• How the MASuperShow Changes Lives!

    After years of perfecting his physical martial arts skills, 6-time karate world champion Mike Guido of Clovis, CA attended his first Martial Arts SuperShow convention in 2011. For Guido, it was love at first sight. The energy of the event, the contacts and, most importantly, the insights he gained on how to become his own boss were life-changing.

  • The Flow System The Instructor-Friendly Modern Weapons Program

    The Flow is a dynamic new weapons training system designed by World Champion Jackson Rudolph. The program is designed to provide up to a year of bo staff training and push your students to learn new techniques and be more creative. In his article, Jackson reveals why he created the program and details how it can improve your curriculum.

  • Ninja Nation Combines Gymnastics and Martial Arts

    Steve Butts, owner of three Martial Arts America schools in the general Pensacola, FL, area, has found a niche in what is often an oversaturated marketplace. By combining gymnastics and a mix of martial arts styles, Butts has kids flipping, tumbling, punching and kicking by the hundreds into his Ninja Nation program.

  • Preventing Dropouts before They Happen: Part 1

    Here are some unfortunate statistics: less than 2/3 of all students who study at college will graduate with a degree. Between 40 and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. And, on a personal note, many of the students who come into our dojos for lessons, seemingly bright-eyed and eager to learn, will one day stop showing up.

  • An Olympic Champion’s Gold-Medal approach to Martial Arts Business and life

    California’s multi-talented Herb Perez is the very definition of a Renaissance man. He’s an extremely successful school owner, an attorney, a city councilman and former mayor, and an academic! Oh yes, he’s also a retired Olympic taekwondo gold medalist. Meet this uniquely-gifted martial arts master who applies a winner’s mentality to conquer every endeavor he takes on!

  • The BOOM is Back! Fitting a Fitness Class into Your School

    At first glance, the recent resurgence in the popularity of martial arts-based fitness classes, like cardio kickboxing, might seem irrelevant to martial arts school owners. However, it actually represents a huge opportunity.

  • Two High-Powered Women Discuss The Unique Challenges Female School Owners Face

    Taekwondo Masters Rondy McKee and Teri Lee are two of the most accomplished school owners in the U.S., with some 2,700 active students between them. But success didn’t come easily to either woman. For years, they fought their male counterparts, who sought to suppress, or take credit for, their every achievement. Overcoming this attitude took a combination of smarts, patience and guts. In the process of creating their individual martial arts empires, McKee and Lee also became role models for women and men alike.

  • Why Should My Students Compete?

    Jackson Rudolph is a popular seminar instructor at martial arts schools. However, Rudolph says that many of the school owners who hire him for seminars don’t actually let their students compete. They just want a seminar to raise excitement. Rudolph stresses that, while there is nothing wrong with this, school owners are missing a valuable opportunity. Tournament competition can benefit the school, as well as the students.

  • Building A Big Business From Scratch

    Lynchburg, Virginia’s Lawrence Arthur, a scrappy 1970s fighter, grew his business from a small Virginia location to an association with 20 storefront schools and 20 more satellite operations. A low-profile, behind-the-scenes powerhouse, Arthur promulgates an Americanized style he created that leans toward training instructors and building champions. Some of his competition-oriented students have won world titles. Here, he shares his wisdom about what it takes to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

  • Successful Student Self-Defense

    The appeal of learning self-defense is huge -- if not to your students, to their parents. Offering a Stranger Danger course is a great way to give back to your community, and, if you offer it to the public at a free or discount price, can draw new potential students to your dojo. Local elementary or middle schools may also be interested in hosting a self-defense course.

  • Rock Steady Boxing: Fighting Parkinson’s Disease One Counter Punch At A Time!

    Founded in 2005, Rock Steady Boxing is a unique program giving Parkinson’s patients a chance to fight back against their invisible adversary. By emphasizing gross motor movement, balance and core strength, the combination of “sweet science” and sweat gives hope to those combating the disease.

  • Community Unity Defines School Owner’s Big Success

    Columbia, SC’s Mike Genova runs a thriving school with some 400 students and another 200 in his after-school programs. A big part of his success was his early evolution from a competitive fighter’s mindset to that of a businessman. That continual self-growth led him to a role as a community figurehead, where Genova even extends help to other local martial arts school owners!

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