Master Rankin

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 […]


I would like to take a moment and wish everyone associated with the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts a most sincere Happy Holidays. We have had a great year and are looking forward to another. Thanks to all of you we continue our Martial Arts journey with new schools, new […]

Happy Holidays

The Perfect Stance How many times have we heard it….back leg locked, front leg bent, shoulders straight, counter hand…a hundred? Maybe a thousand. Yet it is something we all strive for. Why?? Tae Kwon Do uses large muscles which produce power to transmit to the smallest areas of the body, […]

In Search of………….KAPOW!

Anyone’s journey in Martial Arts is defined by a number of straight paths, turns, double backs, and outright confusion. Students must remember the joy in the journey. Getting confused, or lost is commonplace in this the Martial Arts trip you have set out on. But not to worry, behind every […]

Losing Your Way

In 1982, I had a calligraphy made that said “Feeling like a member of the family”, I had it framed and it hung in the school in Kittridge and Evergreen for many years. It now hangs in my home in Lakewood. This mantra became my goal, my hope for what […]

Feeling Like a Member of the Family