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Mentors & Instructors

MA1st and ABBI.AI are extremely proud to bring to you some of the most influential leaders of both the business and Martial Arts world. This stellar lineup of speakers will share with you years of experience, first-hand knowledge and revolutionary concepts that will lift business owners and staff alike to the pinnacle of success.

"This is an incredible group of individuals. Some of the best business innovators I've met."

Kyoshi Fred DePalma

Business Track - MA1st

Instructor Track - MA1st

Kyoshi DePalma started teaching the martial arts for his instructor in 1981 and went on to open his own school under his instructor’s guidance in 1986. He had 4 schools in CT before selling them to the managers and heading out to AZ in 1991 to open schools there. In AZ he oversees 8 locations that are either owned by him or franchised to his students. Over his many years of being involved not with just his schools but the Martial Arts industry, Kyoshi has spoken for many of the leading Martial Art Companies such as EFC, MAIA, NAPMA, UP, MAUI and others. Currently Kyoshi spends his time running his schools and the MA1st Company where he gets to talk with and personally coach school owners worldwide. If you wish to speak with a Martial Artist who has had and still has successful schools and loves to share, then Kyoshi F. DePalma is the person you need to know.

Both the DePalmas believe in putting their family first. The success of their schools along with the success of their staff allows them to take 3 months off each year to travel and vacation with their two sons Edge (19) and Dagger (16). This isn’t about bragging but rather demonstrating what is important to them.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/16/2020 05:00PM General Q & A Salon C
01/17/2020 02:45PM Fred DePalma: Owners Only Salon C
01/18/2020 10:45AM The why of class and drills Salon A
01/18/2020 02:00PM Fred DePalma: **Owners Only** Salon C
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Master Robin DePalma

Business Track - MA1st

Instructor Track - MA1st

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.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/16/2020 06:00PM Eod of Month Stats, How to Read them & What do they Mean Salon C
01/17/2020 04:00PM Eod of Month Stats, How to Read them & What do they Mean (Repeat) Salon C
01/18/2020 02:00PM Lesson Plan with Purpose Salon A
01/18/2020 03:15PM Planning for next Quarter’s Student Value Plan & Marketing Plan Salon C
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Sascha de Vries

Business Track

Instructor Track

Bachelor in fitness economics • Business manager • Marketing manager • Sales & service manager • Sports & fitness administrator • Quality manager • Human resources manager martial arts several organizations • State recognized sports teacher • 5th degree black belt karate, krav maga • black belt kickboxing & kung fu • State approved instructor: military – police combat and tactics • 2-time world champion weapons (ISKA) • national champion point fighting

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 11:30AM Mistakes you should avoid while growing your school or chain. Salon C
01/18/2020 09:40AM Nunchaku Salon A

Kyoshi S. J. Maczuga

Business Track

Instructor Track

Kyoshi Maczuga has taught corporate self-defense programs for fortune 500 companies like Entech, Freedom One Financial, and Compuware Corporations. He has trained and managed security teams all over metro Detroit at various nightclubs and has performed as a personal bodyguard both armed and unarmed.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/18/2020 12:00PM Making your hard cases, your best cases. Student Service Salon A

Shihan Derek Morris

Business Track

Derek Morris is the owner of The Hidden Dojo in Lancaster, California where he teaches Japanese Jujutsu and Swordsmanship. Derek is fluent in Japanese which has allowed him to forge strong relationships with some of Japans most famous martial arts masters. He travels to Japan twice a year to continue training and also give students the opportunity to go along and experience the Japanese culture for themselves. He is passionate about personal development and dedicated his life to the process of self-mastery and teaching it in a straight forward and enjoyable way so all may reach more of their infinite potential.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/18/2020 10:45AM Derek Morris: Universal Principles to Improver your Life on and off the Matt Salon C

Grand Master Zulfi Ahmed

Business Track

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.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 04:00PM TBD Salon A
01/18/2020 09:40AM TBD Salon C

Chris Nott C.E.O. Family Knowledge Action LLC (FKA)

Instructor Track

Located in Margate, Florida FKA is family run business that successfully uses the business model of martial arts, afterschool & 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, his background is primarily in Jun fan Gung Fu and Kali.

He began his Martial arts training in 1981 and has studied and learned from some of the industry’s top martial arts instructors and business coaches.

He is an active member of several groups within the martial arts industry, and is very passionate about teaching, sharing, and learning, he firmly believes to be a great teacher we must constantly strive be a great student.

