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This gym has been absolutely incredible for me and my 3 kids! The prices are around the same from what I've seen in other gyms in the area, however, the coaches here are incredible! I've definitely noticed the difference in my kids' listening skills as well as confidence since they've started. I take the Jiu-Jitsu and MMA classes myself and it's most definitely better than any gym I've been to!
If you're looking for a class to take your kids to, look no further! SBG offers both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts where the kids learn important life skills while also learning discipline and body awareness. Coach Marco is fantastic with children. He's engaging, patient, and fun! The classes are a great mix of games and lessons. My kids are involved in a few
different activities but they definitely have the most fun in their MMA class.
My oldest son has been with Coach Marco since 2010. Then my youngest joined in 2012. A few years later, my husband and I joined the gym. Coach Marco, Coach Petar, Coach Lynda, and Coach Dakota are great role models for my boys, both on and off the mats. The entire family is learning self-defense while having fun together. What a way to spend quality time with
some really awesome coaches! We love it here. You will too.
I've been training here for over 6 months now, and it's an amazing place. I was training for a few years back in Massachusetts before I moved to Pasadena, and of all of the gyms I tried, this one was my favorite! The coaches are great teachers and provide detailed explanations of
techniques. The classmates are fun and kind, but also super hardworking and will make you work really hard during training and sparring. I'm constantly trying to recruit my friends to come
train with me because of how much I enjoy training here.
Cris De Paolis
...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.
Honestly, I have nothing to compare this place to, but from my experience, it's awesome. The atmosphere is welcoming, family friendly, and non-intimidating. The coaches are the friendliest people you will ever meet, funny, knowledgeable, patient, and understanding.
My kids started training almost a year ago, then my husband started, and I finally did my first class in March. I would recommend this place to anybody, and quite frequently do! SBG SoCal feels like family, I love it there!
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Marco Sanchez II is a Los Angeles native passionate about self-defense and the journey of martial arts. With over 12 years’ experience in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kenpo Karate, Boxing, and Muay Thai, he’s enthusiastic about sharing the philosophy of fighting in a way that’s useful and effective.
As an SBG SoCal Head Coach, he is innovative in his approach to teaching everyone from our Growing Gorillas Program (4y/o-7y/o) to our Adult Jiu Jitsu and Combatives Programs (16y/o & up). He strives to make his classes fun and engaging, while helping his students learn and understand the core concepts of the lessons.
Coach Marco believes that everyone has the potential and ability to be truly great martial artists, no matter your age or physical ability. Whether you are seeking a spot on the podium, aiming to get fit, or searching for a new activity, he is eager to help you reach your goals.