House of Champions Academy of Martial Arts
News and Bruises
Hello HOC Family!
It’s Summer! Congratulations to all of our graduates! We are proud of you! As this new season moves into full swing, we want to make sure to give you plenty of time to include all the wonderful HOC activities we have planned into your busy Summer schedule. Here are a few important dates to mark in your calendar and some words we hope you are inspired by.
Important Dates:


* HOC’s own Eddie Mendez will have his UFC debut on Saturday June 8th, in Brazil! Catch it on Fuel TV, for free, or better yet, come on over and watch the fight with HOC Friends & Family…we will be at Springbok Bar & Grill around 4pm. 16153 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406 More details to follow. And, stay tuned for more training photos, clips, interviews from the Daily News. We are behind you all the way Eddie! Ooss!


**Gym   Closed June 16th to honor our Dads! Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy your holiday! and on that note…..
In the spirit of celebrating Father’s Day, all Dads are welcome to try classes for FREE during the entire month of June! Go beyond watching Boxing and MMA on TV and try the Real Thing! We also offer an incredible variety of training, conditioning & confidence boosting classes such as Juijitsu, Muy Thai, Kickboxing & Warrior Fit….Share this with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers! We will have passes soon at the front desk –


*Get Ready to Roll: HOC’s next BJJ Tournament is June 30th! Open to both Kids & Adults! Preregister today!


*HOC Train at the Beach Day! July 28th! Join us for an exhilarating workout and HOC family time at the beach! More details to follow but please, save this date- The family that trains together, stays together!


*HOC Dodger Day & Friday Fireworks is here! August 9th! Join us for an awesome time at the ball park! Tickets will be on sale soon at HOC for $11 (cash only please)…first come-first serve! Last day to purchase tickets will be July 25th.


**House of Champions is now also 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  with usually 10 people or less. 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! 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:


 “Personal protective equipment is self-defense”-author unknown
“Safety first” is “safety always” -Charles M. Hayes
“Tomorrow-your reward for working safely today” -Attributed to Robert Pelton
“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind” -Eleanor Everet



Dear HOC Parents and/or Guardians,


This month, our weekly lessons all have to do with Safety Skills.


How Can You Help?


Safety skills are SO important, but something very few of us think about on a regular basis. This month, we’re focusing on ways to keep ourselves and others safe, in both everyday routines and times of emergency. Help your child understand safety skills by teaching them about 911, telling them what they should do if smoke detectors go off and making sure they know how to escape a fire in your home.

Also, emphasize the importance of wearing the right safety equipment when playing a sport. For example, wearing helmets when biking/skateboarding and using sparring gear if they’re practicing their martial arts sparring. We’re sure that you can think of many other ways that you’ve already worked with your child to ensure their safety. There are a variety of practices to help your child recognize why protecting themselves at all times is necessary.

Establishing safety mechanisms with your children can be both tactful and fun. Think of some creative ways to teach your child about things they don’t know that make playing it safe exciting.

As always, we at HOC are grateful for the opportunity to be an important part of your child’s education –



Sens... Mark

Shihan Mark
Founder/Chief Instructor