MA1st Presents A Live & Interactive Event Specifically for Martial Arts School Owners AND Instructors!
Give Us 2 Days & We’ll Arm You With The RIGHT Tools & Systems To Fulfill Your Business Vision, Purpose, Goals & Triple Your Student Sign Ups
Save The Date: 26th to 28th April 2018
ALL MA1ST EVENTS HAVE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT SO…. DON’T DELAY, GET YOUR TICKET TODAY!
Kyoshi Fred DePalma has already helped hundreds of school owners and is coming to San Diego and is ready to share his experience and knowledge to show you:
How to scale your school without being robbed of your time freedom
As a school owner or manager you make important business decision that could spell success or failure for you and your team. A solid network of experienced and successful business owners can be invaluable and through this event you will have access to the best of the best who have new ideas and experience, you can fully utilize.
In a world where everyone is an expert and martial arts coach, advice is freely given on all platforms without the validity, credibility and success track record of the source being presented.
Taking just one piece of wrong advice from a would-be expert could be the equivalent of getting martial arts training from a wannabe instructor who bought black belt through eBay.
If you have fallen victim of unsubstantiated claims of unsurpassed financial gains and operational tools which have failed to pass the beta stage, you are not alone.
Business is hard with **Statistic of failing business** . Just one piece of untested unproven advice could send your business to dire straits and result in money down the drain and a long time to recover (if you’re lucky!)
For two days, Kyoshi Fred will share his wealth of knowledge and experience in helping grow schools of all sizes and at all levels of the business life-cycle (and his credibility and character IS proven time and time again throughout the martial arts industry!)
If you want to learn the ins and outs and the finer details of how to successfully operate a world-renowned martial arts business, then this 'working seminar' will feature workshops, discussions and training sessions presented by the ‘new leaders’ of the Martial Arts community.
Fred’s live seminar will include swipe-and-deploy systems on:
Kyoshi Fred’s operational insights will dramatically change the way you run your school and will maximize productivity and minimize churn.
THIS EVENT IS NOT… A Pitching Event!
This event is not about presenting watered down content with the aim to get you to part with even more money to get the really valuable high ticket items!
The difference with this event is that the DePalma’s have been successfully running multiple schools for 32 years. During that time, they have seen the ups and downs of running martial art businesses and what that means in real terms financially, mentally and physically. The DePalma’s have been there, had that happen to them, and done it all.
“It's not just the success of our schools, it's also about sharing the challenges along the way so you know what not to do or know that someone else has been where you are before” Fred DePalma
Every speaker at MA1st has been specially invited based on the success of their business and will share with you exactly what they are implementing in their own schools RIGHT NOW!
What You Can Expect At MA1st
- Day 1 (Apr 26)
- Day 2 (Apr 27)
- Parties (Apr 28)
Opening ceremonies, before we break into two training tracks for business and in the classroom (this one is for the Instructors) More details coming soon!
Business – Salon C
Business – Salon A
Fred DePalma – Open Q & A
Ron Sell – Spark, Martial Arts School Software
Mark Slane – Krav Maga, USKMA Handgun Disarm Seminar - techniques taught to hundreds of law enforcement officers across the nation. The philosophy of "one basic disarm for several attacks" means less training time, less hesitation and a safer officer.
George Fourie – Social Media Marketing
Presenter’s Only Appreciation Dinner
Continue the two track training with added Owner’s Only meetings. More details coming soon!
Zulfi Ahmed – Lost Student Reactivation System, Broken Down for Maximum Results
Chris Nott – Sticks Part 1
Ron Sell – Marketing to Get YOU Where YOU Want to Be
Henry Calantog – The Young Professional Instructor - How to be treated like a professional despite your age or experience level.
Brian Zimmerman – How To Add Another 5, 10 , 15 or More Paid Students to Your School in 30 Days or Less
Robin DePalma – Lead Your Students to Greatness
Lunch – Provided! – Salon B
Chris Casamassa - How to Turn Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary!
