Master Chiodo is the Owner and Primary Instructor
Master Bill Chiodo has extensive experience in Martial Arts and instruction. As a two time silver medalist in the 1996 Goodwill Games in Cancun, Mexico, Master Chiodo has learned many aspects of the Tae Kwon Do lifestyle. With over 25 years of instructing experience, Master Chiodo has discovered the best ways to teach children and adults alike: “Martial Arts has two sides: the “Martial” and the “Arts.” The “Martial” combines the forms and techniques; you learn to protect yourself from danger and to keep yourself safe and fit. The “Arts” side can be the most fun!You can do anything you believe you can do! We train you to be your own martial artist, not just another ‘robot’ copying another’s technique.”
Master Chiodo has developed a unique class program for families at JAMA based on his own experience training with his own children. “I do believe that adults and children learn very differently, and have different goals when it comes to training in Martial Arts or fitness.” The result is a well attended Parent/youth class. The class starts and finishes with everyone together, but splits for the core training so that adults and youths can learn separately at their own pace -- saving time with only one trip to the DoJang. “I think it’s important to do something together with your child where you are equals and one is not supervising/instructing the other." Many parents say they coach ball or are scout leaders. But in those situations parents and children maintain the boss/subordinate roles -- they are not equals. In the JAMA family class, both parents and children are students. This is great for your relationship with your children -- you get to see each other as students. Not only can your children see you as a student, you can better appreciate what your children are learning and experiencing. We find that most families grow closer together.
Master Bill passes his teaching style on to all his instructors at JAMA. Although he is the principle instructor and teaches most of the classes at JAMA, several of his students enjoy teaching as well and grow their own martial art in the process. As many teachers will tell you, "the more you teach, the more you learn." His two sons, Drew and Evan, are fine examples of the enthusiasm and lifestyle Master Bill develops at JAMA.
Our Instructors Include:
Keith Strachen:Keith's background includes boxing, taekwondo, and Brazilian Jiu-JitsuHi. His program emphasizes fitness and all the tools needed to win a fight. His training improves a fighter's "Transition" -- his ability to effortlessly shift from one martial arts style to another as needed.
Tess Schwartz: Tess teaches Chen style taiji at JAMA. Her emphasis is on health and well being. Students learn quigong and silk reeling as well as forms.
Drew Chiodo: Drew has been teaching with JAMA since before we opened. He is a 2nd Dan Instructor, a graduate of FSU and currently teaches at Bartram Trail High School. He is also starting on his Master's program at JU.
Evan Chiodo: Evan is a 3rd Dan Senior Instructor and has grown into a fine young man. He attends college and teaches at JAMA as well.
Denise Carraway: A 3rd Dan Senior Instructor, who is also a retired U.S. Naval Officer, Denise has trained with her son Dean at JAMA since we opened.
Pam Lockwood: Pam is a 3rd Dan Senior Instructor and teaches at JAMA and at our satellite program at San Juan del Rio. She is a substitute teacher in St. Johns County and has two sons who have earned their Black Belts here at JAMA and continue to train.
Dean Carraway: A 3rd Dan Senior Instructor, Dean is an excellent Martial Artist and a high school student. He has been training here at JAMA since he was 7 years old.