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Greatmats Annual National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award

2018 Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Nominations Start in Oct.

Want to honor a martial arts instructor for his/her outstanding achievements, unique style or humanitarian efforts? Then nominate him/her for the Annual 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 brett@greatmats.com 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 8,200 votes were cast in the first three 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.

View all of Greatmats' martial arts flooring at http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats.php

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

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2017 Nominees
(Click on the name to see his/her nomination.)

Alabama

Renshi Lennis Darby - MojuKai Karate-Kobudo - Enterprise

Illinois

Master Ron Poholik - Pride Martial Arts - New Lenox

Kansas

Master Chip McClellan - Legacy ATA - Topeka

Minnesota

David Younglove - USA Karate - Rosemount

New Jersey

Vic Teran - International TKD Academy - Jersey City

South Dakota

Robin Buckingham - Buckingham's Karate for Kids - Rapid City

Utah

Mike Tobin - Tobin's Elite Academy of Martial Arts - Clearfield

Wisconsin

Robert Benton - World Martial Arts Academy - Muskego


Hanna Podbielski - Kettle Moraine YMCA - West Bend



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2016 Nominees



Matt Stewart
Three Dragons Martial Arts Academy, Orlando, Florida


Eric Swick
Dragons Den Mixed Martial Arts, Grafton, West Virginia


Spencer Nolan
Gracie Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona


Ken Blumreich
AKF Athens Martial Arts, Athens, Georgia


Matt Larsen
Matt Larsen's Combat Fitness Academy, Springfield, Virginia


Bryant Harrell
High Point Neighborhood Family Center, Clearwater, Florida


Johnny Edwards
Hickory Grove PHC Jiu Jitsu, Candor NC


Doug Bedsaul
Downtown Martial Arts Academy, Starkville, Mississippi


Jae McIntosh
No Limit Jiu Jitsu, Starkville, Mississippi


Ian Jensen
Lake Country Martial Arts, Hartland, Wisconsin


Michael Tull
Champion Karate, Karate, Gaithersburg, Maryland


Jeremy Booth
Wolfpack Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hamilton, Alabama


Larry Martin
Rhode Island Shotokan Karate, Providence, Rhode Island


Melvin Stewart
Westmoreland Family YMCA, Montross, Virginia


Aaron Wayne-Duke
Galesburg Academy of Martial Arts, Galesburg, Illinois

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