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Sigung Michael Mac Donald, Martial Arts Instructor

BJJ Santa Barbara

Sigung Michael Mac Donald

Sigung Michael Mac Donald started his martial arts journey shortly after moving to California at the age of 9. Studying Judo for two years he then added Chinese Kung-fu to his training. Eventually, at the age of 16, he earned his blackbelt in Kung-fu and then Judo the following year.

In 1990, at that the age of 20 Michael moved to Santa Barbara to continue his studies in Psychology and Law. It was there where he would meet one of his mentors and eventual Muay Thai instructor, Jan Ford. In 1992 he started his fight career turning professional in 1994.

In 1995 he decided to open his first martial art location. Eventually he met his wife in 1998. They have one daughter Morgan who also teaches at Valhalla. In 2005 Michael would retire from fighting.


  • Founder of Rising Phoenix Kickboxing
  • 7th degree blackbelt Rising Phoenix Kickboxing
  • 5th degree blackbelt 5 Ancestors Kung-fu
  • 3rd degree blackbelt Combat SAMBO
  • Master Instructor Krav Maga
  • 2nd degree blackbelt (Nidan) Judo
  • 2nd degree blackbelt Taekwondo
  • 2nd degree blackbelt Jiujitsu
  • Muay Thai instructor
  • 2003 Inductee “Master’s Hall of Fame” -Instructor of the Year
  • Professional Kickboxing Record 9-0
  • Professional MMA Record 3-2
  • Amateur Kickboxing Record 5-1

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