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Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith • 25 High Street
Ladysmith, BC V9G1A5

About Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith in Ladysmith, BC

Meet Mark Little

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith in Ladysmith
5th Degree Black Belt

It's More Than Punches & Kicks.

At Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith we believe that the martial arts have the potential to provide enormous benefit to all people. Whether that is actually realized will depend greatly on your choosing the right school for you or your child based on your family's personal life philosophy and objectives. There are many aspects about our schools that influence families to choose SHAKU. Here are some typical reasons...

1. Environment...

Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith Schools are positive places to be! We promote an atmosphere of respect and self-discipline. Our students like being around other people who are positive, hardworking, and respectful. It is this environment or “culture” of our school that is appealing to so many families.

2. Character Education...

We teach much more than just punching and kicking! Our character education program is an integral part of the martial arts education our students receive. We don't rest on the reputation that the martial arts develop self-discipline, confidence, respect, integrity, and focus... we actually teach students how to develop these attributes for themselves! Lessons both on and off the training floor give students the opportunity to develop into well rounded martial artists, ready to take on life's challenges.

3. Family...

We are a family martial arts school. This creates a positive and healthy atmosphere within the school; one without macho behaviour or aggressiveness. Our focus remains on health, fitness, learning, developing lifelong skills and having fun together.

4. Respect...

From the moment you inquire at our school to the day you receive your Black Belt we are committed to you being treated in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner. Our instructors are professionally trained not only in the martial arts but also in the area of developing individual potential. You and your child will be treated as an individual and supported throughout your training.

5. Quality...

Our training programs and classes are organized, well-structured and delivered with the highest level of instructional expertise. Rigorous training and the highest standard for attitude and skill development is the result. We are a martial arts school and thus have high expectations for our students.

6. Results...

Our students get the results they are looking for! Whether it's getting in shape for adults, learning self-defense or improving confidence and self-discipline for children, our school delivers on what we say we do. Students stay at our school because our training programs improve our students' lives and the results are undeniable!

Our School's Mission.

At Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith, we bring children, adults and families together in a respectful, safe and dynamic martial arts learning environment. We uncover each student’s individual potential, regardless of age or ability, in the areas of physical fitness, health and martial arts skill. Our caring and professionally trained instructors embrace and teach our core values of respect, healthy lifestyle and personal excellence.

We empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to be successful in the martial arts, in school, at work and in life. These values are embodied in the achievement of a SHAKU Black Belt.

Our Student Creed.

S.H.A.K.U. stands for:

Self-Discipline
    I will make positive choices for my body and my mind.

Honour
    I will have respect and integrity in what I say and what I do.

Attitude
    I will show confidence and perseverance in the pursuit of my goals.

Knowledge
    I will use common sense before self-defense.

Unity
    I will help and encourage my fellow students on our path to Black Belt.

About Our Founder

Master Mark Little holds a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology and Leadership from the University of Victoria, Canada. He is an accomplished martial arts instructor and competitor, having achieved a 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Shaolin Kempo in addition to being a 1st Stripe Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Royce Gracie. He has over seventeen years experience operating successful family martial arts schools in Western Canada.

Master Walsh's leadership has been further developed through twenty years experience working as a teacher and principal in elementary and middle schools in British Columbia, and also by serving as a Provincial Standards Coordinator for the BC Ministry of Education.

Master Walsh has developed countless tools and resources in the areas of bullying prevention, safety and student engagement.

A cornerstone of Master Walsh's philosophy has been the recognition that martial arts schools are first and foremost places where learning occurs. This requires effective schools to implement age-specific curriculum, professional instruction, and staff development.

Master Walsh actively trains, teaches and manages two schools on Vancouver Island, BC.

How To Get Started

Come join our Ladysmith, BC Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Kung Fu, Fitness Kickboxing, Yoga, Summer Camp, Birthday Parties, and Adult Martial Arts. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 250-924-0777 if you have any further questions. Skillz Martial Arts and Fitness Ladysmith hopes to speak with you soon!

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