If you are looking to learn MMA in San Diego the MMA classes at Practical Karate area a great way to get fit, learn how to fight and be a part of group with the same goals. Practical Karate’s MMA classes are structured so that experienced martial artists, complete beginners and everyone in between works up a good sweat while learning the fundamentals of MMA. Only a 1/4 of a mile from the Garnet/Balboa exit on the I-5, Practical Karate is centrally located within 20 minutes of every part of San Diego. Gabriel Miglioli, the head instructor, is experienced in teaching everyone from top ranked professionals to soccer moms to middle school kids looking to gain some confidence.
The average MMA class at Practical Karate is a cross section students from all over San Diego with a wide range of ages and abilities. Middle schoolers learning take down defense and elbows right next to Karate and Jiu-Jitsu black belts is a common sight. “I think it is great having people from different backgrounds, in both martial arts and life, training together and helping each other learn and get better” says Frank McCarroll, the owner of Practical Karate. “Yesterday we had a dad who wrestled growing up struggle with the footwork for striking. One of my middle school aged karate students saw him struggling and showed him how to load his weight and pivot after punching. It’s pretty cool to see a tough ex-wrestler in his 40’s learning from a 12 year old girl” McCarroll adds with a smile. “Gabriel keeps the class really fun and stimulating. One of my favorite things about this class is watching people from an interesting cross section of San Diego training, smiling, laughing and sweating together. Because martial arts are so challenging it brings people together more than any other activity that I have seen.” Stop in for a free trial MMA class with Gabriel Miglioli at Practical Karate on Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm.
MMA Classes for Beginners and Experts
MMA classes at Practical Karate are a great way for martial artists to round out their skills and learn what works when competition rules are taken away. Whether you are a grappler or a striker, MMA training will teach you how to adapt your skills to practical self-defense situations. The rules of competition for many martial arts, and martial sports, have created habits and techniques that aren’t practical for self-defense. In traditional Japanese karate and American freestyle karate competitions the competitors are stopped and reset every time a point is scored. This format has created habits such as dropping the hands and standing up straight with the chin exposed after an exchange. The boxing clinch doesn’t allow for elbows, knees, trips and takedowns while Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and wrestling don’t allow any strikes at all. While these rule constraints can limit the efficacy of each art/sport in street scenario it doesn’t mean that the techniques of these arts/sports won’t work. There is no doubt what would happen if an attacker tries to stand and trade with a skilled boxer or if an assailant tried to tackle a BJJ black belt. However, what if a boxer, with no grappling experience, slips and falls to the ground with the opponent landing on top of them? What if a BJJ black belt, with no striking experience, is sucker punched or can’t cross the distance against a taller assailant? A quick Youtube search can answer both of these questions.
Nobody can deny the efficacy of Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, Wrestling or Karate when combined with complimentary skill sets. However, professional MMA has destroyed the illusion that any of these arts by themselves are entirely sufficient for self-defense. With MMA training strikers can learn how to pummel for under hooks, sprawl, stuff takedowns and how to work their way up from the ground. Grapplers can learn basic punches, kicks, blocks and parries as well as footwork for distance control and dominant angles. Knees, elbows and throws are a great addition to any skill set for self-defense. The MMA classes at Practical Karate are designed for everyone from complete beginners to expert martial artists to learn what works when there are no rules or referees and your safety is on the line. Whether you are an experienced martial artist or have no martial arts experience whatsoever the MMA classes at Practical Karate are a great way to get a work out while learning practical self-defense skills. Stop in for a free trial MMA class with Gabriel Miglioli at Practical Karate on Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm.
There are a lot of people that want to train MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) but don’t out of fear of getting injured or beat up. The MMA classes at Practical Karate are perfect for people that want to learn effective fighting and self-defense techniques without getting banged up and concussed. The MMA instructor at Practical Karate, Gabriel Miglioli, is a former professional fighter that believes MMA training, done right, is not only an excellent form of exercise but a great way to empower people with effective self-defense skills. While still fighting professional Gabriel moved to San Diego from Sao Paulo, Brazil to train with one of the top MMA gyms in the world, Alliance MMA. Gabriel’s goal is to take the knowledge he has learned training at one of the top MMA gyms in the world and use it to help people feel more confident and safe in their community.
Since retiring from fighting Gabriel has parlayed his experience and passion for martial arts into training professional fighters and spreading mixed martial arts to people of all ages and abilities. Although he currently trains top tier fighters such as #6 Ranked UFC flyweight Wilson Reis he also wants to help spread MMA training to everyone from soccer moms to traditional martial artists looking to round out their skill sets. The MMA classes at Practical Karate are structured so that everyone gets a good workout, gains technical proficiency and, most importantly, goes home without getting hurt. Next Saturday you can see Gabriel on UFC on Fox 29 as he corners Wilson Reis in his main event fight against John Moraga.