Mark Mikita

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Joe Hyams
“Mark has put together a system that’s incredible and he is probably the best martial artist I have ever seen; certainly the best I’ve ever studied with.”
–Joe Hyams
Author, "Zen In The Martial Arts"
Crispulo "Ising" Atillo
“My best student is here in the USA. He is Mark Mikita. All my secrets, I taught him, and I have already awarded him as Master and Grandmaster. He's the best!”
–Grandmaster Crispulo "Ising" Atillo
Dan Inosanto
“I’ve known Mark Mikita for 20 years and he really is an extraordinary martial artist.”
–Dan Inosanto
Training Partner of Bruce Lee
Sam Sheridan
“Mark Mikita is the real deal. He understands, into his bones, what he is teaching.”
–Sam Sheridan
Author of "A Fighter's Heart" and "The Fighter's Mind"
Burton Richardson
“If you have the chance to train with Mark Mikita, do it. Touch hands with him and you will be inspired, as was I, to be your best.”
–Burton Richardson
Jeet Kune Do Unlimited
Laurent Delsol
“The Mikita School of Martial Art is a truly great place to train and grow as a martial artist. Mark Mikita has my utmost respect and devotion.”
–Laurent Delsol
Free Carradine
“I set out to find a masterful teacher who fully embodied the warrior-sage ideal... who would've ever thought I would find one, in LA no less?  His name is Mark Mikita... and now you have found him too.”
–Free Carradine
Den Bradshaw
“Whether you are new to Martial Arts, or are already a veteran instructor, if you want to get your fighting skills to the next level, and work with the very best, Mark Mikita is your man.”
–Den Bradshaw
Ian Armstrong
“Mark is a lexicon of martial arts knowledge with an understanding of history, anatomy, biomechanics and human nature that truly sets him apart. He is a thinking man’s martial arts teacher...”
–Ian Armstrong MD
James Bamford
“In my opinion, Mark Mikita is the foremost instructor of non-sport, practical, effective Martial Arts in North America today.”
James "Bam-Bam" Bamford
President, Stunts Canada
Ritchie Yip
“In the world of Martial Arts, I’ve never met anyone who rivals Mark Mikita's talent, skill and ability to teach.”
–Ritchie Yip
Founder of InFighting
Loki Jorgenson
“As far as I'm concerned, Mark is one of the legends of modern Filipino martial arts.”
–Loki Jorgenson
Dog Brother & Maelstrom Martial Arts Instructor
Damon Wayans Jr.
“Mark Mikita is the Best Martial Arts Teacher EVER!”
–Damon Wayans Jr.
Actor & Comedian

Mark Mikita has been teaching professionally since 1978. A lifelong practitioner, he has earned an international reputation as a consummate martial artist and a patient and inspiring teacher. Mark’s unique approach offers a real paradigm-shift from defensive to more effective counter-offensive thinking and training.

Delving deeper, Mark holds that to truly master any practicable martial art, the student must grasp the unstable dynamics of a combative relationship, for that is where the real art lives — in the often frightening, real-time relationship of exigency to strategy; of strategy to tactics; of tactics to weapon choice and, finally, of weapon to target — and both his school and his personal art reflect this insightful perspective.

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

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

As to what goes on 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 expound on the core principlesof whatever technique or tactic is being covered, often delving into applied sciences or looking back, sometimes over centuries, to investigate the environmental, cultural and historical factors that initially led to its development, thus imparting not only the ingenious methodologies the originators came up with to solvethe problems they faced but also, and perhaps more importantly, the process they employed.

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 exigent circumstances.
Finally, there’s one thing you definitely won’t find at Mark’s school, and that’s politics…

In his book, Zen In The Martial Arts, Mark’s longtime student, Joe Hyams, wrote that a martial arts school is “a microcosm of life.”  Hence, despite its well-packaged claims to the contrary, the so-called martial arts community has its fair share of cowards masquerading as men of honor, and the factional scheming and often slanderous backbiting they are invariably responsible for has wrecked more great schools and martial arts friendships than anything else.

In the words of legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden,“While you, the leader, can teach many things, character is not taught easily to adults who arrive at your desk lacking it. Be cautious about taking on reclamation projects regardless of the talent they possess. Have the courage to make character count among the qualities you seek in others.” Mark has that courage.
Accordingly, anyone looking to join his school – be they a complete novice or high-ranking black belt – is expected to arrive at his proverbial desk with an accurate moral compass and the fortitude to follow it.

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