After 17 years Tom McGonigal closed Bristol Karate Club and opened Tom McGonigal’s Mixed Martial Arts. Anyone who knows him will tell you – Tom McGonigal is a superior athlete, an incredible fighter and just a remarkable and genuine person with sincere dedication to the martial arts and his students. Below are just a few in an ever-growing list of impeccable credentials . . .


  • Slim Robinson’s, Philadelphia
  • Gleason’s, NY
  • PBC Philadelphia
  • Licensed Pro trainer, PA
  • Licensed Amateur Trainer, PA AAU
  • USA Boxing Association
  • Waterfront Boxing Club, Bristol, PA


  • Lightweight Division Rep. USA Team 1991
  • Lightweight World Contender KICK; sanctioned 1991
  • Pro Kicking Record, 24-5-1
  • Fought under sanctioned organizatoins: IKA, KICK, PKA, WKA
  • Licensed Pro Trainer – PA, NY, NJ, CT, VT, CA, MA, MN.


  • First American to earn the Silver Glove in France
  • Amateur Fight Record 31-4
  • Boxe Francaise Savate Federation; sanctioned fighter and trainer
  • Rankings received under BFSA: Silver Glove – Combative & Technical, Bronze Glove, Monitor/Monitor Aide/Initiateur


  • 1997 Inductee – World Karate Union Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement
  • Tri-State Champion 1981-82
  • Silver medal Winner 1972 – First National Tae Kwon Do Champ
  • Registered Black Belt with: US Tan gSoo Do Federation
  • World Tang Soo Do Association
  • World Tae Kwon Do Association
  • American Korean Karate Association
  • 2000 and 2005 Inductee, Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame for his Dedication to Martial Arts
  • Present Rank: 4th Degree Black Belt

Jiu Jitsu

  • Gold Medal Winner, 1996 Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships – Masters Division
  • 1998 Inductee – World Karate Union Hall of Fame – Master of the Year/Jiu Jitsu
  • Present Rank: 4th-Degree Black Belt under Machado Ju Jitsu since 2012
  • Trained extensively in Brazil and America
  • Trained under; Royler & Royce Gracie, Higan & Carlos Machado, Marcos Santos and Francise Monsieur

Even at his superior level, Tom is constantly striving to achieve more so that he can improve himself but also so that he can bring that knowledge to his students at Tom McGonigal’s Mixed Martial Arts.