KID’S CLASSES

Our children’s classes incorporate both our Kickboxing, Judo, and Jujitsu styles, training them in both “stand-up” and ground fighting. The format for these classes is extremely rewarding to the children in several ways.

(1) Foremost, the children have fun in class. Among other skills, they are taught to and encouraged to grapple in class. How many times have you had to caution your child about wrestling at home for fear they would hurt themselves or damage your home or furniture?

(2) Children learn discipline and other qualities that make martial arts training a plus. Studies show that children training in the martial arts have improved behavior, better grades in school, increased self esteem, and other benefits, also.

(3) The format for these classes was designed by our head instructor, James Corbett, who is a Doctor of Education with over 13 years of experience teaching children of a wide range of ages in Georgia’s public schools. Dr. Corbett stresses that children in this martial arts program develop a positive attitude towards dealing with aggression, especially in situations away from home.

The parent of a new student once approached Sensei (Dr.) Corbett. He, to Sensei’s surprise, excitedly told him that his child’s behavior has changed for the positive. The child had become focused on the positive aspects of the martial arts and had become a much better student in school.

Our child students progress through the belt ranks in this manner: Kickboxing and Jujitsu; first in Kickboxing, then in Jujitsu. For example, a child will first earn a Yellow Belt in Kickboxing and then a Yellow Belt with a stripe (indicating mastery of that level in both styles). Our Judo program follows the belt ranks as indicated for children through the Judo standards and these are awarded seperately than the Kickboxing and Jujitsu belts.

You’ve probably been thinking about having your child train in the Martial Arts for a long time. Bring your child in for a free week of training, with absolutely no obligation.

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INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Corbett, our head instructor.

Valdosta Martial Arts Center has well qualified instructors that lead training sessions. Shihan Dai (Junior Master Instructor) James Corbett, Ed.D., is a fifth degree black belt, that holds rank in five different martial arts, with 19 years of martial arts experience, and teaches both Kickboxing and Jujitsu. Dr. Corbett is also the Owner and Director at the Center. He is a member of the International Kickboxing Federation World Team and on the International Sport Combat Federation’s Board of Directors.

Valdosta Martial Arts Center also is the only dojo in Valdosta that has State of Georgia certified educators working as instructors. Sensei James Corbett holds the degree of Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University. He has over 15 years of experience educating the children of Lowndes County, as well as adults and Valdosta State University students. He has published a collegiate text on the martial arts and is widely published in his teaching field also. He has coached a student who has won the National Agri-science Fair as well.

Joel Weldon

Joel is quite possibly the most dedicated student at Valdosta Martial Arts. He has been practicing kikcboxing and ju-jitsu for several years with us. Joel is our primary fill-in instructor and is a very patient teacher.

Buddy Blount

Buddy Blount is another reason why our Kids Karate program is great. He is an experienced elementary school teacher that loves working children. Bring your kids down and let this State Certified educator help them learn the martial arts.

Zakk Cumbess

Zack is our newest instructor. He teaches one of our chldren’s classes. He is a youth minister and is very good with kids and adults alike. He would love to share his knowledge of kickboxing and jujitsu with your child.

A number of other qualified martial artists serve as substitute instructors when our regular instructors have schedule conflicts. At Valdosta Martial Arts Center, we do encourage students to ask advice and learn from all other members, from white belt to any rank.

Come by Valdosta Martial Arts Center and meet our instructors. You will find them to be qualified and friendly, eager to help you begin your martial arts training.

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General Information

Training at Valdosta Martial Arts Center is the most reasonably priced full-time martial arts school in the Valdosta/Lowndes Area. Currently, it costs adults less than one dollar ($1.00) per class available to them to train.

Valdosta Martial Arts Center is located at 109 West Central Avenue in downtown Valdosta, Georgia. Our phone number is 912.245.VMAC (8622).
KICKBOXING * JUJITSU * JUDO * CARDIO-KICKBOXING
Valdosta Martial Arts Center is a mixed martial arts school featuring training and belt rankings in both MYB Kickboxing and Shin Shin Jujitsu. MYB Kickboxing is a type of martial art that includes sport striking methods like blocks, punching, body shifting, and sport kicking. Shin Shin Jujitsu, a form of submission fighting, is a grappling martial arts featuring takedowns and groundfighting combined with self defense striking, such as knees, elbows, and leg kicks. Both Kickboxing and Jujitsu are innovative systems of self defense. Cadio-Kickboxing, an aerobic type of martial art, is also taught at Valdosta Martial Arts Center. Judo has been recently added to the Saturday morning class schedule. The traditional aspects of the martial arts including respect, self discipline, and teamwork have been preserved and are practiced in all of these martial arts.

