PARK DOJO WAS CREATED IN 2020 BY MASTER ALYSSA FORGACH, AN EXPERT IN LEADING SATELLITE MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAMS IN CHARLOTTE AREA. SINCE 2007, MASTER ALYSSA HAS TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS AND REC CENTERS SUCH AS THE LEVINE JCC, GATEWAY ACADEMY, CHARLOTTE LAB SCHOOL, CHARLOTTE MONTESSORI SCHOOL, CHARLOTTE JEWISH PRESCHOOL, COLLINSWOOD LANGUAGE ACADEMY, COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL, PIONEER SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTER, ENDHAVEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND MORE.
AFTER COVID19 HIT IN SPRING 2020, MASTER ALYSSA WAS UNABLE TO TEACH MANY OF HER STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL LOCATIONS. SOME OF THESE STUDENTS HAD TRAINED FOR MANY YEARS, AND SHE WAS SAD TO SEE THEM LOSE EVERYTHING THEY HAD WORKED SO HARD TO LEARN. MASTER ALYSSA BEGAN OFFERING ZOOM CLASSES TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH HER STUDENTS AND KEEP THE STUDENTS PROGRESSING.
AS TIME PASSES, WE ARE CONTINUING TO FIND WAYS TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS SAFE WHILE ALSO HELPING THEM CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND PROGRESS IN THEIR MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING. PARK DOJO WAS BORN IN A WAY TO OFFER SAFE, FUN, AFFORDABLE MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES TO OUR CURRENT AND NEW STUDENTS. NEW STUDIES SHOW THAT OUTDOOR GATHERINGS ARE SAFER THAN INDOOR GATHERINGS.
BEING OUTDOORS OFFERS AN OPEN, WELL VENTILATED SPACE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO WORKOUT AND HAVE FUN. WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS DISTANCED, LIMIT TOUCHING (IE MATS AND EQUIPMENT), AND IT ALSO GIVES OUR STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO GET OUTSIDE IN THE SUN.
OUR INSTRUCTORS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED, PASSIONATE ABOUT MARTIAL ARTS AND PATIENT WITH OUR YOUNG STUDENTS. WE ARE EXCITED TO LEAD A PROGRAM THAT IS BOTH SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WITH OUR YOUNG STUDENTS.
PROF MARLON LOOR VERA
Professor Marlon began training in martial arts as a young adult. He began with striking arts such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Muay Thai and Taekwondo. As he continued his training, he discovered Brazilian Jiujitsu and was instantly hooked. He earned his black belt from UFC fighter Gilbert Durinho and multiple world champions, Gui and Rafa Mendes. He received his 1st degree and 2nd degree black belt from Prof Andre Gala, 6x ADCC champion and multiple time world champion. Prof Marlon enjoys teaching adults the art of BJJ and also is an amazing instructor with kids. He encourages his students to compete in tournaments to learn how to perform under pressure, the closest scenario to a real self-defense situation. Prof Marlon is a 6x Pan Am Champion and 2019 No-Gi world champion and multiple time IBJJF open champion.
MASTER ALYSSA FORGACH
Master Alyssa began training in Taekwndo in 1995. She quickly moved up the belts and enjoyed competing in local sparring tournaments. Around age 15, she began assisting in the kids classes. She realized she had a passion and gift for motivating students. At age 18 she began teaching in local preschools and daycares. For the past 15 years she has dedicated her life to teaching hundreds of students around Charlotte. Her excitement and passion for the martial arts is apparent in her teaching and connection with her students. She enjoys helping students realize their potential and watching their confidence grow. Alyssa currently trains in Brazilian Jiujitsu under Prof Marlon and enjoys competing locally. Her goal is to now earn her black belt in BJJ. She currently holds a 4th dan (master) in Taekwondo.
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