World Class Instruction - For Everybody

At Straight Blast Gym SoCal, we produce results for everyone – regardless of experience, athleticism or lack thereof. We focus on what works: the core fundamental principles.  The science behind our training methods works for 35-year-old IT analysts, 53-year-old doctors, and 21-year-old MMA fighters.

Anybody Can Train

You. Your kids. Anybody. It's not just what we teach at SBG that makes us unique, it's HOW we teach it. The SBG teaching methodology caters to every body type regardless of strength, size, age, or current level of fitness.

Hanging out together after Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu and MMA Classes At Straight Blast Gym Socal. Because it's fun. Because it works.

It's Fun.

If you've never trained Jiu Jitsu or MMA before, we know what you're probably thinking: "This place is going to have someone like that rough-guy instructor from the Karate Kid barking and embarrassing me on my first day!".

Good news! Our students leave every class smiling, sweaty, and ready to learn more. Why? Because we have a group of dedicated and professional coaches who want the same thing you do; to have fun teaching so you can have fun learning.

It Works.

Those Karate and Kung Fu movies we grew up on were fun, but all that fighting stuff they did wasn't real. Waxing cars, kicking trees, and meditating fiercely are just gimmicks to spark our imagination. Nowadays we know better. Real fighting doesn't look like something out of the Matrix.

SBG Gyms worldwide focus on what works. Unlike those other traditional martial arts, we test techniques in training and keep what works while throwing out what doesn't. Jiu Jitsu and MMA are uniquely suited to finding the truth in fighting and so are the Coaches here.

But don't take our word on it. Take advantage of our 1-week free trial to see for yourself how we're doing things. We're confident you'll love it. The bonus is that you get to meet some of the most amazing humans on the planet...our members. You won't regret it.

"I have now been an active member in both the MMA and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes for about 6 Months. Everyone in class is good spirited, egos are left outside the mat. Everything is explained in detail, with great patience, perfect articulation and with great attention to the details. I never felt intimidated and all the higher belts make an effort to make you feel welcomed and go out of their way to make sure you are doing the drills correctly."

Cris DePaolis - Adult BJJ & MMA

cris testimonial
Self Defense for kids starts with Jiu Jitsu
Practicing Jiu Jitsu at SBG Socal in Pasadena

One Tribe. One Vibe.

Discover the difference...being part of the SBG Tribe makes you a part of a larger worldwide community of Straight Blast Gym International, alongside people of all walks of life in gyms located throughout the US, Canada, Ireland, UK, South Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and Estonia. At the heart of our training is a desire to find what works and train it. Our coaches are dedicated to helping each member of our tribe to identify and reach their goals.


Success in any gym environment is dependent on the people you train with. Our community is filled with like-minded members and families, who encourage when things get tough and cheer when you overcome. We remind each other that little things like getting a good night's sleep, applying Jiu Jitsu in your everyday life (using minimum effort for maximum results i.e. leverage), using your days off of work in a healthy and fulfilling way (going for hikes, going surfing, spending time playing with friends and loved ones), all become a huge factor in your ongoing success. This is what it means to be a part of our tribe.

kids jiu jitsu testimonial

"The instructors conduct classes with compassionate discipline, humor and well organized, targeted lesson plans. My child is learning practical, physical skills as well as esteem building social skills like how to assert himself, goal setting and self respect."

Amy R - Parent

Our Location in Pasadena, CA

Business Hours

Offering classes 7 days a week, morning and night.


Monday:         8:45-10:00AM / 4:00-9:00PM

Tuesday:        4:00-9:00PM

Wednesday:  8:45-10:00AM / 4:00-9:00PM

Thursday:      4:00-9:00PM

Friday:            8:45-10:00AM / 4:00-8:00PM

Saturday:       8:00AM-2:30PM

Sunday:          10:00AM-1:00PM


What is Straight Blast Gym All About?

Truth in fighting. Worldwide community. Martial Arts Scientists. What does that mean for you? That we take our jobs seriously and we are diligently studying/learning what WORKS rather than what has been passed down for generations. To quote Chris Haueter (5th Degree Black Belt in BJJ) : "Think Street, Train Sport, Practice Art."

Is your free trial really "free"?

Yes, it is. It's a chance for you to meet us, try a class or two, and learn a bit more about the vibe of our gym. Need more than a class or two to make sure? Just ask one of our friendly coaches for more details. We are serious about making a phenomenal training environment that is appropriate for everybody no matter their age, size, or current level of fitness. We wouldn't want you to become a member unless you had a chance to "kick our tires".

How much are classes/memberships?

We are a membership-based gym, so prices vary. Whether you're doing MMA or Jiu Jitsu, we have multiple payment options to choose from that fit any budget and offer steep discounts to folks interested in our membership programs. We offer private classes, semi-private classes, and group classes for all ages.

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