A Martial Art School
Like No Other

Welcome to, home of The Mikita School of Martial Art.

About The Instructor

Mark Mikita has been a full-time, professional martial arts instructor since 1978. A lifelong practitioner, he has earned an international reputation as a consummate martial artist and a patient and inspiring teacher.

Following the enlightened example set by Bruce Lee, Mark does not believe in style, system or method. He has dedicated his life to studying, dissecting and distilling the most effective techniques and principles from over thirty different martial arts.

Mark is perhaps best known for his mastery of the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA), which are foundational in his school. The always-practical nature of  FMA, being inclusive of anything that works (rather than exclusive, based on cultural, racial, tribal or systemic prejudices), make them the perfect core for such an eclectic approach.

When you train with Mark, you won’t be memorizing useless forms, or wasting your time on techniques with no practical, real-world application.

Mark’s unique approach offers a paradigm-shift from defensive to more effective counter-offensive thinking and training.

Strongly encouraging his students to regularly venture out of their comfort zones to test and develop their ability to function under stress, Mark teaches effective, battle-proven strategies for successfully managing every aspect of a violent encounter.

About Training

His small, mixed-level group classes are informal and extremely detail-oriented, and he teaches every one of them himself.

In a typical class, partnered practice is the norm, with various armed and unarmed drills, sparring and self-defense scenarios taking up approximately 80-90% of class time.

Mark uses the remaining time to expand on the core principles of whatever technique or tactic is being covered.

Moreover, Mark takes the time to delve into applied sciences or look back, sometimes over centuries, to investigate the environmental, cultural and historical factors that initially led to a technique’s development.

This approach helps students understand the ingenious methodologies the originators came up with to solve the problems they faced, as well as revealing the evolutionary processes they employed in creating their arts.

Armed with such knowledge, Mark’s students are charged with the responsibility of keeping it sharp… and keeping it sheathed in all but the most dire of circumstances.

Accordingly, anyone looking to join his school is expected to arrive with a functional moral compass, and the strength of character to follow it.