The A.K.E.A. is excited to introduce our new instructor, Mr. Tipton

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Mr. Tipton comes to the A.K.E.A. with previous martial arts experience, including no gi Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Tae Kwon Do.   He was also a collegiate wrestler.

As a full time science teacher, Mr. Tipton comes with years of experience in helping students from all walks of life and ability levels master complex subjects. His students voted him Teacher of the Year at his school, because of the way he forms personal relationships with all of them while maintaining an unflappable air of professionalism.

To compliment his academic experience, he also coaches wrestling.  Last year he helped four wrestlers claim the title of district champion in their weight class.

He enjoys the technical aspects of martial arts, and his patience is almost limitless. If you love asking  “why” and don’t like “because I said so!” then Mr. Tipton may be the perfect fit for you. If you want an easy time, then look elsewhere; if you want to excel, then look no further than Mr. Tipton.

Little Dragons is growing

Little Dragons dates back to the mid-90s when Mr. Steve Yerger, Yondan (4th degree), manager of the A.K.E.A. in Salem, Oregon, explored the idea of offering a program for young children to start developing self-defense awareness.  His program was so popular that he had up to 40 kids enrolled.

In 2003, the A.K.E.A in Auburn decided to implement the program here.  Mr. Cully, the manager at the time, turned over the organization and development of the program to Mrs. Barnette.  Armed with a handful of ideas from Mr. Yerger and a brand new red belt, Mrs. Barnette started with three 3-year-olds and has been teaching Little Dragons ever since.

With both existing groups full and a long waiting list, the A.K.E.A. is happy to announce the addition of a new Little Dragons Group starting September 1.  This group is designed for 4 to 6-year-olds to build self-confidence while relating everything back to self-defense.  This is a great place for a child to explore the martial arts, develop listening skills, and improve impulse control, all while having fun.

For more information on this and other programs at the A.K.E.A., please contact us.


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