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Welcome to West Coast World Martial Arts. Located in El Dorado Hills, California. WCWMA is a premier, family-oriented, mixed martial arts school serving adults, teens, and children, ages 3 and up.


Our goal is to inspire our students to be self-confident leaders who are respectful of others and able to defend themselves and others if needed. The exciting journey to black belt impacts every area of life, and we believe the martial arts values of discipline, life-long learning, teamwork, and dedication go way beyond merely learning the curriculum. And although our curriculum is rigorous and challenging, our instructors tailor the training to meet the needs of each student.


Led by the strong convictions of owner/master instructor KJN Gary Merlo, we employ a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. We’re passionate about sustaining our dynamic, encouraging environment where every student feels safe and welcome to achieve his/her best.


Our team of dedicated black belt instructors not only develops our students’ potential on the mat but is mindful to celebrate their effort and work ethic in school and at home.


In addition to serving our students, we are actively involved in our community, helping raise awareness and support for local schools and organizations that are on the ground level of education and serving people in need.


Along with martial arts training, we also offer cardio fitness classes, monthly women’s self-defense workshops, and our ever-popular Kids’ Night Out nerf events. To better serve our students, we offer day and evening classes to fit the busy schedules of parents, teens, and professionals.


To set up a free trial class, or for more information on how you can join our WCWMA family, please call our school. (916)933-1973.


We hope to see you on the mat soon!


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