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Instructor Michael Acosta
MICHAEL ACOSTA
OWNER/HEAD INSTRUCTOR

A FEW WORDS

FROM MR. ACOSTA

Hello. I’m Mr. Acosta, the Owner/Head Instructor of Focus Mixed Martial Arts.

Over 30-plus years studying martial arts and two decades teaching martial arts to children, I’ve been honored to watch my students grow into their most authentic and expansive selves.

I know first-hand, and from hundreds of messages from students and their families, that the personal skills they develop through a regular martial arts practice go far beyond the dojo.

Martial arts has been practiced around the world for thousands of years because it’s more than kicking and punching, and getting the next colorful belt.

It’s about developing confidence, discipline, compassion, focus and respect. It’s about health,mindfulness, and community.

With every class, students improve incrementally in technical and intangible skills.

Martial arts practice gives instant feedback – and a clear path to improvement through positive incentives. Hit the target or no, there’s always next time. Students see and feel a difference through every intentional action. It’s a lifelong practice that builds confidence, self-awareness and self-respect.

And it’s FUN feeling like a superhero in real life!

That’s why I’ve designed this exceptional mixed martial arts curriculum for the kids in our community, and why I know your kids are going to LOVE it!

If you don’t find what you’re looking for on these pages, me and my staff will be happy to answer your questions directly. Call, email, or fill out the inquiry form on the site and let us know how we can help.

High fives!

Mr. Acosta

Give Your Kids the Lifelong Gifts of Personal Success, Confidence, Discipline and Self-Defense

Give Kids the Gift of Lifelong Friendships, Physical Wellness, Self-Esteem & Empowerment

...While They Have a TON of Fun!

Mention martial arts, and most people think of self-defense, strength, fitness, and personal safety.

They’re right! It’s that, and a whole lot more.

 

YOU HAVE A BIG KID!

DO THEY NEED LOTS OF HELP...
THE DIFFICULTIES OF RAISING CHILDREN ARE NEAR ENDLESS
PARENTING IS HARD
LUCKILY THERE IS A VILLAGE TO SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

The dojo is a community space, where our students and their families can develop relationships and life skills in a safe and supportive environment. Our instructors don’t just teach martial arts techniques, they mentor your kids in the lifelong practice of self-discipline, hard work, self-esteem, and respect. Martial arts empowers them while also teaching them responsibility, compassion, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Martial Arts really is that awesome – it’s been proven over thousands of years, in every corner of the world!

A LITTLE BIT BETTER EVERY CLASS!

Big kids use their actively developing minds and bodies to absorb skills and knowledge quickly and easily, often showing improvement after just one class. As they continue their martial arts journey, they’ll learn new skills and develop a sense of empowerment along with their growing independence.

Along with increased physical health and endurance, they’re also learning the value of self-discipline and respect. Martial arts builds skills kids can use in every season – at home, at school, and in athletics of all kinds.

RESPECT IS THE FOUNDATION OF MARTIAL ARTS

Kids who respect themselves and others are more likely to excel in school and in life. Respecting the boundaries of safety, rank, and teamwork is the most basic skill required to participate – it’s an easy way to remind kids to be good examples.

Our students learn to show respect to their instructors and fellow students by paying attention, following instructions, and obeying the rules. They can’t succeed–or even get on the mat–if they can’t. It’s that simple.

Eventually, the instinct to respect themselves and others becomes deeply ingrained – and they carry it with them forever.

RESPECT IS A CORNERSTONE OF MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION
LEARNING DISCIPLINE CREATES OPPORTUNITIES
SELF-DISCIPLINE IS THE SIDE-EFFECT OF MARTIAL ARTS

It’s hard to succeed in life without the self-discipline to keep going even when things are difficult.

Our students learn self-discipline and persistence. Martial arts training requires true diligence and that’s not possible without self-discipline.

Students are held to the highest standard of behavior at all times – and the discipline they learn here will help them everywhere else.

EMPOWERMENT IN THE FACE OF BULLYING

Kids who are bullied often suffer from low self-esteem, live in a constant state of fear, and exhibit poor school performance. Our martial artists learn practical self-defense skills – and even more importantly, how and when to use them.

Martial arts teaches kids to be confident and self-assured – and to stand up for others in the face of bullying behavior.

Martial arts builds the mental, emotional, and physical strength kids need to believe in themselves, so they’re resilient in the face of hurtful experiences.

BULLYING HURTS KIDS PSYCHOLOGICALLY
HELP YOUR CHILD CHANNEL THEIR ENERGY INTO POSITIVITY
MARTIAL ARTISTS ARE REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES

Bullying behavior often comes from a lack of self-respect and confidence. Kids seek targets for their negative energy and feelings – martial arts gives them a positive physical and emotional outlet for those feelings.

With a strong emphasis on self-discipline and respect, martial arts teaches kids that power comes with responsibility and boundaries.

In our dojo, kids learn that self-respect can’t exist without respect for others.

MARTIAL ARTS IS A LIFELONG WELLNESS PRACTICE

Lessons your child learns now about physical fitness will follow them into adulthood.

Martial arts teaches kids about their bodies, and the value of physical strength and endurance.

Through drills and games, kids learn to push themselves and pursue fitness goals at their own pace.

Martial arts launches kids into a lifetime of good health, and a healthy body image that they’ll keep throughout their lives.

CHILDHOOD ATTITUDES TOWARD FITNESS TAKE ROOT EARLY
OBESITY LEADS TO HEALTH PROBLEMS AND LOW SELF-ESTEEM
KICK THOSE COUCH POTATO HABITS

Martial arts embraces two essential elements for strength and endurance: cardiovascular activity and core and muscle toning through warmups, drills, and partner games.

