MA1st is about putting Martial Arts 1st

All MA1st subscription levels include complimentary attendance for you or your staff to any of these world class MA1st conference events.
Look for details on the sign up page and let the learning begin.
World Martial Arts Summit
Bangkok, Thailand
March 12 - 17, 2018
MA1st International Partner Event


In Cooperation with the 3rd International and Thai Martial Arts Games and Festival

For more information and REGISTRATION visit the event at

World Martial Arts Summit
MA1st TEAM Workshop
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dojo's Martial Arts

1810 SW White Birch Cir

Ankeny, Iowa 50023


10:00 AM – 3:00PM

This event is for the School Owner, Program Director, Manager Topics: Marketing, Enrollment, Events, Student Value, New Members

San Diego, CA April 26th - 28th, 2018

Courtyard San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

2592 Laning Road

San Diego California 92106 USA

This is the MA1st Premier North American Event. If you plan on attending only one industry conference this year... this is the one. Act now while early registration discounts are still available.
Sidney, AUS September 8 - 9, 2018

Pier One Sydney Harbour

11 Hickson Road

Sydney Central Business District, Sydney, Australia

This is the largest international event on the MA1st conference calandar. A singulaur opportunity to gain a true world perspective to running and maintaining your Martial Arts school. Check back for details as they become available.
MA1st TEAM Workshop
Saturday September 29, 2018

Marietta Martial Arts

2145 Roswell Rd

Marietta, GA 30062

10:00 AM 12:00PM – Instructor Training

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Business Systems

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Owner's Only

The MINI Event
Friday - Saturday, January 18 - 19, 2019

DePalma’s TEAM USA Martial Arts

3107 S. Lindsay Rd, Suite 102 – 105

Gilbert, AZ 85295

Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Our goal is to teach and share the values and principles taught to students in Martial Art Classes of all styles and live them ourselves. We strive to be more than just a consulting group.

We are Martial Artist of different styles and different size schools. We are currently running our own schools and the subjects we discuss are real-live-interactive and important to us and to you.

Also, besides going over the numbers and promoting your school in a positive way to your community. MA1 is also going to have instructor training for you and your staff. So we can share and teach how to get the most out of your student's training and to also give them the best of you.

Member Testimonials

Mark Baier

"I have seen Master DePalma in action, and can personally attest that he is on the cutting edge of the business and systems integration necessary to run a successful martial arts academy. I look forward to being able to tap into his keen insight and wisdom through MA1. The future looks bright!"

Kc Colvin LaVallee

"Thank you Fred for all you help and support with our NTC team. Your knowledge with business and teaching is great. I learned and am learning from you each time we chat. Kyoshi loved being around you and expressed how proud he was of you often. I think this is a great idea. It is always important to learn and grow at all levels and getting Martial Artists together to pull their ideas will raise the spirit in the Dojos. You Rock Sir!"

Craig Haley

"Fred, you truly lead by example. You walk your talk and deserve all the success in the world. Keep Rockin'! :)"

Debbie Thompson

"I have had the honor of spending time with Fred DePalma and know him to be a caring individual who is doing well in his own organization and would do well helping young schools reach higher levels. Master DePalma is sytems driven, which you need in order to be successful. His wonderful wife is full of new innovative ideas that they often share with EFC and shared with MAUI. We use many of those ideas in our schools right now. I believe MA1st could be a crucial step in your success."


Bronze, Silver and Gold memberships available. Choose your level.

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MA1st Board of Directors

  • Kyoshi F. DePalma
  • Master R. DePalma
  • Professor J. Wilber
  • Master H. Calantog

MA1st was founded in 2007 in Arizona to bring local Martial Art Schools together for training and sharing. It's the belief that schools should be working together to help the industry grow locally and be true leaders by supporting each other.