Amai borderless logo (1)Welcome to the American Martial Arts Institute (AMAI).  We are dedicated to helping students and instructors reach their full potential as martial artists.

Students who train at an AMAI affiliated school can expect the best martial arts training available from certified instructors.  Some of the exciting arts you may find being taught at your local AMAI schools include:  Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Weaponry, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, KUBs, Leadership programs, character development, child abduction prevention, bully programs, and more.  AMAI students can also enjoy  participating in our  Tournament Program.

School owners who join the AMAI have access to all of our martial arts curriculum programs in addition to exceptional programs such as safetyNETkids, High Octane Demo Team Program, and the AMAI student tournament circuit.  We also provide direct business development support such as organizational planning and marketing information to help you succeed.



The American Martial Arts Institute (AMAI) was established in 2005 with the primary goal of networking with other Martial Arts

Martial Arts Association school owners who wish to expand their teaching, personal training, and business knowledge.  Our goal is to help school owners succeed so they can continue passing on the values and skills they fell in love with as students themselves to their students.  The AMAI leaders can give you working models of successful schools with proven business practices that are ethical and effective in helping to expand your enrollment and reach out into your community.  We are dedicated to helping instructors reach their full potential as martial artists, business professionals, and community leaders; and in turn we hope they will pass on those leadership skills to their students.  We want all of our members–school owners and students–to succeed!  Our leadership programs and curriculum are unparalleled and give you what you need to get right into teaching and making your students strong martial artists.

Students who train at an AMAI affiliated school can expect the best martial arts training available, including: character development such as discipline and focus, advanced martial arts, traditional Taekwondo, child abduction prevention, bully programs,weapons training and much more.  This is taught by dedicated instructors who care about your progress.

To help you reach your goals, we provide our school owners with:

  • A complete yearly marketing plan that is not only simple to use, but these materials have been proven to work for school owners just like you.  Even if you are new to the industry, this plan is straight-forward enough to begin using right away.  You will also receive information on how to streamline your business so you can spend more time teaching and less time doing paperwork.
  • Fully integrated Taekwondo curriculum.  For example, self-defense drills, sparring combinations, and board breaks come directly from the student’s form, thus giving the student a better understanding of how each move should be performed.  The students will practice the moves or series of moves over and over again in many different ways thus helping their skills become faster, stronger, and more of an automatic reflex.  We want AMAI students to have great form and great sparring skills while feeling confident that what they learn in class will help protect them and their families should the need arise.   The style of Taekwondo we teach is Ki Nung, which interpreted means, “functional form.”  You will see this clearly after the first class in which you teach or train.
  • School owners who join the AMAI have access to exceptional curriculum programs, such as safetyNETkids, High Octane Demo Team Seminars, Jr. and Adult Leadership programs, Karate KUBs (preschool Taekwondo), and the AMAI student tournament circuit.
  • We also offer curriculum in martial arts traditional weapons, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Chen style Tai Chi for those schools who wish to expand the programs they currently offer.

Why Choose the AMAI?

Why choose the AMAI?  Here are the best reasons for both students and school owners: Students who train at an AMAI Affiliated school can expect the best martial arts training available, as  well as access to: The National AMAI Tournament Circuit An individual web page showing each students’ martial arts rank history and tournament standings …

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American Martial Arts Institute Masters

Masters of the AMAI

Currently, the Master of the AMAI are like-minded in providing support and quality training for all of the AMAI members.  Our Master Instructors are hands-on at each of  their own schools and ready and willing to help all AMAI school owners. Each one has made martial arts their life’s work and love to train and teach.  To …

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Principles & Ethics

The Founders of the American Martial Arts Institute realize they are not only martial artists, but leaders and role models to many. With this in mind, they would like to offer you their Guiding Principles for our organization.  Founders Kevin Mathis, Chick Mathis, Amanda Olson, and Glenn Olson

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As part of teaching leadership skills, the AMAI feels it is important that our students learn how to give back and help those in need.  We have selected St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as our sponsored charity, and it is our goal that ALL AMAI schools hold a St. Jude’s fundraiser each April.  In 2013, …

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Masters Amanda Olson and Kevin Mathis Earn 8th Degree Black Belts

The AMAI Now Home to Three 8th Degree Black Belts! Two years ago, we watched as AMAI President, Master Chick Mathis, earned his 8th Degree Black Belt.  On June 14, 2014, we were doubly amazed as AMAI co-founders Master Amanda Olson and Master Kevin Mathis successfully tested for their 8th Degree Black Belts!  This is an …

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John Fleming 7th Degree

Master John Fleming Earns 7th Degree Black Belt

June 14, 2014, was a proud day for both Fleming’s Martial Arts and The AMAI as Master John Fleming earned his 7th Degree Black Belt.  Master Fleming successfully performed his test at the Fort Walton Beach Nationals in front of the Masters of The AMAI, including 8th Degree Black Belt, Master Chick Mathis.  It was …

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