Posts tagged Fitness
Grandmaster Dave

Grandmaster Dave Wheaton holds a 9th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido under Grandmaster Song Ok Hong and an 8th Dan in Chung Do Kwon Taekwondo under Grandmaster Tae Hee Yi (Lee). GM Dave is the founder of Hapkido International and the recipient of the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award (World Karate Union Martial Arts Hall of Fame). Aside from teaching Black Belts and Fitness classes, GM Dave loves to spend time with his wife Master Mel, his dog Fletch, and his family - including 4 grandchildren. READ MORE

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Master Mel

Master Melodee Meyer is a 6th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido as well as a Fitness Kickboxing Instructor at MAFF. In 2013, Master Mel was inducted into the Karate Union Hall of Fame for “Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts”. She is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs. When she’s not working, Master Mel loves hiking with her dog Fletch, traveling with her husband GM Dave, and loving on her close-knit family.

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Sensei Jen

Sensei Jen Armstrong is a 1st Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and a Certified Fitness Instructor. She is our Jane-of-all-trades - not only teaching Fitness classes and Kids Martial Arts, but also working the front desk as well! Outside of the dojo, Sensei Jen spends all of her free time at the beach or with friends.

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Master Sarah

Master Sarah White is a 4th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido, a 3rd Dan Black Belt in American Tang Soo Do, a 1st Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and a Certified Krav Maga instructor up to Level 2. Training martial arts since age 11, Master Sarah is one of MAFF’s most experienced Fitness Instructors. She is a joy to be around and really knows how to get her class sweating! Outside of the dojo, Master Sarah is also a dental hygienist, and sits on the board of The Kurt Caselli Foundation. She hopes her story can inspire others and show them how amazing martial arts truly is.

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Sensei Amanda

Sensei Amanda Arcuri is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and a Certified KUT Instructor. Sensei Amanda loves teaching Kickboxing and PowerFit classes at MAFF, and she also is the Student Services Director at MAFF where she helps students accomplish their goals. Sensei Amanda is a health nut, an awesome mom (of a Black Belt!), and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s in math.

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Sensei Christian

Sensei Christian Sierra is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and a Certified Kickboxing instructor. When he’s not teaching an amazing class, you’ll find Sensei Christian training hard on the mat or working in the office as the Martial Arts Director. He’s all about improving lives through the Martial Arts! Outside of the dojo, Sensei Christian enjoys catching up with friends, weight training, and re-reading his favorite book series, Harry Potter.

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Sensei Kické

Sensei Kické Mercado is a 1st Dan Black Belt in Hapkido and a Certified Fitness Instructor. Sensei Kické teaches Fitness Kickboxing, PowerFit, and Hapkido for the kids and adults. He loves challenging his students to work hard and he enjoys leaving each with a big smile on their face. When he is not training at MAFF, Sensei Kické enjoys weightlifting, walking the beach, hiking, and spending time with family.

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Fun and empowering place to workout

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“MAFF is a fun and empowering place to workout, learn new techniques, and improve your overall fitness level. Each class is slightly different but they all give you an intense, total-body workout, and can be adapted for any age or fitness capability. The staff here are super friendly and encouraging, a make you feel very much a part of the MAFF family from Day 1. I highly recommend them and will be coming here for as long as I'm able to pack a punch :)”


- Naomi H.

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MAFF is my favorite place to workout!

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“MAFF is my favorite place to workout! I just completed my first 6 week challenge and feel great! I went from not working out at all to going to 5 workouts a week and actually looking forward to them! The challenge was a great kickstart to a new lifestyle and I couldn't be happier! The staff and coaches are amazing and always willing to help”


- Melanie G.

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This has truly changed my life

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“The kickboxing classes in alignment with the bands classes really help to work all those muscles we tend to forget about while also building flexibility and a lot of strength and power! And it is SO MUCH FUN! MAFF is unlike any "gym" or workout routine I've ever witnessed. It has truly changed my life. In my first 3 week evaluation I lost 4% body fat, and 7 lbs! I am looking SO great and see the changes every single day.”


- Jesse S.

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I love coming to the dojo!

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“My journey at MAFF first began with the KUT fitness program that helps you set and reach your goals. After that, I tried a free month of Martial Arts and ever since then I've been hooked! I love coming to the dojo, it's a place where you can train your body and your mind with friends and family.”


- Karla H.

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Perhaps the best form of exercise that there is

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“I expanded my martial arts training to include a fitness regimen that uses the resistance bands classes that are taught here. Master Wheaton said that bands might be the best form of exercise that there is - I must say that after three months, I am in great shape and look forward to those classes as much at the martial arts classes in the evening.”


-Mark S.

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Coach Amelia

Coach Amelia Neal is a Certified Kickboxing Instructors as well as a Certified Yoga Instructor. She found kickboxing to be the perfect balance to her yoga practice and is able to incorporate her yogi roots into her classes by strengthening her students’ form and increasing their flexibility. Coach Amelia loves the community at MAFF and makes her classes fun and energizing. On her time off, she’s out hiking, camping, and exploring with her rescue pup, Goliath.

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Sensei Meg

Sensei Meg teaches Fitness Kickboxing classes and is training towards her Black Belt in Dynamic Circle Hapkido. She is also pursuing her PhD in Counseling Psychology at UCSB, and loves to read, hike, and spend time with family & friends. In every aspect of her life, Sensei Meg is passionate about helping people enjoy the journey of becoming who they want to be!

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Coach Genny

Genny is a Personal Trainer and Kickboxing Instructor who grew up in Carpinteria and is a proud UCSB Alum. You can usually find her teaching Kickboxing or motivating her Power Fit Class first thing in the morning. When she isn’t at the Dojo, Genny is likely enjoying the sunshine on a beach or hiking somewhere in her favorite town - Santa Barbara!

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