Gilbert's Martial Arts Academy
Gilbert's Martial Arts Academy - Home of the Champions
GMA was founded in July 2006. However Stephanie already had a martial arts academy prior to GMA, which was founded in 1998, in Germany. GMA offers mostly kickboxing, with a touch of karate, ju jitsu, self defense and capoeira. GMA gives you:
- Help in weight management
- That "Team" feeling
- No trips over the mountain
- Savings in gas and money for lessons
- Great summer camps
If you always wanted to try martial arts, here's your chance, and it's right in front of your door. No trips over the mountain, no unnecessary gas, no wasted time. Find out, what your friends are hyping about. You might excell at this, but if you never come in, you'll never find out. Be taught by a 5-time World Champion. Who knows,... YOU might just be the next World Champion! Just give it a try or you might miss out on something cool, fun, and exciting.
GMA also offers a very adventurous and highly exciting summer camp program for children 6 nd up (if you're interested in classes for children younger than 7, please, refer to the regular class schedule). Summer camp enrollment for the 2016 summer season with our "Hot Summer Sun, Cool Ninja Fun" motto starts soon, so please stay tuned.
If Trick or Treats, parades, shows, or fun fests, you name it in and around Perry County, you can be sure to see us somewhere. Stop by and say hi. Don't be shy. Go to our events page to see where you can find us in the near future.
If you would like to start lessons at GMA, please keep in mind, that this is not a seasonal sport. Any martial arts really at any martial arts school all over the world are usually year round. If you can not dedicate the entire year including summer vacation to something like this (one or two week vacation is fine), then something seasonal, like baseball, might be better for you. Something like this is a lifestyle, not just a hobby. Taking a "break" in order to participate in other activities will throw you back tremendously in no time. You will lose skills quickly and may not be able to progress through the belt system, like your friends at the academy. The loss of conditioning and techniques can be huge, just with a few weeks of missed classes. Any martial arts academy, who tells you otherwise, is not telling you the truth. GMA cares about you, so we'll let you know, before you get into this. Dedicate yourself and you will have the best of times. Regular training wil have you advance faster. The first class is free. However, please, evaluate your schedule for the entire year to see, that you can fit this in with all your other activities.
Competition is available at all levels, local, national, as well as international. However competing requires much dedication. A minimum of 3 times per week for competitors is strongly recommended. While competition is not required to progress through the belt system, it is highly encouraged, as it makes your entire fighting and self defense game better.
Shows and demos
If you're interested in doing shows, we have just the thing for you: The GMA demo team. However the same rules apply to the demo team than to the competition team: Dedication! Dedication! Dedication! You're representing GMA and because of that you're representation should be flawless and the creme of the crop. So only the best students will be able to join our demo team.