"Legacy Martial Arts builds disciplined, confident and respectful citizens through the philosophy of tradition with forward-thinking vision."
Master Bushey is a 6th Degree Black Belt who started her taekwondo training in 1995 and has been a Certified Instructor since 2005. She 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 Master Bushey has trained countless students to achieve their goals, from black belt to tournament championships to losing weight. In 2008, she added Tai Chi to her training, for which she currently holds the rank of 5th 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.
Master Instructor American Martial Arts Institute
B.S. in Chemistry and minor in Business magna cum laude from Augsburg College
Certified Personal Trainer National Academy of Sports Medicine with Corrective Exercise, Senior Fitness, and Weight Management (American Council of Exercise) Specialties
Mr. Smail started his Taekwondo journey in 1994. Continuing his training through high 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, MI. He became a Certified Instructor in 2005. After college, he moved to Minnesota and together with his wife, Master Bushey, they opened Legacy American Martial Arts in 2009. Mr. Smail has also earned a purple belt in the Roy Dean Academy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu system and spent time competing in amateur Mixed Martial Arts.
Education & Certifications:
A.A. in Criminal Justice from Washtenaw Community College
Certified Instructor American Martial Arts Institute
Roy Dean Affiliate Instructor
Education & Certifications:
Students will do what they practice.
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.
The American Martial Art Institute
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.
Roy Dean Academy
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.
Safety N.E.T. Kids
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.