Unlike some Martial Arts schools, MAU has specific classes for adults. Soke’ Jeff Santella is a formally trained teacher and certified by the Lee County School Board. He has trained 1000’s of Law Enforcement Officers including local, state, Federal, and international level. He is also known for teaching “Neuro Physiology” to Military personnel. You will not be taught by teachers who usually teach children. We are proud to teach students in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond! We currently have a Sensei (Teacher) who still trains at 90 yrs young. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSES!! You just need to realize your limitations, and go at your own pace. Personal growth in the physical or mental capacity has no age limit. Although the average age of students training in the Martial Arts in this country is “9”. MAU has 100+ adult students.
No matter the style of Martial Arts you chose, We have an experienced teacher that can cater to your needs. You may be interested in Fitness, Sport, Defense or all three. The choice is yours. We have private and group training available during the day or evening. Some classes are more formal with traditional uniforms and belt ranking, while others are more casual with a simple club T-shirt. Most classes are co-ed, but we are also known for our “Ladies Only” Counter Assault program.
Here are some programs we offer Adults: Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Krav Maga, Martial Arts University, Kobudo (Okinawan weapons), Judo, Archery, Cage conditioning, Karate and Firearms (CCW).
Brazilian Jui-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century, which was itself developed from a number of schools (or Ryu) of Japanese jujutsu in the 19th century.
It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills, from a mixture of martial arts and non-martial arts traditions, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete.
The history of modern MMA competition can be traced to mixed style contests throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim during the early 1900s; the Gracie family’s vale tudo martial arts tournaments in Brazil starting in the 1920s; and early mixed martial arts-themed professional wrestling matches (known as Ishu Kakutougi Sen in Japan) hosted by Antonio Inoki in Japan in the 1970s.
Judo: meaning “gentle way” is a modern martial art and combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Dr Kano Jigoro. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the object is to either throw or takedown one’s opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue one’s opponent with a grappling maneuver, or force an opponent to submit by joint locking or by executing a strangle hold or choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori)
Jeff Santella’s Street Defense
is simply the most comprehensive and complete martial arts system – incorporating the attributes of the world’s most recognized combat concepts, and dedicated to teaching Awareness, Mind-Body Fitness, and the development of defensive strategies and techniques that best suit an individual
Muay Thai Kickboxing
Muay Thai is a hard martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese styles of kickboxing, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from muay boran, Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport.
Thai boxing has been around for over a thousand years. However, it can be traced back using records to 400 years ago in the former capital of Thailand known as Ayuthaya. Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout mainland Southeast Asia.
Martial Arts University is a sanctioned school recognized by The International TaeKwon-Do Federation. The ITF was founded by General Choi, Hong Hi, the Father of Traditional TaeKwon-Do. Classes consist of safe stretching warm ups, basic foot and hand practice drills, pre-arranged one, two and three step sparring techniques, the traditional ITF patterns of Chon-Ji through Tong-IL , safe semi-free and free sparring. Sport and Traditional techniques are all covered in a safe and supportive, friendly environment. Our Instructors are ITF certified. They are Brian Douglas, Fourth Degree Black Belt and Barbi Galluppi, Second Degree Black Belt.
Karate-do, meaning “way of the empty hand” was developed in Okinawa, Japan. Karate-do is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques such as knife-hands. Grappling, locks, restraints, throws, and vital point strikes are taught in some styles. Also Karate-do is famous for its kata’s. Karate-do teaches ethical principles. Gichin Funakoshi “Father of Modern Karate” His legacy rests in a document containing his philosophies of Karate-do training now referred to as the niju kun, or “twenty precepts”
Kobudo (Okinawan weapons)
Weapons class is combination of using various martial weapons , such as the bo staff, katana, nunchaku, and tonfa etc. All of which come from various cultures.
Archery is the art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow. Archery has historically been used for hunting and combat; in modern times, however, its main use is that of a recreational activity. One who practises archery is typically known as an “archer” or “bowman,” and one who is fond of or an expert at archery can be referred to as a “toxophilite.”
Combat Conditioning is a combination of high intensity cardio, fitness and martial techniques, blended together to ready your body for the amount of stress that would be put on you mentally and physically from a real life combat scenario.