Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Challenges for 2012

If your looking for a great challenge in 2012 come train in our Jiu Jitsu programs. Train on Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 6:30 to 7:30pm. This program can be personally rewarding if you face the challenge, You will get in shape at the very least - come give it a try!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thanks for a great 2011

I just want to thank everyone who participated in our programs this year for taking part. Thank you for having your families in our classes. Happy New Year and all the best in 2012. Coach Marty Martin

Monday, November 14, 2011

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday Sale, save 20% on all items from our Century Holiday Sales Catalog. Open 7am to 1pm. Remember we pay shipping and handling so please order from us. Get your own catalog at the front desk, fill out your holiday list and bring it in on Friday.

BONUS for all orders over $75 dollars get a FREE karate training centers self defense training DVD, that's an additional savings of $25 dollars.


I was disappointed in the premiere of the UFC on FOX. First – waiting 40 minutes for the fight was ridiculous. This was suppose to be a fight, not forty minutes of more pre-fight hype, listening to Brock talk about Brock and Dana White talk about how good these two fighters are. Any fight can be over as quickly as this one was; I know that can’t be controlled. I hope this improves in the future. Note to self – use the DVR.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Love the "Front Kick"

photo courtesy of MMA Fighting, Esther Lin, go to MMA Fighter for full details in the fight between Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson.

I gotta say I love the front kick, I used it countless times in sport karate, I did a sport karate piece with it on you tube and any fighter I have coached knows how to use it. It is and will continue to be a long term weapon in martial arts. Coach Martin

Friday, September 2, 2011

New Coach Thunderbirds

Meet Steven Smith new coach of the Thunderbirds.
Steven Smith comes to the Thunderbirds with the highest marks a coach and experienced Black Belt can! Steven trained with Master Al Garza from Texas who is currently featured on the cover of MA Success Magazine. Mr. Smith filled the role at Al Garza's school as demonstration team leader, coach and choreographer. A role he filled for several years. Steven joined the United States Marine Corp in 2008 and is currently stationed at the naval installation on Panama City Beach as a dive instructor. Al Garza called Marty Martin and they talked about the Karate Training Centers, and it seemed to be a great fit for Steven’s experience and desire to continue doing what he loves best – coaching explosive karate demonstration teams like the Thunderbirds. The rest is a work in progress – Steven taking over the role of Thunderbirds coach from Mr. Martin who founded the team and has coached them to numerous national and world championships. Coach Martin comments that Steven can take this team to exciting new highs and leave a cadre of young instructors like Chris, Forrest and Sean to take over the XMA moves when his instructor dive tour at the navy base is over. Welcome to the new coach of the Thunderbirds Mr. Steven Smith.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Back to School

Special request to all you kids returning to school in the next few weeks: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn't have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most "in" clothes - PLEASE step up. Say "Hi"or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone's life!
This message was posted to my facebook account by one of the moms and I love it, now let's all just encourage it to happen!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Afterschool Program

Its back to school for 2011/2012 and I have a coupon offer for those parents who are looking for an afterschool program for their children. For more information you can log onto our website at panama city or call 85-785-2024.

Weapons, MMA and Jiu Jitsu classes

Come join us and take advantage of all we have to offer! Try one or all these programs...

After School Karate, starts August 22nd

MMA conditioning and skills classes; Mon/Wed/Fri 6:30 to 7:30pm

Weapons Speciality Saturday classes; start September off with Bo training

Jiu Jitsu for kids; classes start every Saturday in October

Sigh up sheets at the front desk

Thursday, July 28, 2011

MMA Conditioning and Skills Class

MMA Conditioning and Skill Class. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30 to 7:30pm. Training breakdown includes:

           Conditioning session: cardio press, bag work, weight and body toning with emphasis on MMA    
           fight prep.

           Fight skills development. Skills training will include standup, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling
           combinations, and fight combination development.

