By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: November 2010
Instructors at Martial Arts Advantage in Broken Arrow include (L to R) Master Jim Hammons, Tracy Hammons, Mina Bui and Ron Anderson.
Jim Hammons and Ron Anderson became best friends as kids while growing up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Today they are instructors at Martial Arts Advantage in Broken Arrow. Other instructors at Martial Arts Advantage include Tracy Hammons and Mina Bui. “We all have a keen interest in helping build leaders of tomorrow,” says Master Hammons.
Master Jim Hammons holds a seventh-degree black belt in tae kwon do and has been inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is also a three-time World Champion and holds 16 National Champion titles. Master Hammons has enjoyed teaching martial arts for over 30 years. He is a devoted and loving husband and father, and is also a financial planner in south Tulsa.
Ron Anderson holds a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do and has been inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is a three-time World Champion and holds 16 National Champion titles. Anderson is a proud father, is passionate about fitness, and has enjoyed teaching martial arts for more than 30 years.
Although learning is the key to all their work, the instruction team’s goal is to create an atmosphere that is both safe and enjoyable for those participating. Some students are drawn to the physical fitness and weight loss aspects of training in tae kwon do. Others are attracted because of their desire to add discipline and self control to their lives, or the lives of their children. Still others are attracted to martial arts because of a concern about safety and self defense. Whatever the reason, Martial Arts Advantage offers a wide variety of classes to suit the needs and goals of every student.
“Our core programs concentrate on instilling self control, focus, self discipline, goal setting, a positive attitude, and respect of self and others,” explains Ron. Lil’ Dragons is the start-up program for three to five year olds. They also offer a beginner program for students age six and up. Students are evaluated throughout training and may advance to other programs.
The Black Belt Club program utilizes mixed martial arts training with a traditional tae kwon do rank structure. With as many as six classes per week, this program includes fitness training and stress relief.
A family program is open to all ages and includes the same training taught in the basic beginner program. Families find that when they kick together, they stick together. This is a popular, fun family experience.
The fitness kickboxing class meets three times a week and focuses on cardiovascular fitness and overall toning and weight loss, with flexibility. Fitness kickboxing blends your own hidden personal powers with the tried and true techniques of self-defense, dance and martial arts, all set to today’s hottest music. “You’ll be amazed at the results from the very first class. It’s a kick-butt, sweat pouring, bag slamming, aggression releasing, power punching workout for the ‘bored with the spa scene’ raging kick boxer deep inside us all!” says Ron.
Another popular option at Martial Arts Advantage is the 10-week challenge program called Ultimate Body Advantage. It includes the fitness kickboxing classes and adds two more days of weight and resistance band classes to maximize muscle toning and weight loss, for a total of five classes per week. The program is combined with a meal planning module and available weight loss and nutrition products. According to Ron, participants typically receive amazing results with weight loss.
The Executive Black Belt Program is a six-month program designed to earn a black belt in self-defense. “This program helps you learn how to protect yourself and your family with real-world self-defense skills. It is a very effective program, giving you confidence and a sense of security no matter where you go. In this course you will learn the civilian version of the self-defense tactics taught to special military and police organizations,” explains Ron.
If you or other family members are interested in improving life skills, Martial Arts Advantage promotes self discipline, self esteem, confidence, respect, leadership, goal setting and responsibility. Master Hammons says, “We have National Accredited developmental programs for three, four and five year olds. We stress that fighting is an absolute last resort. Our programs promote life skills and respect for self and others, and we put a heavy emphasis on family.” Call today for more information about the programs offered at Martial Arts Advantage.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.