well as some of those extra calories?. Kickboxing has been shown to be an effective way to do both. Worried about bulking up? Look at the average kickboxers body. Slim and strong.

Partner drills, bag rounds, medicine ball drills, shadowboxing, plyometric, callestenics and other body weight based workouts will help you tone up and lean out. Designed to build stamina and endurance, workouts will be broken into rounds with breaks in-between, you will be encouraged to push yourself and give everything you have in your tank.