Premier Martial Arts School and Training

Marin Mixed Martial Arts (MarinMMA) is the premier martial arts school in Marin County.  Marin MMA has won multiple awards, including "Best Martial Arts School"  in the prestigious Best of Marin reader poll by Pacific Sun for 2007, 2010, 2011 and most recently Best of Marin 2013! But MarinMMA is more than just an award winning martial arts school -- we are a tight knit community not only focusing on martial arts, but also looking to enrich all aspects of our student's lives. Our goal is to show everyone how they can enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits of practicing martial arts.
MarinMMA is the home of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blackbelt Mikyo Riggs. With over 23 years of experience, Mikyo has trained with world class fighters in Jiu Jitsu and MMA.  Mikyo’s teaching style draws from his studies in Psychology at University of Boulder and he is a certified Double-Gold Positive Coach.  Combining his knowledge of the newest competition techniques, solid fundamentals, and an adaptive strength and conditioning curriculum, Mikyo is a very in demand teacher.  Mikyo has competed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Muay Thai Kickboxing and learned from top champions in wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. His students have titles in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling, and Mixed Martial Arts competitions.
We offer the most comprehensive martial arts training for men, women, and children of all levels.  Whether you are looking to improve your health, learn self defense techniques, or become a serious competitive martial artist, Marin Mixed Martial Arts offers classes in Brazilian Jiu-JitsuMuay Thai KickboxingMixed Martial Arts and Yoga.

Mikyo welcomes you to experience his unique teaching style. Thank you for your interest in MarinMMA.

"I've known Mikyo for over 10 years. He has been a training partner, coach, and friend. With his knowledge of striking, takedowns, and Jiu-Jitsu he is a perfect teacher for anyone who wants to learn true mixed martial arts."

BJ Penn – UFC World Champion, Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, One of the Pound for Pound Best fighters in the world

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Here's what people have to say about Marin MMA and Mikyo Riggs:




"Mikyo Riggs, the main man, has been my instructor through it all. He has helped me grow so much as a fighter, and as a person. He understands that no one starts off as some amazing black belt, and is there to help set you up for success. You'll also get help and support from your incredible teammates. Some of the sweetest and most patient people I've met have been my partners though this. I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world." - Kirsten Annel

"What I have gained is much more than simply a knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu. I have also made great friends, gotten into the best shape of my life and grown as an individual by challenging myself to enter competitions despite being over 40 years old." - Peter Fugazzotto

"I have trained at other well-known academies but I have yet to meet a teacher, fighter and true martial artist like Mikyo Riggs.   Some schools try to produce Mundial winners while others try to train the next UFC fighters.  But Mikyo Riggs is unique in his ability to get the best out of whoever walks into his academy and makes the commitment to learn and develop.  He makes a comparable commitment to you and I have seen him devote as much attention to the 40 year old paperwork pusher as he does to his 25 year old full time mixed martial arts fighters and jiu jitsu players." - Noel Murphy 


If you are looking for a martial arts school second to none in the Bay Area to grow as a human being, make smart life choices, learn self defense, have fun exercising, and meet people you will call friends I highly recommend Mikyo Riggs and Marin MMA. Thank you Mikyo!" - Laith  Salih


"I’ve been training under Mikyo Riggs for six years and have come to respect his unique style of instruction. The style he teaches in has evolved not only from his deep-set philosophical belief in technique, but also from his own personal accomplishments. Throughout my life I have encountered many individuals with the ability to teach and many individuals that perform at very high levels, but rarely can they do both. Mikyo is an exception to that rule. As the head instructor and owner of his own school he is also a decorated fighter. In addition to myself, all three of my children also benefit from training with Mikyo." - Travis Wilson

"I believe one of the best things that sets Mikyo Riggs apart from other instructors is that he is involved in our lives. As students, we are treated like part of his family. He knows all of us, and he believes in all of us. He believes in his students and everything we can accomplish with our lives both on and off the mat.  As a fighter, I've seen Mikyo train for tournaments, putting himself through some of the hardest workouts I've seen. He believes in his training and his technique and instills in us, his students, that same belief in our ability. His technical know-how and tireless work ethic inspires all of us to be better martial artists.  Hopefully that doesn't sound too corny, but I believe that. He’s encouraged me to follow my dreams, set my goals, and work towards achieving my goals. Mikyo has always believed in me and what I can accomplish." - David Ireland



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