You’ve probably been thinking about training in the Martial Arts for a long time. Come try a week FREE on us, with absolutely no obligation. Simply email, call, or come visit to schedule an appointment.

Continue following the linked subpages to find out more about VMAC. If you would like to know our schedule and meeting sites, please email us by clicking the “Email” button below.

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Win Bud Light’s Battle at the Bayou at Summer Heat!

One lucky Summer Heat fan WILL win BIG at Bud Light’s Summer Heat! Lyn Johnson of Johnson Distributing in Valdosta is proud to announce that in cooperation with a national effort – the Bud Light Battle on the Bayou Sweepstakes, he is bringing a big win home to one lucky winner here at Summer Heat.

The winner of this package will have a great time at the September UFC event in New Orleans. Here are some details of the winnings:

Round trip airfare
Two hotel nights
Tickets to Friday concert
Tickets to Saturday Night UFC FIGHT
Meet and Greet with UFC Personalities
And More
Johnson Distributing will have a booth set up at Summer Heat. Spectators will sign up for a random drawing to be drawn before the main event at Bud Light’s Summer Heat. The winner does incur a cost of $380 for this package worth thousands of dollars. For more information see Bud Light Battle on the Bayou Sweepstakes.

Bud Light’s Summer Heat is a professional and amateur MMA event to be held on June 25th at Mathis City Auditorium. The doors will open at 6 pm. This event will feature amateur title matches and a host of regional and local athletes. Ticket information can be found here. The after fight party will be held at Rock N Rodeo. Food and drinks at the event will be served by Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ. The event is sanctioned by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission and co-sanctioned by the International Sport Combat Federation. The card is subject to change.

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Father and Son to Fight At Summer Heat

A tradition as old as time: The father training the son in the ways of war. Then, going off to war together to defend their homes, land, and country.

At Bud Light’s Summer Heat, the tradition continues as a father and son pair are participating in Bud Light’s Summer Heat. Shawn Snow, father, and Justin Lestekoff, son, are set to enter the cage this Saturday evening.

All the fans, please note that they are NOT fighting each other. This is not Ken and Frank Shamrock for crying out loud.

Seriously, Snow and Lestekoff train at Valdosta Martial Arts Center. Snow is a professional fighter and this Lestekoff’s amateur debut.

Snow is set to fight William Vivar. Vivar is from nearby Douglas, GA. He and Snow have fought some of the same opponents. So, this match is compelling for that reason.

Follows is some video of Vivar fighting.
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Justin “Graham Cracker” Lestekoff is new to MMA training. He did wrestle at Lowndes High School for several years. He is now a student at Valdosta State University.

Fans will be excited to see the father and son pair go to war and defend their team’s and family’s honor at Bud Light’s Summer Heat. Bud Light’s Summer Heat is a professional and amateur MMA event to be held on June 25th at Mathis City Auditorium. The doors will open at 6 pm. This event will feature amateur title matches and a host of regional and local athletes. Ticket information can be found here. The after fight party will be held at Rock N Rodeo. Food and drinks at the event will be served by Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ. The event is sanctioned by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission and co-sanctioned by the International Sport Combat Federation. The card is subject to change.

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Josh Taylor Teaches BJJ in China

VMAC instructor Josh Taylor is on a business trip to China for several months. Yesterday he emailed back some news:

“Got to work out with a local gym yesterday. I feel really good there stand up is more fluid than mine for offense but I feel their defense is very sloppy and they have ( 0 ) ground game I mean none. They know some judo throws transition to an arm bar but they didn’t even know how to finish the arm bar. Its about to be BJJ city in this place haha. I put on a pretty good show about 20 people stopped working out to watch me give a BJJ lesson to the instructor. I didn’t show off or anything I was very humble and slow I think i did a good job not embarrassing him while displaying my skills.”

Josh is an instructor at Valdosta Martial Arts Center and a MMA judge with the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission and the International Sport Combat Federation.

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