By Invitation – Drills for Skills
George Fourie – Getting Social Media on Your Side
Scott J. Maczuga – Be Bold! Rock the Floor
Fred DePalma *OWNERS* - Setting Up for Multiple Schools, Systems, Staff, Pay, Training, Promotions
Robin DePalma – How to Run a Class with 30 + Lil’ Dragons
Mixer - come and mingle (network) – Pool Side – hors d'oeuvres Served
And There’s The After Party…
Friday Night it’s time to unwind and relax at our outside mixer party. Network, make acquaintances, share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with others, all while enjoying a much needed drink and some delicious food. More details coming soon!
Morning Instructor Stretch, Warm-Ups & Sharing – Mandatory for all Instructors
Breakfast Served – Salon B until 8:30 am – this is included with your event pass
Scott J. Maczuga – PROMISES! Challenging Kids and Their Parents
Chris Nott – Sticks Part 2
Robin DePalma – Keeping the Enrollment Process Simple
Henry Calantog – It’s Not What You Say but How You Say IT! Using Anchoring Statement to Keep Your Class Motivated and Engaged.
Jason Flame – Maximizing Student Value Through Goal Setting
Fred DePalma – Training Your Students to be Super-Stars
Zulfi Ahmed – Keys to Mega School Success
Ron Sell – 10 Things That Must Happen in Class
Lunch – Provided! – Salon B
Speed Dating – Salon B – During deserts, presenters will rotate table to table for small discussions
Owner’s Only Round Table – Prefill Your Question and/or Your Share and Bring with You.
Cat Zohar – The art of Member Engagement: Building life-long relationships with students and parents that go beyond the training floor
Stephen Stewart – Building and Utilizing a Strong TEAM
Final notes Combined Session – Salon A
No Questions Asked Money-Back Guarantee
We’re so confident that this event will revolutionize your martial arts business that if you don’t come away completely satisfied, simply present your event ticket at the end of the event and Fred will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
Event Registration Tickets Now Available!
A 5th Degree Black Belt, Master Robin DePalma has been in the Martial Arts industry for 20 years and is currently...
A 5th Degree Black Belt, Master Robin DePalma has been in the Martial Arts industry for 20 years and is currently the Corporate Manager or DePalma’s Team USA Martial Arts. She currently oversees 6 DePalma’s locations. She is in charge of the Manager Training, Marketing, Business Systems, Pro-Shops, event planning and statistics of each location. Her resume includes developing a Cardio Kickbox program of over 700 members, running one of DePalma’s most profitable locations, co-founding the 26 month SWAT – Mentor Leadership Program, Developing successful business systems for the DePalma’s organization and reaching a $200-$400 student value at any location she has worked at. She contributes her success to her love of the students and families and her passion for making a positive impact in their lives.
Ron Sell has been practicing martial arts since 1979 at the age of 7, taught by his parents, Grandmaster Edward B. Sell and Grandmaster..
Ron Sell has been practicing martial arts since 1979 at the age of 7, taught by his parents, Grandmaster Edward B. Sell and Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell. He opened his first martial arts school at the age of 19, a 2nd location at 23 and a third location at 29. After selling his three schools, he moved to Tampa Florida to start a new martial arts school, and invented one of the top martial arts software in the United States, RainMaker. After leaving RainMaker in 2015, Master Ron Sell went back to working with thousands of school owners, helping them grow their membership, learn how to be a better instructor and grow their income. In 2018 he launched Spark Minds Software, a all-in-one martial arts software for true martial arts school owners and instructors.
Bushi Ban International
Grand Master Zulfi Ahmed is the designer and developer of the Bushi Ban system. Grand Master Ahmed has over 30 years of martial arts..
Grand Master Zulfi Ahmed is the designer and developer of the Bushi Ban system. Grand Master Ahmed has over 30 years of martial arts experience and has won over 300 martial arts awards including the 1993 NBL World Traditional Weapons title, and the 1992 USKA Open Forms World Title, and has also been inducted into eleven different Martial Arts halls of fame.
He has earned his Black Belts in many different martial arts and is recognized as the founder of the Bushi Ban system by several national and international martial arts organizations. He was also selected to be on the Pakistani National Tae Kwon Do Olympic Team and has represented Pakistan and the United States in national, international, and world events. His extensive travels have allowed him to learn, teach, and compete with some of the best martial arts in the world.
