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Pacific Martial Arts (PMA) at Fit Republic Health Club in Fresno is the go-to place for martial arts training. The instructors at PMA are highly skilled and create an inclusive, family-like atmosphere. Students can train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, and other disciplines under experienced coaches like Ed and Pete. The facility offers a clean, welcoming environment, making it ideal for beginners and advanced students alike.

While the overall feedback highlights excellent instruction and community, one review mentions a concerning tournament experience. It's important to address all trust and safety concerns for younger participants to maintain the school's high standards.


  • Highly skilled and knowledgeable coaches.
  • Friendly and welcoming community.
  • Clean and well-maintained facility.
  • Variety of martial arts disciplines.
  • Great for both beginners and advanced students.
  • Inclusive environment for all ages.
  • Excellent youth programs.
  • Flexible class schedules.
  • Strong gym culture.
  • Encouraging and supportive instructors.


  • Concerns about some instructors’ attentiveness.
  • Safety issues in children's tournament categories.
  • Potential neglect in student support during events.

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Amazing youth program


If you are looking for a place to start your mma journey, or help your kids build coordination and mental toughness, this is the place for you! I have seen my kids grow leaps and bounds in such a positive environment where everyone wants to see them learn, grow and have fun doing it. The coaching staff is amazing, and Matt (owner) puts so much energy and thought into his operation. I wouldn't go anywhere else. There are usually at least 2 black belt instructors teaching the kids class (and 2 brown belts as well). I've never seen such advanced instruction going into the kids program at other gyms. PMA is on another level compared to the other gyms in Fresno/Clovis and it really shows. We love PMA and will continue to go there. Come train with us!


As grandparents we have been watching our grandsons participate at Pacific Marshal for over a year.We have seen first hand how they have benefited from this program. From self discipline, building self confidence and self control, striving to improve, showing respect, and building friendships are all things we have witnessed. All of the instructors are amazing with their students… teaching, encouraging, pushing, and caring for each one. I know this will be a lifetime activity for our grandsons and will benefit them in every aspect of their lives.


Coach Ed and Coach Tiago run an exceptional no-gi class I have yet to find anywhere else. They have significantly increased my understanding these past two months. Even with a large class they make sure to go around and help you with individual instruction. They are both of the highest caliber and are extremely professional and welcoming. 10/10 would recommend.




When I first started taking Muay Thai at Fresno PMA, I had no experience and considered myself to be a major beginner. Now, I’ve been attending Muay Thai classes for a year and 5 months, and I absolutely love it! Coach Pete is great and is extremely helpful! It doesn’t matter whether you are a newbie or someone who has been training in Muay Thai for years, Pete will build you up and will definitely do his best to help you advance and refine your skills. Everyone in the class is also so friendly, and are willing to help you too if you have any questions. It’s such a great Muay Thai community, and I thank God for giving me the blessing of having such a great coach and great friends! I always look forward to going to the next class!


It has taken me weeks to be able to write this without breaking down. Pacific Martial Arts broke our trust, put my child in danger, and continuously neglected him. My son had been training at PMA for over a year, and never “earned” a stripe on his white belt, because most of the coaches and especially the owner (Matt Smith), never pay attention. Matt proposed a “great opportunity” for a tournament for first timers. He pushed the tournament after each practice and assured us that it was a great time to get our white belt child into tournaments so we agreed to have my son participate, placing our trust in the school and the coaches. On the day of the tournament, my 7 year old son weighing 54 pounds was moved from the category for 6-7 year olds at 55 pounds and below, to a higher category for 8-9 year olds from 55-65 pounds. That should have been the first red flag for me, but I don’t know the sport and let the coach know that I was placing my trust in his decision after I asked him to move my son back down to the correct category. He refused and said that he needed my son in the higher category to make the numbers even, which was the second red flag I ignored, once again placing the trust on the coach and the school we had been a part of for over a year. During the first round he went against a 9 year old boy that was clearly over 10 pounds heavier (see the reference photo below that compares the size and shows the shoulder line to emphasize the size difference, my son on the left). Luckily for PMA, my son was not seriously injured, but our trust was completely broken. NO COACH that he had ever trained with was there during the rounds coaching him through it, while the other school had multiply coaches. That last red flag and final straw; To not support your student during their first tournament and dismiss the fact that they were purposely placed in the wrong category is dangerous and unacceptable. Lastly, my son went back yesterday to finish the month and mostly because I, as the parent, talked to him about it and he wanted to go back so I saw it as an opportunity for him to feel powerful and brave for stepping back into the environment that caused us so much harm, and to no surprise, Matt was there, along with the other coaches from the day of the tournament, and NO ONE acknowledged him, not one coach talked to him about his effort in the tournament, not one coach checked in to see if how he was feeling after the tournament and if everything was okay, nothing at all, which sadly wasn’t surprising and makes me wonder how we lasted there so long. PMA should be ashamed and should not have classes for kids if they don’t have the care and passion to coach each of them properly.


I've trained Muay Thai with PMA for over a year now and it's been the best experience of my life. Everyone is friendly and the community is strong. I would recommend it to anyone.


I've taken BJJ and Muay Thai at PMA and was completely satisfied with the teaching, the facility, and the coaches. The BJJ coach Ed was knowledgeable and patient and made sure everyone understood what was supposed to happen. The Muay Thai coach Pete pushed us to be better. He helped each one of us fix the mistakes we were making to help us become more proficient. Both of these coaches also made everyone feel like they had a family at the facility. I recommend PMA to everyone looking into learning martial arts.


Was visiting Fresno and decided to drop in for an open mat. Everyone was friendly and introduced themselves to me. The rolls were technical and well paced. Plenty of good grapplers in there and I will definitely be stopping by again.

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Except the peak hours, this place remains quite free or moderately crowded.

This business has a rating of 4.8-star.

This business has 22 reviews.

The address is: inside Fit Republic Health Club, 6735 N First St, Fresno, CA 93710, United States .

The contact number is +1 559-436-4641

This service is listed under Martial Arts School .

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