I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a joyous Holiday season and a wonderful new year.

2016 will mark my 50th year in Martial Arts, it has been a kick! (pun intended)

Many thanks to all of the instructors who so selflessly teach and train, they are all a credit to Martial Arts and particularly to The Mountain Academy. It has been a good year, we added a number of Black Belts to the rolls, student attendance has remained consistent, and most importantly we have continued to provide an avenue for anyone interested in Martial Arts to learn and become part of our extended family.

We have seen students go away to college, some come home from college, new instructors have been added and an expanded knowledge base has been accomplished. The Mountain Academy family is a living breathing organism of Martial Arts knowledge, available for everyone.

I am very proud of our accomplishments, humbled by the dedication of our instructors and students, and looking forward to 2016 with excitement and gratitude.

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