John Rankin


Juliana Rose Nicole, Black belt test September 2009
If the Mountain Academy had a club flower it would be a rose, Ms Julianna Rose to be exact. Ms Rose has been and will remain an important part of our family. Student, teacher, peer, all of the wonderful attributes any Martial Artist possesses, this is she. As we send […]

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose


Patience, easy to say, a bit harder to come by. Patience is an Art. You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience! Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on […]

How Many More Minutes?


Don’t forget, the Dragon Boat Festival is rapidly approaching.  It’s held annually at Sloan’s Lake in Edgewater, Colorado. The event itself is free and there are plenty of events such as the dragon boat races and demonstrations to watch. There are also lots of vendors selling food, drinks and a […]

2011 Dragon Boat Festival



I was wondering if people actually knew or understood why there are so many rituals and specific practices of etiquette in the martial arts. So, I thought today I might present my viewpoint on this topic. Martial arts to me means building respect into your daily life. It is achieved […]

Take a Bow


As we look forward to 2011 we can look back at 2010 and I think be very excited about the progress and innovation that has taken place here at MAMA. We began an instructor’s class which has benefited all the Black Belts and red belts. What a pleasure to be […]

MAMA 2011


It was my pleasure to award two 6th degree Black Belt certificates over the past two weekends. One to Master Bruce Bishop and the other to Master Doug O’Hara. They have, combined, over 50 years of Martial Arts Experience. I am very proud of both of these men as they […]

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