SPEAKERS

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob “Waldo” Waldman, The Wingman, overcame a lifelong battle with claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a combat decorated Air Force fighter pilot and highly successful businessman, Hall of Fame speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. His motto is Winners Never Fly Solo! Through captivating, interactive stories, and high-energy video, you’ll learn tools and tactics to succeed in highly competitive and demanding environments.


MARIO AVILA

Digital Stalking: The Top Digital Trends on How and Why Ads Are Tracking You

Have you ever wondered how online ads seem to know exactly what you were thinking of buying? Wouldn’t it be great if your ads could appear like that to people thinking about taking martial arts lessons? Mario Avila, Digital Media Sales Manager at Cox Media, shows you the secrets to doing just that.



ROBBY BEARD

How to Host A Great Community Event That Will Attract New Members

Join Robby Beard as he walks you through the steps for hosting events that will resonate with your community and generate great marketing content for your school. Get your community involved with these proven tactics to keep people more situationally aware and more self-assured in their surroundings. When you finish this seminar, you’ll be able to go home and set up these events at your school and start generating new revenue and new members fast!



Learn more from Robby Beard at his pre-conference event "How to Host A Great Community Event That Will Attract New Members"




ABID BENWAIL

Build Your Students' Striking Abilities: Drills for Effective Footwork, Distance and Angles

Abid Benwali and Eric Santamaria bring more than 30 years’ collective martial arts instructing experience to their seminar. You’ll learn how to improve your students’ striking ability using drills to improve nimbleness, distance, angles and accuracy. And since drills can feel repetitive (especially to young students) you’ll learn strategies for making even routine practice seem fresh and exciting!





MIKE CHAT

Implement the 30-Day "Sleek Ninja" Challenge in Your School for Fun and Fitness

Looking for something new to break the routine? Try this 30-day Sleek Ninja Challenge from Mike Chat and Hollywood-based personal trainer Eric the Trainer. Devote 10 days to your instructors, 10 to your staff, and 10 days to your students and community! Chat and Eric will show you how.


BILL CLARK

Overnight Success in Fifty Years

Get your roadmap for a successful path to multi-school ownership from someone who’s walked it himself. Grand Master William “Bill” Clark guides you through his own fifty year journey, with tips for multi-school strategy, pricing, payroll, and more. Every choice you make can affect your outcome – so what you do today could result in “overnight” success tomorrow!


FRED AND ROBIN DEPALMA

I'm at the Dojo... Now What Do I Do? Daily Task Lists for Owners & Teams

As experienced multi-school owners, Fred and Robin DePalma know that dojo longevity stems from having a well-run team, where everyone knows what is expected of them. Their seminar gives you tips on developing and managing a successful, thriving team, from deciding who takes out the trash to promotion structures.



JASON FLAME

Building Bridges to Success with Your Community through Social Media

Social media is for more than just updating your status. With the right plan, you can connect with other local businesses, network, and use the new connections in mutually beneficial ways. Jason Flame, MAIA Elite Consultant and school owner, shows you how to implement strategies for helping your community while boosting your school’s reach.


DAMON GILBERT

Become a Sparring Genius: Steps to Boost Your Point-Fighting IQ

If you teach sparring, this seminar is a must-see. Team Paul Mitchell Karate’s sparring coach Damon Gilbert brings you world-class drills so you can master footwork, broken rhythm, distance management, and offensive and defensive movements. Gilbert’s drills also address how to defeat that opponent all competitors face: adrenaline dump.


GUILLERMO GOMEZ

Martial Fusion® : Bridging the Divide Between Traditional Martial Arts and Modern Fitness

Join Guillermo Gomez as he leads a Martial Fusion® workout session. This blend of traditional martial arts and modern fitness methods is Gomez’ own creation, which he perfected after years of studying martial arts, fitness, and healing arts like yoga and qigong. It’s a great way to get a fun, invigorating workout!


NGUYEN TOM GRIGGS

Leadership Kata: Repetition, Details and Application

Just as a good karateka works to perfect their forms or kata, a good leader works on perfecting his or her leadership skills. Dr. Nguyen Tom Griggs teaches leaders like school owners and instructors how to practice their skills like empathy, influence and conflict management.



JOHN HACKLEMAN

Four Principles of Takedown Defense

In a fight, the last thing you want is to get taken down. John Hackleman, coach and founder of The Pit MMA gym, teaches you the four basic concepts to defend yourself against a takedown. No matter your art, this session will help you become a more efficient and well-rounded martial artist, instructor and fighter.



