Owners: Michael Malandra
Martial Art: Judo, Karate & Kali
How did you choose your school name?
Using my name ties the school to all of the work both I do and our school does in our community.
How long have you been teaching?
32+ years. I think I've lost count!
What is your student creed or mission statement?
At Malandra's Martial Arts Center our goal is to help our students realize their greatest potential, both physically and mentally. We strive to accomplish this mission not just by training the body, but by training the mind as well. This means we constantly challenge our students to attempt new things and encourage them to be their very best. We help them develop the confidence in themselves and their abilities so they can overcome difficult obstacles and meet challenges head-on, rather than giving up. Our students learn how to build upon their natural instincts and react from a position of strength. Through the arts they acquire the skills necessary to effectively defend themselves and respond in a free-flowing manner. They apply this knowledge in all aspects of their lives and begin to develop into true martial artists. At Malandra's Martial Arts Center, we're proud to say our students learn a great deal in a short time about who they are.
Who or what inspires you?
My instructor Rich Faustini and as a child I was a huge Chuck Norris fan!
What is something special or unique about your school and/or students?
We are heavily involved in the community. All our students must do community service, work with others and help in the school to achieve rank. Our goal is to help build confident students in life and not just black belts.
What made you choose FUJI Mats for your facility?
We needed to revamp our training floor, speaking to many other school owners they all spoke highly of FUJI so I gave them a call. Patrick McCarty helped me out and was extremely helpful and accommodating in getting us what we needed at an awesome price.
What is the most rewarding part about working in the martial arts field?
Seeing people achieve goals and accomplish things they never though possible.
If you could give one piece of advice to other martial art school owners what would it be?
Do what you do because you love it and have a passion, the rest will fall into place.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL:
Malandra's Martial Arts Center is a community-oriented martial arts center located in Suffern, NY. We have been a staple in our community for 32 plus years working with local not for profits, the school system and our police department.