This program breeds young fighters taking them to the next level. It is not a sparring class; it is geared for physical and mental development. Get a great workout, learn new skills, and breed your ability.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Matt Jernigan Wins debut MMA fight

Winner - Matt Jernigan wins his first amateur MMA fight. Stepping into the octagon to fight, Matt over-whelmed his opponent less than a minute into the second round. The referee stopped the fight by TKO awarding Matt the win. A salute also goes to his coach Chance Fine for having Matt so well prepared. Also thanks to Timmy, Dave, Tyler, Ruben and Kate his sparring partners. Winning in MMA is a team training effort. The Karate Training Centers MMA program presented very impressively – it’s a Cage Life.

Randall Anderson visits the Karate Centers

We had a nice surprise Randall stopped by the center while on his way home to Tennessee. Randall is currently active duty Coast Guard. Randall trained here when he was stationed at the coast guard station Panama City Beach and helped coach all our sparring classes. Randall won numerous NASKA world championship fights as an active fighter in NASKA. You can see him perform in our free sparring video section. Also pictured is Tricia who still teaches her and was a National champion at the same time Randall was.

Josh Powell earns Gracie promotion

Josh Powell earned his official Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Congratulations Josh you did a wonderful job and should be super proud. You have accomplished a major goal toward not only improving your Jiu Jitsu skills but moving toward your goal of the coveted Gracie recognition!

Venus Gonzalez wins 2nd at Battle of Atlanta

Venus Gonzalez shows the awards she won at this year’s Battle of Atlanta. This was Venus very first karate tournament ever. She won second place in traditional forms and third in weapons and creative forms. We at the Karate Center are very proud of her accomplishments. Wining in national level competition your first time in competition says you have the ability to be very special and Venus is. For more pictures go to

Monday, June 13, 2011

Womens Self Defense Seminar

Empowering women with the confidence to protect themselves. Monday June 27th, 5:30pm at Panama City Health Club on Balboa Ave. I will be conducting a seminar focusing on attacks from the standing, seated and prone position. This system will help you learn to understand the limitations of your environment and protect yourself if you find yourself in this position. Learn about the triangle of fitness, nutrition and defense! Join me on Monday the 27th!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cage Life T Shirts

Show your love of MMA with our "Cage Life" T-shirt. Order yours today at Marty Martin Karate. This destinctive design is a first in the MMA world. Live the life - show the love.

Kickboxing for summer

Kickboxing is a great way to get in shape! When you vary your routine you can get great results, and between Tricia, Angel and Chris you will get a great workout with a variety of exercises to get you in shape.
Come workout with us, Monday-Thursday from 5:30 to 6:15pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 6:15 to 7:00pm. Located at the Marty Martin's Karate Training Centers, 3414 Jenks Ave. Panama City, Florida 32405. Come workout with a punch - K2 Kardio Kickboxing.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pictures for Summer Camp

Pictures from this last couple weeks will go up on our facebook page this week-end. Come join the fun - especially with the return date for school being moved to August 22nd. We have practiced karate skills, boxing combinations, flying kicks off the rebounders, and worked with the Bo and baton. Nerf wars, water day games, lots of jump rope games and of course the out door obstacle course and big trampoline. I have slots open - please call 850-785-2024.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Really keep cool this summer...

Place your order for our official Sport-tek dri-fit Karate Training Center t-shirt. Our latest design comes in white - a cool color for summer! The logo is black and silver, it really looks super sharp, its clean and very distinctive.  Sport-tek dri-fit Port Authority $24.99.

If you prefer something more traditional then we offer a 50/50 Port O Call t-shirt, cost $12.99 including tax.
I encourage you to order 2 especially if you train a lot or you can wear these outside the center to show your affiliation with Marty Martin Karate.

