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Martial Arts and Fitness Classes

We are conducting two martial arts classes each week at the Sam Marino Athletic Club, in the city of San Marino.  The first class is Martial Arts Cross Training, and the second is Martial Arts Weapons skills.  No experience is required to attend the classes. 

Class Descriptions:

Martial Arts Cross Training (MACT) combines attributes from boxing, kickboxing, weight training, and military-style calisthenics in a butt-kicking conditioning class. You will get in shape, and learn valuable self-defense skills at the same time. You will learn how to punch, kick, block, and move while standing or on the ground.  We use various striking pads, weights, and other equipment during the classes.

Martial Arts Weapons Skills (MAWS) will expose you to the use of a variety of weapons, including various sticks, knives, and swords.  You will gain self defense skills, coordination, strength, memory, and fitness. You will learn how to properly hit, block, and disarm your opponent.  As your interest grows, we can add more complex concepts and additional weapons to enhance your growth.

Class Times:

MAWS: Tuesdays, 7:00PM- 8:00PM

MACT: Tuesdays 8:00PM- 9:00PM


San Marino Athletic Club 2327 Huntington Drive San Marino CA 91108 (626) 395-0884

Required Equipment and apparel:

Please wear appropriate workout clothing and gym shoes.  A pair of sticks is included with your initiation fee.  We provide all other equipment, including practice knives, pads, and weights. Please feel free to bring any personal gear you desire.

About the lead instructor:

Dr. Phil Rapagna has been studying and teaching martial arts and fitness for over 35 years.  He has instructor certifications in several disciplines and is an avid practitioner of Yoga, Pilates, and Crossfit.  Phil is a 26 year police veteran and an instructor for the military, Homeland Security, US State Department, Federal Air Marshalls, and other Federal, State, and local agencies.

Phil has a Ph.D. in Martial Arts Philosophy, and is a member of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and the Masters Hall of Fame.  Phil is a Hollywood stuntman, fight choreographer, and stunt rigger, and has worked on numerous movie, TV, and video game productions.

Class Costs:

Initiation Fee (includes a pair of training sticks)



Monthly Enrollment

$60 per month


Enrollment with automatic monthly payments

$54 per month


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