JASON HAN

Prevent Injuries Before They Happen and Boost Athletic Performance

Don’t just deal with injuries: prevent them while boosting athletic performance! Dr. Jason Han, sports physical therapist and founder of The Juice Athlete Compound, teaches you the causes of common athletic injuries, as well as what preemptive measures you can take to reduce the chance of one happening.


STEPHEN HAYES

Ninja Strategies for Tactical Victory

The shadow warriors known as ninjas are among the most renowned in martial arts history. Learn some of their techniques from venerated instructor Stephen K. Hayes. In his seminar, Hayes will teach key elements of To-Shin Do, the art he founded based on his extensive studies of ninjistu in Japan. Learn how to “take the opponent’s center,” make split-second decisions, breath modulation, and other tricks that will give you an edge in a fight.



AARON HENSLEY

Hosting your Best Holiday Sale - Every Year

For the last ten years, Aaron Hensley consistently generated over $50,000 at each of his school’s winter holiday sales events. Learn his system for creating a fun, profitable sales extravaganza that will leave you with happy customers and profits for your school.


DARREN JACOBSON

Building Your Brand: Stand Out in a Competitive Environment

Learn how to craft a successful image for your brand with Darren Jacobson, Senior VP of Instructor Programming for Zumba Fitness. Through your school’s actions, marketing efforts and more, you can control how your brand is perceived and turn potential customers into devout students.


KURT KLINGENMEYER

Partners in Education: Establishing Relationships with Local School Districts

An elementary school teacher turned martial-arts-school-owner, Kurt Klingenmeyer understands how mutually beneficial each institute can be to the other. This relationship is a foundation for how he built his dojo. In this seminar, he’ll guide you through the process of setting up a strong connection with your local school district and providing them with an ally in anti-bullying, character building and more.



DAVE KOVAR

MAIA University's Instructor College

This hands-on workshop led by Dave Kovar will teach you specific techniques to fine-tune your class planning. Discover new twists for teaching the physical and mental benefits of the martial arts and learn new ways to disguise repetition on the mat. Come broaden your skill set and increase your proficiency as a martial arts instructor.


APOLO LADRA

Bring the Art of the Blade to Life!

Get ready for an epic kali training experience with Tuhon Apolo Ladra and Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje! In this seminar, you’ll get personal instruction from these legends, improve your skill quickly, and learn new techniques you can immediately implement in your own classes!



Learn more from Apolo Ladra at his pre-conference event "Bring the Art of the Blade to Life"


RONDY MCKEE

A Calendar Year of Special Events

Running a profitable martial arts school requires good marketing and a timeline for promotions. That’s why an events calendar is so crucial. In this seminar, Master Rondy McKee gives you a month-by-month calendar you can use to hold low or no cost events throughout the year.


ADAM PARMAN

Event Marketing with Facebook

With just a single event, promoted correctly on Facebook, your school could generate ten new students every month. It is possible and it’s not too good to be true. In his seminar, MAIA consultant and school owner Adam Parman gives you his strategy for accomplishing these results every month.



TOM PATIRE

Martial Ops® - The FINAL Level In Personal Protection Training

From civilians to elite military forces, Tom Patire has spent his life training others how to counter an armed assailant. Whether it be a personal encounter or in a crowd situation, his Martial Ops® seminar provides essential information for neutralizing any threat, including how to turn your self-defense into self-offense.


HERB PEREZ

Creative Class Planning with MADrills

You already know about all the great resources – drill, tips, and teaching tools – that MADrills has to offer. Herb Perez shows you how to put it all together, along with Jackson Rudolph’s The Flow weapons program, to create fun, complete curriculums that will have your students excited for class every time!



CHRIS RAPPOLD

Retention Based Sparring: How Getting Students to Love Sparring Grows your School

Are your students scared to spar? Worse, do you avoid offering sparring because you’re afraid one bad experience will discourage your students from continuing martial arts? Don’t let your students miss out on this valuable part of training! Chris Rappold, creator of MAIA's Retention-Based Sparring, shows you how to have a sparring program that students look forward to every class!


STEPHEN REINSTEIN

Know Your Demographic, Understand Their Needs, and Provide a Solution: A Workshop in Online Marketing

You know that for your school to succeed, you need to build connections with the community. But what should your content be, and are you even sending the right messages to the right people? Stephen Reinstein, founder of Market Muscles, shows you how to create a custom avatar for each of your programs, unlocking the needs of each target group and making sure your content is building connections.