Family Knowledge Action LLC (FKA)
Located in Margate, Florida, FKA is family run business that successfully uses the business model of martial arts, after-school & Summer..
Located in Margate, Florida, FKA is family run business that successfully uses the business model of martial arts, after-school & Summer camp. Chris has over twenty years’ experience working in the martial arts industry and has worked in every capacity within a martial arts school. He began his Martial arts training in 1981 and his background is primarily in Jun fan Gung Fu and Kali. Chris has studied and learned from some of the industry’s top martial arts instructors and business coaches.
SCOTT J. MACZUGA
Vortex Business Consulting
Kyoshi Maczuga is a Master Martial Artist who has broadened the childcare field for school aged children, offering a constructive educational..
Kyoshi Maczuga is a Master Martial Artist who has broadened the childcare field for school aged children, offering a constructive educational alternative to daycare. He is an expert in child development and speaks internationally on this topic as well as success life skills training, and personal growth, at industry events around the world.
Having traveled, trained, and taught all over the world – including North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe, Mr. Maczuga has earned black belt certifications, in including Koei-Kan Karate, Shotokan Karate, Ashihara Karate, and Martial Arts World (Tae Kwon Do / Hapkido). He holds instructor certifications in Muay Thai and Krav Maga while cross training in others like Greco-roman wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Russian Sambo. He currently holds a 7th degree black belt through the American Black Belt Association.
Kyoshi Maczuga has taught corporate personal safety programs for fortune 500 companies like Entech, Freedom One Financial, and Compuware Corporations. He has trained and managed security teams and performed as a personal bodyguard both armed and unarmed. Kyoshi Maczuga is President and CEO of Vortex Martial Arts – North America and the Vortex Sports Center Franchise. He serves the global business community at large as a coach and consultant, specializing as one on the top leading experts in the field of child success development.
Known simply as Master C, he is the TEAM Leader of DePalma's Team USA Martial Arts and, oversees instructor development, training and..
Known simply as Master C, he is the TEAM Leader of DePalma's Team USA Martial Arts and, oversees instructor development, training and progress. He has over 20 years of martial arts teaching experience and is Head Instructor of the Desert Mountain Location. He is a direct student of Kyoshi Fred DePalma and is one of his highest ranking students. An avid competitor, he has also coached several state and national champions. He is a teacher first and foremost, and has dedicated his life to the personal development of others through the martial arts.
The Hidden Dojo
Derek Morris is the owner of The Hidden Dojo in Lancaster, California and travels with students and instructors to Japan twice a year..
to train with top Jujutsu and Sword teachers. He is fluent in Japanese and is passionate about helping traditional schools grow their arts and their student base through personal and business mastery.
Cat Zohar began her martial arts training at the age of six in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout her career, she’s served every role in a martial arts..
Cat Zohar began her martial arts training at the age of six in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout her career, she’s served every role in a martial arts school; owner, operator, program director and instructor. Her understanding of the business systems and martial arts lead her to consulting professionally in our industry over the last decade. She also founded the first of its kind, girls-only martial arts program, Karate Princesses and Martial Arts Marketing Solutions, where she brought the concept of Member Engagement to the industry. At present, she serves the martial arts industry along side her business partner Alex Changho through Revolution, helping school owners live the lifestyle they most desire.
Martial Arts Media
If getting new students through Facebook, Google and your Website are getting you mediocre results (or none at all), then come and join..
If getting new students through Facebook, Google and your Website are getting you mediocre results (or none at all), then come and join George Fourie for a live training that will transform the way you approach your business online
The good news is that you're doing everything right, but unfortunately at the wrong time for your prospects which makes them turn a blind eye to your messages. All you need is the RIGHT strategy. Discover a step by step system to deliver RELEVANT marketing messages to your prospects without annoying your existing students with ads and offers.
George has helped several top schools in Australia and in the U.S.A. achieve amazing results through strategic marketing campaigns. Stay ahead of your competitors with marketing strategies that you can apply to your business today.
