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The FMA Philosophy

"Welcome to Fonseca Martial Arts. We offer you the very best karate training that will be challenging yet fun. The curriculum and approach at Fonseca Martial Arts are designed to work with children and adults of all levels of skill and fitness, from beginners to advanced, to bring out the best in every individual. Your Sensei (teachers) are highly qualified and experienced instructors, as well as world-class athletes. You can expect the highest level of professionalism, courtesy and commitment from us.

As owners and chief instructors of Fonseca Martial Arts, we have extensive teaching experience in the martial arts, enriching hundreds of children with lifelong values through karate instruction. Our passion for the martial arts shows through our many championship accolades and more than 50 years of combined experience between us.

The Fonseca Martial Arts karate program is based on Shotokan, a traditional Japanese style of karate, which is one of the most popular martial arts forms practiced throughout the world and one of the few karate styles recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Our program offers classes for students of all ages—from beginners to advanced levels—and provides a great opportunity for families to share a health-promoting and beneficial activity.

We believe that karate combines the best aspects of fitness training and reinforcement of values. In addition to developing self-defense skills, martial arts training builds confidence and respect—both for oneself and for others. While fighting is a part of the martial arts, the primary goal of our children’s program is not to teach children how to fight but rather how to respond appropriately when confronted with negative influences such as bullying, peer pressure, and gangs.

Finally, keep in mind that these goals cannot be met overnight and that it requires continued commitment to see great results. We recognize and respect the perseverance needed by each student to achieve advanced levels."™


John Fonseca & Elisa Au Fonseca

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