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2018 Greatmats National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year

Vote for the martial arts instructor you think should be named the 2018 Greatmats National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year!

Voting runs Nov. 15-29, 2018



December 15, 2017

New Lenox, IL

- SAMPLE - 2017 Greatmats National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Ron Poholik -- NOMINATION INFO: ''I studied the martial arts since I was 7. I am now 48 and have a 9 year old. I spent 2 year's looking for a good school that not only taught good skills, but also the values I felt were important in life. Then I found Pride and Master Ron. He runs an organization that is fun, professional, and teaches the core values to the students. He created a family environment as well! I then started back in the martial arts after stepping away for 12 years. Now, my son and I spend most of our spare time with our martial arts family training and enjoying our time there with everyone! I am a Scout leader, and I feel I have a high standard of criteria for what values are important. Being honest, stand for justice, being friendly and courteous, and helpful to others. These are traits Master Ron Poholik endorses! It's an honor to nominate Master Ron Poholik!''

Want to honor a martial arts instructor for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style or humanitarian efforts? Then nominate him/her for the 2018 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by Greatmats. The award, part of the annual Greatmats National Award Series, is designed to recognize martial arts instructors who have made a difference in the lives of their students and community through the virtues of service, integrity and quality.

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series.

How to Nominate

To nominate the trainer for this award, visit the contest page or email the following information to before Nov. 1, 2018. Nominators will not be identified.

  1. Instructor's Name
  2. Name and Location of the Martial Arts Academy (Must be located in the USA)
  3. A brief description of why you are nominating this instructor, including how he/she meets the criteria of high-level service, integrity and quality.
  4. A photo and/or video of the Instructor

How the winner is chosen:

  1. Voting will take place on the contest page from Nov. 15 through Nov. 29, 2018. The two martial arts instructors with the most votes will be named finalists.
  2. Greatmats will judge the two finalists to determine the winner based on:
    1. Demonstration of Service
    2. Demonstration of Integrity
    3. Demonstration of Quality

Grand Prize

  1. $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the Academy
  2. Instructor/academy profile to be released with the announcement of the winner on Dec. 14, 2018.
  3. National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Certificate

More than 2,300 votes were cast in the first two years of the contest, which is part of the 4th Annual Greatmats National Award Series. The Greatmats National Award Series is designed to recognize instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive difference in their communities and the lives of their students.

Voting Instructions:

Visit Greatmats contest ballot page during the voting period to vote for this year's National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year. Click the vote button next to the photo of the Martial Arts Instructor you'd like to win. Each person is allowed one vote. Feel free to share the gallery ballot with friends and family and encourage them to vote. The two martial arts instructors with the most votes will be named finalists. From that point, Greatmats will choose the winner (scroll down to see prizes) based on demonstration of service, integrity and quality.

Greatmats is a national martial arts flooring leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources.

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This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

All media submissions, including text, photos and videos become property of Greatmats.

Read about previous winners of the award:

2016 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Grandmaster Bryant Harrell

2017 National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Master Ron Poholik