Life is a journey.  Let us guide you.

The North Star, also known as Polaris, has been a steadfast guiding light for travelers, explorers, and pioneers.  For thousands of years, it has safely guided them through uncharted territories to their final destinations.

Similarly, North Star Mixed Martial Arts provides safe, reliable, and steadfast guidance to help members in the martial arts community–both old and new–more quickly and effectively achieve their goals.

Wherever you want to go with martial arts–we can take you there.

Come find out just how powerful you can become!

Setting up your free initial consultation, training session, and 7-Day Class Pass couldn’t be easier!

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This is a fun, stress-free way to dip your toes into the water and get a feel for how much of a powerful impact martial arts training can have on your life!

There is no obligation to continue after this appointment–and once you’ve learned the ropes in your free private lesson, you’re welcome to come try the program for a full week.  No strings attached.

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  • 3. Train for free

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    Enjoy all the benefits of membership at North Star MMA--access to cutting edge training, impeccable facilities, and an awesome team behind you to help you reach your martial arts and fitness potential!

  •   Jackson is the man. Dude is seriously skilled and knows exactly how to transfer his knowledge seamlessly to even a beginner. He's as legit as legit gets. If you were thinking of hitting him up, don't hesitate, he WILL NOT waste a second of your time and goes well above and beyond for his peoples. Check him out!

    thumb Angus Perfect

      I've had the pleasure of training with Jackson since roughly 2004/2005. He's very knowledgeable and highly accomplished in all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts. He's also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Master Brad Daddis. His method of instruction and coaching has molded many average students into successful full time BJJ/Grappling competitors, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts fighters. I highly recommend North Star.

    thumb Dan Bocelli

      Jackson is an extremely knowledgeable instructor. He always took extra time to give me personal tips and showed genuine interest in my progress. Highly recommend training with him.

    thumb William John
  •   Jacksons a fantastic teacher and a very thorough instructor - super passionate about MMA with years and years of experience and qualifications. Check out North star you won't regret it

    thumb Glen Shaw

      Despite the fact that he looks like an Always Sunny In Philadelphia Cosplayer, Jackson is one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable coaches around. Above that - his character is what sets him apart. He was the first coach to truly invest in me as a fighter and has traveled far to corner me in fights without asking for anything in return. He remains a mentor in martial arts and gym ownership. Train with him. He's worth it.

    thumb Jake Skelly

      I trained under coach Jackson for 6 years and loved every minute. He is very technical and pays a lot of attention to details for all his students. he makes class fun while still working your ass off. He's very personable and professional, would recommend Jackson to anyone from a beginner to professional.

    thumb Jeffrey Taylor
  •   I started training with Jackson about 3 years ago and he's without a doubt one of the most technical, detail oriented instructors I've had the pleasure of training with. If you're in the area and are looking for a great coach, definitely check him out.

    thumb Matt Geiger

      Coach jackson is one of the best muay thai teachers in the Philadelphia area. I go to train with him whenever i can to get his knowledge. His gym is highly recommended and i highly recommend his gym to anyone in that area.

    thumb Joe Stripling

      Jackson's an MMA genius. His approach is so observant and intelligent, you sometimes forget he could kick your ass. Love learning from him and can definitely see why North Star MMA is such a success.

    thumb James Timothy White
  •   Coach Jackson Galka is an awesome instructor. His style of coaching is perfect for both beginners and advanced. He breaks down the techniques to its simplicity which makes it perfect for beginners to comprehend and perferm them on. Their 1st couple tries.

    thumb Izzy Encarnacion

      I had the chance to work with and learn from Jackson a few years back, and his wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as his passion for teaching and helping others were evident from the jump. He has a great way of breaking down movements so that they make sense even to the most novice trainees (which I was), and he helped me learn a ton of great stuff in a short amount of time without making me feel uncomfortable for my evident lack of experience. I would recommend Jackson or any of his coaches to anyone looking to improve their fight skills, both rookies and vets. I guarantee he gets you better!

    thumb Matt Zubak

      As you read the many 5 star reviews, you can obviously see why Jackson Galka is so highly regarded as a coach from just about everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting and training with him so I'll save you the time from having to read another such a review. Instead, I'll tell you about how he got me started with my martial arts training and how it has shaped the last 9 years of my life. In 2008, I sent an email to Daddis Fight Camps with no prior martial arts training looking for an internship. At the time, Jackson was the Academy Director there and that email ended up in his inbox. Most people in the same situation (including myself) would have sent that email straight to the trash folder, but Jackson invited me in for an introductory lesson, taught me some basic techniques, and then hired me to help out in the front office handling administrative duties. Since that day, I've accomplished some things in life that I otherwise probably would never have had it not been for Jackson answering my email. So for anyone in the Chestnut Hill/Northwest Philadelphia area looking to train with a mixed martial arts trainer as legit as legit gets, do yourself a favor and give North Star MMA a shout!

    thumb Khoa Cao
  •   Had the pleasure to have Jackson as a coach for 4 years. During that time he was able to make me a better martial artist with his ability to breakdown complex movements/techniques in it's most simplest form for me to understand.

    thumb Bobby Malcolm

      Words cannot do justice to describe what an amazing coach Jackson Galka is! His expertise is second to none and his passion and energy are contagious. If you are looking to be a pro fighter, want to learn self defense, or are just looking to change your life and get into great shape then don't pass up the opportunity to train with one of the best in the area.

    thumb Jim Rosiello

      Coach Jackson is very professional and a pleasure to work with. If you are new to this type of training, you won't feel intimidated and he will work with you if you have any health issues that limit you. You will also get a level of professional training in the sport, not just lame movements to make a quick buck. Highly recommend to check out.

    thumb Mike Pyryt
  •   Coach Jackson taught me not to punch with my hands, but to punch with my heart.

    thumb Chris Mattson

      Jackson Galka is a certified badass. He was one of the first coaches I began training under; he never fails to deliver top notch instruction. He also has quite the witty sense of humor that makes you more comfortable and less intimidated as a beginner. I would highly recommend him and his new academy. You'd be missing out if you didn't check this guy out.

    thumb Nabel Khatut

      North Star MMA is by far the best training I have received as well as the best MMA facility. Fantastic atmosphere to learn, try, fail and ultimately succeed. Jackson Galka's expertise and technical instruction easily qualifies him as a "fight nerd." However Jackson's passion and wit will have you kicking, striking and probably laughing too. Jackson does a great job of integrating all levels of training with all levels of fighters. Doesn't matter what level you are, you will learn each and every training session. Top notch instruction, astounding technical expertise, challenging sweat soaked training sessions and a wicked sense of humor make for an unbeatable training academy.

    thumb Win Stauffer
  •   I used to train with coach Jackson before I moved to NC. Most of my introduction to Muay Thai and fundamentals I learned were from coach Jackson. He is a consumate professional and an overall great teacher and guy. I highly recommend anyone wanting to start training to look him up, you'll receive nothing but the best instruction and guidance.

    thumb Anthony Roberts

      jackson baer galka is an awesome coach and mentor with his Superior and savvy coaching ability I was able to have a successful amateur and professional career as a fighter. He gave me the guidance and skills to perform and to be a sound mixed martial artist.

    thumb Joey Patrick Lowry

      I trained under coach Jackson for 5 years and loved every minute. He is very technical and pays a lot of attention to details for all his students. he makes class fun while still working your ass off.

    thumb Lizandro Zhinin