House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts
News and Bruises


Hello HOC Family!
It’s Summer! We have been So pleased and proud to see A LOT of you in the gym, even though it is the busiest time of year for many of you! Congratulations on making your children’s fitness & ongoing martial arts training, AND your own health, a high priority! I also want to personally thank all of you who supported my G.O.D. Leadership Award nomination by viewing the video the organization had produced and voting for me! It was truly an honor to be recognized in this way and I will continue to reach into our San Fernando Valley Community in many ways. Though we all have the beach & Summer vacations on the mind, our HOC Demo Team is already looking forward to visiting your school in the Fall to help empower kids to be safe & be ready! Keep us in mind when talking to other school friends & even teachers you may run into over this Summer break from school. Have a few of our Free Self Defense flyers on hand to give to people. We ALL can make a difference, every day!
Dante & I, and our whole HOC Team look forward to seeing you at the many fun events we have planned for July & August. Please take a look below and note them on your calendar. Also feel free to “share” these wonderful outings & events with your own circle of friends & family via email, social media, etc. Inviting your friends to be a part of our beloved House of Champions is the best gift you can give your Instructor and to me! Thank you in advance for your continued loyalty and support.
Important Dates:



* Train with the Masters! Please join us Sunday, July 14th, noon-4pm at House of Champions as we host a Seminar with the GM’s. Masters & Grand Masters from Cacoy Doce Pares will hold a seminar in the Arts of Eskrima, Eskrido & Pangamot. Featuring GM Anothony Kleeman, GM Jun Cauteverio, GM Ted Sotello and GM Narrie Baboa. Cost is only $50 to train with the best and, all funds to towards the health care for SGM Cacoy in the Philippines, so come and support this unique and worthwhile event!


*HOC Family Beach Day at Annenberg Beach, Santa Monica-July 28th, 2pm to sundown. Grab your beach gear, volleyball, and picnic baskets for a day-at-the-beach! We will have plenty of activities and fun for all ages including a great beach workout for anyone brave enough! This is a perfect event to invite your friends and neighbors too!


* Tickets On Sale Now at HOC for our annual House of Champions Dodger Day & Fireworks! Though the event date is August 9th, tickets will only be available for purchase at the gym until July 25th so, pick them up today! Cost is only $11 (cash only please).  Fun for the whole family and open to anyone you want to join with you.

*Get Ready to Roll: HOC’s next BJJ Tournament is August 18th! Open to both Kids & Adults! Hats off to ALL our competitors at the June event and our HOC winners: Hugo, Franko, Ray, Chris, and Edan.



**House of Champions is now offering weekly FREE Women & Teen Girls Self Defense Classes! Every Thursday night 7:30pm to 8:15pm. This is GREAT for our Moms to attend with our teen daughters! Taught by Sensei Spice Williams-Crosby, Founder of I Fight For My Life  (, this class can be taken once, several times  or on a weekly basis. It is a “hands-on” class, in an intimate setting. Each woman/teen will have multiple  opportunities to put the newly learned lessons into practice. Your moves don’t have to be fancy, they just have to be effective! This is not  just for your family….please spread the word on this opportunity to  any female in your life….your real estate friend, nurses, grocery  store worker…anyone who works night shifts and/or is especially  vulnerable situations! It would also be appropriate to take a flyer or send the info to whoever is in charge of “member outreach” at your place of worship. Perhaps they can include this valuable information in their monthly newsletter!

Help the women & girls in our lives become  empowered and able to protect themselves in the event of an attack or  attempted kidnapping. If you have seen the news at all, you know how  much of a reality this could be, for anyone we know.

** Remember our Referral Rewards Program! When you refer a friend and they sign up for a one-year Program, YOU get a $75 gift card towards HOC merchandise or a $50 gift card to Best Buy or Toys ‘R Us!
*HOC is offering a Summer Program for Friends & Family! Special rate & FREE uniform or T-shirt only $199!! Spread the word!




Words of Inspiration:


“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic!” -Dale Carnegie


“Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” -Norman Vincent Peale.


“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.” -Gordon Parks


“With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.” -Tahir Shah




Dear HOC Parents and/or Guardians,


This month, we are focusing on Enthusiasm during our weekly lessons!


How Can You Help?


We try to instill enthusiasm in all our students on a daily basis. You, as parents, only want the best for your children and continuously work on trying to bring excitement, self-esteem and motivation into their lives. Seeing a child’s excitement is one of the most precious moments we can experience. Helping your child be enthusiastic and excited is the best reward.

Encourage your child to be excited about the things they enjoy. Most importantly, listen to what they have to say about exciting moments in their lives. Give your child choices so they feel enthusiastic about making decisions on their own. Be enthused with the simple things and teach them life lessons so they will grow up to be well-rounded individuals. Take them on adventures and expose them to as many positive things as possible to create enthusiasm and leave them wanting to know more.


Sens... Mark

Shihan Mark
Founder/Chief Instructor