Setting Sun Martial Arts

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My 6 year old son has been studying martial arts with Mark for a few years now and absolutely loves it. Setting Sun is such a warm environment - it feels like family. Mark is wonderful with the kids They have so much fun while learning all of the important life skills associated with the martial arts. I highly recommend any classes Mark has to offer!

Mark Colangelo

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About Mark

I have a daughter and a son that attend Silver Gate. I have owned and have been teaching children, teens and adults at Setting Sun Martial Arts in Ocean Beach for over 20 years.


I have a passion for teaching character-building traits (respect, self-discipline, focus, perseverance, goal-setting and achievement)and self-defense through martial arts to children, teens and adults. I have produced hundreds of quality black belts and martial artists that say (or their parents' say) it was the best thing the ever did and that they cannot express just how much it has helped all aspects of their lives.

At Setting Sun Martial Arts our focus is on teaching the core principles of self-discipline and respect while having fun learning self-defense. We "make the seemingly impossible into a reality" for every one that attends our family-friendly and state-of-the-art facility. We are the only martial arts school in our community: that does not charge an enrollment fee; that does not require signing a long contract; that teaches 3 martial arts simultaneously (rather than only 1); and that has the lowest prices combined with the best instruction. We also have morning women's only self-defense/martial arts classes. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the Point Loma and Ocean Beach communities for over 20 years.

I am a former civil litigation attorney, turned full-time martial arts instructor 20 years ago. I have 38 years martial arts training and teaching experience having earned multiple high level black belts in karate, judo and jujitsu. In 2007 I created Go Jiu Bujitsu, a martial art that combines the best of karate, judo and jujitsu and was recognized by the most elite and prestigious martial arts Grandmasters organization (World Head of Family Sokeship Council) as the styles' founder and headmaster. The WHFSC recognizes me as a 9th Degree Black Belt Grandmaster. In 2009 I also created Close Quarter Combat Survival Tactics which is a reality-based combat system for law enforcement and military personnel. I have had the honor of training Navy SEAL Combatives Instructors and Army Special Forces.

Please contact me at or visit me at Setting Sun Martial Arts located at 4993 Niagara Ave. #109 (located at the corner of Niagara Ave. and Bacon Street, next to Floral Fantasia and across the street from Poma's Deli)(619)-223-8827.