At the Martial Arts Studio, Michael A. Smith, is currently a 4th degree Black Belt. He began his martial arts training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida then moved to Melbourne and continued his training in Tae Kwon Do, where he received a 1st degree Black Belt from Pok S. Yun.
Having a great interest to compete in open style Martial Arts tournaments, Mr. SmithSmith2 began to study with 5th degree Black Belt, Mike Green. Mr. Smith has competed in some of the most prestigious circuits in the World, including NASKA (through the 90’s), WAKO (95), and IAKSA (95 and 96). Mr. Smith has achieved many titles such as a WAKO World Champion in 1995, 3 time NASKA National Champion, and innumerable single tournament titles across the US and the World. During his career as a competitor Mr. Smith not only represented the United States in World Championships with WAKO and IAKSA, but during the 1990’s he also competed with Team Metro, one of the all time overall best teams in the United States. Mr. Smith is now enjoying over 18 years as an instructor developing other State, National and World Champions.
Mr. Smith has coached many competitors earning multiple Regional, National and World Titles. In 1998, Mr. Smith’s Martial Arts career came around full circle. While attending St. Leo College, he was inspired to Smith1start training after meeting Mr. Mike Foster, head of the Yoshukai Karate system. Mr. Foster allowed Mr. Smith to sit in and watch the Martial Arts classes. From this experience, Mr. Smith has incorporated the Yoshukai karate system into the Martial Arts Studio, which he feels was the beginning of his Martial Arts career.
Over the years Mr. Smith has taught in different locations, but it was in 2003 that he opened his current location in Rockledge. With ample training room for Martial Arts students and kickboxing, training equipment, office space and private buses for transportation. It provides a new avenue for him and his students, not only to develop well rounded athletes, but with his after school care karate program, summer, winter and spring sports camps; it allows him to bring Martial Arts to youngsters as a mainstream sport.