In order to train tomorrow's leaders and enrich the learning experience for our students, Leaders who have earned their Junior Leader or Adult Leader collar assist the instructors with class. As they spend more time in an assistant role, they are given more responsibility and work toward running class on their own. To see more information about our Leadership program, see our Programs page, or contact us.
The American Martial Arts Institute (AMAI) is a marital art organization dedicated to not only providing the best martial art training around, but to also create well-rounded martial artists and leaders.
Our school is a certified AMAI school and we teach the Ki Nung (Korean for "functional") style of Taekwondo. Our Tai Chi is from the Chen and Yang family styles. Our instructors and class assistants have also been certified in the AMAI curriculum to help pass on the knowledge, skills, and benefits of the martial arts to the next generation of martial artists.
Our Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) program is affiliated with the Roy Dean Academy. Professor Dean is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, along with a 1st degree black belt in judo. The RDA system promotes teaching the “middle way”, which focuses on solid fundamentals, concepts, and techniques that can be applied in a variety of situations whether that be self-defense, sport, mixed martial arts, or life.
Jena Bushey is a 5th Degree Black Belt who started her taekwondo training in 1995 and has been a Certified Instructor since 2005, though she has been teaching for longer. Ms. Bushey is a strong leader and a fine technician of martial arts, having achieved a number of state championships. As Regional Head of the AMAI Minnesota she has trained countless students to achieve their goals, from black belt to tournament championships to losing weight. For the last nine years, she has also added tai chi to her training, which she currently holds the rank of 4th Degree Black Sash. She has found it to be a great source of stress relief and a way to improve her balance, awareness, and body movement. Outside of her martial arts training, Ms. Bushey has a B.S. in Chemistry and
minor in Business magna cum laude from Augsburg College. She is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and holds a certification in weight management from the American Council of Exercise. She also enjoys music, theater, cooking, and gardening.
Safety N.E.T. Kids is a program founded by AMAI Master Glenn Olson and is designed to teach children how to respond to threats such as abduction, abuse, and bullying. It is one of the components of our Karate Kub and Junior Taekwondo programs.
In additional to teaching SNK in our school we also run child safety and anti-bully seminars for various groups such as boy and girl scouts, church groups, daycares, and others.
Repetition is an important aspect of martial arts. The number of times a person repeats a motion relates directly to their proficiency at said motion. In addition, continued proper repetition will help to solidify muscle memory. As a result, these movements will become more fluid, natural, and reflexive if ever
needed in a true self-defense situation.
Our curriculum incorporates technique, self defense, one steps, partner drills, and sparring segments into form patterns. By teaching the same grouping of moves as basic techniques, followed by partner drills, followed by form, students are able to learn not just how to perform the technique, but are also able to realize the purpose of what they are doing and figure out how to apply the moves practically if ever needed in a real life situation
Mr. Smail started his Taekwondo journey in 1994 in Michigan at the age of 11. Continuing his training through grade school and college Mr. Smail earned the rank of 4th degree black belt, became one of the main teachers at his instructor’s martial art school, earned a number of state championship titles, and eventually opened a Taekwondo club in his hometown of Manchester. Upon graduating from college with a degree in criminal justice he moved to Minnesota and together with his wife, Ms. Bushey, he opened Legacy American Martial Arts in 2009. Beyond Taekwondo Mr. Smail also has earned a blue belt in the Gracie Brazilian
jiu jitsu system and spent time competing in amateur Mixed Martial Arts. In his spare time he enjoys reading, gaming, and football.
Repetition is important in the martial arts, as mentioned earlier, but simple
repetition can become mind numbing. Our curriculum is constructed in a manner that results in repetition, but across a broad spectrum. The same grouping of moves will indeed be repeated, but will be done in different settings. From striking heavy bags, to practicing with partners, to mastering technique in a form, the same moves will be done repeatedly, but in different settings with different emphasis.
Legacy American Martial Arts
1911 South Robert Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118
The end result is an efficient, streamlined method of training that creates truly effective and talented martial artists provided these principles are followed.
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