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Cornerstone Martial Arts

Best Self-Defense in Reno, NV

Cornerstone Martial Arts

Cornerstone Martial Arts Reno is an educational non-profit 501c3 martial arts organization that combines functional martial arts and reality-based self defense training with a positive, faith-based, family friendly atmosphere.


While our mission is for Cornerstone Martial Arts Reno to provide the absolute best in functional martial arts and self defense, our goal has always been for Cornerstone Martial Arts to be something much more than just a school of martial arts.’s for something special.


We combine reality-based martial arts training with faith-based life skills, values, and ethics in a safe, fun, and positive training environment.

This creates a unique martial arts experience that truly equips our students, both adults and children, spirit, soul, and body.


Cornerstone Martial Arts Reno

Traditional values. Modern training methods.

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Adult Class

Children Class

Self Defense

This class uses Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do as its base and includes street-self defense oriented kickboxing as well as combative self defense taken from Krav Maga and other tactical self defense programs. 


As the student progresses we explore all aspects of self defense, and of Bruce Lee’s martial art, including: intercepting, trapping, joint locks, chokes, takedowns, and sensitivity/energy drills.


Students will also be introduced to empty hand and weapons training from Filipino Martial Arts, as well as arts such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as many other martial arts.


This is not a random selection of material; rather, the curriculum has been carefully selected and tested to enhance the student’s growth and progress physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Our Kids JKD program mirrors the adult curriculum with age appropriate teaching approach, as well as age specific self defense topics and techniques.

Children’s classes include “mat chat” on subjects such as: courtesy, honesty, discipline…and more.

To ensure our students are equipped with the most effective Reality-Based Self Defense training available, we offer training that includes (but is not limited to) combative systems such as Krav Maga and the versions of Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts that have been used by military, law enforcement and government agencies worldwide for decades.


 Techniques and training methods from these programs are woven into all of our classes.


 We also offer one day to multi-week specialty training seminars ranging from Basics of Personal Protection to Anti-Abduction and Active Shooter Response Training (and much more!)


 Church, corporate and security team training is also available.

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What we Teach

Our unique Mixed Martial Arts self defense program draws from the most functional and effective self defense systems available. 

Our primary martial arts foundation is the legendary Bruce Lee's “Jeet Kune Do” street-self defense system (not the movie stuff), and also includes systems such as, Filipino Martial Arts (stick, blade, improvised weapons and empty hand martial arts techniques), Krav Maga, (the combative self defense system taught to the Israeli military), Muay Thai, ground self defense, and more…

This is not a random selection of material; the curriculum has been carefully selected and pressure tested to enhance the student’s growth and progress physically, mentally, spiritually. 

 All of this is combined with personal development and  life skills designed to equip all of our students, adults and children alike, with life skills to empower them to succeed in all aspects of life.

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Our curriculum includes

Bruce Lee’s Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do


Our unique mixed martial arts program has as it’s base Bruce Lee’s complete original street self defense kickboxing system (aka “Chinese Kickboxing”).

However, this program is much more than just kickboxing. While it does contain a complete street self defense-oriented kickboxing program , it is extremely comprehensive and also includes training in every area of combat, such as: joint locks, chokes, takedowns, intercepting, trapping, sensitivity/energy drills, as well as empty hand, stick, knife, and improvised weapons from Filipino Martial Arts, and much more!

Using Bruce Lee’s original system  as it’s base, this class covers all aspects of combat; kickboxing, close quarter combatives (Trapping and Clinch ranges), self defense oriented ground fighting as well as empty hand martial arts, stick, knife, and improvised weapons from Filipino Martial Arts.

Jeet Kune Do Unlimited (JKDU)

We also offer training in Burton Richardson’s Jeet Kune Do Unlimited (JKDU) programs, including MMA For The Street. This program covers all aspects of modern combat and may be one of the purest forms of Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do martial philosophy. This class takes place in a family-friendly MMA-type training environment; however, rather than sports competition, students in this class train mixed martial arts with a focus on street self defense in all ranges of combat including; kickboxing, clinch, ground, weapons defense and self defense scenarios..


To quote Mr. Richardson:

(from the JKDU website




We train to be effective in the street environment, then make adjustments to the training for students who wish to enter sporting competitions. Not the other way around.



A real attacker is going to resist your effort 100%. If you want to learn how to fight, you have to practice fighting against someone who is fighting back. Progressive resistance allows everyone, regardless of experience, to do this in a safe, fun training environment.



We train to be prepared for almost any situation: all the ranges (standing, clinch, ground), multiple opponents, weaponry and a variety of environments. We want each student to actually train in as many self-defense scenarios as possible so that if a student gets into a bad situation they already have experience in that particular situation.



I am planning to train for the rest of my life, and I assume that my students will do the same. If we are going to spend this much time working on developing functional skills, we should be having fun doing it. If you are training for a competition, you have to grind and do a lot of very uncomfortable and painful training. If you are training for self-defense, you should work very hard at times, but it should not be a big grind. The training sessions should be so enjoyable that we look forward to each class. Our classes in Honolulu, Hawaii are held in a very relaxed but disciplined atmosphere. Lots of laughing and joking while training hard. As Bruce Lee said, “You should train seriously, but don’t seriously train.” Well said!

Burton Richardson

We are currently the only school in Reno authorized to teach JKD Unlimited’s Mixed Martial Arts For The Street, as well as the other JKD Unlimited self defense and “for the street” programs.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is the defensive tactics system used by the Israeli military to train their personnel in combative hand-to-hand skills.


Its training focuses on proven, effective self-defense techniques only and trains every aspect of combat, including; mindset, awareness, verbal skills, and combative.


Instead of using techniques that take years or decades to master, Krav Maga focuses on gross motor skill response and natural, instinctive movements.


Training methods such as stress inoculation and scenario training are used to “download” self-defense responses into the subconscious and muscle memory faster.


Classes include training against empty-hand assaults, as well as handgun, long gun, stick, and knife attacks.


Krav Maga is a perfect training program for people that want to acquire serious battle-tested combative self-defense skills in a relatively short amount of time.


While the training is reality-based and highly functional, it is taught in a manner that is professional, family-friendly, and safe.


I simply cannot describe how integral and powerfully, positively impactful this organization has been in forming the person I am today.

Sifu David/ Mr. Giomi's school is much, much more than just a dojo. It is a place of true learning and real-life impact. I now know that joining this organization was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Sifu David/ Mr. Giomi's school has not only kept me physically fit and disciplined but kept me strong spiritually.

J.D. Moore

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