|Mountain Karate Academy
Member of the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association
Awarded Pennsylvania Charter School of the
Year for 2008 by the EUSAIMAA
Come visit us at one of our Martial Arts Centers!
Lehighton Annex Building Gymnasium
110 North Third St., Lehighton, Pa., 18235
2959 Route 611, Fountain Springs East, Tannersville, Pa.,
636 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, Pa., 18071
610-377-0323 (Main office)
570-629-2108 (Tannersville school)
|Master Paul Maglionico, Instructor
|Congratulations to EUSAIMAA 2013 award recipients:
Master Paul Maglionico, Master Lee Lesisko, Master Kevin L.
Kresge, Master Jan Kresge, Master Steve Meining, Instructor
Kim Fitzpatrick, Cassie Williams, and Sharyl Maglionico
|Mountain Karate Academy is
a proud sponsor of Dream
Come True, March of Dimes,
United Way, Carbon
Mountaineer Food and Toy
Drive and The American
Mountain Karate is a student friendly school. We care about you and your kids! No one is ever made to feel bad about themselves, instead we build each student up while instilling discipline, respect, and goal
setting in a welcoming environment.
You will train hard, and be encouraged to be the best you can be.
Come see the difference Mountain Karate can make in yours or your child's life.
Mountain Karate is staffed by Eight Master ranked instructors (4th-7th Dan) and One Grandmaster (8th Dan)
We offer on site belt advancement testing
Note to transferring students: If you have achieved a color belt in another style, we will honor your achievement. No one is ever demoted to white belt.
We have Master instructors in Tae Kwon Do/Chung Do Kwan and Tang Soo Do
|EUSAIMAA is one of the largest martial arts
associations in the world, with membership
in 70 countries. Come join the best!!!
Our reputation speaks for itself...groups we've taught and
places we've demonstrated:
Ss Peter and Paul School
St. Josephs Regional Academy
LCCC SHINE program
LCCC credited course offering
Lehighton School District
East Penn Elementary
Shull David Elementary
Lehighton Middle School
Lehighton High School
Carbon County Fair
Carbon County Safe Kids
Penns Peak Dream Come True Telethon
Jack and Jill PreSchool
Ladies Workout Express
Commonwealth Connections Academy
LBMorris School, Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe High School teachers
West Penn Elementary
Kids 4 Kids United
Wilson Elementary, Lodi, NJ
St. Jeromes, Tamaqua
Channel 13's "Talk of the Town"
Penns Peak Christmas in July
Blue Mountain Health Systems
Bump and Grind Internet Radio Show with Doc
Lehighton Pool Pals
Pocono Elementary Center
Lehighton Middle School Summer Camps
Jackson Township Fire Department
Little Blessings Pre School
The Zoo (Carbon County Mall)
Veterans Administration Medical Center NYC
Lehighton Field Hockey
Watch Me Grow Daycare Center
Kelly's Daycare Center
Let us instruct your group in self defense skills! We also do
stranger danger awareness and bullying education. Call for
We are available for private demonstrations and group instruction. We can come to you, or you may
bring your group to our large facility.
Call for more information!
|Questions to ask when choosing a Martial Arts School
1. Q. How many Black Belt Instructors are on staff? How many of them are Master ranked? Is there always a black belt instructor on the floor for every class? (not a trainee)
A. Mountain Karate Academy has 15 adult Black Belt Instructors, nine of whom are Master ranked. Cumulatively, this adds up to over 250 years experience! We also have
teen black belt assistants on the floor to assist the children with their skills. Never does a color belt lead a class alone!
2. Q. Are all instructors certified with a reputable association and held accountable? Is the school part of a larger association?
A. We belong to the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association, which has membership in 70 countries worldwide. All Instructors must be certified through this
association. The Grandmaster observes and approves all Black Belt tests.
3. Q. Is self-defense, stranger danger, and bullying education a regular part of the curriculum?
A. Yes, Yes, and Yes. Self defense and street awareness are taught in our classes. We have also demonstrated and taught stranger danger/bullying education in many area
schools, and will bring our seminar to outside groups when requested! We have a complete Stranger Danger / Bullying curriculum.
4. Q. How long has the school been in business? A proven track record is important!
A. Mountain Karate was formed in 1990. The Lehighton Charter opened in 2007. Tannersville opened in 2012. Palmerton opened in July of 2014.
5. Q. Is the school community minded? Is it established and well referenced in the community? Is the student given opportunities for community service?
A. We have participated and headed up many fundraisers and our students are encouraged to participate
6. Q. Is the training area roomy and is there adequate space for parents to view the class? Are parents encouraged to observe?
A. Our Lehighton training area is a full 2000 sq. ft. gymnasium with bleacher seating. Our Tannersville and Palmerton are also both large training facilities. Parents are invited
to observe classes in all locations.