Summer camp underway

Our summer camp is in full progress, there are a couple slots available for the month of June. Please call for details. This month Tuesday Nerf Wars, Wed. Pier Park movie day, Thursday water day, Friday Surprize day, weapons classes daily - the month of June will include Sword Classes. Come join the fun and make this a fun filled summer for all!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Summer Camp 2011

One week before summer camp starts, if you know someone who needs this for their children please refer them to us, we will be opening at 7am rather than 7:30 this may help some parents, thanks

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Summer Day Camp

Sign-up for our Summer Day Camp, $75 dollars per week, space is limited. Monday through Friday, , call 850-785-2024 of for more details. Use our Merchant Circle Coupon...

April classes

New classes starting in April, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, both children and adults! FREE trial week and uniform when you join. For more info 850-785-2024

Spring Break Camp

Make this a spring break to remember; our Spring Break Camp is underway, daily drop-ins welcome, $25 dollars per day, bring your own lunch, come join the daily fun!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Is the martial arts program your in for REAL? Shocker there are lots of watered down martial arts programs and dojos. So how do you tell quality from??? The answer: Do some homework, the Internet has plenty of references, resources and ways to check credibility. If the instructor teaches something you can't reference then "red flag", if they claim to be a master or "only recipient maaster" then equals BIG "red flag"! Can you verify their rank level, if not "red flag", add it up and go some place else. Ask questions, belt mills only teach the basics -they don't have any more knowledge than that i.e. students advance very quickly but the program doesn't retain advanced belts - there is a reason, it's because students reach a point where they realize the owner, chief instructor is full of them self or only has a limited knowledge base or "everyone" is a black belt, either equals "red flag".

I have a saying "everyone" can sing in the shower". That doesn't mean they can sing. It's the same in the martial arts, schools and school owners who don't participate outside their program are only kidding themselves about what they think they know.

"Do your homework" it separates those who can figure it out from those who can't.

Monday, February 28, 2011


To become the best you can study, to be the best you can practice.

Think about it, fill your mind with relevant information and your knowledge will grow, you will develop a basis of information on the subject, you will have a basis of information to compare others knowledge to, you will have a basis of information to base your decisions on, you will make yourself a better person.

I have books and DVDs for you to use as as personal reference library to formulate your martial arts knowledge from. I promise you will become stronger person for it. Learn history, basics, application.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Jeremy May UFC Fighter

Beef O Brady’s Fight night Feb. 26th. Coach Martin with UFC fighter Jeremy May. Jeremy will be fighting at the Boardwalk on March 15th. Jeremy was a member of the hit TV show TUF (The Ultimate Fighter) season 7 on Team Rampage. Tom Huggins fight promoter dropped by Beefs while promoting the upcoming fights.

Coach Martin with UFC fighter Jeremy May.


Watched the season finale of Spartacus, the producers said the next season will preview in 2012, that just hit me, really 2012, as I get older time goes faster, lol

Saturday, February 26, 2011

BJ Penn fight

Meet us at Beef O Bradys in Lynn Haven 7pm for the fight.

Thunderbirds at Bay High Feb 25th

Here is the ending clip from the Thunderbird performance at the 3rd Annual Bay High Invitational, Feb 25th. Many thanks to the staff at Bay High especially Robin MeNew. There were 14 different teams performing differnet disciplines - dance, tumbling, gymnastics, band we had a great time!

New Self Defense DVDs

Editing my Jr. Self Defense Set Advanced Technique Review. DVD will be ready for purchase Mar 1st. Get your order in right away and start your review study of these advanced techniques. DVD covers 50 Jr self defense techniques presenting the variations of the "skill sets". Techniques performed with Chris Johnson and Matt Darnell both Jr Black Belts and members of the Thunderbirds.

Friday, February 25, 2011

3rd Annual Bay High Invitational

Wow we had a great time, video clip posted on facebook Marty Martin Karate. This was a great way to start this season. Look for our next performance at Pier Park in support of Beach Mardi Gras. If you are looking for ways to improve your sport karate check out my DVDs on

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Advanced DVD for Jr Self Defense Techniques

Well this week has flown by. Between new students, jiu jitsu classes, working with local law enforcement, Kenpo and Thunderbird prep for the end of the month show - well I haven't had much time to edit the DVD we filmed over this last weekend. It will be a super reference for study and review for advanced Jr. self defense techniques and their application. You can request an advanced copy - just notify me and I will reserve you your copy.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

“Splendor in the Glass”

St. Andrew Bay Center Presents A Golden Gala Event  Celebrating 54 Years of Excellence
Serving Bay County’s Adults with Disabilities
“Splendor in the Glass”
February 25, 2011
7:00 pm
The Palms
Panama City Beach, FL

Be a part of our 11th Annual Golden Gala!

St. Andrew Bay Center brings together a unique blend of training, services and support to over 200 individuals with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, spina bifida, autism and seizure disorders. Join us for a very special event in support of the great work being done right here in your community.
Ask us today about sponsorship opportunities and help us make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities.

P.O. Box 1320, Lynn Haven, FL 32444
Visit us at

Bella Cancer Free

Fantastic news, one of my karate students Isabella (Bella) Holtcamp is cancer free! Diagnosed with a rare spinal cancer Bella was pronounced cancer free on Jan 19th. Special thoughts go to her mom, Heather, who never gave up, believed in prayer and it would seem her prayers were answered. Bella we are all happy for you. Coach Martin

Friday, February 4, 2011

Omega Three's

If you hate fish or want to avoid worrying about toxicity, you can find omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds. Or take a daily fish oil supplement. Like monounsaturated fat, omega-3 fat improves heart health by helping to keep cholesterol levels low. It can also aid in stabilizing an irregular heartbeat and reducing blood pressure, and it acts as a natural blood thinner, reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke. You can't live without omega-3 fat, either ― your brain, which is 60 percent fat, needs it to function properly. So eat it up! Everyday Health

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jillian Michaels

If you don't have Jillian Michaels app you should get it. She has great advice and is truly a good person. I get her, I even feel inspired by her daily tips.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Remnant Trailer

Be sure to check this out, it is done by Matt Peevy one of my black belts and previous Thunderbird team member. Matt has talent! We are seeing a future star in the making. I am proud of you Matt and thanks for sharing this with us all. Watch for the movie release!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Great class Wed

We had a series of great classes this evening. Jiu Jitsu for the BCSO was awesome Chance did a great job working the guys at a higher level, Josh got our new students involved in basic material and I worked every body at a pace that got us all moving and sweating. Thanks everyone for working hard we all get more from a class like that. So Kenpo Black Belt class went very well also Black Belts lets keep the groove up for every one to take their skills to a new level. Coach Martin

Monday, January 17, 2011

Advanced Adult classes learning...

For the Advanced adult classes Adult Self Defense Set Three

How to improve

Its the start of a new session, that means new materail, you can purchase training DVDs and books at the front desk or through The best way to decrease your training time and increase retention is to study. For the Adult Beginner and Intermediate classes Adult Self Defense Set One

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Movie night

Vic and I went to see new Green Hornet movie, enjoyed it as the humor is great and up to date. Martial arts fight scenes are fun. Chance took several of our MMA guys over to Destin to workout with members of Destin MMA today, will post more on that after I Get a report.
Was a fun night with my wife. Am looking forward to Sunday football play off games am cheering for New England.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Advanced Black belts

Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt Mr Arlo Kane, promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt Mr Brian Reindl.

Arlo Kane, Marty Martin, Brian Reindl

New Black Belts

Doug Benson, Matt Hunter, Ashley Brown, Matt Darnell, Jacob Fravel
 Our Black Belt Inductees for Dec. 17th, 2010 at the Karate Training Centers.

Dec 2010 Student of the Month

Todd McQuire
Sonny Rogers

Congratulations to the Dec 2010 Student of the Month and Rising Star. Both come from our adult kenpo program SOM is Tdd McQuire and RS is Sonny Rogers.