Categories: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation | Issue: August 2022
Building Respect, Self-Confidence, & Leadership Skills Uniform and 4 weeks of classes only $40. $125 value.
At Martial Arts Academy, we help parents raise confident leaders and adults reach their true potential. It is our core belief that any student at any age or maturity can achieve the rank of Black Belt and become a leader. Our instructors and academy leaders serve as visual examples and role models for the students to follow. Black Belt training is more than a workout, exercise or fitness program. It is about becoming the best version of yourself. We strive to help students become confident leaders in and out of the academy. This is the true meaning of the rank Black Belt Leader. With our location in Owasso, Oklahoma, Martial Arts Academy offers training for children as young as 4 years old, adults and families who want to train together. Martial Arts Academy caters to all experience levels including those who have no prior martial arts training. Martial Arts Academy is an encouraging and safe environment that allows a student to experience ongoing challenge and success. Our primary focus is building leaders by increasing confidence, focus, self-discipline, and respect through a consistently structured, respectful and disciplined environment. We are a full-time professional academy established in 2003 in Owasso, Oklahoma. Reviews "This academy not only teaches you the skills of martial arts, but pushes you to be your best in and out of the academy. Even as an adult, the life skills taught here take hold in everyday life and help you achieve your goals in whatever you do. The instructors are knowledgeable, encouraging, and meet you where you're at regardless of skill level or rank. This academy is worth being a part of and I love every minute of it." - Katie Mixson "I have been training at Martial Arts Academy for 3 years. Mr Velez and all of the instructors are there to help you achieve your goals. They encourage you to do your very best. It is not easy but they always have your back. I have 2 granddaughters that I will encourage to train under Mr Velez when they are old enough." - Angela Godfrey "The academy is my son's second family. He joined in January of this year. He has learned excellent Taekwondo skills. He has also learned self confidence, discipline, respect, to speak clearly, to make eye contact when in a conversation and is learning important keys to become a respected adult. Thank you Mr. Velez and Ms. Modrell, from a very happy "Taekwondo Mom”. I highly recommend The Academy." - Kim Smith Storer Senior Chief Instructor and Owner With more than 20 years of experience in various martial arts, Mr. Velez stresses the balance between the traditional aspects of the martial arts, progressive training methods and the more modern goals of personal and professional leadership development. Mr. Velez began training in 1989 at the age of 6 and earned his black belt as a teen. He started teaching professionally at the age of 19, gaining valuable exposure to the positive effects martial arts training could have on self confidence in kids and teens. Realizing that martial arts was more than a fitness workout for the already athletic population, Mr. Velez seized the opportunity to provide black belt training to those who needed it most – the average family looking to gain self-confidence. In October 2003, he opened his own martial arts academy to provide a full time training program in Owasso, Oklahoma. While maintaining a primary focus on Taekwon-Do, Mr. Velez has gained exposure to numerous styles and systems of martial arts, including Weapons, Jiu-Jitsu, Western Boxing and Muay Thai. Located in Owasso, Oklahoma, Martial Arts Academy offers training in martial arts for all ages and experience levels. Whether you’ve earned a black belt or you’re a first-timer looking for a martial arts training program, Martial Arts Academy can be your key to success. At Martial Arts Academy, it is their goal to provide a program where the average family – kids, teens, men and women – can seek martial arts training together. It is their core belief that any student at any physical age or mental maturity can achieve Black Belt Excellence and become a leader with the guidance of their qualified instructors. It is their goal to teach a student, whether age 4 or 40, how to be the type of person who is always prepared to do their absolute best in whatever they set out to accomplish and to become a positive example to those around them. Their instructors and academy leaders serve as visual examples and role models for the students to follow. Since 2003, Martial Arts Academy of Owasso has been planting the seeds in its students to allow them to grow into respectful, disciplined adults. Chris Velez, martial arts instructor and business owner, said students and adults of all ages come to his academy during the summer to “try it out” for 30 days, and learn of its benefits and in turn, “make room for it” in their busy schedules year-round. He explained that as his students experience consistent challenges along with ongoing successes, over time, they will naturally gain self-confidence – their own belief in themselves and their ability to succeed. The school’s process with their Black Belt program is to take each person through growth stages using challenges and be promoted from belt to belt until they ultimately achieve Black Belt status. Along with leadership training, martial arts is a great fitness avenue, and an undeniably great way to help both adults and children develop social skills and maintain good fitness. Mr. Velez expressed that their training programs are designed for all fitness levels and ages. Families are also encouraged to train together, providing you with shared goals, quality time with your family, and an opportunity to meet a great group of friendly people. It’s a pleasurable way to bring your family closer together with an activity that all can enjoy while being surrounded by motivated goal-setters. The benefits of Martial Arts Academy Training Center in Owasso are endless and become even more apparent as your child grows into adulthood; and for adults - as you start to appreciate life more, you also begin to accomplish more of the goals you only used to dream of in your 20’s. You’ll come across many challenges but you’ll also overcome them eventually – and with the help of their martial arts black belt achievement program, you’ll develop the right mindset to give you that much-needed clarity in many phases of life.