All classes at ATMAC are taught by Sifu Sparks and certified instructors. Sifu Sparks first started learning martial arts when he was just 7 years old. He began teaching as an instructor at 17, and obtained his first black belt at age 22. He is now a 5th Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu and has trained in several styles of martial arts, including Wing Chun, Kali, Jeet Kun Do, Krav Maga, and Kenpo. Like all great masters, Sifu Sparks continues to advance his knowledge by training with Grandmasters Tak Wah Eng and Ray Parra, and Master Vic Morgan. He has also trained with Grandmaster Dan Inosanto, a student of Bruce Lee. Sifu Sparks has taught martial arts for 26 years and uses a fun and encouraging approach that emphasizes respect and self-control.
Our children’s (4-12) program encourages students to focus on school work and to be goal-oriented. The curriculum also emphasizes respect towards others and responsibility at home. Kung fu not only provides a pathway to gaining confidence, but teaches how to be a useful member of society.
Teen (13+) and Adult classes include self-defense training and educates students about the practical application of traditional techniques. In addition to learning a reality-based self-defense system, students benefit from a complete head to toe fitness workout. A rotating curriculum allows students to enter the program at any time.
Students in our school agree to learn and embody the 5 Principles:
- Moral Character
These principles are modeled in our teaching approaches and draw from the rich history and traditions of Shaolin Kung Fu, Kali, and Jeet Kune Do. We also offer Krav Maga and Kickboxing classes. Classes include instruction in traditional “forms” (for example: wu bu chuan), sparring, “WuShu” (hand/defense techniques), self-defense, weapons (at qualified ranks), and other styles as determined by our teaching staff. Our school doesn’t just produce fighters; we encourage the growth of martial artists! We make it a point to get to know each student individually, and in turn, we create a community that cares for each other.
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