Additionally, Master Melodee Meyer, co-owner of the school, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts Award.

“I cannot even begin to put together the words to describe this amazing honor,” said Grandmaster Dave Wheaton, founder and owner of Martial Arts Family Fitness. “It is always amazing to be recognized when you are doing good work, but it is that much more amazing when it is by your peers. Our staff, instructors and students are the ones deserving of this honor. Our success is their success.”

“The banquet, considered ‘The Academy Awards of the Martial Arts Industry’, was filled with thousands of martial artists, school owners, and celebrities,” added Melodee Meyer, co-owner of Martial Arts Family Fitness. “To be recognized for contributing to the martial arts was something I never dreamed of, especially in such company. This only inspires me to continue my work on wellness and nutrition within the martial arts industry.”

Held at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, The Action Martial Arts Mega Weekend offered seminars and workshops for attendees, as well a trade show and the world’s largest martial arts awards celebration. “It was great being in Atlantic City, surrounded by the country’s leaders and legends in the martial arts,” added Grandmaster Wheaton. “The fact that we were recognized by this group of martial artists makes this award that much more special. We have worked hard over the past ten years, but never expected this accolade.”

About Martial Arts Family Fitness:

Celebrating its 10th year in business, 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 40 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. For information on Martial Arts Family Fitness visit or call 805.963.6233.


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