Welcome to Kentfield Mixed
Martial arts taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere without the
aggression or intimidation. Learn
that will serve you for life.
Classes for all ages and levels…
Beginning and first time students always welcome and encouraged.
Learn from masters of various martial arts in a low impact and
that allows you to learn techniques without getting injured.
Choose from Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, or Striking based classes.
Learn real world self-defense with solid basics of grappling and
striking defense. Gain power, speed, coordination and muscle from serious
workouts for your entire body and mind. Private lessons with exceptional
teachers and kids classes available too.
Kentfield MMA Expert Instructors
6'1", 190lbs. Nico is one of the most highly trained martial
artists in the world having begun training at age 10 and taking
the Pan American Jiu Jitsu World Championship at age 49. He is a
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, a 7th dan Jiu Jitsu black belt
(red belt from Osaka), a 7th degree Judo black belt, a 5th Dan
Shorin Ryu Karate black belt, a Master Muay Thai Instructor, and
a Shaolin Kung-Fu black sash. Nico lives and teaches in Marin
County and is the founder and director of World Jiu Jitsu.
6'2", 225lbs. Mike's training began in San Jose, CA at age 18
and has been anything but traditional, focusing on what works on
the streets not what is allowed in tournaments. His training
began with Master Dan Choi in Tang Soo Do and Hapkido. He earned
a Blackbelt in Tang Soo by 1989. He's trained with Green Berets,
Hells Angels, professional fighters, and renowned Japanese,
Chinese and Korean martial arts masters. His search for the
practical and most effective fighting techniques came under
instructors like Master Adam Hsu who is a recognized authority
on Northern Chinese Martial Arts with the foundation of Mike's
training being the arts of Baji Chuan and Islamic Longfist. His
most recent training was in a Pat Miletich affiliated MMA school
in Bozeman, Montana where students trained in Behring Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu, boxing and Thai Kickboxing. His training with a
variety of martial artists has provided a very versatile
knowledge of real world self-defense
Serge Gerlach has
a long history in martial arts with training in san shou,
submission wrestling, BJJ, and Combat Sambo under Alexander
Barakov. His 11 years of SAMBO (Russian Military Combatives and
Sport Competitive versions) accomplishments include an "Instruc-tor's
Rank" from New York Combat Sambo earned in 2008.
Most of his training was in Moscow with Igor Kurinnoy. He won
the heavyweight bronze medal at the 1997 Gene LeBell World
Grappler's Challenge in Toronto, Canada; a gold medal (2004) and
silver medal (2006) at the United Gracie Tournament in San
Francisco; a bronze medal at the 2005 Unity Classic Sambo
Tournament; and a silver medal at the 2005 and 2007 North
American Freestyle Sambo Championships. Serge teaches Combat
Sambo classes at Kentfield MMA and throughout the San Francisco
Bay area. 11 years of SAMBO (Russian Military Combatives and
Sport Competitive versions), including an "Instructor's Rank"
from New York Combat Sambo earned in 2008. Amateur competition
experiences in many Sport Sambo, Judo, Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and
kickboxing tournaments/events. Extensive seminars in sport and
combatives fight training. Combatives seminars placed special
emphasis on preventative work and resolution/minimization of
John is the owner/head coach of Lavin MMA. John is a Black Belt
and the 2014 California State Grappling Champion (UGF) and Naga
title belt holder the last 2 years running. A dynamic teaching
style and a true love for Mixed Martial Arts coupled with his 14
years of professional martial arts teaching experience make John
an ideal coach for both new and seasoned MMA enthusiasts.
Lavin has won several competitions in Mixed Martial Arts,
Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, most recently taking home
the gold from the Bay Area Jiu Jitsu Classic in the No-Gi
Advanced (black belt) division, and winning the 2012 California
State Grappling Championship Advanced Division, including a
submission victory over UFC Veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Black Belt Nam Phan. Additionally, he has won the 2012 NAGA San
Francisco Expert (Black Belt) Division with the fastest
submission of the day, and a hard fought win over BJJ Black Belt
Riury Gracie in the finals. John repeated the feat, bringing
back the 2013 NAGA title as well, winning all his matches by
John is sometimes jokingly called “The Kid Whisperer” by parents
and colleagues, for his one of a kind ability to understand,
communicate with, and properly direct children in both Mixed
Martial Arts training and behavior outside of classes.
As a certified
Strength & Conditioning Coach and avid Jiu-Jitsu competitor,
Chris May is both a well rounded fighter and coach. Chris is
certified by the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI)
which specializes in functional fitness.
Having taught group fitness lessons and one on one sessions for
over 7 years, Chris’s classes are as tough as they come. With
his unique, one of a kind training regiment, Chris will get you
in the best shape of your life.
Chris is available for Personal Training in Fitness, MMA, and
BJJ for both adults and kids