ERIC SANTAMARIA

Build Your Students' Striking Abilities: Drills for Effective Footwork, Distance and Angles

Abid Benwali and Eric Santamaria bring more than 30 years’ collective martial arts instructing experience to their seminar. You’ll learn how to improve your students’ striking ability using drills to improve nimbleness, distance, angles and accuracy. And since drills can feel repetitive (especially to young students) you’ll learn strategies for making even routine practice seem fresh and exciting!


TOM SCOTT

Bring Olympic Excitement to Your Classes

Is your dojo ready for karate’s debut at the 2020 Olympics? Ride the wave of enthusiasm by bringing drills used by Team USA Olympians to your students! In this seminar, you’ll learn from none other than Tom Scott, multi-time champion and team captain of the US’s Tokyo-bound team of Olympians.



MELODY SHUMAN

How to Effectively Grow Your Children's Program by Positioning Yourself as the Child Development Expert

You may not realize it, but you’ve been working in child development since the first time you taught a youth class. You just need to know how to refine it, present it and promote it. Renowned child development expert and SKILLZ curriculum founder Melody Shuman guides you through the strategies you need to solidify your skills and showcase them to parents.



Learn more from Melody Shuman at her pre-conference event "The Ultimate Instructor Development Course for Anyone Teaching 3- to 6-Year Olds"


ROBYN SILVERMAN

Key Conversations to Have with Students and Staff (and How to Have Them)

Learn how to make your words back up the lessons and values you teach in class. In her seminar, child and teen development specialist Dr. Robyn Silverman gives you an action plan for which conversations you need to have with your students and staff, and how to have them.



HARINDER SINGH

Survival Tactics and Tactical Breathing: An Integrated Approach

You can’t control a threatening situation unless you can control your emotion and adrenaline. In his seminar, Sifu Harinder Singh teaches you how to do both with stress inoculation methods and eight effective moves to stop an attacker.


ERIC THE TRAINER

Implement the 30-Day "Sleek Ninja" Challenge in Your School for Fun and Fitness

Looking for something new to break the routine? Try this 30-day Sleek Ninja Challenge from Mike Chat and Hollywood-based personal trainer Eric the Trainer. Devote 10 days to your instructors, 10 to your staff, and 10 days to your students and community! Chat and Eric will show you how.


BARRY VAN OVER

10 Steps of Effective Business Execution

No matter if you have 15 staff members or it’s just you, for your business to thrive it is imperative that you stay organized, focused, and efficient. Systems and processes do you no good if you don't preach execution and follow through. Barry Van Over, multi-school owner and founder of Premier Martial Arts International, teaches you his 10-step process to make sure each week your business stays on the path to success.


Eyal Yanilov

Building Courage and a Combat-Ready Mind

Train your mind and your body to be combat-ready during this seminar with Eyal Yanilov. Yanilov, a pioneer in teaching and spreading krav, combines tough physical training with mental preparedness exercises to help you forge the warrior’s mindset: calm and rational under fire.



Learn more from Eyal Yanilov at his pre-conference event "Low to High Risk Negation: Stop a Punch; Stop a Shooting"





MORNING WORKOUTS


BILLY BLANKS

Billy's Boom Boxing Workout

Get ready to sweat! Billy Blanks, founder of the famous Tae Bo exercise system, is back with a brand-new program: "Billy's Boom Boxing Workout." This high-intensity cardio kickboxing workout is coming to the SuperShow, and you could be one of the first to try it!



JD CAPUTO

Military Combatives

In this demo, JD Caputo of Modern Pankration Systems gives a sample lesson on how to approach close-quarters combat from a technical, anatomical, and intent-driven perspective. The simple, brutal tactics of modern pankration are designed to let you neutralize a threat with maximum speed and efficiency, and to be usable in multiple situations and settings.



KATARINA CONRAD

HIIT and Run

Dr. Katarina Terzić Conrad designed her HIIT and Run program to teach women real-life, applicable self-defense moves in the form of a high-intensity fat burning workout. However, you don’t need to be a woman to benefit from this exercise – everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend! If you want to pick up tips for adding female-oriented classes to your gym, you need to be here.



ANNIKA KAHN

The Athletic Flow-Combat Style of Jungshin

What’s better than a fun, dynamic workout? How about a fun, dynamic workout that uses swords? In Jungshin Fitness, you’ll use a wooden sword for powerful exercises based on ancient sparring methods. It’s non-contact, so you’ll have a blast without the worry of bruises or smacking fingers.



MORE SPEAKERS AND SEMINAR DESCRIPTIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED