Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

From the entire staff at Marty Martin Karate Merry Christmas. My your day be magical, you heart full of joy and your wishes come true. Coach Marty Martin

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How bad do you want it....

To answer your primary question, What made us stay….?  I dunno. Maybe I was too stupid, or too stubborn, to quit. Or, more likely, it was because I wouldn’t leave my buddies. If I quit, they would have to haul the damn boat without me. I wasn’t going to do that to them. I think that’s one of the primary things that keep people going in tough times, or in combat; their friends and family depend on them. Training weeds out the self-serving, selfish individuals, and keeps the team players whom we can count on to be there when we need each other.”  Navy Seal Daniel Olson – BUD/S Class 39

Training for years in the martial arts becomes a lifestyle, those who truly want to be black belts continue, they train, they succeed in martial arts and life. 

Ask yourself if that is what you want - the black belt, the life as a martial artist, it has always been that way for me.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Chatting up character

Even in our after school program our instructors conduct "matt chat" laying out principles to build character.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bonds that tie

Participants in large group classes build a bond that lasts a lifetime 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Karate for life

My after school karate program includes fun activities to burn off energy, a snack to refuel, study time to improve your child's mind - this is important even when kids don't like it in the beginning - they learn to get their work done, and of course karate. Learning to defend them self with a solid karate foundation. Collectively this program develops your child in a positive educational character building manner. Building champions everyday. 

I believe in education and I believe in karate. These skills will serve your child their entire life. It has for me all my instructors and countless others who graduated our program.

Come join us and begin your lifetime journey in the martial arts.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Home Study for Karate

Home study will increase your knowledge, study before class and imagine how much more you will get out of class. Coming soon will be my online training material accessible 24/7. 

My students who use my DVDs for home study learn faster, have more confidence and say they can't remember what it was like trying to learn without them. The first thing I recommend to students who are having trouble remembering material or have missed a couple classes is to study the DVD.  We as a society are taught throughput our educational process to do homework and if we want to be better do better retain more then study in addition to class. Your training with me shouldn't be any different.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Looking down the barrel of a gun...

When law enforcement leaders start taking a stand like this It confirms my belief in how important martial arts is to a family, martial arts builds strength of character in diversity awareness of ones security. Now is the time to prepare not when you are staring wide eyed at the barrel of a gun. Join a program now! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Fall session

New classes forming now with testing first week of December. Promotion requirements going out next week be sure you have your copy. I encourage everyone to get the training DVD for your class, study watch review outside class so when you come to class your time is better spent practicing. Your retention will go up.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

After school Karate

Classes start at 4 pm Monday thru Thursday, students will need Marty Martin karate uniform and or karate t shirt. Class includes manners for kids, karate basics and character development. This session testing will be the end of November were students can earn karate belts. Classes do not include the self defense technique and Jiu Jitsu instructed in our evening classes. After school karate also includes study time for all students. For availability call 850-785-2024.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Membership update

Summer is almost over kids going back to school and another fun time of year - the holidays fast approaches. 

I have been working diligently on the membership web site. My goal is to offer quality training on a smooth platform that loads quickly and in my opinion easy and convenient to use. 

The template does just that, once you see it you may think it was simple to build however the back end is pretty complex.

Members will be able to learn a full system of self defense and a lifetime of martial arts. This site will have lots of hard to find information 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Marty Martin Karate Website

The website is being updated with a new membership area, new material, and access to more information. Initial launch is set for September 2015.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Membership web site

Working on the new membership website, more info as time to launch gets closer however site will offer full training and opportunity for promotion. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Protecting your family it's your job!

I study self defense, I educate myself, I train daily, I keep myself mentally prepared and physically ready if an emergency should arise. I am a sheepdog. 

That being said I have read two excellent books related to handgun use and legal responsibility, Deadly Force and The Modern Day Gunslinger. Both authors make mention that in today's environment police no longer respond to protect you law enforcement responds to investigate. The author's point being it is imperative individuals take responsibility to protect themselves and family. So how do you this? The answer is get involved in a martial arts program that offers physical conditioning, self defense and character development. Take a handgun safety class possibly concealed carry. The time is now before you need to defend yourself your family or home and aren't prepared. You have to be ready it's your job. More at Marty Martin Karate. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

After school program

Now taking students for our after school program for 2015-2016. You can find more information at

Battle of Atlanta June 2015

Alex, Brady, Dillon, Sam, Logan, Leah, Hadley and Evan brought home 24 awards this year including 6 first place and 6 second places. Once again every Thunderbird earned trophies in the top three of their respective divisions.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Winning Attitude

Reflecting on today's competition reminds me how important it is to compete. Competition pushes ones spirit, something that is hard to duplicate in the class room. I saw the eyes of desire and the passion to do their best in our team. The excitement of pushing themselves finding personal success in the fruits of hard training. Tomorrow we will see if today's competition wet the appetite to push even harder finding that winning attitude.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Five characteristics to make you the uncommon warrior.

