PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Book by Santa Barbara Resident Becomes Bestseller

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., December 13, 2016 – Martial Arts Family Fitness (MAFF), a family-owned and operated school dedicated to improving lives through martial arts, announced today that Master Melodee Meyer, the school’s co-owner, has released her book, Black Belt Power – Inspirational Stories by Extraordinary Martial Artists. Within its first week on, it became a #1 International Best Seller. The book is a compilation of stories by martial artists from around the country.

“We are very excited to announce that Black Belt Power has been published and is now available on Amazon and in select bookstores across the country,” said Melodee Meyer, co-owner of Martial Arts Family Fitness. “The reader will enjoy hearing from such martial arts legends and champions as Cynthia Rothrock, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. But they will also enjoy stories by small business owners, teachers, executives and others that attribute their success in life, as well as how they adapted to, and dealt with, failure by using the life skills they have learned through their training.”

Black Belt Power is a collection of courageous and uplifting tales of transformation that exemplify the power of the human spirit. Each chapter sheds new light on the values required to live a life of passion, triumph and ultimate success. The reader will discover his or her own sense of purpose and power in these inspiring stories of inner and outer strength. The book is available on in two formats: a Kindle edition and a soft cover edition. The author will hold a book signing on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Area 51 Winery, located at 137 Anacapa Street, Suite B, Santa Barbara, California.

“Our incredible contributors were eager to help on this project, and I owe them all a debt of gratitude,” added Ms. Meyer. “Each black belt in the book shares a story about their success, failures, and the lessons that they have learned in and out of the training hall. We have some very well-known martial artists, as well as several people from Santa Barbara.”

About Melodee Meyer
Melodee Meyer is a speaker, radio host, author, coach and live streaming enthusiast that helps leaders and entrepreneurs around the world create a life they want in a body they love. Also known as Master Mel, she is a fifth-degree Black Belt Instructor and owner of Martial Arts Family Fitness, a martial arts and kickboxing center in Santa Barbara, California.

About Martial Arts Family Fitness
Martial Arts Family Fitness is an award-winning school that opened its doors in Santa Barbara in 2002. The Chief Instructor, Grandmaster Dave Wheaton, has trained in martial arts for over 50 years and is a ninth dan in Hapkido, a seventh dan in Taekwondo and is the founder of Hapkido International, an organization that teaches his unique martial arts curriculum of Dynamic Circle Hapkido to many schools across the United States. Martial Arts Family Fitness teaches martial arts and fitness classes to adults and children, specializing in children’s life skills, youth leadership and family fitness, and is consistently voted “Best Martial Arts School” in Santa Barbara. For information on Martial Arts Family Fitness visit or call 805.963.6233.

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