Mixed Martial Arts Self Defense Training

SwiftKick Martial Arts provides a cutting edge approach to self-defense training.

Self Defense Classes San DiegoThe SwiftKick Self Defense Training Curriculum is primarily influenced by functional styles of martial arts including Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Catch Wrestling, Jiujitsu, and Street Self-Defense. Essentially, we provide top notch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Self-Defense training used by professional fighters, military, and law enforcement worldwide to everyday individuals.

Our San Diego SwiftKick mixed martial arts curriculum is separated into specific modules that help clients develop confidence and skills in striking, defense against strikes, ground and takedown defense, close quarter combat (i.e., grabs, chokes, etc.), and weapons defense which gives clients a comprehensive and well-rounded self-defense training.

In order to foster a productive and enjoyable learning environment in our San Diego MMA studio, all our clients work together without hyper-competitiveness or ego making classes safe, fun, and informative.

In our Self Defense Classes in San Diego we recognize the importance of separating self-defense fact from fiction. Because of this, we have our clients train with aliveness. In a self-defense situation, an attacker will be moving, hitting, and incorporating unpredictable and continuous attacks. Aliveness essentially is teaching a client to deal with an opponent who continues to fight back even after you’ve performed your initial strikes or techniques. The best way to develop these self-defense skills is through practical sparring. Practical sparring helps clients remain locked down, structured, in balance, and utilize effective striking, defense, and movement against an active, live opponent. There will never be a way to completely control or predict an opponent but a client can learn to maintain focus and control of themselves and respond intelligently and effectively no matter the circumstance. Our training environment builds the skill, confidence, and adaptability needed to do just that.

We also recognize that in an adrenalized state, physiologically our bodies prepare for fight or flight. In this state, simple, gross motor movements are the most effective. For this reason, we focus our self-defense platform on developing effective and efficient techniques rather than moves that require more complex or fine motor control. All our skills training focuses on gross motor movements that will be easy to perform in a self-defense situation.

Lastly, we recognize that the mental state of our San Diego clientele largely affects performance in a self-defense situation. Our training incorporates proven methods in sports and performance psychology to help clients practice breathing and remaining calm while under stress in order to maximize their physical performance. In essence, they learn to think less (reducing fear and anxiety) and act more (increasing physical skills) when in a self-defense situation.

With consistent training, the physical and psychological confidence of our clients improves and allows them to handle higher levels of physical and mental stress both in training and for self-defense.

Beyond Self-Defense Classes

Many of our San Diego adult self defense clients are working professionals in engineering, real estate, the medical industry, and small business owners. In fact, several hold PhD’s in various fields. Our clients love the physical and intellectual challenge our training offers. There’s nothing else like it! After training with SwiftKick they have found that the martial arts training they have received has helped them improve in their confidence, work efficiency, and ability to manage stress both in their professional and personal lives. Furthermore, we firmly believe that being in great shape is a huge part of self-defense. Adults in all stages of life enrolled in our program have indicated increased energy levels, weight loss, increased strength and conditioning, and lower cholesterol as a result of their training with SwiftKick Martial Arts

5 Star Google Reviews

I was in Bernado class for almost 6 months. Sadly, because of work reason, I have to move. I have learned a lot from SwiftKick. I came in as a kickboxing background student and came out as a martial arts student. I have learned more defense skills, move technique, and kick skills. If I can stay longer, I believe I can learn more skills. All instructors are very nice and reachable. For adult class, your classmates are great instructor, too.read more
Ziyue Jin
Ziyue Jin
22:53 11 Mar 19
We are so happy we signed our Liam up with Swiftkick Marital Arts in RB. We started 2 months ago with our 9yr old and he has made such great progress and actually loves going 3 times a week. If he is in a bad mood going he comes out of there super happy. He smiles through the whole class. We just signed up our 7 year old this weekend and he is so far loving it also. The staff are absolutely amazing with the kids.read more
We are so grateful that we found Swiftkick Martial Arts. We were introduced by the after school program they offered on our schools campus. After just 7 weeks of training, through that program, we already saw a difference in our children’s behavior, attitudes and confidence. We knew we needed to continue. We appreciate the flexibility of the program and the great leadership offered by the coaches in each class. We now have all three of our kids in the program. We feel good about investing into their health, their character and their safety.read more
16:59 20 Mar 18
My son has been practicing at SwiftKick Martial Arts for about two years. We have been nothing but pleased with the level of instruction, the professionalism of the teachers and staff, and the difference it has made in our son's life. We love how there are always many instructors available to help a child, give them a little motivation, or keep them focused. The teachers know all of the kids, by name, and they engage them personally by knowing who they are and what they are interested in. One thing I remember from our first day, was that Mr. Smith knew that my child was new, he knew his name and he welcomed him. That little personal touch can make an uneasy child more comfortable, that little thing, has stayed with me all this time and I think it is what makes SwiftKick so special.read more
Janice Takade
Janice Takade
23:41 11 Feb 18
My 5 year old and 8 year old started at SwiftKick about a year ago and have loved it. I have watched them become more focused, gain strength and coordination and have fun doing it! About 9 months ago, my husband and I decided to join. I have become more confident and love the fact that I am getting great exercise and learning important self defense skills. There are plenty of class times to choose from throughout the week and all of the instructors are knowledgeable and kind. I would highly recommend SwiftKick for the entire family!read more
Kelly Tognetti
Kelly Tognetti
01:15 22 Aug 17
My son loves Swiftkick at Rancho Bernardo. When our summer travel plans got cancelled he was happy cause he won’t be missing Swiftkick!! I noticed an increased level of discipline and alertness in him. Sometimes when I call out to him or assign a task at home he replies “ yes mom”. 😀 Thank you Swiftkick.read more
Jan S
Jan S
16:30 20 Jun 19
Four of our children have trained here over the last 3 1/2 years. The coaches are excellent at engaging younger and older students alike. We count this as a valuable piece of our children's education.
Erin Nave
Erin Nave
16:50 16 Jul 19
Our oldest daughter has been a part of Swiftkick for 4 years and she loves it. It has given her tons of confidence and let her grow as a leader. The coaches definitely engage with our kids and take an individualized approach with teaching them. While our kids have grown and have a great time there, if there is one thing that they can improve upon, it's that having more classes especially at the more advanced level would be awesome!read more
Leng Ky
Leng Ky
14:11 18 Jul 19
My son has been a student at SwiftKick for over 10 years. The awesome thing about SwiftKick Martial Arts is while they teach self-defense, they also teach self-control. The entire staff are incredibly patient, and mix in fun activities to get students (adult and children alike) to be active, learn self-control, and have a ton of fun doing it. A few years ago, after seeing how much fun our son was having, my wife and I also started and have been loving it ever since!read more
Scott Kraetsch
Scott Kraetsch
22:51 08 Aug 19
Our family loves SwiftKick! We have been going to SwiftKick for two years and we have loved every class and event. My daughter is excited to go to each class and is disappointed if we ever have to miss. All the coaches are engaging and very knowledgeable. They teach life skills like self-defense, respect, attentiveness and self-control in a fun way. Our younger son is excited to start training at the Rancho Bernardo studio and he'll start as soon as he is old enough.read more
Karen K
Karen K
20:33 29 Sep 19
Rancho Bernardo Studio

Swiftkick Martial Arts San Diego



16775 Bernardo Center Drive

San Diego, California 92128

Carlsbad Studio

Swiftkick Martial Arts Carlsbad


7040 Avenida Encinas

Suite B-107

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Brian Cowell: Director