Martial Arts Teachers’ Association
Rank: 7th Dan
Instructor: Joe Lewis
Founder – Martial Arts Teachers’ Association (2004)
Founder – National Association of Professional Martial Artists
Founder – Martial Arts Professional Magazine (1995)
Founder – American Council on Martial Arts (1997)
Author – Black Belt Management: How to Open and Operate a Successful
Martial Arts School
Author, athlete, publisher and pioneering martial arts visionary,
John Graden, is widely recognized as the most important martial
arts leader to emerge in the past decade.
His efforts as a "teacher of teachers" have had a profound
impact on the manner in which thousands of martial arts schools
are operated worldwide. A former member of many world champion U.S.
kickboxing teams, Mr. Graden’s two top selling books, Black
Belt Management and How To Open and Operate A Successful Martial
Arts School, are considered the quintessential references for martial
arts school owners.
In late 1994, Mr. Graden founded the National Association of Professional
Martial Artists. Dedicated specifically to strengthening the professional
skills of martial arts school owners, NAPMA mushroomed to over 2,000
members worldwide making it the largest martial arts professional
association in the world.
In 1995, he strengthened his position as a martial arts teacher
of teachers by launching Martial Arts Professional magazine, the
martial arts trade journal. Graden sold both NAPMA and MAPro in
In an effort to present universal instructor education to the martial
arts industry, Graden created the American Council on Martial Arts
in 1997. The ACMA is the first widely supported instructor certification
program and is administered by the world renown Cooper Institute
in Dallas, Texas. The manual, co-authored by Graden, for the ACMA
has been adapted as a textbook in colleges and universities.
Graden is a 7th degree black belt under Lewis and is the youngest
man ever named to the Joe Lewis Honor Roll, the highest honor in
the Joe Lewis Fighting System.
Graden’s focus now is on his Martial Arts Teachers’ Association.
The worldwide headquarters of MATA is at www.MartialArtsTeachers.com
and offers a massive library of articles, information, reports,
videos, audios, ads, newsletters, forms, letters and networking
to martial arts instructors worldwide.
Graden is married with two children and lives in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Mr. Graden can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or