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H.E.R.O. Program

(Helping Everyone Respect Others)

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our Karate Program at the Y, a partnership between the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario and Modern Martial Arts Academy.

The YMCA will continue to take leadership with the registration process. Once the program has begun Modern Martial Arts will take care of providing all participants with a quality program, uniform orders and collection of all belt testing fees.

We look forward to providing all participants with an engaging, positive learning experience.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak directly to your instructor, your friendly YMCA staff or contact Melanie Stewart at or 519-438-5425.


Melanie and Steve Stewart

Owners of Modern Martial Arts Academy

Modern Martial Arts Academy H.E.R.O. Program

Hello and welcome to the Modern Martial Arts Academy/YMCA Karate program!

MMA Mission Statement

To provide a positive experience and awareness of the benefits of Martial Arts training. To help each individual strive to reach their goals and be the best that they can be while instilling self-confidence, self-control, self-esteem and, above all else, courtesy and respect for each other.

What do I call the teachers?

Part of our philosophy at MMA is to encourage the concept or "respect for others". To encourage this concept, Adult Black Belts are referred to as "Sensei" or "Sir" regardless of whether they are male or female. For an adult to acknowledge an instructor by these titles is only to show respect for their experience and the amount of time they have devoted to the Art. Adult students who acknowledge these titles also serve as a good example to the children in terms of teaching the concept or "respect". Children will follow the example and will hopefully transfer this respect to their own parents, school teachers and to other adults in general.

How do I progress to the next level?

Each belt level is broken down into sections. For each section you learn you receive a stripe. Once you receive 3 stripes, you will be placed on the list and receive a grading form. Here Sensei Steve will test the students on their knowledge of their belt in a group setting. The students will then receive their next belt! There is a fee of $35.00+HST for the Belt Grading. There is a discount for additional family members grading. This must be paid a week before your grading!

Do I need a uniform? How do I purchase a uniform?

It is not mandatory to purchase a uniform to enjoy our karate program. However, we encourage you to purchase a uniform to have your child feel part of the Modern Martial Arts Academy team!

If you would like to purchase a uniform, there are three ways to do so.

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