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.--Calvin Coolidge

As one can imagine, nothing in my life tested me more than SEAL training. Until of course that training was tested on the battlefield. And then again when deciding to become an entrepreneur. In fact, my level of persistence is tested every day as a business owner, husband, and father. In my opinion, persistence is not an innate talent but rather a learned competency that has to be worked on and can be developed over time to achieve maximum performance. Here is a five-point perspective on persistence that every entrepreneur should embrace:

Talent. As Calvin Coolidge says in the quote above, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. I often talk about the difference between skill and success. As most of us know, there are no secrets to being successful. It is the result of preparation, hard work, persistence, and learning from mistakes and failure. In SEAL training, it's not uncommon for elite athletes to be some of the first to quit. Talent and skill alone are not enough to be successful.

Intelligence. Many studies show that those with the highest IQ's aren't necessarily the most "successful." Success has many definitions, but its still interesting data. Similar to talent and skill, intelligence only gets you so far. It's how we apply that intelligence that counts. But a winning combination is when a person has both intelligence (in many forms) combined with the drive to adapt despite any obstacles that come his or her way.

Education. There is a saying that "C students rule the world." I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it emphasizes the point that a degree, or three degrees, doesn't guarantee anything. I have a undergraduate degree in finance, a master's in real estate finance, and studied English and history at Oxford University in England. So what? I wouldn't necessarily attribute my current success to that, outside of maybe needing to be persistent in my studies because of the drive to succeed. Oh, and I met my business partner in grad school. We own a marketing agency, not a real estate development company. At least it was good for networking!

Discipline. Setting and achieving lofty goals requires discipline. Discipline to work hard. Discipline to keep moving forward. Discipline to not be distracted by things that are out of your control. This is why I believe health and fitness are imperative for success. Getting and staying fit requires discipline. You have to have the ability to prioritize fitness as well as push yourself outside of your comfort zone as much as possible. Health and fitness are perfect for practicing the art of discipline and will impact other areas of your life.

Determination. My favorite quote from the Navy SEAL Creed says, "I will not quit. I persevere and thrive in adversity. If knocked down, I will get back up. Every time. I am never out of the fight." That mentality is so ingrained in your soul as a SEAL that I literally have a physical and chemical reaction when I think of that quote. As an entrepreneur and business owner, I face obstacles every day, because I am constantly entering uncharted waters as we move the company forward. Learning new things each day is great, but determination is the fuel that translates that knowledge into actionable strategies.

Failure and obstacles are inevitable aspects of our personal and professional lives. Without being persistent and determined, we will get stuck along the way. Never be out of the fight.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

On the 7th day

Breakfast with youngest daughter, condo shopping on beach, ice cream with the wife, saw Jurassic World, Now we are watching the NBA finals. Am really enjoying the series am rooting for Warriors as that is home but don't want to necessarily see Cavs lose as they could bring so much pride back to Cleveland.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Battle of Atlanta

Preparation almost complete final walk through a and film critique today, next week 100% training,rest day, travel Thursday then full on Friday and Saturday. Team members remember your nutrition and rest cycle are key to your personal performance.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Finding heart

Thursday I took seven Thunderbirds ready to compete in the upcoming Battle of Atlanta, I challenged them as a group to each finish their forms at competition level in 3 minutes 30 seconds, if they did not then I would give them a burpee penalty no rest and they would have to go right into the next kata for competition. If they finished before time was up that was the rest cycle. They accepted the challenge. The result was remarkable! They dug in and dug deep. Especially Ryan he really went beyond he led the burpees and went first with his kata no rest between man what a leader!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Customer service

Make or break your business. Professional service with a positive attitude resolving issues is key to log term business reputation. Having said that I had personal need to do business with Wells Fargo today. Customer service left me with the impression they could care less. So I am sharing that I will take my business somewhere else. I am happy don't know if there manger knows but they just lost a customer. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Law of Attraction

This web site offers material one can use to improve ones intuition as well as awareness. I am not one to push the inner arts however I do believe listening to ones "gut feelings" is a valid valuable ability. This web site has some very easy to understand information.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Crime and karate

With crime on the rise, less respect for law enforcement and a general shift in mindset toward attacking innocent people who are bystanders it seems to me more people should be taking up martial arts. I saw a news clip today where a convince store was being robbed when the robbery turned deadly by attacking people shopping in the store. No one shopping ask for it crime came to them. 

Martial arts can't stop crime from coming to you but it sure can prepare you for it. Get started today and protect your family. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer Camp

We just have a few slots left for the 2015 summer camp. Call 850-785-2024 for more. Camp includes Martial arts, field trips, action sports and game day plus more.

So you want to take karate

Just get started, especially adults, don't accept excuses as the more you do the more you move away from your interest in martial arts. If the class you try isn't for you find another one their are a lot of programs out there and it may take some time to get the one that keeps you motivated and moves you forward. The idea is to just get started!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Leave the World a Better Place 

This month all black belts focus on creating value in someone else’s life.

“Always leave people and things better than you found them.”

When you truly add value to others lives; you’ll be overtaken by a sense of accomplishment. 
You will form valuable new relationships with others. 

By adding value to others, you will gain respect and, in turn, others will look after you. The value will be above the monetary reward.

One action per day:
    Ask if you can help someone do something
    Hold the door for someone
    Buy someone a cup of coffee
    Let someone go in front of you in line
    Say “thank you” when someone is courteous to you
    Smile at someone today

    Leave your waitress an extra $1 dollar tip