Enhance Your Fitness, Master Self Defense, and Live a Confident and Powerful life.

112 wise Ave Unit#9, Niceville Fl - 570-468-9701

We have Simple Goals here. However, we put 110% of our effort into achieving them. These goals have but one purpose; to give you the best possible martial arts training we possibly can. Everything we do works towards this goal. Here is the Breakdown:


Adult Martial Arts

No matter your goals!! Self Defense, Weight loss, or a new Hobby. Let us help you achieve them.

Kids Martial Arts

In our Kids Martial Arts classes.. your child will learn Confidence, Respect, Integrity, and Honor. 

Because sometimes you need to be your own hero.

About our School

Northwest Florida's leader in functional training. School of Combat Arts started in 2011when Prof. Michael Gioe opened his first school in Wilkes Barre, PA. He wanted to create a school for combative athletes. Where they could find the truth in what does and does not work. A place where the best practice and techniques worked. Since 2011, we have been providing self defense for Men, Women, and Children. By offering classes that fit every skill level and experience level, we have been able to achieve great relationships with our students while helping them achieve their goals.

Although School of Combat Arts does place a large emphasis on the grappling art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Prof. Michael Gioe believes in order to reach your fullest potential you need to cross train in other grappling arts. That's why we offer Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Russian Sambo, Judo, and Wrestling to help out members become the best grappler they can be. We are more then just a grappling school. We also offer Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and San Shou.

Our Goal is to offer cutting edge self defense, combat athletics, fitness, and personal growth to every type of human that walks through our doors. Not just the 22yr old athlete (although they will find their niche as well) but to the professional who works 45 hours a week. School of Combat Arts has been home to MMA fighters, BJJ Athletes, Elite Military and Law Enforcement personnel.

Whether your plan is to compete, lose weight, meet new like minded people or increase your day-to-day life, we will help you get there, faster than you ever thought possible while having fun doing it! The benefits of martial arts classes are endless. From confidence and self esteem to discipline and empowerment, whether you're enjoying our kids martial arts classes or our adult programs, you'll start seeing improvement in mind, body, and spirit on only a few short classes. Contact us today to try our special offers on MMA, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, Fitness kickboxing and Kids martial arts classes.






Dear Neighbor,

My name is Michael Gioe, head instructor of our martial art school here in Niceville. For some time now, we've dedicated our lives to bringing the physical-and spiritual -benefits of martial arts to our community.

Through classes geared for men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes, our school itself has become a community of learning and growth.

We'd love nothing more than for you to become a part of it. That way you too can enrich your life, learn self defense, and get in great shape too.

Together, these three elements lead to a happier, healthier  life.

After all, for thousands of years, martial arts has been a tool for inner growth and development. The hard work and patience requireed to perfect each move builds disipline, focus and determination.

The desire to advance through the ranks develop setting and ambition. The rush of passing tests and seeing how far your've come builds confidence and pride.

And the increased energy that comes with getting in good physical shape gives you a boost to bring even more fulfilling activities into your life. But it doesn't stop there. You also learn self defense to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound. And while you may never have to use these skills in a real life situation- just knowing that you CAN protect yourself will give you peace of mind.

In fact , the confidence you'll exude is enough to diffuse most situations before they ever arise. After all, attackers like to focus in on weak individuals. When you emit strength, confidence and pride-its enough to keep most of them at bay.

Helping you succeed in martial arts is the only goal of our Niceville program. Everyone here-each of our martial arts instuctors- is passionate about helping you succeed, have fun, and enjoy the time you spend here.

So come on by and try out the program that's best suited for you. You can learn about the classes our Niceville school offers, and call us to register for the one that's right for you.

See  you soon

Michael Gioe

Head Insctuctor, School of Combat Arts


We strive to achieve the greatest levels of expertise in the martial arts that we can. That way, we'll have answers to every one of your questions. We will have experience and knowledge to help you with every one of your challenges. And wisdom to teach you each techniques in the most efficent, effective, and enjoyable way.


From our professional equipment to the design of our facility-everything is geared toward keeping you safe and injury -free. That way your martial arts experience will be fun and enjoyable as possible. from stretching every limb of your body, to promoting support and friendship amongst all of our students, we promise to keep you safe and sound.


We strive to not just teach you the raw techniques of martial arts- but to help you uncover its ancient wisdom to better your life. From greatly increasing your self -confidence, to learning how to use your time more efficiently to developing laser like focus to go after all of your goals (both in the martial arts and in life)...we aim to guide you through the ancient teachings of martial arts to help you in all areas of your life.


Our facility is cleaned daily to create a productive and enjoyable atmosphere. We take no shortcuts in cleaning to ensure that you and all of our students stay healthy.


We strive to make our martial arts training as fun as possible. after all all work and no play is simply boring. Each class is infused with light hearted moments to break up the intense focus and concentration. That way you get the perfect balance of serious focus and light fun. Fun play has been used for thousands of years as a powerful teacher. Now as you embark in the new challenge of martial arts. It will help you learn and absorb in a way that makes it easy to keep coming back.

In 2018 School of Combt Arts moved to 112 Wise Avenue right in the Heart of Niceville, Fl. With the NEW location will come some great opportunities for you child. School of Combat Arts is a Kids Friendly facility..So parents feel free to bring the young ones and they will have a great time in our Kids Zone.

Check out our many reviews on FB.


" I joined SOCA as a complete novice with zero prior experience in BJJ. After just 6 months training under Coach Michael Gioe I was tapping people out regularly and won 1st place at the Destin Copa America tournament in both gi and no gi division. Now that I moved away and started at a gym in my local area, I realize how good SOCA is. It is rare run by a true BJJ blackbelt (my current school is run by a purple belt), and it is even rarer to find someone who also has extensive knowledge of Catch Wrestling. I am only a one stripe white belt and I am  leaps and bounds ahead of other white belts at my gym. My new teacher actually didnt believe my rank at first. If you live in Niceville/Destin area and want to improve your game, SOCA is where you need to train! "


So what do you say? Ready to Give us a Shot?


How Do I Get Started?

As you look for comparible schools on the Emerald Coast/Okaloosa county. Please keep in mind that not all schools act transparently. We are committed to doing business differently, to bring back the integrity and honesty in the martial arts industry. Other school may hold lower prices but then trick you with hidden fees, or insist you buy the branded equipment..or the biggest upsale the belt testing.  At school of combat arts we are straight forward there no initiation fees, no down payments, or organization fees. If I cant invest $8.00 in my students new belt then I am messing up. 

Considering taking one of our amazing training programs here at School of Combat Arts in Niceville? First thing you'll have to do is pick a program that you are most interested in. Once you have picked a program you can then check out the schedule that is available. You will then have the opportunity to enroll online in the link below for one of our awesome web specials. If you have any other questions or concerns that are not covered under our site please don't hesitate to give us a call at the academy – (570)468-9701. We look forward to hearing from you and having you join us here at School of Combat Arts.


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