Around 2000, the KOMBAT ARTS first started with a bunch of guys training in a parking lot, in the shade of an 18 wheeler truck. I remember all of the large containers of water we would “store” underneath the truck and in the shade, to keep it cool.
When I finally took the jump to open up a martial arts school, it was in the aerobics studio, which was maybe 2000 sq’ ft’ in a Gold’s Gym. I opened the gym for a couple of selfish reasons:
I wanted to train in a lot of different martial arts.
I wanted to be around a positive peer group.
Unbeknownst to me, these same reasons started to attract a lot of attention. We started to attract a lot of students who also wanted to train in various martial arts, and be part of a community that fostered a positive learning environment.
Fast forward to a present day and the KOMBAT ARTS family, has expanded to a 13, 500 sq’ ft’ facility that teaches various martial arts including Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Kali, Savate, Krav Maga, Self Defense classes, various Kids and Teen Martial Arts programs and a bunch of strength, mobility and conditioning programs.
Our students came to us for many different reasons. To learn the martial arts. Gain confidence. Get in the best shape possible, while learning a skill. Compete on the local, provincial, national and even the world stage.
They stayed, some for over 20 years, because they eventually became part of a positive peer group…our KOMBAT Family.