Instructors

At Marin MMA, we offer mixed martial arts training by experienced instructors in a helpful and friendly environment. Our programs are led by experienced instructors from a wide variety of backgrounds who have come together to produce some of the best training available anywhere.

MIKYO RIGGS
Head Martial Arts Instructor & Owner

Classes Taught: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals, Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Competition Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing

Times: Monday – Thursday at 5:00-8:00PM

Mikyo Riggs is a Blackbelt under the legendary Ralph Gracie. Riggs is the owner and head instructor of Marin MMA.

A Marin County native, Mikyo Riggs first earned a second degree black belt in freestyle Mixed Martial Arts. He then earned his black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in one of the toughest academies in the world. He is one of the few black belts under Ralph Gracie and has been training and competing for over two decades.

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Mikyo Riggs

LAITH SALIH
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Classes Taught: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (all-levels)

Times: Saturdays at 12PM, Sundays at 10AM

Laith Salih, is a Marin MMA blackbelt. He is a one of the best instructors and competitors. He is a pan am champion and SF open champion and one of our premiere Brazilian jiu jitsu instructors. Laith is one of Mikyo’s first students and oldest friends. He has been training for 15 years and is in exceptional shape. His hero physique and nice demenor earned him the nickname superman. In addition to jiu jitsu, Laith is passionate about helping people reach there fitness goals and living a healthy lifestyle.

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Laith Salih

Brigette Barnato
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Brigette began training in Martial arts at the age of 9. At age 13, she began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and never looked back.

The first black belt under Mikyo Riggs, Brigette is one of the most loyal, dedicated students at Marin Mixed Martial Arts. She is also a seasoned competitor who has earned medals at the Pan American Championships and World Championships, and is 4x U.S. Open Champion.

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Brigette Barnato

LAUREN SACKS
Purple Belt – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor, Program Director

Classes Taught: Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Time Teaches: Fridays at 5PM

Lauren began training Karate and Kickboxing at ten years old through most of her high school career. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Arts.

After interning with companies like Sony Computer Entertainment America and Hands-On Mobile, Lauren decided that she spent enough time playing virtual characters; now she wants to be the real thing.

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Lauren Sacks

 

ANDREW LeCOUNT
Brown Belt – Adults and Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor

Classes Taught: Lion Cubs, Little Lions, Kids Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (all-levels)

Time Teaches: Monday – Thursday at 12PM, 3:00-5:00PM; Saturdays at 10:30AM

Andrew LeCount started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Marin MMA in 2009 with background in Judo. His prior martial arts experience helped him appreciate the high-level ground techniques from the beginning.

Andrew has competed and represented his school well in numerous Jiu-Jitsu competitions over the years, including earning a gold medal in the American Cup, US Open, Rumble in the Redwoods, and other regional tournaments.

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Andrew LeCount