Kids Programs

Little Leaders JKD – Ages 5 to 7
Jr. Leaders Jeet Kune Do – Ages 8 through 14

Kids get a combination of Thai Boxing, Bruce Lee's art, Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Filipino Martial Arts. Character Lessons are a part of the children's program. Advancement in rank depends on child's behavior in class, at home and school.
Adults - Ages 16 - 86


Mixed Martial Arts

There’s not another school in Sarasota that can offer this wide range of martial arts with instructors who are certified with years of experience and not weekend certifications!

Current Information

We feel very fortunate to be an affiliate of these top notch programs and organizations.
Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts
Francis Fong Wing Chun Association
World Thai Boxing Association of the USA
Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu
AMAC Civilian Tactical Instructors

That's what makes us different!

Martial Arts Is An Exciting, Positive Passion To Have!

There are many choices when it comes to martial arts. Trying to decide if you want Karate, Boxing, Judo, Aikido, Krav Maga, Wing Chun, Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Japanese Jiu Jitsu, or mixed Martial arts can be overwhelming. Education on the various arts, their specialty, and what benefit they will give you is what beginning students need to research. Do you want competition, Street Self Defense, or just to learn something while you’re working on your fitness? These are all questions potential students need to ask themselves.

Martin Academy of Martial Arts, (MAMA) wants you, your family and friends to discover positive new experiences that will open up to you through marital arts training at our academy. Through martial arts training at MAMA, students will find positive, new, self-discovery experiences, they will develop and open up not only in their training but in other areas of life. We have a family atmosphere that helps students realize this is the laboratory where you discover what will work for you in a street life and death situation. Not everything will work for everyone. It’s also important to be aware of things that may not fit your body or you’ll be taken be surprise by the unfamiliar.

Top Martial arts instructors such as Sifu /Guro Dan Inosanto, Sifu Francis Fong, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Sensei Erik Paulson, Sifu Alan Baker, the Machado Brothers, Pedro Sauer  Gracie Jiu Jitsu Association, are the foundation for the material taught at  MAMA. Instructors at MAMA are required to update their training and continue their education.  Sifu Dan Inosanto, LaVonne Martin’s instructor, best friend and protégé of the late Bruce Lee, continues to train today at 82.

Whether or not you choose Martin Academy, the Main and Apprentice instructors have experience in many disciplines, and have the ability to help guide you in the appropriate direction.   It’s not only what is taught, but how. The atmosphere of the school, the attitude of the other students you will be training with, and the instructors are what is important.  That’s why we’re committed to providing the highest quality marital arts instruction and training, in a positive encouraging environment. Come in for a short consultation, at no cost to you, to see if Martin Academy is the place for you. And at the very least, you will get some education on various disciplines and see if what’s important to you, will fit with what’s important in the academy.


Martin Academy Notice on Covid – 19 Virus

Dear Students and Family,

I’ve avoided making this decision as long as I possibly could. Because of an abundance of caution, staying with the CDC standards, keeping our students, our students family members safe / healthy, we are suspending classes for a short period of time. We will close on a week by week basis. The academy will be closed starting immediately – there will be no classes tonight Tuesday March 17th. We will closely monitor the situation and determine on Sunday whether to open next week.

During this time we will let students know how to keep up their training with short videos, and determine in the next couple days the method of getting students additional information. Upon returning, students will be able to attend as many classes as they would like with extra training sessions scheduled in various arts to catch up. If you are currently doing privates with an instructor please contact us as that may still be possible.

Please make sure you are a member of our students facebook, check the website and expect emails or text from us in order to keep you informed of what the current status is. We also may schedule an impromptu workshop as things progress and we feel it’s safe to do so.

During my lifetime of training I’ve found that the times I couldn’t train, which was during an injury instead of quarantine, if I mentally ran through training drills or shadow boxed them, when I went back to regular training I was better than before. The mind doesn’t know whether you are physically or mentally training.

As a bit of trivia regarding quarantine – I read that Isaac Newton first started studying his theory of gravity during a time of quarantine.

The term – “ Walk On” was from Bruce Lee when he injured his back. During that time he continued to mentally train, write and create new areas of thinking for his art.

Your health is a priority to MAMA.

Stay safe, stay healthy and be a part of the calm instead of panic.

Sifu LaVonne, Coach Ted, Coach Joshua and Mr Steve and all the others who are a part of making our academy great.


Sign up to be notified of our next workshop for Women at link below.

Women’s Personal Safety Form


Using the martial arts as a vehicle for improvement.


Check out MAMAs upcoming workshops on Seminars Page!

2020 MAMA Seminars


Helping The Brain

I’ve always said that martial arts are good for the brain. Guro Inosanto is proof of that. Additionally, Kali and Wing Chun are at the top of the list for arts that help improve brain function as we age. Now there is apparently proof of improvement. Kali and Wing Chun can be very physical if made to be, but are softer arts and require the development of sensitivity as well as brain power. When I would go to a 3 or 4 day Thai Boxing training camp, my body would fall into bed each night at the hotel exhausted. When doing a 3 or 4 day Kali Wing Chun camp my body may be tired but my brain is spinning and keeps playing the drills in my head. Both overload but in different ways. That’s another reason to get involved and start moving your body in some fashion, while improving your body, your brain and personal safety.

Check out this TED TALK by Paul McCarthy.

Start Kali, Wing Chun, Dancing or Drumming and improve your BRAIN your BODY.


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