7. Q. Is the school a full-time venture, and can someone usually be reached?
A. Mountain Karate is a full-time school. Call us or email us anytime!
8. Q. Does the school teach traditional martial arts, or are they more concerned with fighting? Is fitness and good technique stressed? Are the belt advancements "given
away" or are they earned? Is testing on-site?
A. We teach traditional Korean Martial Arts. Skill is stressed and belt testing is scheduled only when the student is ready. All testing is done on-site.
9. Q. Is the school kid-friendly? Does the school stress making the child a better person...disciplined, respectful, fit, and focused....rather than pushing fighting and competing?
A. Come in and talk to some of our parents! We stress character building. We teach the children how to avoid a confrontation. We also teach them how to protect themselves
if a confrontation is inevitable.
10. How many locations are there? Is it convenient for me?
We have three. Our students are invited to train at all locations, in order to take advantage of our many programs.
We are the "real deal" EXPERIENCE COUNTS!
Certified Black Belt Instructor
|For uniform alterations, patch
sewing, or other sewing needs,
please contact our seamstress.
|Every other Monday in Lehighton at 6:00...JIU JITSU with GrandMaster Lee
Lesisko, 7th Dan
GrandMaster Lesisko has competed for over 25 years and has won over 500
career trophies and awards, including 38 tournament Grand Championships
|WE DO BIRTHDAY PARTIES! Call for more information!
|Mountain Karate is now offering Tuesday night high
intensity karate classes. Come in and train in the
tradition of the Samurai Warrior, where the focus is
on developing the mind, body and soul. This class
is for the serious student who wants to hone and
improve their martial art skills. It will focus on
American style Tae Kwon Do which concentrates
on hard blocks straight punches and high kicks
with a blend of practical Japanese styles and real
world self defense training. Classes will also
concentrate on Chi development (life energy)
correct stances, NeK Do Katas (forms) and
physical fitness which are all essential for the
complete martial artist of the twenty-first century.
Remember traditional martial arts is not just
attending karate classes it is a lifestyle, something
you will fall back on for the rest of your life. Check it
out, it will change your life. Taught by Master Kevin
Note to parents, the student must demonstrate
desire and dedication for learning traditional karate.
Attention and focus are a must for this class. If you
would like to attend please speak with one of the
Mountain Karate Masters to obtain permission to
attend. There is no extra charge for this class. You
must be pre-approved and signed in advance to
Class is held in Palmerton
|For the very best in
trusts A Slice of
Heaven. Please feel
baker for your future
events! Better yet,
book your birthday
party at Mountain
Karate Academy and
have A Slice of
Heaven supply the
|Our new Mascot
|Come to our newly added beginners dance work-out class with Jan.
Wednesdays in Palmerton at 7:00 and is a 40 minute workout. Specially
formulated for women or men who have wanted to do something but are
afraid or intimidated to join and be the "Newbie". Jan is a beginner herself
but likes to dance and has incorporated dance into a workout, especially
for the core area of the body. The core includes abdominal, waist and
lower back but the workout is not limited to only those areas. There'll be a
lot of shake, wiggling and rolling going on. The workout is easy to follow
but be warned, you will work up a sweat but have fun doing it! Dress
comfortably and bring hand weights if you have them.
|Please click appropriate link for the schedule at the location you are interested in
|Starting Saturday Nov. 15 in Lehighton...Jiu Jitsu during the
10AM class. This class will be held every other week,
alternating with the regular Tang Soo Do class
Closed Feb. 9 because of icy road conditions
Tannersville Little Dragons (all ranks): Thursday at 4:30.
All other Tannersville students: please come on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.
Lehighton Little Dragons: Instructor Kim will be holding a makeup on Friday. 5:30 intermediate, 6:00 beginner.
|Notes from the Master's Desk
Self-Control: the 5th of the Seven Tenets of Tang Soo Do
Without delving too deeply into human impulse control issues, self-control is
usually dictated by a person’s attitude, personality and whatever is happening
at a particular moment.
Why is self-control so important when studying Martial Arts??
One reason is that students need to focus and concentrate on what the
instructor is teaching. Sometimes a student will become bored and distracted
during class. This is normal and happens quite often, especially with young
beginners. By practicing self-control, the student can regain focus and greatly
benefit from the instructor’s lesson.
Another reason for teaching self-control to our students is that we, as
instructors, would be gravely irresponsible if we taught our students powerful
and in some cases lethal techniques, and did not teach them the importance of
Self-control and the 5th of the 5 point codes “In fighting choose with sense and
honor” compliment and support each other. It is hoped that the student learns
the significance of self-control while studying our character building martial
art and ultimately continues practicing this “life skill” outside of the Dojang as
Master John Fagliarone
|Celebrating our 25th