MARTIAL ARTS FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS!

Martial Arts Advantage proudly serving Tampa

Martial Arts Advantage has Martial Arts Classes, Camps, and After School Programs in Tampa – perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adults.

Who we Are And why You Should Train Here

Since our opening in 1998, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people – one person at a time, through martial arts education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life.

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors

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Master Anthony Kuntz

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Monica Chandler

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Mr Jared Northup

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Mr Alex Kuntz

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Mr Cristian Weaver

Mr Christian Weaver has been training in martial arts for 8 years now. He is one of the lead instructors at the MA2 North location. He is also an active member of the US Marine Corps.

Mr Christian says. “Through Martial Arts Advantage I was able to build the mental, and physical confidence to push myself past my self-inflicted limits and accomplish things I didn’t know I was capable of achieving. With the positive environment they provided, and the great leadership training, I was able to open up more and feel more comfortable around people of all ages. The skills I acquired through martial arts, and Martial Arts Advantage made me wonder about all the other places I could apply these skills.”

Today Mr Christian is applying these very skills on the mats with his students every day here at the academy and in the Marine Corps.  He is comfortable leading, following directions, and demonstrating discipline in all areas of his life. Mr Christian brings his Can-Do attitude every day and is certainly a positive influence for our students and their families.

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Ms Elena Valeti

Elena was a started her martial arts journey at Martial Arts Advantage when she was 7 and took Taekwondo classes until she was 11. At age 17 she started Kickboxing training with Grand Master Tony Mayo in firearms, knives, self-defense, and fitness. At 19 she rejoined Martial Arts Advantage training in Muay Thai and Krav Maga/ Scenario drills. In between training here, she became a certified Zumba instructor and a personal trainer. She is now an instructor here in TKD while she continues her own training in TKD and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The martial arts journey for Elena is truly a lifelong commitment!

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Professor Bob Hughes

Professor Bob Hughes is a master instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu here at Martial Arts Advantage. He was 6 when he discovered Ju-jitsu. He had Brazilian neighbors and they would train. He loved it and learned through them. At 14 he got serious about his training. Ju-jitsu became his life. Professor Bob tells us he  “loves its mental stimulation through discipline and awareness and the added physical strength and flexibility.” Ju-jitsu allows him to meet new people and travel. He hopes to pass on his vast knowledge and joy of training. Professor Bob has a goal to help his students become the best they can be. In his spare time Bob is a musician and loves to share and hang out with friends at his home here in Tampa.

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Mr James Spaulding

Mr James Spaulding is one of our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors. Mr James was teased and bullied when he was young and that left him feeling weak and vulnerable, unable to defend himself. This piqued his interest in martial arts but it wasn’t until later that he began his training. Mr James was an All-American athlete in Track & Field in college and after college he began looking for a new challenge. That’s when he found martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Mr James is an NASM Personal Trainer and trained in BJJ with 8-time world champion Robson Moura. He believes training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives students a boost in confidence, discipline, and physical strength while building character and cementing friendships. BJJ builds the mind, body, family and camaraderie. And the techniques of BJJ are effective no matter the size of the student or their opponents. Mr James tells us, “Mental strength is the most important thing. If you walk in with a weak mind, it doesn’t matter if you are the strongest and biggest person on the mat. A strong mind will conquer the weak-minded despite the stature of the opponent.”

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Mr Steven Kuntz

Mr Steven Kuntz is an instructor at Martial Arts Advantage. He is currently a 2nd Degree Recommended Black Belt, Level 6. Mr Steven started training in TKD when he was 8 and he still trains to this day. Like his younger brother (Mr Alex,) Mr Steven has martial arts in his blood. Growing up with Master Kuntz as their mentor and Uncle was a huge factor in that!

Mr Steven says. “Martial Arts became a staple in my life soon after I started. It helped me become more confident at school, taught me to be myself and push away peer pressure. That’s just a couple of things Martial Arts has done for me!” When Mr Steven is on the mats with our students, he strives for them to be more joyful, confident, and prideful in what they do every day of their lives. And if you know Mr Steven , you know he also loves to encourage them to have fun while taking in life and all it has to offer.

When not at one of our academies, Mr Steven is attending college and enjoys spending time with his family. And we understand he is a fierce video game player too!

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Mr Landon Rodriguez

Mr Landon Rodriguez is an assistant instructor and helper at MA2. He has been training since 2011 and is currently a 2nd Degree Recommended Black Belt. Mr Curtis feels like Martial Arts Advantage is his family. He is in his last year of high school and hopes he can impart to his students here at Martial Arts Advantage the same skills and life lessons he has learned during his time on the mats here.

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Mr Curtis McIntyr

Mr Curtis McIntyr is an assistant instructor and helper at our academy. He started training with us in June of 2012 and currently ranks as a 3rd Degree Recommended Black Belt, Level 7. Mr Curtis tells us that “martial arts training has helped me build confidence, become an active helper in my community, and has allowed me to gain better control over his ADHD.” Mr Curtis recently graduated from high school and is looking forward to helping the next generation achieve their goals.

Monica Chandler is the Director, Managing Partner and Co-Owner of MAA After School Ninjas. 

She is also a tax and estate, attorney but decided to take a break from practicing law and open After School Ninjas as a way to balance family and work life. Monica has been married for almost 22 years and has two children who attend Plant High School. Monica served on the Roosevelt PTA Board for 8 years, Coleman PTSA Board for 5 years and now serves on the Plant Academic Foundation Board as well as President-Elect for the Plant Band Booster Organization. Monica has a Bachelor of Business from University of Texas and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. Monica still calls Texas (where she was born and raised) home but also loves living in South Tampa since 2003 along with her husband, Cory; 11th grade daughter, Georgia; and 9th grade son, Lincoln. Georgia & Lincoln grew up at Martial Arts Advantage and are currently ranked as 2nd degree black belts.

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