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Martial Art training conditions mind, body and spirit

Martial arts training is more than skilled movement.  To the adept, it is also a way of life, particularly because it instills a practice of strict, self-imposed discipline and an ideal of high moral re-armament.  The tenets respect, etiquette, loyalty, modesty, patience enable practitioners to develop these attitudes within themselves and to offer this way of life to others who join our dojang (training hall) regimen.  Training in the martial arts arms the weak with an effective weapon to defend himself or herself against violence and attempts at intimidation.  

Regular training is necessary to keep oneself in top form and physical condition.  Training the muscles of the body harnesses the available positive and negative powers generated by every muscular contraction and relaxation.  The focus on skill, develops neural-muscular patterns of readiness to react appropriately to the attacker’s force or momentum.  The slightest push or pull is all that is needed to upset the assailant’s equilibrium. 

Several years of regular martial arts practice will condition your reflexes and temper your maturity toward assertive non-aggressive patience.  You will find repeated emphasis is placed upon regular training to master the techniques of attack and defense.  The hours you spend in training and practice outside of class-time will reward you with appropriate reactions to save a life or prevent injury should the need arise.  

If you practice any martial art for the exercise alone, the enjoyment derived and results achieved will fully justify the time.  As an exercise, it is equally suitable with some considerations and adjustment of conditions for the young and old alike.

The symbolism of Martial Arts Academy of Billings Certificates

In Western cultures, dragons are generally considered evil and are associated with fire and destruction.  While in the East, dragons are considered auspicious or good luck and are associated with water and fruitfulness.   The dragon in Asian mythology is a symbol of the emperor --full of power and vitality. Tigers in Asian mythology generally represent martial ability and power.  Primarily consigned to the general of the army, the tiger denotes physical power rather than the spiritual power represented by the dragon. The Yin Yang symbol is a recognizable symbol in many cultures.   Yin is the dark side of the symbol which connotes the negative outcome of events; whereas, Yang is the bright side, depicting the positive outcome of events.  The modicum of dark or light in either side reveals the seed of the very element that will produce the other’s demise.  Thus, the seed of dark eventually dispels the light, and the seed of light dispels the dark.  They are complementary opposites.  As in the universe, positive and negative both exist to create a balance. The Korean characters which represent Chun Ji mean “Heaven and Earth” and refer to the creation of the world or the beginning of human history. The Martial Arts Academy of Billings certificate embodies the yin yang concept, using Asian mythological creatures to complete the visual reference.  The dragon’s spiritual power balances out the military power of the tiger.  Just as on our certificate, the visual representation of both elements balances out  on the sheet of paper.  Thus, receiving this certificate is symbolic of the beginning, or birth, of balance in the individual practitioner, spiritually, mentally and physically, and signifies the individual’s growth toward ultimate unity or serenity.

Martial Arts Academy of Billings Instructors

Very seldom in the Martial Arts World do you find such a high ranking and cohesive partnership with result oriented instructors who all have the same goal in mind;  to create a modern high quality, energetic  school while encouraging  traditional values with emphasis on personal development for the students. 

 Here is a very brief description of our Owners and Instructors.

There are Nine advanced black belt instructors, each with more than 20 years of experience in the martial arts.

Grand Master Ed Thompson
7th Dan Taekwondo


Master Thompson has studied the arts of Taekwondo, Hapkido and Judo for well over 40 years and was owner/instructor of a Martial Arts school in Belgrade before moving to Billings. Master Thompson has a dynamic and expansive career, with diverse knowledge encompassed in fire-fighting and law enforcement since 1984. Grand Master Thompson has the ability to facilitate group collaboration and mind-sharing, efficiently managing change in order to bring out the best in students.

Dave Allen
5th Dan Taekwondo
Yodan Judo


Mr. Allen began his Martial Arts Career in 1994 in Taekwondo and expanded into Judo and Hapkido soon after joining with Grand Master Karlo Fujiwara.   He is a PJC International Judo Referee and served on the USA Judo Board of Ethics. He also has served as Tournament Announcer for Major Judo events including the World IBSA Judo Championships, Pan-Am Opens, US World Cups, US Open, Junior Scholastic Championships, US Olympic Trials and many local, regional and international tournaments.  His announcing resume also includes the 2015 Pan American Games where his skills were utilzed for all the combat sports, including Judo, Taekwondo, Karate and Freestyle & Greco Roman Wrestling. He is a Life Member of USA Judo, the USJF, the USJA and is a USA Judo Circle of 100 Member.  Dave has owned the Auto Brokers of Montana Auto Dealership and AA&A Auto Rental companies for over 30 years.  He is in his 11th year serving as co-commissioner, with his wife Eve, of the Big Sky State Games Taekwondo/Judo competition.

Eve Allen
5th Dan Taekwondo
Nidan Judo


Mrs. Allen began her Martial Arts training in 1993 in the art of Taekwondo.  Her training under Grand Master Fujiwara expanded to include the art of Judo and Hapkido. She instructs in both Taekwondo and Judo and enjoys attending workshops, seminars and clinics in order to broaden her knowledge of these arts.  She has worked in the legal field for many years as a legal secretary, paralegal and a judicial assistant. Eve heads up the Woman's Self Defense curriculum at the school and serves as co-commissioner for the Big Sky State Games Taekwondo and Judo competitions. She is a Life Member of USA Judo, the USJF, the USJA and is also a member of the USA Judo Circle of 100.  


          • Women's Self Defense Program Organizer

Master Brice Cady
4th Dan Taekwondo

Mr. Cady started Martial Arts in 1983 when he was 10 years old under Master Sam Damon. He competed in 1988 at the Junior Olymics in Tampa Florida and again in 1989 in Rochester Minnesota. Brice has been teaching Martial Arts since 2003. He is an MTA referee representative on the board of directors and an MTA-A Level certified referee. He is also a Billings Gazette 40 under 40 award winner because of his business successes. Brice has owned Brice's Masterclean since 2004 and has won the Billings Gazette Readers Choice award 8 years in a row. His hobbies include doing anything with his family and Moto-Cross. The Cady family loves fishing and hiking in the mountains.

Stacy Thompson
3rd Dan Taekwondo 


Mrs. Thompson has been involved in Martial Arts for nearly 25 years and was an owner /instructor of a Martial Arts school school in Belgrade before moving with her husband Ed to Billings.  She is an RN and has experience in family practice.  Stacy teams up Eve to teach our highly successful Women’s Self Defense workshops. 

Master Mark Verzatt
5th Dan Taekwondo
Master Mark took his first Taekwondo class in 1974 at Cho's Taekwondo in Denver Co while attending a radio trade school. He later became a major market disc jockey by age 25.  Like many people, Karate took a back seat to family and career until he enrolled with his kids at Grand Master Karlo Fujiwara's  orginal North Park Dojo in the early 1990s.  The noon class makes training available for students who cannot train in the evening.  Master Mark promises a focused workout and lots of fun. By the way, Master Mark did get a 'real' job;  He and his wife Karmal have been running one of the highest ranked Allstate agencies in America right here in Billings, since 1986.

Sensei Joshua Charette
Sandan Judo

Mr. Joshua Charette is our competitive Judo Instructor and has an incredible background of competition in Wrestling (3X Montana High School Champion), International Judo Competition and was a World Silver Medalist in Sambo. He has a vast knowledge of groundwork and understands how to train at the highest levels.  He is the Pastor of Great Plains Gathering Church and is a graduate of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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