Focus on Success and It Will Come

By Deanna Rebro Photo caption: (L to R): Taylor Carrell, Assistant Instructor, 1st Degree Black Belt; Chris Velez, Senior Chief Instructor, 5th Degree Black Belt; Eric Buckendorf, Chief Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt; and Tara Modrell, Instructor’s Assistant, 1st Degree Black Belt. Within the world of clicking for an answer and multi-tasking, getting plugged in has a totally different meaning … Read More

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Instilling Self-Discipline Through Martial Arts

By Carol Beck-Round  Photo caption: Martial Arts Academy believes in a balance between traditional aspects of martial arts and a connection with the real world. Self-discipline is one aspect of martial arts that Chris Velez, senior chief instructor and Martial Arts Academy owner, aims to instill in all his students. For Martial Arts Academy owner and Senior Chief Instructor Chris … Read More

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Martial Arts Builds Confidence

Photo Caption: Chris Velez, chief instructor and owner, Martial Arts Academy. It’s tough. It’s highly regimented, with no tolerance for nonsense. It requires absolute focus and perseverance. So why do so many kids do martial arts? Because it is one of the best venues to develop self-confidence and lifelong leadership skills. Chris Velez, Martial Arts Academy chief instructor and owner, … Read More

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Martial Arts Academy Celebrates 10 Years

By Christopher Davis, ValueNews.com  Photo Caption: (L to R): Rick Gibson, 3rd degree black belt, chief instructor; Taylor Carrell, 1st degree black belt, instructors’ assistant; Eric Buckendorf, 1st degree black belt, program director; Brianne Saul, 2nd degree black belt, assistant instructor; and Chris Velez, 5th degree black belt, senior chief instructor. Martial Arts Academy first opened in Owasso in 2003. … Read More

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Martial Arts Not Just for Kicks

By Lorrie Ward Jackson, ValueNews.com Photo caption: Chris Velez, chief instructor and owner, Martial Arts Academy. Often when people think of signing their children or themselves up for martial arts classes, they think of the most extreme cases where self-defense might be needed, such as bullying or other intended bodily harm. But according to Chris Velez , owner of Martial Arts Academy in Owasso, … Read More

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Facing Life Challenges

Photo caption: Chris Velez, chief instructor and owner, Martial Arts Academy. Often when parents think of entering their children in martial arts, they consider aspects like physical fitness or self defense when making their decision. According to Chris Velez, owner of Owasso Martial Arts Academy, there are deeper disciplines to be gained when a child practices martial arts. “Every student who attends Owasso Martial … Read More

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Prevent Child Abduction

By Sheryl Sowell Photo caption: Chris Velez, chief instructor and owner, Martial Arts Academy. Chris Velez, owner of Martial Arts Academy, offers parents tips on preventing child abduction. A new school year is on the horizon, and many children will be walking to and from the bus stop or school and playing outside after class each day. According to Chris Velez, owner … Read More

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Martial Arts Builds Confidence

Photo caption: Chris Velez, chief instructor and owner, Martial Arts Academy. It’s tough. It’s highly regimented, with no tolerance for nonsense. It requires absolute focus and perseverance. So why do so many kids do martial arts? Because it is one of the best venues to develop self-confidence and lifelong leadership skills. Chris Velez, Martial Arts Academy chief instructor and owner, … Read More

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Martial Arts for the Family

By Lorrie Ward Jackson, ValueNews.com Photo caption: Chris Velez, chief instructor and owner, Martial Arts Academy. Confidence. Discipline. Respect. These are all qualities any parent would like to instill in their children – and they all are qualities that can be gained by participating in martial arts. “We are using martial arts training as the vehicle for leadership development,” says Chris Velez of Martial Arts … Read More

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