Interested in learning more about marketing your martial arts school from someone who's "been there, done that?" David Church is a longtime martial arts school owner and instructor who has used modern marketing best practices for his school, to incredible success!
This type of thing is usually left up to the Martial Arts Industry Association, but I figured it wouldn't hurt anyone to hear it from another source. So to whoever needs to hear it: Martial arts school owners, you are allowed to charge a fair price for your services! You are allowed to make a profit! Heck, you're even entitled to up your prices, as time and circumstances change!
Sifu Damien Chauremootoo and his team at Empower Tactical help anyone and everyone learn martial arts.
Sifu Damien is no stranger to bullying and remembers exactly how it feels to be targeted. It is this childhood experience that led Sifu Damien directly into his first Dojo some 30 years ago. It was there that he set the foundations for a lifetime of Martial Arts training and began to develop a strong mindset.
Press Release: September 3, 2020
The Nanka Judo Yudanshakai (The Southern California Judo Black Belt Association) has approved the development of a Police Judo program for criminal justice professionals. Nanka, one of the oldest judo organizations is developing a dynamic and adaptive judo program designed specifically to address the needs of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole officers and similar type professions.
Robert Draper - Committee Chair & Active LEO<p>Draper is a Nidan and second degree black belt in Judo who has 35 years of experience in local and federal law enforcement. He has been a Use of Force instructor for over 20 years and has practiced Judo since 1989.</p>
Hayward Nishioka - Senior Advisor<p>Nishioka is a Kudan and ninth degree black belt in Judo who was Black Belt Magazine's 1968 Hall of Fame inductee as the Judo Player of the Year. He is a college professor and the author of several judo books, including <em>Judo Training for Competition </em>which you can purchase <a href="https://shop.blackbeltmag.com/collections/books-and-dvds/products/judo-training-for-competition" target="_blank">here</a> at Black Belt Magazine's online store.</p>
Gary Goltz - Senior Advisor<p>Goltz is a Hachidan and ninth degree black belt in Judo who has served as the president of the USJA and Nanka. He was an advisor for the Los Angeles Police Department in the 90's and helped run the Police Olympics.</p>
Kenji Osugi - Senior Advisor<p>Osugi is a Shichidan and seventh degree black belt in Judo who is also the Head Sensei of Sawtelle Judo.</p>
John Paccione - Senior Advisor & Retired LEO<p>Paccione is a Rokudan and sixth degree black belt in Judo who is a former president of the USJA. He owns his own dojo in Florida.</p>
William Buckner, JD - Legal Advisor<p>Buckner is a Rokudan and sixth degree black belt in Aikido who has served as Nanka's Legal Advisor for over five years. He also has his own law firm in Orange County.</p>
Dennis Hannon, DO - Chiropractor & Medical Advisor<p>Hannon is a Yodan and fourth degree black belt in Judo who is Nanka's Vice President of Medical with hands-on knowledge of injuries associated with martial arts training.</p>
Jess Duran - Active LEO<p>Duran is a Yodan and fourth degree black belt in judo who has over twenty years of law enforcement experience in patrol and corrections. She has practiced Judo since 1981.</p>
Keiya Saiki - Former Police Officer in Yamanashi, Japan<p>Saiki is a Yodan and fourth degree black belt in Judo who is an expert in Taiho Jutsu. Taiho Jutsu is used extensively by the police in Japan in addition to Judo and Kendo.</p>
Cheryl Harai - Air Force Combative Instructor<p>Harai is a Yodan and fourth degree black belt in Judo who is a student of the late Keiko Fukuda. She is a national competitor and is the highest ranked woman in the world.</p>
Justin Winn - U.S. Army, Marketing/Advertising<p>Winn is a Yodan and fourth degree black belt in Judo who has fifteen years of experience in the army. He is also a strength coach.</p>
Tory Cortina - Active LEO<p>Cortina is a Yodan and fourth degree black belt in Judo with decades of martial arts and police training experience in SWAT and Defensive Tactics.</p>
Michael Sheldon - Active LEO<p>Sheldon holds a third stripe brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has 35 years of wrestling experience. He has served in law enforcement for 23 years and has been a defensive tactics instructor for a regional academy and department for 20 years.</p>
Bruce Siddle - PPCT Management Systems<p>Siddle is an advisor with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He is also a renowned author of many popular books about defensive tactics.</p>
Thomas Allison - Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, University of La Verne<p>Allison is an advisor with extensive experience teaching law and theology. He is also a well-respected minister.</p>
I'm a martial artist on lockdown, so now what?
Who didn't have big plans for 2020? Didn't we all enter January thinking, "This is the year I get serious about (insert your martial art discipline here.)!" 2020 was going to be THE year! And then, the sad trombone of the pandemic played its mocking tune, and that was that.