Chris lives in Pompano Beach, Florida with his with his wife of 24 years, Andrea, and their two daughters, Carissa age 21 who is a black belt in Jun Fan Gung Fu and Ashlin age 11 who is working towards earning her Jr. Instructorship in the FKA Kali program.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 10:15AM It’s all about the sticks – training session Salon A
01/18/2020 03:15PM Let’s Not Forget the Sticks Salon A

Stephen Stewart

Instructor Track

Stephen started training in the martial arts at the age of four and continued all the way through to his black belt. Although he took an extended break during his teen years, the lessons he learned from karate had a lasting impression on the growth and development of his life. He graduated at the top of his class from Arizona State University in 2012, with a Bachelors degree in both Biology and Sociology. After working for AMC Theatres for several years to support his way through school, his karate past came full circle when Kyoshi DePalma offered him the opportunity to start training again and begin teaching classes. This was the chance of a lifetime, and as fate would have it, he was presented with another opportunity in 2013 to take over the Power Ranch location. For him, it’s hard to imagine life without martial arts. And after almost four years of running the Power Ranch school, he wouldn’t have it any other way. His location earned “Karate School of the Year” in 2015, and in 2017, Power Ranch grew to its highest active count ever! He is grateful for these amazing honors, but what he cherishes most is the pride that his students bring him each and every day. The karate school is his second home, and it would never be the same without its Power Ranchers!

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/18/2020 09:00AM The importance of Building a TEAM. How I did it being a school manager not an owner. Salon C

Cris Rodriguez

Business Track

With over 25 years of Martial Arts Experience and 18 years of Teaching Experience, Professor Cris Rodriguez is a 1st Degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, 3rd Degree Black Belt in TKD and the Co-Owner of Gracie PAC MMA. She has studied Internet Marketing for the past 8 years and is also the Founder of Grow Pro Agency, a Digital Marketing Agency that runs FB and Instagram ADs for Martial Art School owners and is MAIA’s Digital Marketing Consultant. She is also the Co-Founder of Jitz University, an Online Business Training Portal for BJJ & MMA School Owners that has helped over 500 Academies across the world. She earned her Elementary Education Degree from the University of South Florida which has helped her to become an expert in Children’s Martial Arts Training & Development. Her mission is to help Business Owners serve the world with Integrity while profiting. Cris resides in Tampa, Florida with her wife Stephanie, two amazing sons, Nate & Darion, and has a third son, Cruz, on the way.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 05:00PM Social Media Marketing, Do It Yourself! Salon C
01/18/2020 12:00PM Digital Marketing Trends for 2020 Salon C

Salih Jahic

Instructor Track

Salih started training in the Martial Arts in 1997 and continued when he moved to the United States in 2000. He has earned a Green Belt in Ryukyuan Karate, Black Belt in Taekwondo, and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. Salih started teaching with his current instructor, Professor Wilber in 2007, and fell in love with empowering students through the Martial Arts. In addition to his Martial Arts Career, he graduated from Iowa State University, with Supply Chain Management, and Management Information Systems degrees. He has worked as an Internal Consultant, Project Manager, Leadership Development Lead, and a Demand Lead. Within his various roles, he has designed, and implemented computer systems, trained staff and leadership team to operate these systems. Developed six sigma and lean production strategies, as well as communication strategies to allow executive leadership teams to have a clear insight into production, storage, and demand data; through this process they were able to make better informed leadership decisions. In September 2015, he opened up my first Martial Arts School. Within 2 years, the school grew to over 200 students, and has started to make a big splash in the community. His passion for teaching, developing relationships within the community, and his team shines through, as he wase able to maintain this number for over 4 years.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 11:30AM How full is your bucket - relationships with your students and families. Salon A

Kevin Duck

Business Track

Kevin is a full-stack software developer and entrepreneur with over a decade of experience working in the technology industry. His specialties include data science, business analytics, and application development. Kevin spent 6 years working at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California building data analytics solutions for Google's Global Business Organization, during which time he also founded and managed a digital marketing company focused on growing businesses on the Internet. Kevin is from Charleston, SC and earned a Masters degree in Management from Wake Forest University School of Business.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 10:15AM Top 3 Advertisings That Google Employees Use To Grow Their Business - Which You Can Do Yourself Salon C
01/17/2020 02:45PM What Staff Can Do To Enhance/Help Online Marketing Salon A

Michael Bank

Business Track

Michael Bank is a successful martial arts school owner with several appearances in the MA Success magazine. He is also a certified financial coach, focusing on smart money management and building a foundation for long term financial success.

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/17/2020 01:30PM The steps that helped me to grow from a white belt to a black belt in personal financing Salon C

Sara Fried

Instructor Track

Sara Fried is a native of Arizona, wife, & a mom of two boys. She has her bachelors in athletic training & works at the Arizona State Veterans Home as a physical therapist assistant. Business mentor & a health + fitness coach, Sara helps others make self care a priority while managing a busy lifestyle!

Presentation Schedule

Date Time Session Location
01/18/2020 09:00AM Strength training and stretch with purpose and results. Salon A

Business Track

Business mentoring can be a highly effective way to improve business performance. This track will allow you to study with this world class assembly of Business mentors while they show you how to leverage their knowledge, experience, advice, counsel and industry know-how to drive your successful business model.

Instructor Track

Contrary to popular belief, it takes more than just having good kicks or good credentials to instruct martial arts for a living. Like most jobs, if you want to teach martial arts for a living... you need a good mentor, too! The 'MAIN' Event organizers have assembled some of the most motivate and skilled professionals in the world and they are here to instruct you.

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