Students develop fitness and confidence by reaching achievable goals, and focusing on small improvements.

A focus on self-discipline can help kids nurture consistency in their physical activity, which can prevent weight gain and encourage healthy behaviors for a lifetime.

MARTIAL ARTS IS MORE THAN TECHNIQUE

Childhood education lays the groundwork for success in later life. Unfortunately for kids, most academic environments aren’t able to meet them where they are.

For kids struggling in school, studying martial arts can be magical. By providing kids with a natural outlet for their energy – and helping them practice self-discipline, focus, and respect in a completely different arena – martial arts can lead to better grades, more engagement, and increased self-confidence.

NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EDUCATION
MARTIAL ARTS HELPS KIDS OVERCOME DISAPPOINTMENT
MARTIAL ARTS HELPS KIDS LEARN PERSISTENCE

It’s common for kids who perform poorly in school to believe that they’re not capable of doing better. Disappointment, frustration, and punishments can dampen enthusiasm for learning.

As martial artists, kids learn how to take hits, and keep going – a skill they carry into the classroom, where they can cope with setbacks, work hard, and move forward.

Persistence and self-discipline in martial arts classes apply directly to school, and all aspects of their lives.

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MARTIAL ARTS IS FOR ALL AGES & ABILITIES
And we mean ALL.

Kids with an array of abilities can struggle with certain things that other kids might find easy. In our martial arts school, instructors meet kids where they are – working to accommodate your child’s special needs.

Kids need exercise and active friendships, even if they can’t “keep up on the playing field”. Martial arts isn’t about “keeping up” with anyone but yourself.

Martial arts gives kids with special needs a place to excel on their own terms.

MARTIAL ARTS PROVIDES KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS WITH STRUCTURE
YOUR CHILD CAN ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS
MARTIAL ARTS IS THE GREAT EQUALIZER

Kids with motor difficulties learn coordination and build core strength at a level that suits their individual needs and capabilities.

Martial arts help kids use their bodies along with their mental and physical capabilities in a safe and encouraging environment.

At Focus Mixed Martial Arts, everyone is equal on the mat, and that helps kids with special needs belong to a welcoming community.

WE’RE A MOTLEY CREW, AND WE’RE PROUD OF IT!

Big kids and tweens need to identify with a group, it’s an important part of their development. But in school they can get labeled: the fat kid, the clumsy kid, and so on. In our dojo, we’re all just martial artists.

Martial arts teaches big kids to trust themselves and their abilities. Their confidence soars, and their sense of self becomes clearer – so no matter the labels that are put on by others, they know who they are.

Physical empowerment leads to intellectual and emotional self-esteem, and martial arts can help kids carry themselves with a profound sense of self-confidence and authority.

KIDS DON’T GET LABELED IN MARTIAL ARTS
WE CALL IT FOCUS FOR A REASON

We chose the name Focus Mixed Martial Arts with intention. Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on the importance of focus, and that carries over to home and the classroom, as well as the playground and beyond.

Through repetition and evolution, kids must focus to excel in our martial arts school. Our students use this mental discipline to avoid distractions and pursue their goals.

Kids today have TikTok attention spans, and martial arts training can help keep their eyes on the prize.

REAL PEOPLE SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT US!

Here’s one from a parent:

FAQS

Yup. Self-control is the essence of martial arts, and our students learn that they must be the masters of their actions and emotions.

Self-discipline is a lifelong practice. Martial arts classes give kids another place to practice self-discipline, and teaches them to apply it in other areas of life. Over time, it gets easy and becomes a way of being.

NO! Actually, kids become less violent as a result of martial arts training, because they have a safe place to hit stuff. It’s a positive medium for channeling and relieving aggression, while at the same time increasing self-respect and compassion for others.

We teach big kids mental toughness and confidence, so they know to use self-defense as a last resort – not as a weapon to attack. By learning self-defense they gain a better understanding of themselves and those around them, which promotes a sense of leadership and responsibility.

Yes. Many children who are fearful feel empowered through their martial arts practice. They develop self-confidence, and believe in their ability to defend themselves and become resilient in the face of threats.

A lot of kids who “hate sports” want an active outlet that doesn’t come with the pressures of traditional sports. Martial arts is fun, a great way to make friends, and a social equalizer. Plus, martial artists are cool, real life superheroes who stick with their mission even if it’s hard at first.

Yes. Meeting clearly established goals, getting immediate feedback, and being rewarded in martial arts builds self-esteem on the mat. Through accomplishment, they learn to carry themselves with confidence.

Martial arts classes build strength and endurance while also increasing muscle mass and improving muscle tone. Our high intensity games and drills improve kids’ physical fitness with each class they take.

Martial arts teaches focus, self-discipline, and self-respect. The basic tool-kit you need to succeed everywhere – including the classroom.

It really can! Schools today don’t give kids enough time for activity, and many don’t do well in school because they have difficulty focusing or disciplining themselves to study. At the dojo, they must focus during each class, while expending all that pent up energy. They learn the value of working toward clear goals, and are rewarded for hard work.

Our martial arts school is a community where all students are treated as equals. And you can’t get left out – if you’re on the mat, you’re in!

Yes. Martial arts rewards the hard work of repetition and incremental improvement. Our instructors give students the individual attention they need to build on their strengths and achieve their goals.

Yes. Kids who study martial arts learn quickly that instructors and rules are there for their safety.

Fail to pay attention, and the penalties can be felt – a stray punch or kick can do real damage, to themselves and others. Respecting the boundaries keeps them safe, and shows that they care for their fellow martial artists.

Hitting targets and learning new skills in martial arts requires kids to discipline themselves. They must control their bodies and behaviors on the mat, and elsewhere in their lives in order to advance.

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