Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art that focuses on the principles of leverage, timing, and efficiency of movement rather than strength and size to defeat opponents.
Practical application is central to BJJ, and techniques are practiced with a partner to ensure they can be used either for tournament or self-defense situations. Through training students gain a greater awareness of their bodies, confidence in the effectiveness of their movements, and a deeper understanding of themselves and their capabilities.
Instructor: Mr. Smail
Teen & Adult BJJ Class: Monday 7:30pm, Wednesday 8:15pm, Friday 7:15pm, and Saturday at 11:00am
Confidence, exercise, self discipline, self defense; these are just a few of many reasons for your child to become involved in the martial arts. Children who study a martial art often become more confident, self-regulated, and better focused students and citizens.
Our teaching system is based on character building life skills in addition to the physical and technical skills of taekwondo. Beginner students learn the basic techniques associated with taekwondo. Advanced students are further motivated with the addition of advanced movement and free sparring. Junior Taekwondo students also learn practical abuse and abduction prevention with our Safety N.E.T. Kids curriculum.
Instructors: Ms. Bushey, Mr. Smail, & Dr. DeHaut
Junior Beginner Times: Monday, Wednesday at 4:30pm and 5:45pm, and Friday at 6:00pm
“I decided to look into Martial Arts so that my son and I could do something together and I really wanted to get in better shape. I never thought that 2 years later I would be a 1st degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. I had looked into other schools and just never really got "excited" about them. Mr. Smail and Ms. Bushey have this amazing partnership and that really creates a positive and fun atmosphere no matter your age or reason for coming.... >learn more
““Really great instruction from a solid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor. Whether it’s your first time doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, you’re getting back into your game for competition, or trying to find a way to up your game Legacy AMA is the place to roll.... >learn more
The Karate Kubs program was developed specifically for children ages 4, 5, and 6. This program offers a strong foundation in essential character qualities such as courtesy, respect, and discipline.
In addition, the program is designed to improve children's motor skills and enchance their ability to pay attention, follow directions, and do their best. Karate Kubs also learn practical abuse and abduction prevention with our Safety N.E.T. Kids curriculum. All class are taught using the most safe, fun, and exciting instructional methods available for their age group.
Instructors: Ms. Bushey & Mr. Smail
Karate Kub Times: Monday, Wednesday at 5:15pm, Tuesday at 5:00pm, and Friday at 5:30pm
Our Jr. BJJ program is centered around themes such as respect, self-control, and courtesy. This allows students to learn the techniques safely while exploring and enjoying this dynamic martial art with their training partners.
Instructor: Mr. Smail
Junior BJJ Class: Wednesday, Friday at 6:30pm, and Saturday at 11:00am
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art focusing on slow movement and meditation with minimal impact, perfect for the overly stressed or for those who cannot do other high intensity martial arts due to physical limitations.
But don't be fooled, Tai Chi teaches self-defense and improves balance, cardiovascular health, and flexibility. Our program centers on qigong meditation, form practice, applications, and push hands at more advanced levels. Try a martial art that has been practiced for centuries by people well into their hundreds!
Instructors: Ms. Bushey & Dr. DeHaut
Tai Chi Class: Wednesday 7:15pm, Thursday 2:00pm, and Saturday at 9:30am
“I have two sons involved in Tae Kwon Do. My oldest son started out as a Karate Kub and is now a 1st degree black belt. After watching his brother for many years, my youngest son couldn’t wait to become a Karate Kub and is currently an orange stripe belt in the class. Both my boys love Taekwondo! They have gained so much from the experience - self-confidence, responsibility, focus, and new friends.... >learn more
Our Adult Taekwondo program has many benefits to offer you. Students who wish to get into, and stay in, shape will find Taekwondo an enjoyable way to burn calories and tone muscle. In addition to getting in better shape, training is also a great stress reliever!
Students who wish to focus on personal protection skills will not only learn the powerful striking and kicking techniques of Taekwondo, but also other tools and information that is vital to keeping yourself and loved ones safe. Topics such as legal use of force, home invasions, verbal de-escalation techniques, and others are discussed to give students a well-rounded self-defense education.
Instructors: Ms. Bushey & Mr. Smail
Teen and Adult Beginner Times: Monday at 6:30pm, Tuesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 7:45pm, and Friday at 6:00pm
“When my 7-year-old son came home from school saying he wanted to take Tae Kwon Do I wasn’t sure what to think. Having never taken martial arts training I needed to do a little research. So I visited almost a dozen schools to observe the training and talk to the instructors. I learned that there are probably as many ways to teach martial arts as there are schools. One thing that really separates American Legacy Martial Arts from the rest is how well Ms. Bushey and Mr. Smail know their students.... >learn more
Legacy American Martial Arts
1911 South Robert Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Click HERE to access our full student handbook, which includes class rules and ettiquette, ranking systems, and other valuable information for any student or parent.
Leaders are not born - they are made! Leadership students learn and practice the skills it takes to be an effective leader and coach on and off the training mats. Effective communication, interpersonal skills, how to direct a group, and many other lessons are taught and put into practice on the training floor.
Our Leadership Program is by invite only.
Instructor: Ms. Bushey
Leadership Class: Tuesday at 6:15pm, Teen and Adult Leaders Only Thursday at 7:15pm
“To the Staff of Legacy American Martial Arts,
I am writing this letter to say “Thank you.” My story may be a bit different from some of the others that are participating in your class. Like my fellow students, I have benefited immensely from my participation in Tai Chi classes.
I was very skeptical of doing Tai Chi and Qigong meditation but my back was against the wall and I was being told that if I did not make a life altering change that I would have severe health repercussions...>learn more
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