MAIA Elite Consultant
Jason Flame is a 7th Degree Black Belt in American Tang Soo Do and owner of Tang Soo Do University in Moorpark, CA. He..
Jason Flame is a 7th Degree Black Belt in American Tang Soo Do and owner of Tang Soo Do University in Moorpark, CA. He has also served as a MAIA Elite consultant since 2010. Jason is an active member of his community and serves on the Board of Directors for several local organizations. As an active community member, he attributes the success of his business to understanding the importance of giving back to those in his community.
Red Dragon Karate
Chris Casamassa is an American martial artist, actor and stuntman who is best known for his role as Scorpion..
Chris Casamassa is an American martial artist, actor and stuntman who is best known for his role as Scorpion in the movie Mortal Kombat and the related TV show, Mortal Kombat: Konquest. He is the son of martial arts guru and Red Dragon Karate founder Louis D. Casamassa.
Casamassa is also the President of the successful Red Dragon Karate Schools, which were founded by his father. As a national competitor on the North American Karate Association circuit (N.A.S.K.A) Casamassa was the #1 forms competitor in the country for four consecutive years.
Stephen started his martial arts training at the age of four and continued all the way through to his black belt. He graduated at the top of his class..
Stephen started his martial arts training at the age of four and continued all the way through to his black belt. He graduated at the top of his class from Arizona State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Sociology. Kyoshi DePalma offered him the opportunity to start training again and begin teaching classes. Pretty soon, he was presented with another opportunity in 2013 to take over the Power Ranch location. This school was awarded “Karate School of the Year” in 2015 and in 2017, Power Ranch grew to its highest active count ever!
More Martial Arts
Brian Zimmerman is the founder of More Martial Arts Students. Brian is a Marine Corps veteran and was a black belt in the Marine Corps..
Brian Zimmerman is the founder of More Martial Arts Students. Brian is a Marine Corps veteran and was a black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts training systems. Brian is still a martial arts practitioner. While serving in the Marines, he helped instruct and train thousands of Marines to combat readiness. Once he left the Marines, he pursued his business and marketing education through Purdue University and University of Florida's veteran entrepreneurship programs. Brian has been helping small businesses with lead generation strategies and sales systems for getting more customers increasing sales revenue since 2007. Brian and his company More Martial Arts students are focused on helping you with lead generation and sales systems that have produced millions in revenue.
YOU MUST BOOK BY 3/22/2018 TO GET THE GROUP RATE
Rate available 04/26/18 to 04/29/18
Guest can contact Hotel Reservations directly at
1-(800) 321-2211 and reference the MAIN Event Group, or group code 'TMA'
For additional assistance contact NICK SAVOY at 619.358.1351
"The MAIN Event was such an amazing experience! Between getting to interact with so many like-minded people and listening to all of the presenters, I feel I have some great new knowledge and ideas to bring back to my martial arts school. I was moved to see how many dedicated martial arts instructors, younger and older, were there learning how to be even better instructors than they already are! The venue was easy to navigate, the schedule ran very smoothly and the location was great! I will without a doubt be back next year!"
"I have been attending The Main Event for the last few years. What I enjoy most is the experience of being surrounded with world renowned martial artists and soaking up the knowledge they have to offer. As a business owner, the networking portion is phenomenal. I get to be around peers and mentors that I look up to and learn from them. The information I have received has helped be grow my business and build long lasting relationships. This is for sure the best networking and educational event I’ve been to! Can’t wait for April!"
"MA1st has helped my school grow in a number of ways, the best is that there is someone who finds out what you want to achieve and then holds you accountable to get it done. Kyoshi DePalma has taken on a position of Mentor to my school, knowing there is someone who has gone through the same issues and is willing to help you avoid the pain of growing is a bonus. Anyone wondering if MA1st is for them, all I would say is give it a go. This is all about putting Martial Arts first in your schools, and that is what we all should be aiming to do."
"The Main Event is great! I think it is Fred’s attitude that makes all the difference. I have been to other people’s events where, unless I forced a conversation with someone, no one even made eye contact with me. At the Main Event, it is much different though. Every time I walk away, I walk away with more knowledge, more motivation, and new friends. Fred and the Main Event have truly transformed my world!"