Our Martial Arts Instructors – The Not So Secret to Our Success
The best martial arts classes and programs in the world are of little value without highly trained instructors who can effectively relay the physical and mental skills associated with Karate to students of all ages and abilities.
This is especially true when it comes to teaching children. It takes an extraordinary person to connect with children and our instructors are extraordinary. All of the instructors at American Martial Arts Academy are certified, have completed at least two years of Martial Arts College and have been specially trained to work with and teach children. They are some of the most qualified instructors in the martial arts industry and their commitment to helping other is beyond reproach.
Our instructors are all extremely proficient in the techniques of karate and have demonstrated the skills and ability to safely relay those techniques to students of all ages and abilities. While physical skills are important, they pale in comparison to the life skills that martial arts and our instructors have to offer.
Our instructors are trained to tailor their martial arts teaching methods to fit the individual child, teenager or adult with an emphasis on positive correction and encouragement.
Our instructors and key staff members have grown up with AMAA and it adds another layer of authenticity to the values and family friendly vibe that students, families and their guests feel when they walk into one of our training facilities.
Our martial arts family is committed to helping each student be the very best person that they can possibly be and our instructors play a key role in maintaining that commitment on a daily basis.
7th Degree Black Belt (Kyoshi) Shihan Founder/Owner Master Instructor Teaches Classes at Harbor & Placentia AMAA Facilities Nationally Published Author Success Coach The founder of American Martial Arts Academy is Master Brad Wenneberg, a true Mart… Learn More
Sensei 4th Degree Black Belt Head Instructor Director of Harbor Campus When they said the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, they must have been talking about Sensei Jason Wenneberg. Determined to get a jump on this father, Master Wenneberg, Ja… Learn More
Sensei 4th Degree Black Belt Director of Placentia Campus Senior Instructor Sensei Nikhil Joshi has been training at AMAA under Shihan Wenneberg since 1993, at the young age of 6 years old. He has been assisting and teaching in classes since the age o… Learn More
3rd Degree Interim Black Belt Head Instructor & Community Liason CPR & First Aid Certified Megan Joshi has been training with American Martial Arts Academy since the age of 15, and earned her black belt in 2007. During her college ye… Learn More
3rd Degree Black Belt Senior Instructor Program Director CPR & First Aid Certified Mr. Schilling’s martial arts training began with Shihan Wenneberg over 30 years ago at the age of 6. As a hearing impaired child, it was difficult to “fit in” to an… Learn More
2nd Degree Black Belt Assistant Head Instructor I was 14 when I started training martial arts at AMAA. I tried my hand at many sports and activities and hadn’t found my place in any of them until AMAA. My journey from white belt student to Black Belt i… Learn More
2nd Degree Black Belt Front Desk and Office Manager I started with AMAA back in 2001 as a student. In 2002 I was invited to be part of the AMAA family, I continued to train and move up the ranks. In 2004 I received my Shodan Ho. I have watched students… Learn More
1st Degree Black Belt Director of the After-School Martial Arts Program Mrs. Bonnie Wenneberg is co-owner and the wife of AMAA’s founder, Shihan Brad Wenneberg. She has been an integral component of American Martial Arts Academy since its inception and… Learn More
3rd Degree Black belt After-School Karate Instructor I have been training in the martial arts since I was 6 years old. It it has helped instill confidence and strength in my life as well as provided me with an amazing opportunity to work with my family… Learn More
1st Degree Black Belt in Goju Shin-Ryu Asst After-school & Summer Camp Director Black Belt Instructor Graduated CSUF in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film CPR & First Aid Certified Interests: Scrapbooking and photography Traveling th… Learn More
2nd Degree Black Belt Black Belt Instructor After School & Summer Camp Staff I have been with AMAA since 1999, when my two older boys started training. I started training in 2003. After a short hiatus my family returned in 2009, my two… Learn More
1st degree Black Belt Black Belt Instructor My relationship with martial arts has helped me grow and develop the self-confidence I have today and continues to do so in many ways. Along with martial arts, my relationship with the AMAA staff is strong an… Learn More
2nd degree Black Belt Black Belt Instructor Karly Feenstra entered the AMAA community at six years old, began assisting with classes at twelve, and is happiest when she is helping students and families unleash their potential. She loves being a part of… Learn More
1st degree Interim Black Belt Black Belt Instructor American Martial Arts Academy provided a opportunity for both of my children to excel and succeed both in their personal and academic life. I also found a home here training and giving back what… Learn More
Director of After-School Karate & Summer Karate Programs Mrs. Lisa Barbarick is an American Martial Arts Academy Life Skills instructor and After-school Martial Arts Program & Summer Camp instructor. Mrs. Barbarick has been involved… Learn More
2nd Degree Black Belt Asstistant Head Instructor Nathaniel Sims began training in the martial arts at the age of 11 as an extremely shy boy and has developed into one of AMAA’s finest instructors. Mr. Sims is a true ‘product of the system.’ Coming to A… Learn More
Black Belt Front Desk Manager Mrs. Haney started training at American Martial Arts Academy in 2012. Shortly after retiring from a 30 year career in engineering, Dana started working at the studio managing the front desk. She has been involved with AMA… Learn More
Green Belt Student Asst. Front Desk Manager & Assistant Instructor Graduate of Shihan’s Instructors’ College CPR & First Aid Certified Leah started training with AMAA in 2015. When Leah first started as a student, she had a crippling fear of pu… Learn More