master john rankin


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


Tested for 8th Kyp Emmanuel Craig Macie Craig Austin Hughes Wil Koch Dominic Maes Rose Miller Cooper Miloud Tested for 7th Kyp Davin Barela Henry Bense Jonah Deyling Doug Hoffer Liam Martin Hudson Miloud Kevin Ryburn Tested for 6th Kyp Dillon Burke Bech Camp Cole Gallegos Natalie Ryburn Elenor Scott […]

September 2014 Test Results



Dan Barrow being silly
Like Mrs Barrow, Mr Barrow has been studying under Grand Master Rankin and the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts Lakewood for over a decade. Known for his sarcastic wit, and his long legged kicks, Mr Barrow tends to leave an impression. Although he doesn’t think of himself as such, he […]

Get to know Dan Barrow


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


The availability of so many choices in martial arts study – Jujitsu, Kung Fu, Judo, Taekwondo, and Karate to name a few – has made it easy for almost anyone to sign up for classes, and as a result, many have. Each style is slightly different to its approach of […]

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