Legacy American Martial Arts
1911 South Robert Street, West St. Paul, MN 55118

“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

Karate Kubs

Our Programs


Teen and Adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Ages 13 to Adult)

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 7:15pm, Wednesday 7:30pm, and Friday 7:30pm

Tai Chi


Karate Kubs (Ages 4-6)

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 agility, coordination, and enhance their ability to pay attention and follow directions. 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: Mr. Smail

Karate Kub Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:15pm

Tai Chi


Leadership Team (Juniors, Teens and Adults)

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 and Thursday at 7:15pm


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



Junior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Ages 6 to 12)

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: Monday at 6:30pm & Friday at 6:15pm


Junior Taekwondo (Ages 6-12)

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

Junior Beginner Times: Monday at 5:45pm, Tuesday at 4:45pm Wednesday at 4:30pm and 5:45pm, and Saturday at 10:45am

““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

“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

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Junior & Adult Taekwondo

“I’ve always been heavy, not terribly out of shape, but there was a lot of room for improvement. I’d tried a diet or two, joined a fitness center, but nothing really changed. I knew something had to be done, but my specialty happens to be avoidance.Then in December of 2017, I had a moderate heart attack. Cardiac Rehab had a lot of suggestions, but one thing I had heard from a friend (now deceased) was how she had started Tai Chi...>learn more

“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

Teen and Adult Taekwondo - (Ages 12 to Adult)

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: Tuesday at 7:30pm, Thursday at 7:45pm, and Saturday at 10:45am


Tai Chi Program (Ages 12 to Adult)

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!

Try a FREE Tai Chi class the first Saturday of the month.  Contact us to reserve your spot.

Instructor: Ms. Bushey

Tai Chi Class: Wednesday 6:30pm, Thursday 2:00pm, and Saturday at 9:30am