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 WHAT IS MARTIAL ARTS ?
 

Martial arts is really about the skill of helping people be the best person they can be. Life skills is a critical part of our self development. Many people have the misconception that it is all about fighting. As a matter of fact there is a large group of individuals who think that if you have not fought in a cage that you are not truly a martial artist. Tell Jet Li that for example. Jet Li is not just a movie star but an amazing martial artist that has never even been in one real street fight. The best martial artists are the ones who avoid fights. Fighting should be the last resort. The bigger fight is the fight against selffishness and pride. Most people lose the battle against self.

To be a true martial artist you must strive for complete personal development. At St. Louis Martial Arts Center our pupose is to help as many people as possible reach their greatest potential. We want you to be the BEST YOU that you can be. As we give you the tools and coach you, you will develop life skills such as focus, discipline, respect, honor, perseverance, self-control, courage, and most importantly love.

TRUE Martial Arts consists of holistic self-develoment. We all desire to improve in all areas of our lives but many times do not find the proper tools to help us to do so. The life skills, principles, and physical training we provide will help you in every area of your life.
Historically martial arts was about simply developing self-defense and combat skills for war. However, in today's age martial arts has developed in to something much better. It is now about complete self-development. Of course the physical training of self-defense and fitness is most evident in every school. However, martial arts is so much more than exercise. It is now about finding your true self and improving life holistically.
COME AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOURSELF AND TRANSFORM INTO THE TRUE YOU, A CHAMPION FOR LIFE! 
At St. Louis Martial Arts Center our focus is to help you reach your greatest potential in a very positive professional manner by teaching you leadership skills that will help you in all areas of your life. We strive to keep a godly atmosphere at all times. Call today and mention this website and receive a FREE LESSON for you or your entire family. Whether you want to get in better shape, learn more discipline, get closer to God, be a national competitor or be in a martial arts movie, we can help you to obtain your goals. Our goal is to help you to achieve YOUR goals!

St. Louis Martial Arts Center is an extension and outreach of Stephen Ray Ministries. Within our ministry we strive to teach spiritual, mental, & physical discipline, focus, confidence, respect, perseverance, and many more life skills along with excellent self-defense.  We are located in Florissant, MO in North County St. Louis. We teach a combination of many different martial arts styles such as the following:

  • Tae Kwon Do (Sun Do Sul, WTF system, Olympic sparring) Korean Style Karate
  • Kung Fu (Wing Chun, Five Animal Styles, Chinese Boxing, and Tai Chi)
  • Hapkido (Korean Art of Self Defense)
  • Jiu-Jitsu (Submission Grappling)
  • Boxing & Kickboxing
  • Muay Thai
  • Many Weapons (Bo-staff, sai, escrima, sword, knife, nunchakus, metal fighting fan, etc..)
 

A WONDERFUL STUDENT TESTIMONY!

In 1996 a man and a woman were joined in holy matrimony.  They wanted a family, but was told that this was not possible due to complications of the woman.
 
In 1998 against all odds, and a surprise to the medical community as well as the man and the woman, a child was born.
 
In 2000 the child was diagnosed with Leukemia.  They cried.  The man lost his faith in God and the woman felt so alone, the child battled on.
 
In 2003 the child was in remission, but still battling illinesses due to her weakened immune system. The man lost himself in work, the woman lost her man and her faith weakened, and the child battled on.
 
In 2005 the child had a stroke, brought on by the medication she took to keep her in remission and somewhat healthy.  The stroke damaged her left side.  She needed to concentrate to get her left side to respond to things we take for granted like waving, or kicking a ball.  The doctors had said that with physical therapy and occupational therapy she could regain 75-80 percent usage.  The man totally lost God. The woman lost herself in her child, the child battled on. 
 
In 2006 the child wanted to be "normal" do what all the other kids did such as Soccer, Martial arts, and Ballet.  The woman sought out some of these activities, even though is would cause a financial riff in their lives, but her child was the only thing that mattered.  She called several places, and was always told in a polite manner...."well she is a special needs child and should attend a special needs facility"  This was not acceptable to the child, the woman kept looking through the Yellow pages and a number popped out to her, and her heart told her call...the worse they can do is say no...so she called.. and to her surprise they said "Sure bring her in and let’s try it out."
 
She went to this place faithfully.  Even being uncoordinated due to the weakness in her left side, and became very frustrated at times, the child never gave up. She bonded with her instructor, trusted in him that he would not let her push herself too far.  Upon her check up with her doctors, they were and are amazed at her progress and the strength she has gained in her left side, she now is at 97 percent of usage, she still needs to concentrate a bit when doing things with her left side, but hardly noticeable.  The doctors say now she will get 100 percent back!
 
The woman saw a spark in her child she hadn't seen in a long time.  The man came out of the cave he crated for himself to see his child's spark.  The man and the woman went to this special place to see their child shine.  And there they meant the angel God had sent to them.
 
This angel brought strength, life, and joy to the child.  The angel brought the love of God back to the man.  The angel gave the woman her once broken family back whole.
 
This is a true testimony, how do I know?
 
I am the woman, Chris is the man, and Nicki is the child. This special place to strengthen, body, mind, and spirit is the St. Louis Martial Arts Center.  And the angel sent to us is Master Ray.