Professor Mica once said 'Jiu Jitsu is made for us.' This simple statement speaks volumes and without over analyzing it the basics are, ANYONE can train Jiu Jitsu. So no matter what you're looking for: stress relief, competition, self-defense, self-confidence, and/or just to 'get in shape' We at California Jiu Jitsu Academy believe Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has something to offer everyone and we look forward to sharing your Jiu Jitsu journey with you.
San Diego native Kerri Mikita began training when she was 7 years old in Okinawan Shitō-ryū Karate. She received her black belt in Tang Soo Do in 1998 alongside her father through Master John Auer and the World Tang Soo Do Association. She has continued to expand her martial arts training in Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons), Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Kung-fu San Soo and Shotokan as well as attending advanced training seminars on grappling, personal safety and weapons defense.
She graduated from the University of Oregon with her Bachelors in Psychology in 2005 and attaining her second Degree Black Belt and official Instructor certification in 2009.
In 2015, she accomplished her long-held dream of studio ownership by co-founding California Karate Academy with Master Karl Courage.
Eventually, Chris moved to San Diego, where he currently trains with the Clark Gracie Team under the watchful eye of Professor Clark Gracie. Clarks lineage speaks for itself and the level of play at his academies is awe-inspiring.
Chris is excited to be a part of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program being offered at California Karate Academy. Of all the things he has learned over his years of training is that your team can make or break your training. While Jiu Jitsu is an individual pursuit, your training and improvement is equal to what your coaches and teammates bring on a continual basis, and he will give you his best every day that he shares the mat with you.
MMA Combatives Instructor/No Gi
Professor Steve Gable, is a 2nd degree Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu black belt, 2014 World and National Masters Nogi Black belt champion.
Steve is also a former professional mixed martial artist with an 8-2 record, who began training Jiu-Jitsu over 17 years ago under 6th degree Gracie Barra black belt Nelson Monterio.
Steve is now passionate about coaching aspiring martial artists here in San Diego and around the world.
Steve's classes are Monday & Wednesday 12-1:30pm
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt instructor- Gi
"Professor Bruno's enthusiasm and support have been nothing short of incredible, I would consider myself a great success if I were to offer up half of the love and support he gives his students and family every day." Chris Serrell
With over 40 years combined experience our students enjoy the finest classes North County can offer!
Chris started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Nov 2005 in Las Vegas, NV with Team Mica (Professor Mica Cipili). Among some of the important principles of life and Jiu Jitsu, Professor Mica gave him a deep appreciation for the fundamentals and a passion for the art.
Chris moved to Denver, CO about 2 years later and started training with Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Professor Dave Ruiz where he would eventually earn his brown belt. He learned from many things from Professor Dave, those that stand out most were how to be a good coach and a better listener.
With a move to upstate New York he started training at Renzo Gracie Latham, under Professor Bruno Tostes. Professor Bruno and the team would end up flying out Professor Dave to NY to award him his Black Belt in Sept 2015.
Originally from Ireland, Master Karl Courage holds a 4th degree black belt in the art of Tang Soo Do and received his instructor certification in 1996 from world renowned Grandmaster C.S. Kim, head of the International Tang Soo Do Federation.
During the past 25 years of training, he has also studied Kobudo (ancient weapons) and has completed the level one instructor training in Krav Maga, the self-defense system created for the Israeli defense forces.
Over the years, he has participated in numerous advanced training seminars in subjects such as knife defense, gun defense, sword techniques and travelled to Korea and China in 2001 with Grandmaster Kim for special empty hand and weapons training.
He founded and owned Encinitas Karate Studio for 15 years before co-founding California Karate Academy Vista in July 2015.
Lead Instructor/Tang Soo Do