About John Graden and the
Martial Arts Teachers Association

Few have had more impact on the martial arts school business than John Graden.

John Graden rocked the martial arts business with his jab - cross - round kick combination of his book, Black Belt Management, creating the martial arts school businesses’ first professional association NAPMA, and then upgrading that to the Martial Arts Teachers’ Association (MATA).

MA Success editor John Corcoran first called him a “visionary” in 1995.

Mr. Graden’s leadership was recognized in many mainstream media outlets including a cover story on the Wall Street Journal, documentaries on A&E Network, and as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show.

Mr. Graden is Not a Paper Tiger

For those of you who think he is all about the business, his WAKO World Championships with the USA Team and legacy as a Joe Lewis protege might change your mind.

In fact, Black Belt magazine did a cover story on Mr. Graden and his brother Jim’s relationship with the late legend. The story was called, “Passing the Torch” and it was Joe Lewis saying that when he leaves he was passing the torch to the Graden’s.

Mr. Graden has authored most of the best selling books on how to run a successful martial arts school in addition to many other subjects.

John Graden’s Career Timeline

2015 – Author, Who Killed Walt Bone?

2014 – Author, Near-Death Experiences of Suicide Survivors

2013 – Author, Near-Death Experiences of Doctors and Scientists

2010 – Founder, Empower Boxing

2008 – Author, The Impostor Syndrome

2004 – Founder, Martial Arts Teachers’ Association

2003 – Author, The Truth About the Martial Arts Business

1998 – Author, How to Open and Operate a Successful Martial Arts School

1996 – Founder, The American Council on Martial Arts (ACMA)

1995 – Founder – Martial Arts Professional Magazine

1993 – Founder – National Association of Professional Martial Artists

1987 – Host and Producer of the USA Karate TV show in Tampa Bay, FL

1986 – Opened USA Karate 1985 – Fighter, Coach, and Official for many World Champion WAKO USA Teams