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Crabapple Martial Arts Academy brings Japanese culture
by Marcel Pourtout
July 17, 2013 01:00 PM | 4135 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Matt White with the Crabapple Martial Arts center practices some kicks.
Staff / Erin Gray
Matt White with the Crabapple Martial Arts center practices some kicks.
While working as an officer with the Alpharetta Police Department, Crabapple Martial Arts founder Matt White, academy sensei knew that he wanted to make a personal change. “I’m married with a young child and wanted to be around them more,” said White. “I’ve always wanted to start a martial arts gym and work with children.”

The academy, based in Roswell, will begin teaching martial arts classes in early August, providing the north Fulton community with a center for practitioners to engage in Japanese arts that have been performed for centuries. White was raised in Norcross but spend a significant amount of his teenage years in Roswell before matriculating to Georgia State University where he earned degrees in exercise science and sports physiology. For the past year, White has worked full-time at the Martial Arts Center in Druid Hills as a teacher. He possesses Sandan third-degree black belts in Okinawan Shiri-Ryu Karate-do and Shintoyoshin-kai Jiu Jitsu.

“My martial arts disciplines were founded by Robert Trias in the 1940s,” said White, who has practiced martial arts for 21 years. “Trias brought the arts to the United States and was the first man to openly teach the Japanese techniques to Americans. Our arts cover different ranges of combats and blend well together. It accounts for striking unlike other forms such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu.”

The academy had a soft opening earlier this month with fitness classes for adults taught by White’s business partner, Rebecca Loose, sensei, who also holds black belts in the same arts as well. However, there will be many options for younger people.

“The children are happy to come here and always smiling,” said White. “We can even work with the kids who have discipline issues because you’re expected to act a certain way here and at home and if not, there are consequences to be paid.”

The martial arts portion of the gym will have adult classes but a major focus will be on providing teaching to children, offering classes in the Dragon division for ages 4 to 6 and Tiger division for ages 7 to 13.

“We practice discipline and will do lessons on subject such as integrity, which is something that can’t be taken but given away,” said White. “Through the training, you gain self-confidence while learning your limits and pushing though them. Your body can do more than you think and the day you fail is when you stop trying.”

White will also use the classes to confront a major issue that affects many young residents. “I hope the classes will help deter bullying,” stated White. “I was bullied through high school and it was the reason I started martial arts.

“I was able to work though it because of the self-confidence I developed in the dojo and understood the mentality of the bully. Martial arts made me focus on good things.”

The academy, located on 12060 Crabapple Road, will begin martial arts classes on Aug. 3.

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